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“The Ralphie Show” was live all weekend from backstage at the 2013 American Music Awards and spoke with celebrities from music and TV.

Jason Derulo is living out his dream. In a relatively short amount of time, the singer has gained international fame with some of the most infectious hits heard on the radio. Derulo has sold over 11 million singles in the US alone, and is set to release his third studio album Tattoos on October 8.

But in the States, there can be drawbacks to making it big, especially when it’s in the public spotlight. Derulo dates another public figure, singer Jordin Sparks, and recently found himself look at photos of a new house he bought… on a gossip website.

“That’s like where I live, and you’re posting it to the whole world. It’s like, ‘Alright, cool,’” said Derulo during an interview on “The Ralphie Show.” While he is accustomed to media coverage surrounding his music, the idea of his personal life (and space) in the spotlight is one that Derulo is becoming acclimated with. “It just comes with the territory. More and more, I’m seeing the blogs and the tabloids talking more about my personal things and making up things but, it is what it is. We deal with it.”

Derulo seemed more annoyed than bent out of shape out of the whole ordeal, but was quick to dismiss it and move on. He did however correct one report when I brought it up: there are 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in that new South Florida pad he purchased; not nine as originally reported.

“The Other Side” singer spent a good amount of 2012 back in Miami, recuperating from a freak-accident in which he broke his neck and almost ended up paralyzed. Derulo is stronger than ever, and it doesn’t look as if he’ll be spending much time in that new home in the near future. He completed production on his new LP last week with a studio session that followed his performance on “America’s Got Talent.”

“I had to finish this one track that I did with The Cataracs,” Derulo noted. “Then that’s it.”

In addition to working with a wide-array of producers including Dr. Luke and RedOne, Derulo also features fellow artists on tracks with the new album, something he’s never done before.

“Jordin is on this album,” he said of his girlfriend Sparks. “We got a nice little sexy track on there.”

Derulo said the song with her is called “Vertigo.” He also revealed collaborations with Pitbull and The Game. Rapper 2 Chainz is featured on the second single for countries outside of the US, “Talk Dirty.”

The GRAMMYS are a celebration of the best music from the past year. However this weekend, it will be impossible to look back without also remembering the life of Whitney Houston. Last year during the award show weekend, the singer passed away at the age of 48, just mere hours before she was scheduled to attend Clive Davis’ annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Jordin Sparks, who had grown close to the legend while filming the re-make of the 1976 movie “Sparkle,” said that on Thursday night, it finally hit her that a year had gone by.

“I was doing this event called ‘For The Love of R&B’ and it was an event that started last year, and it was one of the last places Whitney performed,” Sparks said. “I sang one of her songs… and that is when it hit me.”

The “American Idol” winner tackled Houston’s classic, “I Have Nothing,” for her first time.

“All of the sudden I just had these uncontrollable shakes,” Sparks said. “I realized how much I really miss her.”

Sparks credits Houston with her growth as both a musician and a person.

“Whitney really inspired me to be myself and to be okay with that,” she said. “I’ve always been OK with who I am, but to be able to just speak freely and be like, ‘You know what, this is me and that’s OK.’”

The singer said Houston’s energy is definitely reflected on the new music that she’s currently writing. Sparks revealed we could hear a first single from her forthcoming album as soon as the end of this month.

This is the theme to ABC Family’s new movie, “12 Days of Christmas,” which premieres this Sunday evening.

Of course, Jordin Sparks never thought that she would sample the 1983 hit “Let The Music Play” by Shannon for a track of her own. Before using the song, Sparks hadn’t even heard of it.

“I thought it was going to be really cool, just a different kind of experiment for me because I’ve never done like, a dance track before,” said Sparks, who called in to The Ralphie Radio Show from Los Angeles. “I played it for my mom and she was like, ‘Oh my god, I love this song!’ and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And she was like, ‘This is ‘Let The Music Play’ by Shannon!’ and I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness.’”

Sparks’ mom gave birth to Jordin 6 years after Shannon’s song burst on to the music scene. “S.O.S. (Let The Music Play)” is now Jordin’s second single from her sophomore LP, Battlefield. It’s the second album released since Sparks won American Idol Season 6 – at age 17. She is the youngest winner of the reality show in its seven season history. Now, at age 19, she is not only an Idol champ, but an American Music Awards winner, a Grammy nominee, and an opener for such acts as Alicia Keys, the Jonas Brothers, and Britney Spears. It’s quite the diverse roster of acts, and Sparks noted that there were some differences between touring with the Jo-Bros and Britney.


Part 1:
World Series, Touring With Britney, The Jonas Brothers

Part 2: Self-Image, “SOS (Let The Music Play)”


“On the Jonas crew, we were all around the same age,” said Sparks. “So we all got along, just hanging out, doing different things like that. With Britney, she’s trying to get back on track, and the people around her are definitely taking care of her. I did get to see her, but she’s Britney Spears. She’s busy doing her V.I.P. meet-and-greets and adding new songs and choreography and stuff, but it was amazing to be able to see her back on the stage.”

Certainly Sparks learned, both what to do and what not to do, from watching Spears so closely. Both entered mainstream as teenagers (Spears released “…Baby One More Time” when she was almost 16). Both now must stay conscience of the tabloids, blogs, and paparazzi. Spears and Sparks have even both posed for their own “Got Milk?” campaigns. But any type of downward spiral from Sparks seems highly unlikely, judging by a refreshingly honest answer she gave to a listener-generated question on The RRS about her look.

“The Hollywood obsession with being skinny and everything, it’s so crazy,” Sparks said. “For me, I’m just all about staying healthy. I mean, yeah I’ll work out and, yeah I’ll eat healthy. But it’s not like, to diet or to lose weight. Yunno, it’s to stay healthy and not get sick, like I did so many times last year.”

Jordin even went as far as to say that some of her detractors refer to her as “fat,” but does not waver in her stance on her image – citing her taller, curvier frame as the reason why she may not look the same as other artists or actresses. But clearly it isn’t just Sparks’s figure that sets her apart from others, but rather her talent, confidence, and perspective on young women and their self-image.

Jordin Sparks just dropped her video for “Battlefield,” the title track from her new cd, which will be out in July.

huge show tonight, first at 7:30…

one of the last pairs of tickets for this show on sunday… it’s gonna be nuts! then after the gallery of sound top 8 at 8…

speaking of crazy shows, another pair of win ’em before you can buy ’em for crue fest! next up, 9:30…


tmz’s michael hundgen with the latest on britney’s new workout regimen… and at 10:30…

is akon the konvict he says? proof that he might be a little cleaner than we are led to believe. plus i’ll play that hot colby o’donis track he’s on.
plus we got your back for the club x guest list tonight inside the woodlands!
the ralphie radio show – 7p-12a est – online at 97bht.com.

huge show tonight, first at 7:30…

one of the last pairs of tickets for this show on sunday… it’s gonna be nuts! then after the gallery of sound top 8 at 8…

speaking of crazy shows, another pair of win ’em before you can buy ’em for crue fest! next up, 9:30…


tmz’s michael hundgen with the latest on britney’s new workout regimen… and at 10:30…

is akon the konvict he says? proof that he might be a little cleaner than we are led to believe. plus i’ll play that hot colby o’donis track he’s on.
plus we got your back for the club x guest list tonight inside the woodlands!
the ralphie radio show – 7p-12a est – online at 97bht.com.

pay attention to…

– the beginning, she’s clearly looking for a cue to start lip-syncing…
– the high notes, when these parts first hit fox cuts away to players…
– 1:57 – i think she slips there. or she has a vocal talent beyond human comprehension.

pay attention to…

– the beginning, she’s clearly looking for a cue to start lip-syncing…
– the high notes, when these parts first hit fox cuts away to players…
– 1:57 – i think she slips there. or she has a vocal talent beyond human comprehension.