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For day three of our broadcast with Westwood One Backstage at The 59th GRAMMYs we chatted with a bunch of current and former nominees while also speaking with a few friends-of-the-show. It was great to see Train’s Pat Monahan and Gavin DeGraw. I also interviewed Lukas Graham for the second time; the first time was at The GRAMMYs last year and now they’re up for three awards including Record and Song Of The Year, plus they’ll perform with Kelsea Ballerini. Noah Cyrus stopped by and compared me to her dad, LeAnn Rimes remembered her big GRAMMY wins from 20 years ago and Charli XCX explained how she chooses to collaborate with people before I brought up Selena Gomez to her.








Is Kesha nearing a return to the airwaves? The pop star entered rehab, allegedly for an eating disorder, in January of 2014. By March a rep confirmed to ABC News that she had left the facility. The following May, she was seen at the Billboard Music Awards along side “Rising Star” cohorts Josh Groban, Ludacris and Brad Paisley.

The singer, nee Kesha Sebert, went on to fulfill her role as coach/mentor on the ABC competition last summer. She also kept up appearances at various events, including some shows surrounding New York Fashion Week. I actually remember running in to her back in 2013 at a Yankees/Mets game in Queens. I was reminded of this just now, as a quick Google News search of the artist brought up a Daily News article that shows her at Citi Field on Wednesday.
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For what it’s worth, the Mets won both times.

This year, Kesha already returned to the stage – performing a number of college dates and one-off shows. On Tuesday, the “TiK ToK” singer took the stage at Black Cat DC in our nation’s capital. After the show, Kesha posted this video on her Instagram page. (EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Kesha has a new boyfriend. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also talked about Chrissy Teigen wanting children with John Legend and Erin Andrews’ possible “Dancing With The Stars” replacement on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Miley Cyrus is single… very single. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Ke$ha and her mother plus Ashlee Simpson getting engaged on “The Ralphie Show.”

The New Year began with pop star Ke$ha entering herself in to rehab, and speculation brewing as to why she admitted herself in to the clinic.

Shortly after the TMZ report broke, it was fans of the singer, born Kesha Sebert, that tweeted me Dr. Luke was to blame. Luke signed Ke$ha to a recording deal at 18. He was responsible for her first placement, the hook of Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” and her solo releases. According to a subsequent report by the entertainment news website, people in Ke$ha’s circle claimed that the super-producer constantly asked her to lose weight. In one alleged instance, the songwriter born Lukasz Gottwald called the singer “a f—ing refrigerator” during the 2012 video shoot for “Die Young.”

“Dr. Luke had been telling her how she had to get in shape and lose weight and all this stuff,” Ke$ha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, told People magazine. “She was exercising and dieting and ultimately doing everything she could, but not getting thin fast enough, and that’s when she first became bulimic.”

Through a representative, Dr. Luke refuted the claims.

“These statements and allegations concerning Dr. Luke are completely false,” read the statement given to People. “It is unfortunate that at a time Ke$ha is suffering immensely and trying to heal at a treatment center, her mother is taking this approach with the media. I give Ke$ha my utmost support and well wishes for a quick return to health.”

This does not seem to be the first media report of conflicts between Luke and Ke$ha. Late last year, Rolling Stone mentioned to the “TiK ToK” singer a petition that was circulating the Internet, attempting to separate Ke$ha from her contract with Dr. Luke. Ke$ha acknowledged its existence.

“I feel like my fans are really protective of me,” she responded to the magazine about the petition. “They just want to see me grow as an artist, which I agree with. Hopefully in the future, I’ll be in a position where I can put out a ballad or a more vulnerable song.”

When RS asked if Ke$ha currently had any creative control, she replied, “Not really.”

I asked Cher, a woman in New York who runs Ke$ha’s largest fan support Twitter account, what the singer’s fans are hoping for as far as the petition.

“For Dr. Luke to release her out of this contract, and then she can actually release the music that she wants to release, and be the person she wants to be.”

Meanwhile the collaborative efforts of Luke and Ke$ha seem to still yield big results on the charts. The Dr. Luke-produced “Timber,” which Ke$ha sings on the hook of, just hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee has more in common with Katy Perry than you might think. McKee is credited as a co-writer on some of Perry’s biggest tracks, from “California Gurls” to “Teenage Dream.” But in addition to sharing tracks, both have experienced the rollercoaster of a record label letting them go from a contract.

“I’ve known Katy and Ke$ha since back in the day,” McKee told me in an interview that aired Wednesday on “The Ralphie Show.” “It feels like kind of a badge of honor to be dropped, honestly. It’s like you get to have a trial run and learn all your lessons and everything, and then the next time around you have more experience; you know what to do.”

Perry went through two trial runs before landing at Capitol Records and becoming a household name. McKee, who also penned tracks for Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, and others, was on Warner Brothers before finding her way as a songwriter and eventually her home with Epic Records.

“I don’t get paid to write songs,” McKee claimed of how her particular pay structure works. “I only get publishing (rights).”

Basically, McKee gets no money upfront, but can make a considerable amount of cash on the other end after sales, airplay, placements, and other considerations. The singer now has her own song, “American Girl,” and is working on her first album with Epic. She can only hope the track finds as much success as the eight other chart topping singles she has contributed to.

“It’s a major feat to have anything you write be on the radio,” she said. “I’m incredibly grateful and lucky to have had those opportunities.”

Judging by the lip-sync video released for “American Girl,” McKee’s friends are pretty pumped for her second run as a solo artist. Ke$ha, Tommy Lee, Jason Derulo, Cruz, and Adam Lambert are a few of the celebrities who submitted pieces for the project. Perry also created a lip-sync video, and has been doing a little songwriting of her own recently. “The Ralphie Show” reported that Perry and boyfriend John Mayer co-wrote a track for Mayer’s upcoming album.

“I’ve heard about it,” a tight-lipped McKee let out. “I heard through the grapevine, actually.”

Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik characterizes the band’s last LP, Something For The Rest Of Us, as a reflection of how the band viewed its surroundings: at times dark, depressed, and without hope.

“I mean, that’s one of those albums that every artist says, ‘Well, I had to make that album,’” Rzeznik told Cumulus Media’s “The Ralphie Show” during a radio broadcast backstage at the 55th GRAMMYs. “(The new album) is very upbeat, up-tempo.”

Many artists on a major label don’t have the freedom to simply record and release an LP simply because they feel the necessity to. And while Rzeznik quipped that he “almost got dropped,” from Warner Bros. Records, the front man is now looking forward to Magnetic.

“Most of it was written in New York,” Rzeznik said of the album, due out May 7. “The energy was just fantastic there; I’d never done anything like that before.”

It’s almost hard to believe that a 27 year-old band with over 10 million albums sold worldwide is still experiencing new things in the studio. Here’s something even more surprising: that same band has actually shared a stage with pop singer Ke$ha, twice. The last time was earlier in the year during the Creative Coalition’s 2013 Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C.

“I was saying to myself, ‘Do I really have to go on stage after that?’” Rzeznik recalled after witnessing the “TiK ToK” singer perform. “There’s like 20 people on stage; everybody’s dancing around, playing tubas and stuff, and you’re like, ‘What am I gonna do?’”

While I was back in Western New York for Christmas, I was honored to join the CW 23’s “Winging It!” and explain why my interview with Ke$ha made international headlines.

I also chatted about Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, becoming the first American in 15 years to win Miss Universe.

As first reported by “The Ralphie Show,” Ke$ha contradicted herself on Twitter when she claimed that she was “forced” to sing the lyrics of “Die Young.” The singer/songwriter took most of the credit for writing the song in an interview last month while in studio to promote her new album.

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Last Thursday, the artist may have been forced to do something else: issue a statement explaining herself. The day after her now-deleted tweet, TMZ ran a story with a clip of Ke$ha’s interview from “The Ralphie Show.” The story was subsequently picked up by Perez Hilton, the UK’s Daily Mail, Newsday, and hundreds of other outlets across the world.

On her official website, the singer clarified her comments.

“After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young,” she wrote. “Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase “die young” in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.”

Following a weekend which saw airplay of her track “Die Young” plummet in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy, singer Ke$ha took to Twitter and claimed she never wanted to sing the chorus of the hit single.

“I had my very own issue with “die young” for this reason,” she said to her 3.2 million followers on the site. “I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”

Ke$ha’s comments completely contradict statements she made in studio on “The Ralphie Show” about “Die Young.”

“I definitely make sure that every word rings true to me, because I would never want to misrepresent myself to millions of people around the world,” she told me during a promotional tour last month. “I wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote that song 10 times.”

The singer credited her meticulous detail to lyrics with the delay in releasing her new album, Warrior.

“I really take my time and I’m really precious about it because I realized how many people listen, and how many places you can reach with a song and with your words,” Ke$ha said. “I’ve taken that in to account this record, and making sure I mean everything I say.”

While the first tweet about the song’s lyrics was deleted, a follow-up comment from Ke$ha remains on the page.

“I’m so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected (sic) by this tragedy. and I understand why my song is now inappropriate,” she said. “Words cannot express.”