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I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I talked about his interviews with The Fray’s Isaac Slade and Fall Out Boy front man Patrick Stump, who just released his solo album, ‘Soul Punk.’ I also talked about my interview last year with former “Hannah Montana” star Mitchel Musso. The actor was picked up last weekend in Burbank, CA on suspicion of DUI.

I appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.

Mitchel Musso, known best for his role as “Oliver” on the hit Disney show, “Hannah Montana,” was arrested Sunday morning in Burbank, CA on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. TMZ reports that Musso blew well above a .08 on his breathalyzer exam, California’s limit. According to the website, the actor did not perform well on his field sobriety test.

Police pulled Musso over after he failed to slow down for authorities who were attending to a different accident on the side of the road. He is only 20 years old.

Prior to this weekend, Musso had done a fairly good job of keeping his name off websites like TMZ, unlike some of his peers. In November 2010, while promoting his album Brainstorm, I asked the artist on “The Ralphie Radio Show” how he managed to do this.

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“I think they realize that I’m just not one to be messed with,” responded Musso. “Am I saying that I’m the best role model in the world? Hell no, and I would never say that. But do I think I keep a clean enough image… I’m so boring of a person that I don’t really have anything to talk about to TMZ? Yeah.”

Musso continued, explaining that he felt most teen stars have control over whether they appear on sites like TMZ or not – and that most of the people you see simply want the attention.

“It’s almost scripted,” he claimed. “It kind of makes everyone look like a joke, and I’m sorry for letting out the truth but I’m so sick of hearing, ‘(The gossip websites) are so bad because they’re looking in to these people’s lives.’ No, these people are telling their lives.”

Unfortunately for Musso, the police report is now telling his. As he will be finding out, drinking and driving isn’t something to be messed with, either.

It seems these days, most Disney stars start on the small screen, transition to the big screen, make a sharp right for the recording studio, and then find themselves on TMZ.com. Mitchel Musso is attempting to break the trend – so far, so good.

“A lot of those little teen celebrities, they want to be on TMZ,” Musso insisted. The “Hannah Montana” star called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to promote his second LP, Brainstorm, which hits Wal-Mart shelves this Monday. “They live for that stuff. People you see on it probably want it.”

Musso’s perspective differs from the other idea that celebrity blogs like TMZ are prying in to people’s personal space. The actor/singer suggests the exact opposite: the stars are opening their lives for gossip blog consumption.

“TMZ doesn’t just walk up to me and start talking to me. They go, ‘Hey Mitch, mind if we ask you a couple questions?’” explained Musso. “And I’m like, ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Most of the time, I’ll be like, ‘Yo man, I’d rather not, but I’ll talk to you (instead of the camera).’”

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Brainstorm hits Wal-Mart on Monday, November 22.

“They ask us when they do things like that,” he continued. “It’s almost scripted. It kind of makes everybody look like a joke, and I’m sorry for letting out the truth, but I’m so sick of hearing about all these (gossip websites) are so bad because they are looking in to these people’s lives. No, these people are telling their lives.”

During our 10 minute chat, Musso had no qualms talking about the latest in his life: from the end of Disney’s “Hannah Montana” to the reasoning behind releasing his new album exclusively at Wal-Mart.

“Yunno I just signed off on being my own label, I’m so excited, you have no idea,” the newly independent Musso told me. “But overall, just being able to go off and do my own thing and having Wal-Mart come to the door and say they want to do ‘this, and this, and this’… of course!”

The 19 year-old certainly sees where the record business is headed, with the consolidation and no promises from a major label that you’ll even be able to release a full album. This made Musso more apt to go independent while jumping at the chance to have a large national retail store promote his music.

And that’s a trend that he clearly doesn’t mind following.