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Sure, “it was a really, really messed up week” for Hot Chelle Rae as per the opening of “Tonight Tonight.” But since that single climbed the top of the charts, it’s also been a really, really great year for the Nashville-based quartet.

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“Dude, I’m absolutely loving it, every minute,” guitarist Nash Overstreet told me via Skype on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” Overstreet checked in from Charlotte, NC where HCR was supporting The Script on tour. “We’re really, really busy, busier than we’ve ever been. But I would definitely not have it any other way.”

In addition to touring and making the media rounds, the guys have been busy finalizing Whatever, Hot Chelle Rae’s sophomore LP. The album hits stores November 29.

“They show up knowing all the words to everything,” Overstreet said of the crowds that the band has experienced on tour thus far. Apparently, HCR’s fans even know the lyrics to unreleased tracks. “It’s just really amazing to us to see people being so up-to-date on what we do.”

As of this moment, there may be no better example to support that notion than the number of views HCR’s “I Like It Like That” video has. The single eclipsed the million views mark weeks quicker than it took “Tonight Tonight” to surpass it. Nash revealed the band shot the video themselves while touring with a bus, as opposed to a van, for the first time.

The song and video feature the rap duo New Boyz, whom HCR linked up with in Syracuse, NY after a radio event.

“We went out in Syracuse one night and threw down, spent a few hours making trouble,” Overstreet recalled. “They’re really cool guys, great artists, and great writers, and they killed it.”

According to Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar, one half of the production duo The Cataracts, the State of the Union for dance music is a positive address.

“You go back 10 years ago and Eminem said, ‘Nobody listens to techno,’” recalled Niles during a chat on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “So yeah, it’s definitely a better day and age for dance music.”

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The Cataracs have certainly helped push the latest wave of the genre in to mainstream. The California-natives produced Far East Movement’s “Like a G6,” and have since gone on to work with the New Boyz, The Ready Set, and Dev – who was featured on the hook of FEM’s smash hit.

“When people put you in the studio, sometimes they want to hear ‘G6,’” admitted Hollowell-Dhar. “Really, when we made ‘G6,’ we were just sort of uninhibited and we were making whatever sounded good to us at the time.”

Clearly the thought process worked – because now in addition to the aforementioned artists, a one 50 Cent has tabbed the production team to create multiple tracks for his forthcoming album.

“All throughout my high school, that’s all we listened to was Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and even before that, like The Power of the Dollar. I was a 50 Cent fan for the longest time,” Niles revealed. “(The songs we did for him) sound great. It’s natural but it’s still sounds like some future, 2012… it’s just really crazy.”

The security that 50 Cent implements so that his tracks don’t leak sounds just as crazy.

“I had to take the vocals to work with them and (50 Cent’s people) had to put this effect, like everything was distorted, but I needed the stuff to work with so I could create the beat around it,” the producer said. “They put this really weird filter over (the vocals) so that I wouldn’t leak it.”

50’s people also didn’t tell The Cataracs when the songs would be officially released.

“They’re still taking submissions for the last two or three songs, and then I don’t know when singles are going to come out,” said Niles. “I would think you’d probably hear it over the next two months.”

Hollowell-Dhar explained that due to the rapper’s schedule, most of the work was done without him in-studio, but they all did work in person for the first time about five months ago.