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Jonas Blue called in from Dubai (!) to talk about his latest single, “Perfect Strangers,” joining “Team Follow Back” with Sam Smith and looking up to the great Max Martin.
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Fun fact: Blue is the 20th most-streamed artist on Spotify!

Jonas Blue is a London-based producer who currently has one of the biggest songs on Spotify with his re-imagined version of the Tracy Chapman classic, “Fast Car.” The DJ called in to my show to chat about how he discovered the track’s singer Dakota and his interesting connection to superstar Sam Smith.

How hectic is Charlie Puth’s life right now? The singer behind the anthem “See You Again” didn’t realize how many GRAMMY nominations he received until Google told him.

“Well, I originally thought it was ‘a’ GRAMMY,” revealed Puth when I spoke with him after he and rapper Wiz Khalifa performed the “Furious 7” track on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” in Times Square. Puth and I chatted in a hotel lobby just blocks from the ball drop. “And then I Google-d it because, who doesn’t Google me? And then I saw that it was three GRAMMY nominations.

“Absolutely incredible. With Wiz. Mind blown.”

Puth expressed similar feelings when he described what it was like to sing in front of an international TV audience and over a million people in Times Square.
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“I didn’t realize how many people were there until I looked in the abyss and saw many more millions of people going down to 59th Street,” he said. I was going to correct him and say 49th but then he added, “And I know what that is because I’m from here, so I know that that’s a long block away.”

In addition to the nods for Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media, “See You Again” was up for Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards. It lost to a formidable competitor in Sam Smith, who turned in a brilliant theme for the latest “Bond” film: “Writing’s On The Wall.”

So in the span of about five-and-a-half weeks Puth turned 24, scored three GRAMMY nominations, performed on New Year’s Eve in Times Square and attended the Golden Globes as a nominee.

Not a bad stretch for a kid from Rumson, N.J. Puth attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated after Ellen DeGeneres discovered and signed him to a record deal. Things didn’t work out with the talk show host’s label imprint, but that platform led executives at Atlantic Records to find the singer; Atlantic eventually scooped him up.

Puth is set to release his debut, full length album “Nine Track Mind” on January 29. The LP features the Meghan Trainor-assisted “Marvin Gaye” and his latest single “One Call Away.” Also appearing on the album are singer Shy Carter (“As You Are”), Selena Gomez (“We Don’t Talk Anymore”) and Khalifa.

“It’s basically a musical summary of what my crazy, hectic year has been like,” Puth explained when I asked him about the album back in October. “It’s been a life-changing year and I wanted to make something musical that represented that.”

Just think, it was already a life-changing year for him a few months ago… and that was before he was searching his name on Google to figure out if he had multiple GRAMMY nominations.

InStyle Magazine Senior Editor Sharon Clott Canter called in from Los Angeles to chat about Sunday night’s Golden Globes. Sharon saw many stars on the red carpet, including currently InStyle cover woman Jennifer Lopez. She also witnessed a lovely candid moment at the InStyle after party with Golden Globes winner Sam Smith.

Photo: instagram.com/samsmithworld

Photo: instagram.com/samsmithworld


In this edition of Weekend Scoop, InStyle Magazine Senior Editor Sharon Clott Kanter called in and talked about the music video debut of Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose. Also discussed: the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s championship parade in Manhattan and a possible collaboration between Jazmine Sullivan and Sam Smith.

Photo: twitter.com/coachgalanis

Photo: twitter.com/coachgalanis


Mark Ronson, tall on knowledge but short on sleep, stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” to chat about his number one hit that almost never was. Ronson also talked about the media comparing new artists to others that have come before them and what it’s like to perform alongside the likes of Bruno Mars and Mystikal.


The DJ and producer recalled growing up in New York City, and opined how Manhattan has changed since he was a kid on the Upper West Side. Ronson’s album, Uptown Special, is on Rdio now.

He came in to “Music’s Biggest Night” with six nominations and surrounded by high expectations. In his debut GRAMMY Awards, English singer Sam Smith did not disappoint. The clear winner of the evening took home four gramophones, including two of the biggest awards for Record and Song of the Year thanks to his smash hit, “Stay With Me.”

In the press room after the telecast concluded, Smith effortlessly fielded questions from the media. It seemed as if he had to focus more on the four awards he held while he answered (“f—king heavy!” he exclaimed) than on the responses themselves.

“A boyfriend would be nice,” the artist responded when asked what could top Sunday night. Another reporter inquired what Smith is looking for in a partner. “Someone who could clean these every day for me,” he said, before looking down at his awards. The press room cracked up again.

“I do not know what I’m looking for,” he said on a more serious note. “I think the minute I start looking, it’s not going to come my way.”

In addition to winning the aforementioned categories, Smith also took home hardware for Best New Artist” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” thanks to his debut LP, In The Lonely Hour. Speaking with the press, Smith confirmed he is already working on the follow-up.

“I feel like I have a title and a concept to the record,” the UK singer noted. “I’ve already started writing. I’m living through it now. I’m trying to kiss as many people as I can so I can write some new music.”

Certainly it will be different to draw from these experiences now that Smith is an international superstar; less than a year ago he was relatively unknown in the U.S. But Smith told me one thing he’s learned in his interactions with other celebrities is that they’re all human, just exceptionally talented.

“It’s incredible,” Smith responded when I asked what it was like to have everyone from Paul McCartney to Rihanna vying for his attention on the floor at the Staples Center. “I’m a huge fan of pop culture. As a 22 year-old boy, I’ve grown up watching E! News and being obsessed with celebrity culture.”

Perhaps he didn’t need Sunday night for this, but Smith is now cemented in that culture. Naturally, he planned on celebrating his big evening by partying.

“I’m going in,” Smith said before adding, “I need to go to In-N-Out Burger though because I’ve been drinking loads of green juice recently so it’s time to ruin that.”

On Monday, nominations for the 2014 American Music Awards were revealed. Iggy Azalea leads all artists with nods in six categories, including “Artist Of The Year” and “New Artist Of The Year Presented By Kohl’s.” Nominations are determined by fan interactions with Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com. The winners will be chosen by fan votes at AMAVote.com.

For Azalea, it is yet another milestone in a year filled with them. The 24 year-old artist scored a summer anthem with the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy” and then charted a second hit from her debut album “The New Classic” thanks to “Black Widow” which features Rita Ora. Azalea has toured the country and performed at this year’s Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. During a pre-show benefit for the latter event, Azalea fell off stage while performing. The mishap did not happen again during the live telecast.

“It’s important to get the stage dimensions ahead of time, and then practice your performance within those constraints,” noted singer/songwriter Jason Derulo. The “Talk Dirty” singer teamed up with the aforementioned Charli XCX to reveal the nominations on “Good Morning America” in Times Square. Derulo is no stranger to performing on live TV either, having also performed at this year’s BBMAs. “A lot of people just rent out a dance studio and don’t have the dimensions set-up. And that’s when you might fall off the stage, yunno what I’m saying?”

Derulo, who is getting ready to kick off his “Talk Dirty Tour” later this week, was responding to a question I asked about his preparation for live performances.

“You need your time to rehearse,” he continued. “Make sure you get that time in.”

We also decided to put the multi-platinum recording artist on the spot and get his predictions for some of the AMA categories. There are 10 artists nominated for “Artist Of The Year,” which Taylor Swift took home last year. In addition to Azalea, Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams all received nods.

“I gotta go with my dude Luke Bryan!” Derulo declared. It may come as a surprise on the outset, especially since earlier in the interview the singer noted he was a big Katy Perry fan. But don’t forget that Bryan and Derulo shared a spot on the Florida Georgia Line “This Is How We Roll” remix.

It was also revealed on Monday that Charli XCX will perform at this year’s AMAs. She scored her first solo hit this year with “Boom Clap” and drops her album “Sucker” in December. The songstress flew in from Detroit to help announce some of the nominees on live TV, and then caught a flight back out to Chicago so she could continue her tour.

The 2014 American Music Awards air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, November 23 at 8 pm. The show emanates from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live and will be broadcast on ABC.

Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour debuted at number two on the Billboard chart, with a solid week of sales. The “Stay With Me” singer spent a week in New York promoting the LP’s release, with appearances on “Good Morning America,” “Late Show With David Letterman,” and “The View.”

Smith also stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” and chatted about the amazing 2014 that he’s having thus far.