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“I stepped on stage, at Live Aid. I’m one-of-the-reasons why Yeezys can get made.”

It is the rhyme that Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, a member of the legendary Run-D.M.C., drops when he speaks at schools and kids question his modern-day relevance. And while the average grade school student might not know any better, any older music fan certainly does, right down to the relationship that both DMC and Kanye West have with Adidas.

“When Steven Tyler took the mic stand in the ‘Walk This Way’ video that we made with Aerosmith,” McDaniels began to recall. “When he knocked the wall down, people tell me, ‘Yo D, it didn’t just happen in the video; that happened in the world.’”

That single moment can somewhat encapsulate the global impact of Run-D.M.C., both musically and culturally. But the group’s influence also reached far in to the fashion world. In 1986 the Queens-natives dropped “My Adidas.” It spurred the first time a major apparel company offered a sponsorship deal to a non-sports entity. Now three decades later, Run-D.M.C. has partnered with retailer Fanatics to release a line of officially licensed apparel that personalizes the iconic Run-D.M.C. logo for different teams based on the organization’s home city and colors.
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“Our influence is respected,” McDaniels responded when I asked what it meant to him that so many years later, the logo and culture of Run-D.M.C. is still relevant and sought after. “But we had no idea that our presence was respected…to still be allowed to participate is very humbling.”

However as DMC accurately pointed out, the idea of the group’s logo changing for a city or cause is nothing new.

“But what (the Fanatics partnership) does is, it universally makes it personal to the particular person who is going to wear the merchandise,” he explained. The line, which includes shirts and snapback hats, officially launched with all NBA teams at the Association’s flagship store in New York on Wednesday.

McDaniels, who works closely with Madison Square Garden’s “Garden Of Dreams Foundation,” wore the Knicks shirt during Wednesday’s launch event. Despite his status as a New Yorker, DMC noted that seeing the logo repurposed for cities like Boston and Philadelphia wasn’t weird.

“Yunno why? Because it’s not our black, red and white logo with the city,” he said. “It’s the team’s colors.”

And like that wall-breaking collaboration with Aerosmith in the 80’s, McDaniels hopes that with the Fanatics partnership, the new incarnations of the Run-D.M.C. logo can unite fans of different teams.

Violinist Lindsey Stirling stopped by to talk about her new album “Brave Enough,” which is out August 19. The lead single, “Something Wild,” is in the upcoming Disney film “Pete’s Dragon,” out August 12.

Stirling also chatted about performing with Celine Dion and meeting Steven Tyler at the Billboard Music Awards, the death of Christina Grimmie and the fact that she turns 30 in September.

Thanks to my producer Jay Buff, we have some snaps of the stars walking yesterday’s red… ahem, magenta carpet at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards!

Also, MAJOR KEY ALERT – I made DJ Khaled’s Snapchat story! Check out the footage:

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Before his Janie’s Fund charity event at Lincoln Center, Steven Tyler told Ralphie Aversa why he held the concert in New York City.

Kelly Clarkson is going on tour this summer. She insists that the concert is “a big show, vocally.” And thanks to piece of information that Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler gave her about nine years ago, she also insists that performing on back-to-back nights is not her cup of tea.

“I remember when I first started out, my agents would be like, ‘Well this artist does four in a row!’” Clarkson recalled during an interview on “Ralphie Tonight.” The “Heartbeat Song” singer would reply with, “’Well, they’re dancing! So that’s real different, and that’s great for them. But I can’t do that.’”

Then one night, her and Tyler were conversing over the rigors of singing on the road, with Clarkson admitting that she was finding the schedule difficult on her voice.

“’Oh girl, I do to,’” Tyler told Clarkson. “’I only do one show, then one day off,’” the rocker continued.

That was the moment when the singer realized that she could exercise a little more control over her own schedule. But Clarkson went out of her way to note that her reasoning for the tour’s pacing has more to do with the fans than it does her or her newly expanded family.

“Vocally I have a very demanding show, so I don’t normally love to do back-to-back (dates),” she said. “I want to give (the audience) the best of me each show.”

Joining Clarkson on her 32 city North American trek will be acapella group Pentatonix and singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson. The tour opens nearby on July 11 in Hershey. Clarkson will close out the dates nearby as well, with a September 20 show in Camden, N.J.

The concerts are in support of Clarkson’s sixth studio album Piece By Piece, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 earlier this month. After releasing a holiday LP in 2013, the former “American Idol” winner contemplated releasing separate pop and country albums last year.

“Well, I was creating life in 2014,” explained Clarkson of why the music had to wait. Understandably things were put on hold as she and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed daughter River Rose in to the world. “But I did make both, and I’m still working on the (country) one.”

Clarkson also revealed that she is working on a pop/R&B album based off of covers she has done on tour with her band. Both projects contrast the uptempo and modern sound of Clarkson’s latest release; a sound that certainly was better suited for a sooner-rather-than-later release.

“We had this really great pop project kind of just sitting here waiting and I was definitely ready to just get it out.”

And judging by the sales figures, Clarkson’s fans were more than ready to support it.

It seems the Toxic Twins are back and as strong as ever. The coincidence is that the latest issue to drive them apart – Steven Tyler’s involvement on “American Idol” – may have been what brought them back together.

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“I didn’t have anything to give Steven as a present because I’ve already given him everything that I could think of that I know he likes,” Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told me regarding his cameo on last season of “Idol.” He played guitar on “Happy Birthday” for the 64 year-old Tyler. “That’s the kind of thing you give your brother.”

Tyler confirmed to Perry that he had no idea his fellow “bad boy from Boston” would be showing up on stage that night.

“What do you give a guy that’s got everything?” asked Tyler. “It was quite the moment, man. It was beautiful. It kind of took all the bad vibes and the whole business that was going on at the time and made it be okay.”

Perhaps it also sheds a little more light on how the tumultuous duo was able to link up with their other band mates to release Aerosmith’s first studio LP in eight years on November 6 and extend its current “Global Warming Tour” through the fall.

“This is the first record that I can think of in a long, long time where everybody is really excited about it in the band,” Perry noted. He has no problem referring to Music from Another Dimension as Aerosmith’s best yet. “I’d say we’re our own biggest fans so we’re also our own biggest critics.”

Seems not too much has changed from those crazy days of touring in the 70’s and 80’s… but some things are different.

“There are some substances that aren’t back there that used to be,” said Tyler – in a more matter-of-fact than joking manner – about the scene at the show these days. “It’s just so crazy. Everybody wants the backstage ticket. It’s pretty cool.”

And for the first time, Steven Tyler actually came across understated.

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With Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez ditching “American Idol” to return to their respective music careers full-time, there are a couple open chairs at the judges table for season 12. “The Voice” is competitive in the ratings and “The X-Factor” is reloaded with the additions of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. So, who could “Idol” add that would both bring in viewers and do a good job? Here are three of my choices…

Miley Cyrus

She’s had success in music, TV, and movies. People certainly have their opinions of teenager, but her popularity is undeniable. With her engagement to actor Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus probably won’t be leaving the L.A. area any time soon.

Katy Perry

Sure Perry has only released two albums, but Teenage Dream yielded the most number one hits since Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The singer just finished her LP cycle and will now be working on new material… in Los Angeles. No husband or kids to hold her back, either.

Adele

The best fit with the biggest hurdles. Adele could rest her vocal cords while staying in the spotlight and making even more bank in the process. Problem is, the singer is pregnant with her first child. Reports suggest she is due this September. Would it be possible for her to have the baby and then fly to the States to tape auditions – and how far would “Idol” be willing to push back those auditions before the show’s launch in early 2013? From a logistics perspective, this probably won’t work.

To say it’s been a whirlwind of a couple months for Ashley Sullivan would be a gross understatement.

The Massachusetts-born singer auditioned for and landed on “American Idol” – falling just short of making the Top 24 cut. But Sullivan made “Idol”-history. She became the first ever contestant to get hitched on the show.

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“Oh yeah, we got married,” Sullivan, legal name Saraiva, confirmed in a phone interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “That was one of the coolest parts (of being on the show). That was really awesome.”

Sullivan tied the knot in Vegas, headed back to California, and was eliminated from “Idol.” Her and the new hubby flew to Massachusetts for a family reception, and then drove 3,000 miles back to Hollywood. Despite this all just unfolding on TV last week, the episodes were taped back in December.

“When we got here, we had nowhere to live, so we lived in a tent for about a month,” Sullivan revealed. “About a week ago, we got a place, so that’s where I am right now.”

The New Englander doesn’t know which direction she’ll move forward in, but has no regrets in looking back.

“I’m not going to say that (‘Idol’ producers) editing anything to be devious or misleading. I really did have a breakdown,” admitted Sullivan. “I really did want to go home. Everything where you see me crying happened in one night. It’s not like I’m hysterical over the course of days and days.”

Sullivan estimates that she slept no more than three hours over a three day span leading up to her “breakdown.” But despite that episode, along with an instance where she forgot the lyrics to a song, the aspiring songstress thought she had a chance.

“I still had a feeling they were going to keep me because I’m so weird,” Sullivan said. “Nobody else was weird.”

Maybe it was her “uniqueness” that cost Sullivan in the end. She admits that her style is an “acquired taste” – one that judge Randy Jackson never seemed to acquire. Still, she had nothing but kind words for him as well as the two new judges to “Idol” this season.

“Jennifer Lopez is a superstar. She’s like barely a real human being,” Sullivan gushed. “She’s just so awesome and so untouchable. She’s so beautiful in person! She looks like a Barbie doll!”

As great of an impression as Lopez left on her, Steven Tyler left an even bigger one.

“I don’t even have words,” said Sullivan. “I was really hoping I’d be able to come away from that being like, ‘I met a rock legend and he was so down-to-earth,’ and I totally got what I wanted.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports in the magazine’s latest edition that Steven Tyler’s daughter, Mia, thinks her father is saving “American Idol.” Juliet Izon explained on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

The debate is on: is Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler a good replacement for Simon Cowell as a judge on “American Idol”? Season 8 winner Kris Allen thinks Tyler can sit in the chair, and perhaps add even more of an intimidation factor to the show’s contestants.

“(Tyler’s) a great singer himself, so, you didn’t have to deal with that with Simon,” Allen noted. “You know, Steven Tyler can go, ‘Hey, I’m better than you.’” You can say, ‘You can’t do that Simon,’ but you can’t say that to Steven Tyler.”

Allen sat next to Tyler once at a concert, and only has high praise for the Hall of Famer.

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“I definitely think he’s been in the business long enough to do it,” said Allen, approving of the notion that Tyler would sit at the table this season. “He’s an interesting person… seemed like a nice guy.”

The “Idol” alum isn’t such a bad guy either – 2010 has seen him travel to both Haiti and Rwanda on charity missions. I informed Allen that Wyclef Jean would probably be running for president of Haiti (he ended up officially declaring his candidacy later in the week).

“I think he cares about it. I think he cares a lot,” said Allen. “Maybe it’d be a really great thing, I mean, I know that their government was really messed up before so, I think he probably has the vote considering his popularity.”

In the States, its Allen’s popularity that has kept him busy this summer – touring with Barenaked Ladies and Keith Urban while promoting his new single, “The Truth”, which features Train lead singer Pat Monahan. Allen informed me on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that he’s been too busy to even commence construction on his new home in Arkansas.