Archives For Times Square

CeeLo Green spent a little over a year out of the spotlight and hasn’t released new music in almost five (save his 2012 Christmas LP). The last year was controversial at best: Green was sentenced to three years probation following a no contest plea after authorities charged him with supplying ecstasy to a woman. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office brought that case to court after dropping sexual battery charges, citing insufficient evidence.

The last public report on Green’s probation came in May, and it was completely positive. Green, nee Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, complied with all conditions and a judge relieved the singer of having to attend any further court hearings. It seems the experiences of his past year have affected him, but not necessarily changed the former “Voice” coach.

“I’ve endured quite a bit, and I’ve experienced quite a bit,” Green told me as we chatted for a few minutes about his forthcoming album, Heart Blanche, due out November 13. “I’m at the time of my life where, I just felt like more mature music needs to co-exist. It’s definitely from the same signature soul perspective of CeeLo Green and even more introspective and reflective, but still enjoyable and entertaining.”
ceelo
I followed up by asking if he is reflecting on the past year in these songs; he confirmed that and elaborated.

“It’s a culmination of that (and) just a desire to kind of get back in and contribute again,” Green responded. “You just feel like you’re being idle.”

But while the “Forget You” artist probably wasn’t moving at the pace he had grown accustomed to, he was far from idle. Green recorded his new LP while fulfilling community service requirements with Volunteers of America, working with homeless veterans. And his therapist said that anytime Green was asked about his upcoming project, he exhibited a “genuine humbleness.”

The same could be said during our chat, which was the second time I have interviewed Green.

“You ever heard the term, ‘carte blanche’?” he asked after I inquired about the new album’s title. “It means, ‘one who has the ability to act as he wishes, behave, create.’ You know what I’m saying?

Heart Blanche; music being a matter of the heart.”

An early call time in Times Square is a little easier to wake up for when you’re interviewing Miss America and contestants vying for the 2016 crown. “Ralphie Tonight” spoke with Kira Kazantsev and a few women that hope to follow in her footsteps after they appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
missamerica
The 2016 Miss America Competition airs on Sunday September 13 at 9/8c on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

“Ralphie Tonight” rang in the new year with a million of our closest friends from Times Square live on New York’s 95.5 PLJ.

A few guests stopped by to chat during the show as well, including Florida Georgia Line, the cast of “Aladdin” The Musical, Magic! and Kat Graham.

A comeback tour has to start somewhere, and for 98 Degrees that place was Hershey, PA. The performance at the inaugural “Mixtape Festival” went so well that the guys decided to hop back in the studio and jump on the road with New Kids on The Block and Boyz II Men. The tour sold better than expected, so it looks like this might not be the last curtain call for the Ohio-born quartet.

“I think we’ll probably take a break, and then regroup and go back out,” Drew Lachey told “The Ralphie Show” of the band’s plans post-Package Tour. “(We’ll) see what’s up tour-wise or head back in the studio. One way or another, we’ll be doing something together.”

The band released its first studio album in 13 years, 2.0, in May. “The Package Tour” runs through August.

The Starz original series “Magic City” held a 50’s Miami-themed fashion show in Times Square Wednesday. The season two premiere airs this Friday. Golden Globe-nominated actor Danny Huston talked with “The Ralphie Show” about the event and America’s obsession with “retro.”