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Miley Cyrus is back on the cover of “Billboard” and set to perform her new single “Malibu” for the first time next weekend on the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

If it seems like déjà vu, well that makes sense. Back in 2013 Cyrus used The BBMAs as a springboard to promote her return from a three-year music hiatus. On the red carpet she talked about the comeback and “We Can’t Stop,” which would be released later that month to much fanfare.

“I don’t ever label anything,” Cyrus told me outside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena that May, while standing alongside Renaissance man will.i.am. The duo collaborated on “Feelin’ Myself” and the uber-melodic “Fall Down.” “All my party jams are real s— too. It’s all what I really need to say.”

And she said quite a bit with her fourth studio album and first on RCA, “Bangerz.” From the aforementioned lead single to the smash-hit “Wrecking Ball” followed by the tour to support the LP, Cyrus demolished any remnants of the “Hannah Montana” era.

Now seems that the songstress is in a different place. A better place? Maybe – you’d have to ask her. She’s rumored to be back on with fiancé Liam Hemsworth. She shouldn’t be judged for her appearance but from the Billboard cover this much is obvious: the edginess is either changed or gone altogether.

As for “Malibu” – well it certainly sounds more “real s—“ than “party jam” – not that Cyrus makes a distinction.

On the last night of Coachella’s first weekend, headlining act David Guetta had a little surprise in store for the crowd. The superstar DJ staged a reunion of all four Black Eyed Peas members, who performed the worldwide smash “I Gotta Feeling” following the premiere of a new BEP/Guetta track called, “This Is Awesome.”

Last June on “Ralphie Tonight,” Apl.De.Ap talked about taking the stage again with Will.I.Am and Taboo for a benefit concert in Los Angeles, and the fact that The Peas were still under a record deal with Interscope.

The rumor at the moment is that BEP will release something later this year around the band’s twentieth anniversary.

Fergie called in to “Ralphie Tonight” to chat about a number of different topics – from the music video to her latest single “L.A.LOVE (la la)” to the deadline for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Plus we talked holidays – as Fergie gets ready for Christmas with husband Josh Duhamel and Axl, and as she readies for a return to the stage as a co-host and performer at this year’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

I caught an exclusive look at the filming of Apl.De.Ap’s music video for his song “Be,” which will be on iTunes November 28. The track serves as the first single from his forthcoming solo album. “Be” features Honey Cocaine. The final scenes for the video were shot at PhD Rooftop Nightclub inside Dream Downtown in New York.


Apl also gave his thoughts on whether a Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather fight will ever happen, Fergie’s new song, and Will.I.Am’s new wearable device during his chat for “Ralphie Tonight.”

The accolades continue to roll in for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as the duo lead all artists with six American Music Awards nominations. The nods were revealed Thursday morning during a segment on “Good Morning America” and later in a press conference at nearby B.B. King’s in Times Square.

In addition to the top prize of Artist of the Year, the Seattle-based tandem will be up for Kohl’s Best New Artist, newly created Single of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Band, and Best Artist and Album in the Rap/Hip-Hop category.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will have their work cut out for them when it comes to the biggest award of the evening. Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake also received nominations for Artist of the Year. Timberlake looks to be the clear front-runner, having dropped two number one albums this year. But, the vote is fan-based, and is live now at AMAVote.com. For the first time in the show’s history, Twitter will also be used in the vote tallying process.

If it’s any consolation to the “Thrift Shop” artists, there’s at least one person who thinks they can take home the big award. The support though comes from an unlikely source: former N’Sync member Lance Bass.

“Macklemore and Ryan Lewis really just had such a stellar year,” Bass told me after the press conference. For the fourth consecutive year he will co-host the Coca Cola Red Carpet broadcast prior to the show. “I think it’s going to have to go to them.”

Bass still insists that Timberlake, who he referred to as “his boy,” will be sure to stop and chat with him on the red carpet prior to the AMAs. The award show will broadcast live on ABC, Sunday November 24 at 8 pm, from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.

Also on Thursday, the first two performers were revealed: Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons. The latter is up for Best New Artist and the former made plenty of headlines the last time she performed on an award show.

“I don’t ever have talks with people about what they can’t do,” insisted AMAs producer Larry Klein. “We have creative talks to discuss what they want to do, and how they want to be presented. It’s very seldom that I ever say to somebody, ‘You cannot do this.’”

Given her recent live TV history, if there is one person in music that would warrant that seldom-used warning, it might be Cyrus.

Swift and Timberake tied for second on the nominations list with five apiece. The American Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions. Cumulus Media Networks is the show’s official radio partner.

This is the second single from the Black Eyed Peas solo emcee’s forthcoming solo LP. As we predicted on “The Ralphie Show,” the album would be released in the States as soon as Will scored a hit, which he did with the Britney Spears’ assisted “Scream and Shout.” #willpower will be released worldwide on April 9. The renaissance man recorded this track with the Biebs while overseas.

For those keeping track at home, this is the fifth track from will.i.am’s forthcoming (yes, more news on that in a second) album #willpower. Will and Britney also collaborated for “Big Fat Bass” off Britney’s Femme Fatale.

Apparently, the Black Eyed Peas lead emcee is releasing #willpower, just not in the U.S., yet. The album is slated for a December 7 drop date in Australia and will hit stores on December 10 in the UK. My guess: if this single takes off, you’ll see an American date as well.

If you have ever listened to The Script, you know the Irish rockers know a thing or two about heartbreak. Perhaps this serves as an explanation as to why the band moved up a December date on Long Island to this Thursday. The concert at Huntington’s Paramount Theater will now serve as a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims.

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“I believe that a lot of these songs are going to take on a very, very special and a very unique meaning when we get to sing them in front of the audience there,” said Script lead singer Danny O’Donoghue on “The Ralphie Show.” The show’s flagship station, 95.5 PLJ, is one of the radio sponsors of the benefit show. “One song that comes to mind is ‘For the First Time.’”

O’Donoghue is well-aware that for many on Long Island and down the shore, life is imitating the lyrics of his art.

“People are having dinner by candlelight, yunno they might have an old, cheap bottle of wine there and they’re really back to basics,” the singer said. “That song, I mean on that night is gonna… I’m getting hairs on the back of my neck standing up now imaging the crowd singing it.”

There will be tears of joy as well – The Script’s latest hit single came about because O’Donoghue and his fellow coach on UK’s “The Voice” Will.I.Am both enjoy finding “positivity through music.”

“I guess we’re both individually strange and unique as the next one,” the Irishman said of his friendship with the Black Eyed Peas emcee. “God, I forgot about that song. I’m going to play that song too… that’s going to be amazing.”

The concert begins at 8 PM on Thursday. All proceeds benefit Long Island Cares and the Long Island chapter of the American Red Cross.

On WBRE’s “PA Live!” for this week’s “The Ralphie Report,” I talked about “American Idol” finalist Colton Dixon, The Black Eyed Peas lead emcee Will.I.Am, and Octomom.

Some could say that it was a “good, good night” for the Republican Party on Tuesday at its national convention. Black Eyed Peas lead emcee Will.I.Am wouldn’t be one of those people. The Renaissance man took to Twitter last night and acknowledged that the GOP used The Peas’ anthem “I Gotta Feeling” during its convention in Tampa.


“The #RNC just played #igottafeeling,” tweeted Will. “I gotta feeling there ganna adopt #yeswecan next…united states not divided states #reachforthestars (sic).”

The artist supported President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and has long used his platform to push agendas that transcend music, ranging from education to the economy. But despite the message of unity in his initial comment about the Republican Party, Will followed up with a tweet to me, further explaining his stance on the song’s use.


“I didnt allow it, republicans do what ever they want…they used it without permission,” he said in an at reply to my username, “ralphieaversa.” “#igottafeeling they’re having a G.O.P.”

Will made no further comments on Twitter about the song. The artist adds his name to a seemingly ever-growing list of liberal musicians whose music is used by Republicans without permission. Earlier this year, the indie rock outfit Silversun Pickups issued a cease and desist letter to Mitt Romney’s campaign after he played the track, “Panic Switch” at a rally.