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The boys from Bradenton, FL don’t get to spend a lot of time at home these days, but that doesn’t mean We The Kings isn’t in a Sunshine State of Mind. Front man Travis Clark announced Monday evening on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that the nod to the band’s Floridian-roots may serve as the title for their forthcoming third album.

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“It was created by our bass player,” Clark said of Sunshine State of Mind. “(Drew Thomsen) just said it, and we were like, ‘Oh, that’s really cool.’”

Clark is back in the Sunshine State – he celebrated his birthday, which happened to land on Easter this year, with family and friends. The lead singer is back home for about a week before hitting the road again for a handful of college shows and Bamboozle in New Jersey. It’s a rare lull in the action, as his band already completed their portion of writing and recording the next LP.

“Right now, the tentative (release) date is going to be late June,” Clark also revealed of the new album. “Obviously it’s going to be on a Tuesday… maybe the 28 of June, maybe a week before, maybe a week after.”

The first single is called, “Friday is Forever.” No, Rebecca Black did not inspire the song, but that doesn’t mean WTK didn’t have a little fun with Black’s notoriously-popular YouTube video in promoting its own single. Clark says the band contacted the same company that produced the “big head” commercials for the National Basketball Association.

“We decided that we would make a parody video of the little video she did,” he explained. “We cut out our heads and put them on her body.”

Not only did the band use its own heads, but throughout the video the faces of everyone from Charlie Sheen to Angelica from the popular Nickelodeon cartoon “Rugrats” can be spotted. As brilliant as the production is – Clark says that it will not serve as the official music video. The actual piece was recently filmed in Los Angeles and will be released in the near future.

Ke$ha co-wrote the original and Nicki is getting ready to support Britney this summer on the “Femme Fatale” tour – so this makes sense, and sounds pretty dope.

What is going on, where did all these monkeys come from, and why is Bruno Mars shaking his junk?

The New York Times’ reporter Dave Itzkoff broke the news earlier tonight that Lady GaGa’s manager (presumably Troy Carter) has flip-flopped on his initial decision to prohibit “Weird Al” Yankovic from releasing a parody GaGa’s hit, “Born This Way.” Despite first telling Yankovic that the denial came straight from the singer herself, GaGa’s manager now alleges that he never played the song for his artist. After hearing the parody, entitled “Perform This Way,” it’s said that GaGa is a fan and Yankovic will be able to release it commercially both as a single and on his album.

“Weird Al” will donate all proceeds from the single and music video to the Human Rights Campaign.

On Tuesday evening I talked Donald Trump, Mariah Carey, The Osbournes with hosts Brooke Anderson and A.J. Hammer on CNN HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight.” Check out all three of my segments below!

Big thanks to HLN and Mark Goldman of Goldman & McCormick PR.

Imagine you’re a 23 year-old up-and-coming pop star that once did a talent show routine in school to Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time.” Now imagine that you’ve been told that you’re going to open up for Spears this summer on the “Femme Fatale” tour. That’s basically what happened to Jessie Malakouti – and I’m sure you could only imagine how she took the news.

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“This is no joke, I cried,” Jessie revealed on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” She fronts Jessie and The Toy Boys. “I’m tremendously honored to be a part of the ‘Femme Fatale’ tour. Britney is an icon, especially for my generation.”

That talent show routine wasn’t a joke either – Malakouti was in fifth grade when she choreographed a dance with her friends to “…Baby One More Time.”

“Someone has a video of it somewhere, I did it with four other kids in my class,” she said. “I want to try and find them on Facebook. I’m sure one of their parents taped it, and I would love to see it.”

Malakouti actually wouldn’t mind if the video went viral on YouTube – which is refreshing given that most artists would probably dread any video from their teens hitting the net. The 23 year-old is currently promoting her single, “Push It,” an electro-synth heavy dance track that she worked on with Tony Kanal of No Doubt fame and frequent Black Eyed Peas collaborator Jean Baptiste. Yelawolf, a rapper discovered and signed by Eminem, raps a verse on the song as well.

Jessie and The Toy Boys already have a bunch of tracks in the hole and a second single in mind – with aspirations to release an album before the end of the year.

I faced off against radio host T.J. McCormick on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” in a debate over a recent decision by The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. The school is keeping a campus pub open til 2 a.m. on the weekends and allowing patrons in over the age of 18.

Big thanks to Fox News and Mark Goldman of Goldman & McCormick PR.

There aren’t many bigger Ryan Tedder/OneRepublic fans than yours truly, but Bruno Mars killed the hook on this song. Apparently this is the demo version – so don’t call it the remix… call it the… pre-mix?

I appeared on CNN Headline News with anchor Virginia Cha to talk about the cancellation of the ABC soap operas, “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.”

Big thanks to HLN and Mark Goldman of Goldman & McCormick PR.

May is usually a big month for Jordan Knight – he celebrates his birthday on the 17. But in addition to turning the big 4-1, the New Kids on the Block singer will also release two albums on consecutive weeks. The NKOTBSB collaboration with the Backstreet Boys hits shelves May 24. Knight revealed on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that his solo project, Unfinished, will be released the following Tuesday.

“I had to push the release date back to May 31,” said Knight, who called in from his Boston home. “It’s very typical in this business to kind of push the dates back, but it’s still in May.”

Yunno, Knight has done this once or twice before. The original date was May 3, and the extra couple of weeks afford the artist more time to organize what will be a hectic spring and summer. In addition to the two albums and 41-date arena tour with BSB, Knight will also be holding autograph signings and performing radio promo events in support of his new album.

“Like you were saying earlier, (saying that I’m) being busy is ‘a gross understatement,’” Knight noted, referencing my introduction to our chat on “The RRS.” “I’ll probably be doing an in-store (signing) or maybe a radio show here, and then have to rush back to the arena to do the actual 2 hour show that we’re doing with the Backstreet Boys.”

The first single from Unfinished is the up-tempo track, “Let’s Go Higher,” written by “What You Got” singer and the Lady GaGa “Just Dance”-featured Colby O’Donnis. The Grammy-nominated O’Donnis had “Let’s Go Higher” in the bank for a minute. He sent it to Knight despite the fact that Jordan was looking for ideas for a track already created for the album.

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“That was about a year ago,” Knight said. He flew out to O’Donnis’ house to cut the vocals. “They have an intercom system in the house. His mom would call up – ‘Colby, dinner’s ready!’ and he’d be like, ‘Yo Jordan let’s take a break, dinner’s ready.”

The New Kid spent a couple days at O’Donnis’ crib and had nothing but great things to say about the experience, and the food. Knight felt like a kid again because when his band was first starting out – it was a similar situation. The guys would rehearse in Knight’s basement, break for food upstairs, and return for more recording.

Knight did not talk with the other fellas about promoting his solo project over the summer. He insists that it will not conflict with anything that New Kids or BSB are doing on tour – if anything, the complete opposite.

“With all the people that I’m working on with my solo project, I told them all, ‘(The album) cannot get in the way of the New Kids on the Block,’” said Knight. “I don’t want there to be any kinds of conflict. I only want each thing to enhance the other.”

The New England-native believes that the NKOTB comeback will help his album, but that wasn’t the primary motivating factor in the release of his fifth solo LP.

“The resurgence of the New Kids obviously gives it a lot more exposure,” Knight admitted. “I’m happy about that.”

Above all, it seems that Knight is just happy to be in the mix again – solo or with the guys.

“It’s going to be exciting,” he said of his upcoming summer. “We’re going back on tour and it’s a huge arena tour with another ‘boy band’ and the excitement, the music, the fans… it’s just all so much fun.”