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The second day of a backstage broadcast is usually a bit more hectic, and while the entire weekend was busier with our “Malibu Mansion Live” event, Saturday was no different from previous day two experiences. Notables that I spoke with included Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara, Michael and Luke from 5 Seconds of Summer and Joe Jonas’ new band DNCE.





While this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, count Kevin Jonas as one of the many happy with the accomplishments of his younger brother Nick.

“Nick’s doing an amazing job. He’s working his ass off and having so much fun,” the oldest JoBro told me last week on the red carpet at the Garden of Dreams Talent Show inside Radio City Music Hall. “I think the music speaks for itself. Yunno, having two top 10 hits is huge, and it’s a feat all in its own.”
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The youngest of the three musicians scored success on the pop chart with “Jealous” and “Chains.” Perhaps also not surprising: it doesn’t seem Nick is stopping there.

“I’ve heard there’s more music coming as well,” revealed Kevin. “So, I’m excited for him.”

Count Kevin strictly as a cheerleader though, and not as an older brother who tries to play mentor.

“Nick’s doing his thing. Each one of us is kind of doing our own thing,” he responded when I asked him about mentoring his younger bro. I posed the question because the event we were at centers on mentorship: the Garden of Dreams Foundation partners kids facing obstacles with celebrities throughout entertainment to receive guidance leading up to the event at Radio City.

Kevin did note that as the Jonas Brothers grew up, they had a few big names and experiences to lean on themselves.

“We got to meet a lot of amazing people as we got to travel and do different things,” Jonas noted, immediately mentioning the 51st GRAMMYs performance that the boys shared with Stevie Wonder. “Talking to Paul McCartney and being able to share our stories and him actually wanting to hear what we had to say and to tell us about his life… it’s just, things like that I’ll never forget.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Mariah Carey had a few rather interesting demands before she kicked off her residency at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace on May 6. Reporter Melissa Roberto also talked about Justin Bieber’s alleged love triangle and how Disney may be changing the way it deals with its younger stars on “Ralphie Tonight.”

“It’s exciting man,” Nick Jonas said on “Ralphie Tonight.” “It’s great to get this new music out.”

And on Monday, that new music saw the light of day. The youngest of the three that comprised the “Jonas Brothers,” Nick released a solo, self-titled album Monday through his new deal with Island Records. Chances are you knew this, as it was impossible to miss Nick on TV (“Fashion Rocks”), radio (for one, my show, which played the hit single “Jealous”) or print (you should not need a reminder about his much talk and tweeted about photo spread in Flaunt Magazine).

“Every day is a new discovery for people about who I am and what I’m willing to say; what I want to say in my music,” the 22 year-old explained. “It’s a thrilling thing to get to start over and be reintroduced to people.”

The “Jonas Brothers” were a huge success – touring the country, selling millions of albums globally, and starring in Disney movies. But as soon as the brothers parted ways with Disney and Hollywood Records, the three were able to have more control over whom they were and how they wanted to be perceived. Perhaps it was then that at least or especially from a musical standpoint, it made sense for the group to disband. They eventually went their separate ways professionally in 2013.

Now the youngest Jonas of the three is back in the spotlight, but there are a number of noticeable differences this time around. Now grown-up, Jonas wasn’t afraid to pose in his boxers for Flaunt, or cast his girlfriend, former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, as his co-star in the music video for “Jealous.”

“There were some preconceived ideas of what I was comfortable with and who I was,” he noted. “I think just kind of trying to educate and give people a better idea is what I’ve been doing.”

In that sense, Jonas’ new project is already a success. And while his priorities may have changed (whose don’t when they grow older?), the bond with his brothers has endured.

“I played (the album) for my brothers,” Nick revealed. “They heard it and loved it.

“They more give their opinion on what they think should be singles and stuff,” Jonas continued. “It’s helpful.”

So far, the project has gone better than Jonas could have anticipated, and it’s far from over. “Jealous” is still climbing the pop radio airplay charts, and the artist is slated to perform at this year’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” It is Jonas’ first time back since, you guessed it; he appeared on it with his brothers back in 2007.

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Life & Style Weekly Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe talked about the magazine’s sister publication’s MTV VMA After-party with yours truly, who was in attendance at the In Touch Weekly bash at Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. While that happened out west, the east coast was wrapped up in both the Democratic National Convention and New York’s Fashion Night Out.

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I talked about the upcoming Gym Class Heroes show at East Stroudsberg University, along with new music from Joe Jonas and Taio Cruz.

I appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.

They should just sign Joe Jonas to YMCMB. Seriously.

When Demi Lovato said on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that “just about everybody in my phone book” reached out to her after the release of “Skyscraper,” she may have not been exaggerating. In an interview that aired Wednesday night on “The Ralphie Radio Show,” Joe Jonas revealed he was one of those supporters.

“I think (‘Skyscraper’) is great,” remarked Jonas on the phone. “I’m really happy for her and it’s a great song and I’m glad to see that she’s able to pull out those emotions in a song.”

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After a reference was made to Lovato’s comment that everybody in her phone called or texted to offer congratulations, Jonas acknowledged that he was also one of those people.

It certainly speaks volumes that Jonas took the time to listen to the song and reach out to Lovato. No, not just because the two once dated, but because the middle “Jonai” is a very busy guy these days. Jonas is knee deep in a multimedia press tour to promote his new single, “See No More.” The track represents a departure from what you may have come to expect from the Jonas Brothers, and that’s no coincidence. Joe hit the studio with none other than Chris Brown to create the song. Brown co-wrote and provided backup vocals.

“We were not originally going to write together, we were just playing each other music,” said Jonas of his initial studio encounter with Breezy. “The next day we got in the studio and wrote the song in like, two hours or so.”

Jonas also talked about how Brown “lives in the studio” and that the R&B star played “about a thousand songs” that were in the works. Joe found inspiration in Brown’s sound, and the Jonas brother feels that will be apparent when his album, Fast Life, hits stores September 6.

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The Life & Style Scene Queens reported that they spotted Joe Jonas sans his purity ring… was it off for a cleaning, accidentally lost, or missing with a purpose? Entertainment reporter Jordi Lippe discussed the possibilities along with Joe’s relationship to Ashley Greene on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

Last Friday, I made a cameo on CNN Headline News’ “Prime News” with host Mike Galanos to discuss a recent viral video on YouTube. The piece in question showed a group of 8 and 9 year-old girls at a dance competition in Los Angeles. The girls wore very elaborate costumes that showed off their midriffs, along with knee-high boots – and mimicked the dance to the music video for Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

Parents and counselors across the country voiced their displeasure in the dance instructor and the children’s parents, calling the choreography too provocative and the outfits too revealing. Lauren Lake, a former hip hop dancer who appeared on the same HLN segment with me, compared the moves to that of a stripper – asking if a pole would be the next step for dancers their age.

I’m sorry, but I have to draw the line there. These girls were in a controlled environment, with parents, supervisors, and teachers. The comparison to exotic dancers was extreme, out of line, and uncalled for. I concurred that the outfits were not age-appropriate. But the dance moves consisted of more ballerina-twirling than booty shaking, grinding, or gyrating.

Matter of fact, how much of the latter actually appeared in the video? The girls were moving around frantically, but I think the “gyrating” claim is a little generous – perhaps these critics need a tutorial on how one actually gyrates.

Galanos and Lake were both against the video – which made it very hard for me to voice my opinion in the two-part, 10 minute piece. The bias in the segment reached a fever pitch right before Galanos tossed it to me for my first of only two chances where I’d be allowed to speak. The anchor decided it would also be a good idea to question not only the dance moves and costumes – but the song as well – by picking the most provocative lyrics of the track and reading them, while the words were displayed on screen.

This is a classic example of people criticizing pop culture without understanding it. You could pick a segment out of any piece of art – a song, a movie, The Bible – and find something to demonize. What Galanos failed to understand is that taken its full, intended context – Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” is an empowering song to women of all ages. In the track, which is one of Columbia Records’ most downloaded digital singles, Beyoncé sings about finding a man that will treat her right, and not needing any guy, especially one who won’t show her the respect she deserves.

Rolling Stone named “Single Ladies” the best single of 2008. The video has close to 90 million views on YouTube. Everyone from Joe Jonas to Justin Timberlake can be found on-line mimicking the dance… there is even footage of President Barack Obama, right before his inauguration, speaking to Beyoncé and noting that his daughters made him watch the video, attempting to teach him the infamous dance moves in the process. I’d hate to “pull a KanYe” – but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time!

“Single Ladies” is more than a song or a video – it’s a phenomenon that transcended to people of all ages and genders. Thankfully, there is at least a positive message to be taken from it.

That can’t be said for many other segments of our culture that 8 and 9 year olds are exposed to. Would Galanos and Lake rather see these girls hoola-hoop to Young Money’s “Bedrock”? How many of these dancers’ peers use a Lady GaGa song like “Just Dance” in a routine – yunno, where GaGa sings about getting drunk and hooking up in a club?

Galanos and Lake probably couldn’t answer that – which is another big problem with this whole ordeal. No one conducted a study to find out if “Single Ladies” is normally used in similar competitions, with comparable dance moves.

A TV network not giving a subject due diligence by reporting the facts? Maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised of my experience after all.