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I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I recapped my interview with Jeremih, explained why The Fray’s Isaac Slade had to move a holiday party due to NBC’s “Today,”, and talked about David Archuleta’s announcement that he is taking a two-year break from music to go on a Mormon mission.

R&B singer Jeremih’s biggest song to date rose up the charts in part due to a viral video recorded by rapper 50 Cent and YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill. But the crooner revealed in an interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that he had no idea “Down on Me” would be used in a video that initially aired on E!’s “Chelsea Lately.”


“I saw it when everybody else did,” the Chicago native said. “Whatever (50 Cent) does in his life, he has a strategy behind it… I never really know what he’s going to do, but I’m sure whatever it is, it’ll be very impactful.”

50’s move to lip-sync with Cahill on camera proved more than impactful: the video has over 42 million views, and the single has sold almost three million copies in the United States.

“I think (Cahill) was very instrumental to the success of ‘Down on Me’” admitted Jeremih. “I give credit to where it’s due.”

No word on if Cahill will team up with the singer and rapper again for “Girls Go Wild” – but the marketing guru that is 50 Cent already has a plan. The emcee is using the song in the campaign for his new line of headphones, SMS by 50.

“I didn’t even know they were available for purchase,” the singer said. “I saw Waka Flocka earlier at ‘106 & Park,’ and he had a pair, so now I know they’re available.”

Speaking of BET, Jeremih will end his 2011 on a strong note, with an appearance on the TV network’s New Year’s Eve special, which was taped in part last weekend.


It wasn’t too long ago that singer J Randall was bumping “Bartender” in his car. Now the 24 year-old is collaborating with the likes of T-Pain and other high profile people, including producer RedOne and YouTube star Keenan Cahill. J checked in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” from South Florida to chat about his single, “Can’t Sleep” and how he and Cahill linked up in Chicago to film a hilarious lipsync video of the song.

Starting with this father/daughter duet of 4 Non Blondes “What’s Up?”

Who knew old Game Boy systems actually could be useful?

Yes, this is a real product…

WEB BONUS: Keenan Cahill lip-syncs Katy Perry and KanYe West’s “E.T.”

Some of these tips are obvious, others – not so much.

– Know the topic & audience
– Make sure the sound is clear
– Make sure you’re well-lit
– Clear the background of anything distracting
– Have a good idea of what you’re going to say before recording
– Keep it to :60 sec or less if possible

When you’re ready to cut me a royality check, just give a shout. Thanks.

The Plain White T’s attempted to channel the joys and inspirations of the band’s youth for the latest LP, The Wonders of the Younger. But you may be shocked to discover that next year, PWTS celebrates its fifteenth birthday. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Lead singer Tom Higgenson can’t believe it either.

“Wow, holy cow,” a shocked Higgenson replied when I informed him of this on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “It doesn’t (seem like 15 years). But yunno, we started right out of high school, just a local band playing local shows.”

Now they play across the states – far away from the band’s Midwest roots. But Higgenson and company are very much still in touch with Chicago – and perhaps still a little touchy on the subject of Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler. The QB came under criticism last month during the NFC Championship game for sitting out the second half with an injury.

“I think he was really hurt,” the lead singer said in defense of Cutler. “He’s a tough guy. He fought through a lot – a couple concussions through the season.”


Higgenson knows a thing or two about “toughing it out” on the road – he’s no stranger to evening performances, after-show media, and early morning radio visits. According to the front man and Tim Lopez, there’s no alternative to playing hurt while on tour. Lopez has been with PWTS for about half of the almost 15 year-run, and plays the role of lead singer on the band’s latest single, “Rhythm of Love.”

“In the past we just had (Tom) sing,” said Lopez of material he wrote with Higgenson for the T’s prior to “Rhythm.” “This time around, the songs were personal and thankfully I turned in demos that were… they almost sound like the songs sound now on the record.”

Lopez and Higgenson concurred that the quality of the demos is what sold the band. Ultimately – it was Higgenson’s call, and after cutting his own vocals for the song, he even decided Lopez’s voice belonged on the track.

I suppose, like Jay Cutler, it’s all about picking your spots.