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Dave Grohl was in the parking lot of a studio he was using to record the new Foo Fighters record when he ran into a familiar face: Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman.

But besides the fact that Stockman is a part of a group who has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, there was another reason why Grohl recognized the Philadelphia-native.

“I met him before, at a really rock-and-roll spot,” Stockman told me, before dropping the punch line. “The flower shop.”

At the time, both men were buying flowers for their significant others. They’ve crossed paths a few times since, but it was the latest run-in that yielded a musical collaboration.

“(Grohl) said, ‘Hey man, I’m doing a song and it’d be great if you could put some vocals on it,’” recalled Stockman. “It was cool.”

The final product is the title track from the Foo’s forthcoming LP “Concrete and Gold,” due out this September. Stockman, along with Nathan and Wanya Morris, will be touring in Africa that month. Before then, the trio will wrap up its run on “The Total Package Tour” with New Kids On The Block and Paula Abdul then return to Las Vegas to continue its residency at The Mirage.

I caught up with the GRAMMY Award winners in their dressing room at Mohegan Sun Arena before the group took the stage in front of a sold-out crowd. The interview, produced for Mohegan Sun’s Facebook page, included a segment where Nathan drew a card and the three artists had to answer the question on it. Asked, “Which celebrity would make you starstruck?” Stockman responded by referencing another big-name collaboration.

“Mine was Michael Jackson; we actually got to work with him,” he said. “We did some vocals on his ‘HIStory’ album.”

“He turned them down really low though,” Nathan quipped. The guys laughed, and agreed.

“We ended up being really cool (with him),” Stockman continued. “I could actually say that we were friends with Michael Jackson.”

And Stockman may go down as the only artist to work with both the King of Pop and the Foo Fighters front man. Ironically, Grohl was once asked by Lenny Kravitz to play on a Jackson track released posthumously, however his drum line wasn’t used in the final recording.

Marion Jackson, the second youngest of the Jackson 5, called “The Ralphie Show” for a special “Throwback Thursday” edition of the show. Jackson spoke about the current tour he and his brothers are on, and also talked about how they remember “The King of Pop” on stage.

The Jackson’s played last Friday night in Westbury at the NYCB Theater and last Saturday in Atlantic City at the Borgata.


InTouch Weekly Senior Editor Kim Serafin recapped Bobby Brown’s “Today” interview in which he claimed that he was not responsible for Whitney Houston’s drug abuse.

Serafin also talked about the new global campaign that Pepsi is set to launch with Michael Jackson’s name, likeness, and music.

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I looked ahead to the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil lawsuits, broke down Drake’s comments on Twiter and Tumblr ruining our generation, and previewed new music from Gym Class Heroes.


Today’s big news came from a Los Angeles court room, where Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

Miami-based Attorney Justin Leto explained his views on the verdict and why he thought the jury could’ve ended up acquitting the doctor.

Michael Jackson’s Bad is the only album in history to spawn five top hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Charts. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream sits at four.

If “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is number one this week (it just topped the pop chart), Katy will also join this exclusive club.

The Hot 100 highlights will be released Wednesday. “Friday” reached spot two last week.

Lil Wayne is back on the road this summer, and Keri Hilson is one of his four supporting acts on the “I Am Still Music” tour. Sure, the two artists know each other; Weezy even had a verse on Hilson’s single, “Turnin’ Me On.” But that doesn’t mean the two are hanging out every day, or even saying hello… or for that matter, even seeing each other.

“Fifth show and I haven’t seen him yet,” Hilson revealed in her dressing room last week at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. The interview aired Monday evening on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “We are in our own world, preparing for every show, every day.”

Hilson did catch Wayne’s set a couple nights prior, and was nothing but complimentary towards the Young Money emcee.

“He has a lot of fun on stage,” Hilson observed. “That’s the one thing you can’t take away from Wayne, you will have fun watching him. He’s just such a character.”

“Miss Keri Baby” isn’t ruling out a collaboration between the two yet. Still early in the trek, Hilson simply said “it could happen.”

The singer/songwriter also paid props to another artist that she’s collaborated with: Ester Dean. Like Hilson, Dean both pens and sings songs. Her 2009 hit “Drop It Low” helped to establish the latter. Since, Dean has written big hits for Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry. She also wrote Hilson’s next single, “Lose Control.”

“I love the video, too,” Hilson added. “It’s one of my favorite videos I’ve ever done.”

The song features Nelly and is on Keri’s latest album, No Boys Allowed.


Why did “Idol” contestant James Durbin’s comments offend Michael Jackson’s family? TMZ’s Nicki Fertile explained on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

Catch Nicki on TMZ TV, local listings here.

Carson Daly insists that Michael Jackson’s management wasn’t as strict as the team around Britney Spears, and that has caused Daly to turn down an opportunity to interview the “Womanizer” singer.

“I was jst TOLD my @britneyspears interview tomm on @ampradio MUST b pre-recorded & submitted 4 approval by HER mgmt b4 it can air!” tweeted Daly. “F THAT!” (sic).

Daly elaborated that Spears’ management wanted him to pre-tape the interview and submit it for not just approval, but editing as well. If he agreed to waive his right to final cut (as well as the First Amendment), then her team would send him back a copy of the interview for air.

“I’ve known and supported (Spears) since she was 15,” Daly responded to a fan’s inquiry. “This has nothing to do w her. Just her ppl,” (sic).

Daly believes that Spears might not even know what her management is doing. The singer releases her seventh studio LP, Femme Fatale, today.

Apparently a 30 second clip of this song leaked on to the Internet a while ago, with the full version just hitting a couple of music blogs I check on the regular yesterday.

Off all the MJ songs to be released since his death, this one certainly has the most authentic feel to it – you could picture Jackson dancing and moonwalking to this one on stage.

A version of this song also hit the net yesterday with a verse from Jay-Z, however research determined that the bars from Jay in question were actually lifted from a different Jay-Z song, “Wishing On A Star.”

The above song is not on the track listing for Michael, due out next month.