By Jack Rico
I’m pretty proud of having produced the second episode of ‘Highly Relevant’ podcast all by myself (if you guys want to know bad enough how I did, I’ll write about it here one of these days). This week, I had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Nick Lachey. He is someone whose work I not only admired with 98 Degrees and as a solo artist, but someone I had the distinct delight in working with at VH1’s Big Morning Buzz last year. You can listen beginning at (1:13). The three things that stood out the most from the interview were the 98 Degrees album he’s most proud of, the full story on how their biggest hit “The Hardest Thing” almost never got recorded and a Whoopi Goldberg quote he recited to me that will change anyone’s life.
Delving deeper on our interview with Nick Lachey, we discussed how he’s managed to stay so humble despite so much praise and attention in his career, how Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Dave Grohl left such a mark on him, his experience on being a part of the legendary Motown record label, meeting Michael Jackson, a deep breakdown of his “2.0” album and tracks, plus, what a discussion on who and what makes a great lead singer of a boy band.
Also, on the podcast I go toe to toe with WWE’s SummerSlam event (24:13) happening this Sunday. My good friend Andrew Goldstein joins me to discuss what fans can expect this weekend, and the bigger picture on whether the WWE can continue its ratings dominance in a digital streaming world. And I’ll also recap Baz Luhrmann’s new multicultural Netflix musical THE GET DOWN (43:31), along with the most relevant entertainment stories of the week,as well as share my review of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, a movie I believe is the frontrunner to win the Best Animated Film at next year’s Oscar Awards (41:42). Hint, it comes out this weekend!