Ryan Cabrera on Ashlee Simpson’s Wedding and His First New Album in 7 Years (Exclusive)

by Katie Krause 10:41 AM PST, February 02, 2015
Playing Ryan Cabrera on Ashlee Simpson’s Wedding and His First New Album in 7 Years (Exclusive)

Ryan Cabrera’s new single “House On Fire” is the perfect mix of upbeat organic pop with a splash of indie-synths. Not only does the catchy single mark Ryan’s triumphant return to the music scene, but his first full-length album in seven years is set for release later this year.

ETonline exclusively caught up with the musician on the set of the music video for the feel-good track where he dished on his infectious new sound, his famous exes and yes – the Backstreet Boys.


“It’s kind of like an early ‘90s theme,” Ryan shared of the new Office Space-inspired video which features a cameo from his pal Dennis Haskins, a.k.a. Mr. Belding. “I’m having a really bad day and then I’m like, ‘You know what? I’m out.’ I leave home, go on a road trip and see what happens from there… It’s a very positive upbeat song and the video is going to represent the fun part of it of whatever happens, happens.”

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Cabrera, 32, teased that his album will echo the same sentiment as the new single. “It’s a very fun, eclectic, positive record,” he shared, noting, “even some of the sadder songs -- I kind of twist into a positive manner.”


Cabrera first shot to fame in 2004 with his single “On The Way Down” which featured then-girlfriend Ashlee Simpson in the video. Ryan was also featured on her MTV reality show, The Ashlee Simpson Show before appearing as Audrina Patridge’s love interest on the network’s 2010 hit reality series, The Hills. He also made a cameo in E!’s reality show, Pretty Wild. But, don’t look for him to make another reality cameo anytime soon.

“I was never even supposed to be on reality TV, it just so happens that I dated two girls that happened to be on shows,” Ryan explained, adding that his music takes priority these days.

“If my next girlfriend happens to be on a reality show and she asks me to be on it, I’m gonna be like ‘no!’” Ryan joked. And despite the fact Ashlee married Evan Ross last year, the exes are on good terms, with Ryan admitting he attended the wedding.

“Of course, she married one of my best friends,” he shared. “I’m friends with all my ex-girlfriends.”

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Ryan, who puts fans into a frenzy with his constant tweets with the Backstreet Boys, wasn't closed off to the idea of a possible collaboration in the future.

“I mean, I wouldn't throw it out, I've been friends with Nick for a long time,” adding, “My go-to karaoke song is 'I Want It That Way.'”

For more from our interview with Ryan, watch the video above. We put him into the hot seat, asking him to choose between Beyonce or Taylor Swift, The Hills or The Ashlee Simpson Show, and even got him to show off his dance moves.”

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Ryan is set to hit the road next month and an EP titled Wake Up Beautiful will be released on March 3rd.

The "House on Fire" music video is out today. Watch it in full here. And, to hear what Miley Cyrus had to tell us about her new music, check out the video below.

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