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Melanie Fiona singing with a street performer

Melanie Fiona Meets Street Performers: NYC Edition

In New York City, especially during the summer months, there are street performers at nearly every major crossroad. If you live in New York, you may have walked past Universal artist Melanie Fiona, singing for the love and spare change, and not even realized it. [Okay, maybe not for the change.] With her debut album The Bridge reset for November 10, Melanie Fiona got the idea to have a few talented street musicians interpret instrumentals of her songs as she laid on the vocals for some pre-album goodness. Take a listen..

I can honestly say Melanie Fiona’s album will be one of those first week gotta have it deals. If you don’t have the Questlove produced mixtape/interview, grab it here.

Rihanna at Paris Fashion week 2009, Hussein Chalayan show

Stylish > Rihanna’s Paris Fashion Week Style

- posted by Stylish1 via Seventh Square

Rihanna is in fashion paradise while attending Paris fashion Week. She has been spotted at almost every main show, and has been seen wearing some interesting outfits. Up top she’s at the Hussein Chalayan show. Which one of these outfits do you like the best?

Rihanna at Paris Fashion week 2009 dressed in all black at Chanel show

Rihanna at Chanel show

Rihanna at Paris Fahsion Week 2009, the Vivienne Westwood show

Rihanna at Vivienne Westwood show

Mae Day cheek view in Give it All video

Mae Day “Give it All” Video (!) + The Big Smack

Attention all Hip-Hop moguls and top level music company executives! Whenever people complain about the lack of better quality music, you have to do the unimaginable - go to work. Dig in the trenches and find a jewel that fills the real need for fresh faces, new stories, and divergent perspectives needed to keep this thing of ours alive.

I realize you were co-opted by the machine a long time ago and corporate needs and the distractions that a luxurious life provides (and the need to maintain that on a personal level) dominates the creative/unfamiliar stretching that would otherwise give life to the music. But like plaque silently building up in the arteries of a person that looks healthy enough, one day you’ll turn around and it’ll be flat on its face. Guess it’s too late for those jumping jacks.

Scene set, let’s do some digging.

Mae Day in yellow vest hoodie by railroad tracks

For today’s case let’s take a female rapper out of Detroit who calls herself Mae Day. Five months ago (maybe more) links to Mae Day’s “Cherish the Day” began to sprout around the web. In May, it was rooted on Whudat. All Sade samples, all Mae Day, all hot tracks. It’s a digital mixtape that sounds like an album that sounds like what you’re missing on your artist roster.

A more curious/adventurous executive would have a sit down with Helen Folasade Adu (Sade), handshake over sample clearances and make “Cherish the Day” an official drop. New world of music. New expectations and contracts: a one off, with a one disc label option. Aware of the need for radio friendly music to bump down Familiar Boulevard. To the dissapointment of Rick (haha)  I select “Give it All” as the best track for that ride.

Mae Day and her team were of a similar mind.

This week a video for “Give it All” was released on the tube.

Like that or not, take the album/mixtape with you. You might be surprised.

Mae Day Cherish the Day album cover

By the way, second single/serving.. I say “Crime.”