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  • New Mixtape: WQST Radio Presents: Melanie Fiona Meets The Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of ‘The Bridge’)

    July 11.09 @ 7:31 pm
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    Miss Melanie Fiona has teamed up with Questlove presenting WQST Radio Presents: Melanie Fiona Meets The Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of ‘The Bridge’. Just a few days ago, I posted one of the tracks “Ay Yo” whuch is featured on the mixtape.  (I can’t seem to get this track out of my head.) This mixtape is a mix of music and getting to know Melanie Fiona. The Bridge is available in Canada while it will be released in the U.K. on July 27th and in the U.S. on September 22nd. Make sure you support my girl Melanie Fiona!

    Download the mixtape and tell me what you think.


    1. Give It To Me Right (ILLADELPHONICS Live Remix)
    2. Melanie Fiona & ?uestlove Part 1
    3. Ay Yo  (ILLADELPHONICS Live Remix)
    4. Melanie Fiona & ?uestlove Part 2
    5. Heartless (ILLADELPHONICS Live Remix)
    6. Melanie Fiona & ?uestlove Part 3
    7. Monday Morning (ILLADELPHONICS Live Remix)
    8. Melanie Fiona & ?uestlove Part 4
    9. Somebody Come Get Me (ILLADELPHONICS Live Remix)
    10. Melanie Fiona & ?uestlove Part 5
    11. Cupid (ILLADELPHONICS Live Remix)
    12. Melanie Fiona Medley by ?uestlove

    Download: Melanie Fiona Meets The Illadelphonics

    (source: Toflo.com)

    New Music: Melanie Fiona “Ay Yo” (Live Remix Jam Session of the Bridge)

    July 9.09 @ 2:38 pm
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    Melanie just released her debut album The Bridge in Canada just last week entering the Soundscan charts at #25  selling 1771 copies. She recently reported that The Bridge will be released in the U.K. on July 27th and in the U.S. on September 22nd. Melanie will be joining Questlove to release a mixtape called Melanie Fiona meets The Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of the Bridge) later today. “Ay Yo” is one of the tracks will be featured on the mixtape. Since it’s a live and remixed version, it definitely give you a 70’s soulful feel. Melanie is even rapping on the track too. Who knew that she could spit.  Peep the track and enjoy!

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    Download: Melanie Fiona “Ay Yo” (Live Remix Jam Session of the Bridge)


    Live Performances: Nas at Rock The Bells 2009 in Toronto

    July 6.09 @ 1:16 pm
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    Sunday July 5th, Rock The Bells stopped in Toronto at the Molson Amphitheatre where many big hip hop artists performed. Unfortunately I didn’t make it out but I heard great things about the event especially Nas. Thanks  forzaferrarif1fan via Youtube, I found some footage from Nas’ set at Rock The Bells. Nas performed some of his classics songs including “The World is Yours,” “If I Ruled The World” and “Hip Hip is Dead”. Peep the footage.

    Side note: Anyone who attended the event, can you please tell me what the eff Mos Def was doing at the show?

    Hip Hop is Dead

    The World Is Yours/It Ain’t Hard To Tell

    Nas Is Like / If I Ruled The World

    Live Performances: Solange “Valentine’s Day” at Heavens in London

    July 6.09 @ 12:08 pm
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    Solange was out in London a little over a month ago, and she performed my favourite song “Valentine’s Day” off her last album Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams. Ever since I bought her album in September, I have been hooked on it. Solange presented a side of her that most haven’t seen. She is more creative, vibrant and of course, soulful. Not only do I feel that she is an wonderful singer but she is an amazing songwriter. Her visions and passion with her music is out of of this world. Unfortunately, Solange hasn’t made her way to Toronto yet and when she does, I will be there!!  Peep the live performance. If you like Solange, you will definitely like Melanie Fiona.

    Side note: I LOVE live bands.

    Would’ve Been The One

    Music Videos: Trish “Bump”

    July 6.09 @ 11:30 am
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    I first brought you Trish a few months ago and now she is back with her second video “Bump”. The music video is directed by Marc Andre Debrunye consisting of cool nightvision shots and some outrageous dance moves.. (How does she do that?) “Bump” has been my track for a HOT minute and it always gets me in the mood to pose and dance. Trish has a lot in the works and I’m super anxious to see what she will be doing next. Peep the video.

    Styling: GetJanet
    Makeup: Sherlyn Torres
    Hair Stylist: Tazz


    What’s Young, Fresh & New: Drake “Think Good Thoughts” feat. Phonte & Elzhi

    July 3.09 @ 3:54 pm
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    Drake dropped a new track earlier last week called “Think Good Thoughts” featuring Phonte & Elzhi which is produced by 9th Wonder. This track is beyond dope as Drake killed this beat. It is NOW listed as one my favorite tracks of the moment. So what’s Young, Fresh & New? Drake “Think Good Thoughts”

    Side Note: Can you guess the song that 9th Wonder sampled?

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    Events: TONA ‘Direct Deposit’ LP & “Fast Pace” Video Release Party On July 14th at Revival (Toronto)

    July 3.09 @ 3:01 pm
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    Big Homie Tona will be having an official Direct Deposit LP release party on Tuesday July 14th at Revival in Toronto. His upcoming music video “Fast Pace” featuring T.R.A.C.K.S. and Saukrates will premiere at the party.  Peep the details below.

    ‘Direct Deposit’ is the collaboration album between Tona & producer, Lyve.

    ‘Fast Pace’ Feat Saukrates & T.R.A.C.K.S of IRS, is the second single & video off the LP, directed by David F. Mewa.

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
    @ The Revival (783 College St W)

    Music provided by:
    Channel 9
    P Plus

    Damage: $5
    Doors @ 9pm

    ‘DIRECT DEPOSIT’ LP will be AVAILABLE 4 sale @ venue!!


    After erupting onto the music scene last year with his Don’t Holla EP, Tona is no freshman to the mic & stage. Sharing the stage with acts like Nas, Method Man/Red Man, Black Milk, Lupe Fiasco, and more, Tona brings his lyrical skills to the forefront, met with Lyve’s hard hitting production, to their new project Direct Deposit available today.

    “The project was titled Direct Deposit,”Tona explains, “because the same way people wait for their paychecks every 2 weeks, they’ve been waiting for this project…This is a Direct Deposit in the form of music, from Tona & Lyve to the people.”

    Available in stores across Canada today (HMV,Circuit City etc), & digitally through all major online distributors worldwide (itunes, amazon, etc) through E1 Music, the project is laced with songs produced by Lyve & features the likes of Skyzoo, Saukrates, and more.

    When asked how he felt about being a part of Direct Deposit, Lyve says, “It’s a great feeling to work with people who are passionate about what they do and are actually good at it! I’m really excited about the oppurtunity and I want people to make note of the fact that they shouldn’t wait for a co sign to give something an ear, instead they should strive to be that co sign!”

    Tona is one of those rare talents that are hard to find; the full package of lyric, style, and song writing excellence. Direct Deposit hits hard in your speaker and takes you to a place where music is classic.

    For more info on Tona:

    News Roundup: Battery Records to release Q-Tip album Kamaal the Abstract

    July 3.09 @ 2:52 pm
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    This statement has just been released involving Q-Tip highly anticipated Kamaal the Abstract. I am huge fan of A Tribe Called Quest and this album is going to be insane.

    Battery Records to release long-awaited Q-Tip album Kamaal the Abstract

    Innovative recording cements Tip’s rep as greatest MC/producer of all time

    New York, NY- In these hard times, we can all stand a ray of hope. Hope in hip-hop now comes from the legendary Q-Tip, he of A Tribe Called Quest fame. His long-delayed album Kamaal the Abstract, slated originally for release in 2001, is finally dropping September 15th on Battery Records. A musical hybrid, Kamaal was commendably avant-garde at the time of its creation. Amazingly, it’s even more apropos in 2009; given the dearth of musical merit and capable MCs in today’s hip-hop, the time is ever-so-right for Tip.

    Kamaal the Abstract is an intensely idiosyncratic and revealing record. To that end, Q-Tip produced the entire album himself, even playing several instruments. What comes from Kamaal is a daring mélange of soul, supa-cool jazz, headnodding hip-hop, and organic pop magic in the vein of Stevie Wonder or Prince. Check for the superlative figures of saxophonist Kenny Garrett, a one-time member of Miles Davis’ ensemble, on the breathy “Abstractionisms.” Or the fluid flute lines of Gary Thomas, another Davis sideman, on “Do U Dig U.” Elsewhere, note Tip’s ambitious production, arrangements, and even sung stylings.

    But make no mistake: Kamaal the Abstract still boasts all the earmarks of Q-Tip’s inimitable mic control. Listen to him blaze through a spiced narrative on “Even If It Is So.” Or paint vivid images on “Blue Girl.” The album has been re-mixed and re-mastered for sonic impact, though it retains the original album artwork.  Neil Levine SVP/GM of Battery Records is proud to release this buried treasure from Q-Tip:  “Kamaal the Abstract/Q-Tip is a true visionary and ahead of his time. These songs sound more contemporary now than when they were first recorded”. Kamaal the Abstract drops September 15th. Better late than never.

    Live Performances: Melanie Fiona performs at the MOD Club in Toronto

    July 3.09 @ 2:38 pm
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    Last night (July 2nd), FLOW 93.5 held a showcase for Melanie Fiona who performed for over 600 people at the MOD Club in Toronto. Many of her fans, industry peeps and family came out to see Melanie perform various tracks from her debut album The Bridge. Along with a live band, Melanie rocked the house with tracks like “Ayo,” “Sad Songs” and her single “Give It To Me Right”.  She even did The Fugees cover “Killin’ Me Softly” and a tribute to Michael Jackson “I Can’t Help It” (Favourite MJ track). Melanie naturally possess a beautiful voice that kept the crowd moving and wanting more. Overall, the show had an amazing presence and everything was on point. I am extremely eager to see what will wil follow after this release.

    If you are in Canada, go to the nearest HMV and purchase The Bridge for only $10. If you are in the States, The Bridge will be available August 18th. Be sure to catch Melanie Fiona if she is in your city. Check out photos and video from the event.

    Give It To Me Right

    Bang Bang



    Live Performances: Kelly Rowland at Pride Week in Toronto

    July 2.09 @ 5:15 pm
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    Kelly Rowland was in Toronto this weekend to perform at the Annual Pride Week Festival on Sunday June 28 at The Wellesley Stage. Ms. Kelly was expected to take the stage at 7pm but ended up coming on at 8:25pm. However, this didn’t upset the crowd too much because they kept chanting “Kelly! Kelly! Kelly!” non stop and were ecstatic once she took the stage. Although, the crowd did express their anger when Kelly ended her performance after a 10 minute set.

    Kelly began her set performing her part of Dilemma (duet with Nelly). Then, Kelly performed a Destiny’s Child medley: Say My Name, Independent Women, Bootylicious, Survivor and then ended the set with her new single, “When Love Takes Over”, off of David Guetta’s upcoming release. Literally, a 10 minute performance on stage. Kelly immediately jumped in a vehicle and left the event. Fans were shocked and disappointed that the diva only gave a 10 minute set. However, it was the best 10 minutes of the entire night. Check out a video clip of the performance. She’s a diva – what can we say???

    Kelly Rowland @ Pride Week in Toronto – Performing Hits from Destiny’s Child from Young, Fresh & New on Vimeo.

    Contests: Win Tickets to Rock The Bells – Toronto

    July 2.09 @ 2:58 pm
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    This Sunday  July 5th, 2009, the annual Rock The Bells Tour will be making a stop at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto.  Special thanks to Melissa at Offshoot Communications, the Young, Fresh & New team wants you to win a pair of tickets to see the show. To enter the contest -please email your name and full mailing address to contests@theyoungfreshnew.com. The contest will end Friday July 3rd (12:00 pm EST). The winner will be contacted immediately tomorrow.

    Here are all the details for Sunday:
    Rock The Bells 09
    Sunday July 5th @ The Molson Amphitheatre
    Doors Open 1pm
    Show Starts 2p
    Buy Tickets at LiveNation.com

    See you there & Good Luck!

    Albums: Melanie Fiona ‘The Bridge’ In Stores!!!

    July 2.09 @ 12:08 pm
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    Melanie Fiona has released her debut album The Bridge in Canada on June 30th. The album features her debut single “Give It To Me Right” along with 11 solid tracks consist of r&b/ soul defining a deeper meaning of the “The Bridge”. She worked with various producers and executives including Steve Rifkind, Future Cut, Vada Nobles, J. Phoenix, Affiliate, Peter Wade, Salaam Remi and Supa Dups. Just like every other artists, Melanie has come a long way from battling with labels to change her sound to dealing with a “certain image”. I can not express how happy I am for Melanie and I have been a huge supporter of hers since I was six years old.

    In 2008, Melanie who didn’t have a single or an album, opened for Kanye West during his European Tour. She gained a lot of attention in Europe making her first single “Give It To Me Right” earned a spot on the Top 10 charts in Italy, Croatia, Greece and Slovenia. That’s an amazing accomplishment. She is currently working on with Questlove of the Roots on a mixtape The Bridge – Remixed Live which should be released soon.

    Be make sure to support Melanie Fiona!!!! Go to the nearest HMV and grab the CD. The album is amazing and it’s only $10. Peep another track which may potentially be her next single – Bang Bang.

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    Track Listing:

    1. Give It To Me Right
    2. Bang Bang
    3. Monday Morning
    4. Please Don’t Go (Cry Baby)
    5. Ay Yo
    6. Walk On By
    7. You Stop My Heart
    8. Johnny
    9. Sad Songs
    10. Priceless
    11. It Kills Me
    12. Teach Him

    Also – FLOW 93.5 will be hosting an exclusive showcase and release party for Miss Melanie Fiona at the Mod Club on Today – July 2nd. This will be her first performance with a LIVE band in Toronto following the release of her album The Bridge. The U.S. will be releasing The Bridge on August 18th.

    Peep the details below.


    Date: Thursday July 2, 2009

    Time: Doors open at 7:00pm/Performance 9:00pm

    Location: MOD Club (722 College St)

    *Free event, open to the public
    *19+ event