Photos from Steve Madden and Giant Step Present Nikki & Rich – June 29

Please enjoy these highlights from our latest Steve Madden Music Series event with Nikki & Rich plus special guest DJ Moni, held at the beautiful Ramscale Penthouse on June 29th. Thank you to all those who came out and helped make this event such a wonderful success.

Exclusive Video: Alex Cuba performs “Directo”

Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba recently stopped by Giant Step’s headquarters to treat us to an acoustic rendition of “Directo,” and you can check out the exclusive video above. The track is from Alex Cuba’s self-titled album, released through his very own Caracol Records.

Many thanks to Jan Ascanio and Jordan Pool of The AMP Team Inc. for the video production!

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Kelis’ New Album Flesh Tone Out Today

Kelis’ new album Flesh Tone hits stores today and has already been tipped as one of 2010′s “Best Bets” by Billboard. The David Guetta-produced single “Acapella” is already an international No. 1 hit, while the festive “4th of July (Fireworks)” is a club banger that mixes R&B soulfulness and electro breaks with a rip-roaring wobbly bass riff. Kelis says of the album, “there’s a physicality behind it – it’s about blood, muscle, heart. I was pregnant when I recorded 75 or 80 percent of this music… And that became a real driving force for me. She also worked with label head will.i.am, Alle, Benny Benassi, Free School, Boys Noize and Burns to achieve her club-ready sound.

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Cee-Lo Cover: “No One’s Gonna Love You” Video

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The incomparable Cee-Lo Green of Goodie Mob and Gnarles Barkley fame is another Giant Step favorite. Anything he touches is gold(schlager), including covers, a rare and valuable trait in an artist. So check out this cover of the Band Of Horses‘ song “No One’s Gonna Love You,” and get lost in the love story. Fair warning: the video is slightly NSFW – a bit of tasteful nudity.

Cee-Lo’s next full release is slated for the fall, with the early title: Cee Lo Green is The Lady Killer. You can get a free download of the single MP3, “Georgia” on his site.