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Melanie Fiona Speaks About Her "The MF Life" Album Delay

Mar 15, 2012 | 2:13 PM    Written By: Michael Hughes
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Melanie Fiona Speaks About Her "The MF Life" Album Delay

Melanie Fiona made the switch from Motown to Universal Republic for the completion of her album, "The MF Life".  It was originally scheduled to be released last year (2011), however she has encountered various delays, so now her album is set to be released shortly, on March 20th. 

The delays turned out to be a good thing however, as it gave Melanie extra time to lock down other artists for collaborations on various songs, and just overall polish up her album. 

Melanie Fiona recently sat down with Billboard.com's The Juice, to discuss her album:

"You know, there were a lot of changes, obviously, in the music industry, a lot of merging and label mergers and fires and re-hires and stuff like that.  When it gets like that, it gets hectic and you have to wait for the dust to settle and keep your head above water and see where you're gonna land. So I used the time to keep working on the album and perfecting it...In retrospect, (the waiting) served a better purpose.  The delay allowed me to get some last-minute features on the album, including J. Cole on 'This Time' and Nas on the rocking 'Running.' 'I Been That Girl,' co-written by Drake, was also a late addition to 'The MF Life,' as were the funky 'Watch Me Work' and '6 AM,' a bonus track featuring T-Pain. That was like a buzz record, something we wanted to add as a little extra thing at the last second."

 "It's basically telling stories that have never been told, that I've experienced and grown from and learned from.  I think there's a definite balance with the highs and the lows. This time I'm stronger. I'm better. I've been on the 'Wrong Side of a Love Song' and I'm doing better and you're watching me work. I've got songs like 'Breaking Down These Walls' that are definitely empowering on the leap to love from a partnership standpoint, being stronger for your partner. People tend to remember the more heartbroken and sad records, but...I wanted to give a little taste of all the different colors of what it is to fall in love with somebody."

Melanie Fiona made the switch from Motown to Universal Republic for the completion of her album, "The MF Life".  It was originally scheduled to be released last year (2011), however she has encountered various delays, so now her album is set to be released shortly, on March 20th. 

The delays turned out to be a good thing however, as it gave Melanie extra time to lock down other artists for collaborations on various songs, and just overall polish up her album. 

Melanie Fiona recently sat down with Billboard.com's The Juice, to discuss her album:

"You know, there were a lot of changes, obviously, in the music industry, a lot of merging and label mergers and fires and re-hires and stuff like that.  When it gets like that, it gets hectic and you have to wait for the dust to settle and keep your head above water and see where you're gonna land. So I used the time to keep working on the album and perfecting it...In retrospect, (the waiting) served a better purpose.  The delay allowed me to get some last-minute features on the album, including J. Cole on 'This Time' and Nas on the rocking 'Running.' 'I Been That Girl,' co-written by Drake, was also a late addition to 'The MF Life,' as were the funky 'Watch Me Work' and '6 AM,' a bonus track featuring T-Pain. That was like a buzz record, something we wanted to add as a little extra thing at the last second."

 "It's basically telling stories that have never been told, that I've experienced and grown from and learned from.  I think there's a definite balance with the highs and the lows. This time I'm stronger. I'm better. I've been on the 'Wrong Side of a Love Song' and I'm doing better and you're watching me work. I've got songs like 'Breaking Down These Walls' that are definitely empowering on the leap to love from a partnership standpoint, being stronger for your partner. People tend to remember the more heartbroken and sad records, but...I wanted to give a little taste of all the different colors of what it is to fall in love with somebody."

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