Insider: Steve Madden's Music... Collective Chimes In...

Singer Jessie James picks her favorite Madden styles.

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with contributions from Lindsay E. Sammon

Collective Brands rings the bell on Wall Street.

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Music Maker
At the Steve Madden Music event earlier this month, which featured an intimate performance by up-and-coming artist Jessie James at the Steven store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the shoe mogul wanted to chat about his love of music.

“I listen to music more today than I did when I was a kid,” he told FN. “I love music.” So who’s in the play list on Madden’s iPod and on “I’m listening to a lot of Sam Cook, Lady Gaga, Squeeze, Jason Mraz, Jimmy Cliff ... I’m all over the place,” he said.

For her part James, whose album dropped on Tuesday, insisted she only recently became a shoe lover. “I never was a shoe girl until now. I was never into fashion. I wore sweatpants to high school,” she said. Now the pop/southern rock singer loves to wear Steve Madden — thanks to a couple of free pairs. “I love the boots and platforms.”

As for the next Steve Madden Music event, Madden is trying to bring a longtime favorite on board: “Susanna Hoffs. I don’t know where she is, but we have to get Susanna.”

Collective Ringing
Executives from Collective Brands Inc. visited the New York Stock Exchange last Friday and Chairman and CEO Matthew Rubel rang the starting bell. The visit commemorated the company’s second anniversary as such and the acquisition of The Stride Rite Corporation, also two years ago this month.

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