R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street The Grammy Award-winning singer said, "I just kinda always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets." For whatever reason, she didn't get much cash dropped into her hat.
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R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

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R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

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The Grammy Award-winning singer said, "I just kinda always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets." For whatever reason, she didn't get much cash dropped into her hat.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And now this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ON & ON")

ERYKAH BADU: (Singing) Oh, my, my, my. I'm feeling high.

INSKEEP: The singer Erykah Badu has a triple-platinum album and a Grammy. So she's talented, but not talented enough to impress New York.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

That's where the singer tried her hand at busking.

BADU: I just kind of always wanted to see what it would be like to, you know, sing for money on the streets.

INSKEEP: So she tried it in Times Square.

BADU: (Singing) Hey, sir, can you help me out? I need some money.

WERTHEIMER: She put a hat on the sidewalk so people could toss in a buck or two - hardly anybody did.

INSKEEP: Now, let's be fair to the cultural sensibility of the Times Square crowd. Erykah Badu did not bust out with one of her platinum hits. But whatever the reason, she made only $3.60.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ON & ON")

BADU: (Singing)I was born underwater with $3 and six dimes. Yeah, yeah...

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