Riding the success of her single “It Kills Me,” Melanie Fiona has won an opening spot on Alicia Keys’ Freedom Tour , a Grammy nomination and the #1 R&B record for two weeks running.
“Every artist wants to have success, whatever their definition is of success. In my mind, I said I always wanted to have a Grammy nomination, I wanted to have a #1 record at Billboard, and now I just found out that ’It Kills Me’ is #1 two weeks in a row.”
Fiona said the song, which was co-written and produced by Andrea Martin, was inspired by an unhealthy relationship. Fiona knew the song could be a vessel to express herself, so she poured her emotions into it, hoping people could relate.
“I knew people would feel it, and it’s just a great thing to know that I’m not alone in what I go through,” Fiona said.
Little did she know that a certain Wu-Tang Clan member would be able to relate as well. Recently, a remix of the song featuring Ghostface Killah has received a lot of radio airplay, and Fiona said she was shocked to hear him on the song.
“I heard it, and I couldn’t believe it, because I never even in my mind could have imagined that anybody would jump on the record,” she marveled. “Because it’s a ballad, and it’s a very, like, brokenhearted song. I wasn’t sure what rapper would be willing or take the challenge, because it would be a challenge. So to hear Ghostface on it is amazing.”
Busta Rhymes, Raekwon and Talib Kweli jumped on Fiona’s first single, “Give It to Me Right,” and she is still amazed that other artists are inspired by her work. But she was especially impressed by what Ghost did with her ballad.
“I also feel like dudes now feel like, ’OK, I can rock to this song, because Ghostface is on it,’ ” she laughed.