Q&A: Melanie Fiona Discusses New Video 'Cold Piece', Working With Pepsi And Upcoming Album

With Melanie Fiona's new visual "Cold Piece" (above) chilling on the Internets courtesy of Pepsi and Complex today, VIBE sat with the Toronto-bred songstress about the cold-hearted fella that inspired the piece, the concept behind the video and the new album she has in the works.—Megan Saad

VIBE: Was "Cold Piece" inspired by a real-life relationship?
Melanie Fiona: Well absolutely! Everything is inspired by cold-hearted guys! It’s not really an official single, just a song I did with producer Alan English from the U.K. We just caught a vibe and I had some things I needed to say. I definitely was reflecting on past relationships and what it was that I really wanted to get off my chest. I feel like "Cold Piece" is the representation of loving and learning and being like 'Okay I get it, I can understand what happened and I can look back on it and I’m fine.'

From the looks of the behind-the-scenes, you take a more light-hearted approach for the song's visual. Where did the concept come from?
The concept came from my life really, just where I’m at. I reside in Brooklyn right now. I love New York, I love summer and I love that record. I wanted to do something that was fun. I think that people have seen videos of me where they’ve been very dramatic and emotional but also very real. I wanted people to still get the real me. It’s not this different version of Melanie Fiona; it’s just the 2013 version. It’s true to who I am, it’s true to what I’m living, listening to and loving, and what my life looks like, minus the ice cream truck. I don’t really own an ice cream truck, although I wish I did. It’s about having a good time with people and vibing. They are my real friends in the video, like artists Mateo, Ro James and Luke James. These are my people that I called on and I was like ‘Hey, can you come through?' I wanted it to be authentic and to be real. It wasn’t like shooting a music video at all.

How did you partner with Pepsi?
Honestly it was at a party! I’ve done things with Pepsi prior; I did the Billboard Michael Jackson Tribute at Gotham Hall here in New York. I have known a couple of people from Pepsi. Then of course Complex was familiar with me from doing interviews. I was at a day party that was going on and all the reps were there. We all saw each other again and they were like ‘We love what you’re doing. Let’s get on a call and have a meeting and talk about what we can do together.’ I think the beautiful thing about this song and this record is there’s no pressure. Everything happened so organically that that’s just what I want people to feel from it.

You worked with Drake on your last project. What are your thoughts on Nothing Was The Same?
I’m a bad Canadian I haven’t listened to it yet but I did download it. I have to ease my way into new music because I get so engulfed in certain projects and I can’t move off of them. When everybody was on Jay Z's Magna Carta, I was still on the J. Cole and when everyone was on the J Cole, I was still on the Kendrick Lamar. I’m still behind a cycle. The only thing I love to listen to everyday is the Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Volume 1.

Is a new album in the works? What can we expect?
Absolutely. I’m definitely working on album number three and it’s a blast to be able to do it. I’m going to definitely release that next year. I’m just getting myself together. This year I’ve just taken to being creative, experimenting, traveling and being inspired. I feel like you need inspiration when you’re working on a new project. I’ve been doing placements and writing with other people. Solange and I did a song on her project Lovers In The Parking Lot. It’s fun to be able to be creative right now and prepare what I want to do for the next project. In the meantime ‘Cold Piece’ is out and I’m going to be putting out some more music for the fans in between then the album next year. I feel like it’s going to most definitely be my best work yet because I feel like I’m my best self now.

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Diedra and Eddie Dickens story was brought to light by WBTV on Wednesday (Feb. 13) when the couple shared how they were robbed online. In an effort to surprise her husband for Valentine's Day, Diedra attempted to buy tickets to see Chappelle on Valentine's Day after hearing he would perform in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. After she was unable to find tickets on Ticketmaster, she tried Craigslist where she found a perfect match for her and her husband, who would've needed a wheelchair accessible seat.

“They were seats one through four so those would be great because I could put my husband in seat one at the end of an aisle and that kind of good stuff,” she said.

But after sending $500 via Apple Pay to the seller, she never heard back. Diedra filed a police report after she was unable to get in touch with the seller.

“I was having good faith and it cost me $500,” she said. “You have no empathy or goodness, or I don’t know, maybe no soul."

After their story was shared on the local news, Chappelle's team caught wind of what happened and decided to surprise the couple on Thursday (Feb. 14), who decided to have dinner with friends.

Last night we told you this Charlotte couple was scammed out of hundreds of dollars trying to buy @DaveChappelle tickets on Craigslist. Tonight we were there as DAVE HIMSELF hand-delivered the group tickets! Awesome! @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/tHMElvDcZE

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

Shocked and amazed, the couple was thrilled to meet the comedy legend who hand-delivered real tickets to his show. He chatted and took pictures with the couple while sharing the importance of buying tickets from credible platforms.

"Someone on my team called me, actually last night, and told me about this situation and we thought it'd be fun to do that for someone for Valentine's Day," he said to WBTV, who helped him find the couple. "I didn't expect to be on the news doing it but I'm glad, that's good. It's good that people know to always get your tickets from reliable sources and take every opportunity that's presented to you to be kind, especially if it's something that's easy to do."

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A video for XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" has been released with animated flair.

Directed and animated by Tristian Zammit, the video blends various styles of anime with images of the rapper floating in the air. The song stems from the late rapper's latest posthumous release, XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4. The project features friends and supporters of the rapper like Ski Mask the Slum God and affiliates Flyboy Tarantino, Kid Trunks, Tankhead, Bass Santana and more.

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Announced through his creative agency and management team wolf + rothstein on Instagram Friday (Feb. 15), the dates will be a delight to fans in Paris and London. Gambino and H.E.R. will perform at the London's O2 Arena March 24 and March 25 and will reach Paris' AccorHotels Arena March 27. The announcement comes fresh off of the artists' big wins at the 2019 Grammys.

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“I’m so thankful for all the stuff that happened in 2018 and now 2019 is even crazier,” she said. “There’s so much going on, so many places that I’ll be going to that I haven’t seen, but I’m definitely going to drop an official album, a real album because the projects that I dropped weren’t even official. They were just EPs and it’s about elevation this year.”

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