Melanie Fiona

  1. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Steve Harvey Taking Awards Show to Atlanta; UMGD Launches Black History Month Campaign; and More

    February 10, 2014 8:16 PM EST -- Syndicated morning radio personality/TV talk show host Steve Harvey is taking his annual Ford Neighborhood Awards and Weekend Expo to Atlanta this year. Now in its 12th year, the four-day event will mark its first time in Atlanta when it hits t ...

  2. Melanie Fiona, Newly Indie, Teams with Pepsi, Complex for 'Cold Piece' Music Video

    October 17, 2013 3:01 PM EDT Melanie Fiona had infinite options for ways to release her new single “Cold Piece,” having parted ways with Universal earlier this year after recording two R&B/soul albums for Motown (2009’s “The Bridge” and 2012’s “The MF Life”). So, when P ...

  3. Bubbling Under: Smallpools Make Big Splash; Also, Amba Shepherd, K. Roosevelt, Citizens

    June 07, 2013 1:19 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Smallpools, Amba Shepherd, K. Roosevelt and Citizens. Smallpools Following in the ...

  4. Backbeat: SESAC Pop Music Awards Pop Off With Michelle Williams, Swizz Beatz, Mumford's Ben Lovett; Honor Daniel Glass, Rico Love

    May 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT SESAC hosted its 17th Annual Pop Awards last night at the New York Public Library. Rico Love captured top honors at the event taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his hit, "Heart Attack" as recorded b ...

  5. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  6. Backbeat: Music Unites Launches at LA's House of Rock With Women Music Execs, H.S. Students, BRMC, 30 Fender Strats

    September 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Women in Music: From Left: Warner Bros. Records VP of radio promotion Julie Muncy; KIIS LA assistant PD/music director Julie Pilat; WBR artist Helena; ICM music agent, Caroline Yim; What's Trending co-founder/keynote speaker Shira Lazar;, Kin ...

  7. Steve Rifkind Signs Deal To Help Promote New American Basketball League

    September 05, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Steve Rifkind, the label head who founded Loud Records before selling it to Sony and creating SRC Records, has signed a partnership deal with the brand new American Basketball League, the U.S.'s first professional league with international FI ...

  8. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Rock Pepsi/Billboard's Summer Beats Show Honoring Michael Jackson's 'Bad'

    August 30, 2012 1:49 PM EDT (L-R): Frank Cooper, chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement at PepsiCo, arrives at the Billboard/Pepsi Summer Beats show last night with Prometheus Global Media CEO Dottie Mattison and Bozoma Saint John, cultural branding marketer a ...

  9. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' to Be Honored at Pepsi/Billboard Concert Tonight at 8:45 PM ET

    August 29, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Bad tonight (Aug. 29) at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from Ne-Yo and Melanie Fiona (right) and a DJ set from Swizz Beatz, with ad ...

  10. Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz To Celebrate Michael Jackson's 'Bad' at Pepsi/Billboard Concert Next Week

    August 21, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Bad Aug. 29 at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from Ne-Yo and Melanie Fiona and a DJ set from Swizz Beatz, with additional tunes fro ...

  11. Steve Rifkind, Chairman/CEO of SRC Records, Leaving Universal

    July 31, 2012 8:56 AM EDT All great things come to a end. Yes it's true I'm leaving SRC Universal as of Sept 1. Want to thank all the artist 4 a great run - Steve Rifkind (@steverifkind) July 30, 2012 Steve Rifkind, Chairman and CEO of SRC Records, is leaving SRC ...

  12. R&B Favorite D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo, stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies ...

  13. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  14. M.I.A. Signs With Roc Nation Management

    May 24, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Sri Lankan MC M.I.A. has signed with Roc Nation management, the company announced on its website today. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down She joins a potent and growing lineup that include ...

  15. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  16. Adele, Feist, Melanie Fiona, Gary Slaight Honored at Juno Awards Gala Dinner

    March 31, 2012 10:45 PM EDT For the second time in the Juno Awards 41-year history, the annual celebration of Canadian music was held in the nation's capital of Ottawa, beginning with the private gala dinner at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Saturday evening at which t ...

  17. Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen Hits Hot 100 Top 20; Alex Clare Gets a Microsoft Boost

    March 29, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae), spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Kelly Clarkson collects her first topper on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and Taylor S ...

  18. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 10:55 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since "Michael ...

  19. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2012 7:14 PM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack is set to debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 chart, so say industry sources. One Direction Makes History With No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart The multi-artist album should sell at leas ...

  20. Roc Nation Appoints Dorothy Hui VP of Digital Marketing

    March 02, 2012 10:52 AM EST Dorothy Hui has been appointed vice president of digital marketing at Roc Nation, it was announced this week. In her new role, she reports to company president Jay Brown. "At Roc Nation, we are always looking for the most talented individuals ...

  21. Grammys 2012 Backstage: Adele 'Busy Being Happy,' Bon Iver Busy Chewing His Grammy

    February 13, 2012 12:05 PM EST Best New Artist Grammy winner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver biting the hand that...rather his trophy (Getty Images) On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the ...

  22. Roots Grammy Jam Session Report: No-Shows Scuttled 'On the Fly' Whitney Houston Tribute, ?uestlove Says

    February 12, 2012 2:42 PM EST The Roots curating their annual Grammy Jam at the House of Blues Los Angeles. (Photo: Fred Shavies/3680 Photography) Despite a high-energy jam session that featured surprise guest performers like India Arie, Trombone Shorty, Childish Gambino, Warr ...

  23. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  24. Universal Republic Appoints Jim Roppo as EVP of Marketing

    January 09, 2012 12:24 PM EST Universal Republic Records announced today that the label has appointed industry veteran Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President of Marketing. Roppo will report to Universal president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, both of whom ...

  25. Backbeat: Melanie Fiona Launches First Grammys @ Canada House Showcase In L.A.

    August 26, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Branden Chapman, the Recording Academy's executive in charge of production/chief business officer, and Consul General of Canada David Fransen (L-R) flank Melanie Fiona following her performance. Melanie Fiona launched the first Grammys @ Cana ...

  26. Jay-Z Leads BET Awards Noms, Queen Latifah To Host

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artist/actress/entrepreneur Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the BET Awards. Leading with five nominations is Jay-Z, followed by Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona, tied at four nods each. Among this year’s ...