Frankee (born Nicole Francine Aiello on June 9, 1983 in Staten Island, New York) is a female pop\R&B singer from the 2000s. Her nickname “Frankee” is derived from her middle name (and it’s also her grandpa’s nickname).
Growing up, Frankee sang in her church choir while attending Bernstein Intermediate School and St. Joseph-by-the-Sea High School.
She later performed in various clubs & venues along with taking voice & dance lessons in Manhattan.
After Frankee finished high school, she won a full scholarship to the University of Tampa in Florida to study insurance brokering, but left after a year to focus on her music career. She moved back to New York and started recording demos.
In March of 2004, she released her debut single “F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back).” The song was a response to singer Eamon’s song “F**K It (I Don’t Want You Back).
Frankee’s response song became a hit, topping the U.K. Singles chart and the ARIA music chart in Australia.
In the United States, the song peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart, #31 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #18 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #71 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 7 weeks).
Internationally, the song was also moderately successful in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway & Sweden.
It was claimed that Frankee had a relationship with Eamon, but that turned out to be false. Despite that, Eamon said that he wasn’t disappointed about Frankee’s claims because he stood to make thousands of dollars in royalties from her single.
It was also certified Platinum in Australia with sales of 70,000 and certified Silver in the United Kingdom with sales of 200,000. During that same year, Frankee released her debut (and only) album “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” on Marro Records.
The album peaked at #51 on the U.K. Albums chart, but failed to chart anywhere else.
The follow-up single “How You Do” failed to make the charts at all.
In 2006, Frankee left Marro Records and signed with Big Management and was supposed to release a follow-up album.
During that same year, she released the single “Watch Me” which was released as a digital download.
After the song failed to make the charts, Frankee was dropped from her new record label and her sophomore album was never released.
These days, it’s unknown if Frankee is planning on releasing any new music.
To see the music video for “FURB (F U Right Back),” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “How You Do,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Watch Me,” go to: