Rihanna Calls Chris Brown ‘The Hottest R&B Artist Out Right Now’

Rihanna and Chris Brown

Rihanna’s collaborations with Chris Brown made plenty of noise when they were released online last month. Now the pop star is speaking out about her musical reunion with her ex-boyfriend.

The former couple recorded remixes for their songs “Birthday Cake” and “Turn Up the Music.” “The first song that came about was ‘Birthday Cake,’” she told Ryan Seacrest. “I mean we ended up recording them at the same time and executing them together, but I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really—it made sense to do the record.”

Despite their tumultuous past, she immediately thought of her ex. “Just as a musician despite everything else that was going to be the person,” she continued. “You know I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track, and then in turn he was like, ‘Why don’t you do the remix to my track?’ and it was a trade off.”

She hopes the remixes will bring their fans together. “We did two records. One for my fans. One for his fans, and that way our fans can come together. There shouldn’t be a divide. You know? It’s music, and it’s innocent.”

While she just shot a video for “Where Have You Been” off her current album Talk That Talk, Rihanna is already thinking about the direction of her new music. “Sonically—I can’t explain it. But I’m excited about it. I have the sound already. So it’s just a matter of execution!” she said.

The Armani spokeswoman, who is executive producing a fashion competition in the U.K., also has plans to launch a clothing line of her own. “I’m really pursuing a fashion line of my own,” she revealed. “I want to design. This is also a road that I want to earn it. So I’m working with designers. Designers that I respect, and [fashion] companies that I respect. I want people to really trust me before I just say ‘Buy it, because it’s mine.’”

While she’s enjoying being blonde, she eventually wants to go darker. “I really want to go black,” she said, “and I was kind of in a natural color so it was easier to go blonde first, because black is such a harsh color to come back from. So I wanted to try it out to see if I liked it, and now I really am a little attached to it. I keep going lighter and lighter. So I’ll just have some fun with it, and when I get bored I’ll just…black is an easy change from here.”

Rihanna makes her dramatic big screen debut in the live-action film Battleship, hitting theaters May 18. “You can only imagine how nervous I was going in to such a big-budgeted film really as an amateur,” she said. “Really not knowing anything, but it was immense. It was an impeccable experience.”



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83 Comments

  1. Gucci Ninja

    Rihanna is not an R&B artist no more, she crossed over into pop

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    my name is oo Reply:

    @Gucci Ninja, yea right

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    Gucci Ninja Reply:

    @my name is oo, Wtf you mean yeah right. What she sings is not R&B. You do not know what real R&B is, shit I hate Beyonce but she is more rnb than Rihanna

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Gucci Ninja, Hate Beyonce all day heaux .

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    s Reply:

    @RealIssh, biitch keep queen bee’s name off ur dirty mouth !! fukin stupid hoe

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @s, Lmaoo – U look dumb .

    Misty Reply:

    Rihanna definitely isnt lying. People are up in arms and arguing that Chris Brown isnt R&B, but just because he doesnt release those tracks does not mean he isnt. What was Wet The bed, Beg for It, She Aint you, Strip, etc?? R&B tracks! He just happens to currently be releasing pop material to branch off. Just because you want to find a reason to nitpick doesnt mean you should be dumb enough to overlook facts. Just RESEARCH. He is an R&B/Pop entertaining artist who not only sings, writes, produces, but directs as well. He is a well-rounded performer!

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    uhuh Reply:

    @Gucci Ninja, i was just about to say that. but you know chris brown is thinking with his penis here.

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    KillBill92 Reply:

    @Gucci Ninja, She never was R&B just because she’s black doesn’t make her R&B.

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    Trianna Reply:

    @KillBill92, All you guys….what you call R&B is ASHANTI, MONCA, BRANDY ETC..WELL ASHANTI IS HIP HOP & RNB BUT STILL..BEYONCE IS UPTEMPO TYPE MUSIC BUT SHE IS BETTER TO ME RNB..AND RIHANA IS JUST FLAT OUT POP..WITH JUST A FEW URBANS!!!

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  2. Nate

    Chris isn’t even an R&B artist. He’s a pop artist, so I don’t even know what she’s talking about.

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    Ethan Reply:

    @Nate,

    uhm..what exactly are you talking about? he’s a both a pop & an and a r&b artist, but definitely way more R&B than pop

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    KillBill92 Reply:

    @Ethan, Naw. He’s is r&POP. He has no soul or blues.

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    Spartenia Reply:

    @Nate,
    Well Rihanna didn’t lie.

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  3. Renzo

    rihanna is to much to chris brown, she’s better

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    Mike Reply:

    @Renzo, Clearly his camp are paying her to do all this for the boy who beat her ass smh. Ri, your loosing a fan. Stop being so pressed over this autotune addict and MJ impersonator :/

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    Mr Nice Watch Reply:

    @Mike, or who gives a flying F

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    Shon Reply:

    @Mike, Are you serious, do you no how stupid that sounds? Some people should really think before they comment. She just said that it was her idea…why would his camp want to pay her? Really…autotune addict, MJ impersonator, once again…stupid reasons to hate…the main reason she did it, you never was a fan! I have respect for the woman, she did what she wanted to do, and I respect the reason behind it. She wants to move on and there is nothing wrong with that!

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  4. Replay

    Failhanna. “The Hottest R&B ARtist Out Right Now” ahaha wtf she is talking about? Breezy makes in the last time just pop/hip hop what has this to do with rnb????

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    Juan Reply:

    @Replay, Chris Brown is a R&B singer, and Rihanna is saying is a popular singer that’s what she’s saying.

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    KillBill92 Reply:

    @Juan, He is more POP than anything. The both are trying to promote each other. Which makes her look stupid.

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    PrinceTyTy Reply:

    @Replay, um… didn’t he just win the Grammy for Best R&B Album of 2011? Of course he’s a R&B Artist! He just crossed over to Pop as well.

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    Jimbob Reply:

    @PrinceTyTy, Do u know how stupid that sounds? He also won a BET Hip Hop award before, so by your logic he’s a rap artist too then. Chris brown doesn’t make real R&B.

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  5. Hmmmmmm

    Maybe now people can stop bitching and get off their sack and let them live their life. #ClapForEm

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  6. romeo

    people ming your own bussine ,she did say the truth,no matter if you hate him o not the fact is he is best in the bussines he write musis,proce,video director,co execute of takers,coreopher,actor,dancer,20,000 at the to day show (record braking)

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    jay_juvenile Reply:

    @romeo, THANK YOU.. TELL THEM’OH.. TELL THEM..

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    KillBill92 Reply:

    @romeo, Acting and being an R&b artist are to different things. Beyonce write, Ne-Yo writes, Beyonce produce, Ne-yo Produce, Bey & Ne-Yo video directs, Bey has produced Obsessed, Ne-Yo choreographs, Beyonce Choreographs, Bey is a dancer & vocalist, Ne-Yo is a dancer and vocalist Bey has performed in front 150,000 at Glastonbury, She was deemed by the Jackson’s as the Next MJ, she has more R&B hits than Chris, more Grammys, she has a legacy. Now Rihanna is only doing it to promote Chris Brown F.O.R.T.U.N.E. Now when Chris gets out he is going to talk about Rihoena. BTW she sings live

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  8. just me

    best couple out there. haters to suck dick

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  9. coolio

    That’s her saying, “Chris, please hit me again…..I want you!”.

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    Blueei La Reply:

    @coolio, Shut your Dumbass up

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  10. AAA

    First of all, if u think chris Is the only r&b out right now so she right

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    uh....hold up lil boo Reply:

    @AAA, exactly!

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    KillBill92 Reply:

    @AAA, But he raps, and he has Turn Up The Music no where near R&B/

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  11. ZZZaga

    BOTH are R&B and Pop.

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  12. ERICA

    smdh…I GUESS if it just stays on a musical level its ok…but damn she is one FORGIVING female

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  13. Liya

    Only Chris Brown first album was RnB.

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    tune Reply:

    @Liya, sike, his 2nd album is also r&b, his 3rd and 4th albums were pop and r&b

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    Ice Reply:

    @tune, I think the first really pop song he did was Forever on the re-release of Exclusive.

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  14. Audrey Hepburn

    What exactly is the purpose of this “reunion”? To take some of the blame away from a cocky criminal, and in turn get backlash for it yourself? Not a good move.

    Honestly, Rihanna must want to destroy her career. Why on earth would she resort to such a low? We all know she’s much better than that. To be at such a pinnacle in her career and diminish it for such a lousy reason – unfathomable. :(

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    tune Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, oh well, thats what she wants to do, deal with it, she is a grown woman and all these haters wanna act like they are her parents are something, if she and chris brown can move on from the past, why cant everybody else do the same, cause the haters are only giving them more attention

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @tune, Actually dear, celebrities and their livelihood depend directly on the public, so it would be smart for them to consider the image they are putting forth.

    Rihanna is one of the most successful and talented pop stars in the world right now. Why would she jeopardize that for some country hoodlum? :)

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    KillBill92 Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, I don’t like you, but you told the truth. Rihanna and her team needs to think things thru because it will only hurt them. She has a song “Watch N’ Learn” she needs to take notes from that title.

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @KillBill92,

    Why on Earth do you dislike me honey? LOL. I don’t recall doing anything to you. I’m a very lovable person, but that’s O.K., dear – I STILL love you. LOL :)

    XOXOXO

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn,

    I don’t think she’s trying to diminish her career (rich folks usually don’t do that on purpose)…I think she’s doin’ just what she said she’s doin – her thang. She says she wants to work with the hottest male act in R&B…right now. It’s got people talkin’ which is keepin’ her music relevant, which is what keeps people famous. Infamous or Famous…if people are takin’ personal and precious time to keep talkin’ about you…it’s all the same. That’s the nature of fame…and she wants that. That’s what keeps people lookin’, talkin’, and buyin’ her products.

    Trey, ne-yo (which blows all these fools out the water if ya ask me), mario, r. kelly…whoever is a male in the r&b genre ain’t really makin’ as much noise as Chris right now. I mean, even with his past, we’re still discussing him AND his music.

    I think she knows just what she’s doin’…and the fact that so many people are weighin’ in on something that ultimately makes her more famous, proves that point.

    I don’t agree with her choice of action…but then again I’m not in the biz of stayin’ relevant.

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @brainfood.com,

    The only problem with that theory is that the notoriety and fame that one will accumulate from gossip and controversy will only get them so far. If one has to rely on shock value and blog comments for supporters and music sales, long-jevity is not in their future.

    However, Rihanna has the potential to be around for many years to come. She has had a very good start in her career and will hopefully continue to progress. On the contrary, continuing to make impulsive decisions and abandoning the opinions of the fans will result in a quick fire. I’m certain she’d much rather prefer a slow burn, one that will leave her name around for gossip 20 years from now. :)

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn,

    I disagree with your first paragraph. Kim Kardashian and her whole crew is making BANK on gossip and shock value. Her show, her sex tape (you know sex tapes are planned), her marriage to that basketball player…as long as people talk about this woman and the dumb shtuff she does…she’s relevant. Fame is still fame whether you love or hate the person famous. Good Publicity…bad publicity…it’s all publicity to them. Their job is to stay in the limelight…and if it means workin’ with people that’ll bring them attention (in Kim’s case, marrying a basketball player, dating a football player, supposedly dating a entertainer, i.e. Kanye), then that’s what they’ll do.

    I agree with your second paragraph, but I don’t think this move was impulsive. For all we know, she may have been communicating with him for the longest and just chose to do this right now. That we can never know for sure.

    I also agree that RELYING on gossip and controversy will only get you so far…it does a helluva good job for someone who DOESN’T rely on it all the time – i.e. Rihanna. It’s a good mix to what she already has going and seeing as how people are talkin’ about it…and considering the circumstances between her and chris and the shock value of her choosing to work with him, it does put the potential of longevity deeper within her grasp.

    Please believe, whether it’s people knockin’ her on how stupid she is for choosin’ to forgive him after their incident (the potential for domestic abuse discussions), or people sayin it was a great business move (potential for discussion amongst music biz fanatics), people will definitely be talkin’ about Rihanna in 20 years…and it more than likely won’t be about her music. It’ll be about the drama. If this wasn’t the case, there’d be no gossip magazines or websites in existence. Heck! They talked about Patrick Swayze, during his sickness, all the way up until his demise! Whitney too! It’s a truth most don’t like to admit, but a lot of people love to hear gossip about the rich and famous…example: RAP-UP.

    In the end, she knows exactly what she’s doin’. Good business move and she’s a household name. Might not be moral, and it’s a horrible look for little girls…but it’s still good business nonetheless.

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    shion Reply:

    @brainfood.com, True, but it can b argued that Rihanna is nothing but a controversial, fluff, gimmicky artist without the Chris Brown situation and as such she is relying on the industry tricks to further her career. So with that argument, she could b running on empty pretty soon.

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn,

    To add on (I’m long-winded. I’m not ashamed.) Look at Whitney.

    Whitney is my girl! With all the beautiful things this woman did, what do people remember her for? The shock and the gossip…and this lasted and will continue to last past her death. The true fans will remember her even with the flaws, but the blogs, commenters? yep. The drugs, the Bobby, and her so-called fall from grace.

    Unfortunately, she wasn’t the type of person who wanted fame at any cost, but keep it real. People like to talk about people and that’s how some people make their money.

    It’s like the old saying goes: “A man could write 1,000 award winning books, and suck one D…but he’ll always be remembered/recalled as the guy that was suckin’ the D.”

    It Sucks (no pun intended) but it’s true.

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  15. Audrey Hepburn

    What exactly is the purpose of this “reunion”? To take some of the blame away from a c0cky criminal, and in turn get backlash for it yourself? Not a good move.

    Honestly, Rihanna must want to destroy her career. Why on earth would she resort to such a low? We all know she’s much better than that. To be at such a pinnacle in her career and diminish it for such a lousy reason – unfathomable. :(

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, Disregard this second comment. :)

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    Winston Churchill Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, nope i cant

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Winston Churchill,

    Sir, if only your endowment were as big as your ego… you’d be manageable. Too bad it isn’t.

    BTW, didn’t Churchill suffer from an unfortunate speech impediment? I believe so, which probably explains why you have that screen name. LOL. Fits you lovely. Good night dear. :)

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  16. Jay

    I agree with Rihanna, Chris Brown is the hottest R&B artist out right now. I love both remixes and I can’t wait to see the video for Where Have You Been!!! :)

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  17. Lauryn

    About The Music? OK! You Can’t Sing Boo & Your Music Is Just For The Charts & Making Money Off It! Not Even A True Music Lover. Yet You Still Ain’t Hit 100m! W-ackB-tch!!! Designing? Lmao. Take Your Clothes That Will Make Your Bank Account Rain Supreme!!!

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    Dash Reply:

    @Lauryn, Gorl shut up! You always in a Rihanna post. Get a life, jeez.

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    Blueei La Reply:

    @Lauryn, yo it Best for you to Shut your LOCO Ass up!

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  18. Rai

    The Weeknd & Frank Ocean. O.o

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Rai, That’s wadd I’m saying . But I guess they’re still classified as underground .

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  19. Christopher Ward

    She’s the embodiment of a dumb bimbo.

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  20. Triniti

    Well…my sympathy is gone. Actually, no, that was when she got tatted with “THUG LIFE.”

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  21. Siera.

    I bet her leaking ass would!!

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  22. Milky

    It’s funny how other people can judge someone elses life without walking a mile in someone else’s shoes……

    Rihanna and Chris decided to let go of the past, so should everyone else. It’s not like they are getting back together, they are just creating music(Something they both passionate about) and even if the did get back together, who the hell are you…to make decisions for them?

    Just because they entertain you, and you buy their CD’s, that doesn’t give you the right to act/speak like you know/own them

    I personally, don’t like/ nor respect Chris but then again he might be a diff person than what the media portrays him…..but then again I’m not going to set my self up as a judge….

    XOXOXO

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    Blueei La Reply:

    @Milky, Tell it like it is TRue

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    KillBill92 Reply:

    @Milky, I can’t let go something that could affect lives out now. There are many young woman that looks up to Rih and she continues to let them down.

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    iloveyou_chrissy Reply:

    @KillBill92,wont you guys just except the fact that they are getting back together.and why the hell are you argueing with yourself over who is a RNB or pop musician it doent fucking matter I mean you don’t have to fucking hate…and the last time I checked I’m lookin at a photo of beyonce is that you uhg no so you shouldn’t be saying shit…

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @KillBill92,

    With all the fans that Rihanna has, it’ll be kind of hard to STOP her. Now the best way to promote healthy images of women to the little girls is to be that woman YOU want to see.

    I see where you’re coming from though. We’ve got all kinds of horrible images of what female empowerment, self-respect, and healthy ideals of what feeling sexy should be…but you CAN counteract all that trash by being the woman you want to see in other women.

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  23. truthteller

    he’s POP though.

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  26. bamie breezy

    Rihanna is right tho!chris brown is d bestest!!!

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  28. Sharp Tongue

    I have to disagree with her right her in my eyes “Chris Brown” is more Pop than R&B as well as her.

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  29. Blueei La

    Nice OF RIRI Saying That.

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  30. Jay

    Ok. Obviously Chris Brown is Pop, R&B AND Hip-Hop. He’s been that since his first album dropped. Hence, Gimme That, Yo, Run It, Say Goodbye, No Air etc. Fact of the matter is, is that he’s STILL the hottest R&B artist out right now. Period. Ya dig?! :)

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  32. someone

    I’m not a fan of Rihanna’s and to be honest, I don’t have anything against her, but I do have mad respect for her! Everything she said is true, it doesn’t matter rather Chris is R&B or Pop, the guy is doing his thing right now, and if she wants to do a song with him, so be it! She is a grown woman that doesn’t need raising so everybody and their mother needs to stop trying to tell her how to live her life, it’s just music! I respect the reason behind the colabos, she’s moved on, everybody else needs to catch up! And if fans are not happy with what she did, you never was a fan to begin with.

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  33. Oil & Water

    shameless self-promotion…they are both stepping into Kardashian/BB Wives territory for me…how long are they, and the media gonna milk this bull. Neither of them are really musically inclined; CB is a great dancer than can entertain, and Rih is a great model with a bomb team…they have no genre, they are reaching for trends, and trying to be edgy by being dramatic and low-brow……i need real musicians and artists, with substance back in mainstream music PLEASE

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  35. Stre3t Danc@

    Awhh she’s telling the truth tho. So nice.

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  36. say it

    Hats off to Rihanna, the girl is standing and thinking for herself! Media, haters, all need to stop trying to tell her how to live her life, she is a grown ass woman, none of you gave birth to her. I like and respect her reasons for doing the music with CB, I agree with @ someone, if her fans or even CB’s fans don’t like it and turn their backs, yall were not fans to begin with. When it’s all said and done, it’s just music!

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    nice Aspo Reply:

    @say it, Ture about That.

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  37. nice Aspo

    wonderful RiRi said that. Chris Brown have good Music out Now

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