News: Rihanna Breaks Silence On Letting Chris Brown Taste Her "Birthday Cake" [Audio]
Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 5:00PM
Grammy-winning singer Rihanna has finally broken her silence on linking up with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown for a pair of remixes and crowned Breezy the hottest singer in the music industry.
According to RiRi, she made the first move to rekindle her business relationship with Brown.
"I reached out to him about doing 'Birthday Cake' because [he was] the only person that really made sense to do the record -- just as a musician. Despite everything else, that was gonna be the person," RiRi said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. "You know, I thought about rappers, [but] the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track -- It was a tradeoff. We did two records -- one for my fans, one for his fans. That way, our fans could come together. There shouldn't be a divide. It's music and it's innocent." ("Ryan Seacrest")
A few weeks ago, R&B singer The-Dream offered his take on the pair teaming back up.
"For me, it's just music -- two talented people doing a record together, doing two records together, and that's what it was," The-Dream said in an interview. "It wasn't about an incident that happened. The true thing really is to forgive, and -- you want to believe in people. ... I think [the topic] that should be more on the tongues is: how do we proclaim to be a nation of forgiving, and we go by all of these rules and everything, but we can't actually do it? ... It actually makes you look weaker than your adversary -- if you don't have the power to forgive, but you lie and say that you did. Because this is about her. If she can forgive, that's where she is mentally. As a friend, it's like, 'Okay, cool. Let's roll.'" (Billboard)
The duo's new music officially premiered online around mid-February.
Chris Brown and Rihanna are back together, musically speaking. Two songs featuring the singers hit the Internet on Monday. Brown sings on the remix of Rihanna's sexually charged song "Birthday Cake," and she's on the remix of his upbeat tune "Turn Up the Music." Brown tweeted a link to the new version of "Turn Up the Music" on Monday, and Rihanna later retweeted it. She also tweeted about the remix for "Birthday Cake." (Washington Post)
RiRi and Breezy previously linked up, musically, roughly five years ago.
Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, told Esquire magazine in its October 2010 issue that she no longer resented Brown and that she enjoys his music. The two singers first collaborated musically in 2007 on the remix to her monster hit Umbrella. Brown also tweeted "HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN" to Rihanna, who turned 24 on Monday. A representative for Rihanna said she had no comment. An e-mail seeking comment from Brown's representatives went unreturned Monday. (USA Today)
Check out Rihanna's interview below: