Rihanna recently spoke to Ryan Seacrest on his 102.7 KIIS radio show to plug her upcoming film debut Battleship. During the interview, the Def Jam songstress spoke on her controversial decision to re-team with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown on the remix to her song “Birthday Cake” and Brown’s “Turn Up the Music.”
Although their recent collaborations confused many listeners given Brown’s 2009 assault case against her, Rihanna explained that it only made sense to work with her former beau given the style of the songs. She added that the collaborations are innocent and meant to be a bridge between his and her fans.
“The first song that came about was ‘Birthday Cake.’ 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,” she explained. “Just as a musician despite everything else that was going to be the person. 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. 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.”
Check out the audio from the interview below, courtesy of XclusivesZone.