Friday, November 16, 2012

Rihanna and Chris Brown: Nobodies Business

I don't know what's worse - that Rihanna's back together with "changed man" Chris Brown, or the suggestion that she's not, but will enthusiastically expolit the controversy to sell some records.

Either way, it is really none of my business. Which, coincidentally, is the point of a new song she's recorded with Brown. With scant regard for grammar, it's called Nobodies Business and opens with the lyric: "You'll always be my boy, I'll always be your girl / Ain't nobody's business but mine and my baby."

If you can put aside your distaste for Rihanna singing the praises of her former abuser (and it's a big if) it's an incredibly catchy song.

The hook is a lift from the ad-libs at the end of Michael Jackson's The Way You Make Me Feel, and the song leans pretty heavily on it. But as we saw on Please Don't Stop The Music, pairing Rihanna with a Jackson sample is a recipe for magic.

Also of interest is the musical direction - ditching Rihanna's hard-as-nails club sound for a Steve "Silk" Hurley-inspired 90s house feel. Taking this and Diamonds into account, could Unapologetic be Rihanna's biggest pop album to date? We'll find out on Monday.

(Plus an alternate version, in case the first one disappears)

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