Despite it was known that Brown was the “shocking” addition to Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” as producers promised, but it was such a surprise to hear Rihanna singing on Brown’s remix for “Turn Up The Music.”
“It’s gonna be crazy,” Brown’s production partner, Tuo, promised last week. “And the feature on there is gonna shock the world,” a bespectacled Kosine added. Well, they weren’t exaggerating.
There were different reactions of fans: some of them support Rihanna and Brown’s collaborations, while others while others argued that given Brown’s 2009 assault on Rihanna, it was inappropriate for them to record together.
When some time passed since that assault, Rihanna has been open about her abusive relationship with the Brown. She said then: “I don’t want to be the big domestic-violence spokesperson, because that doesn’t define who I am.”
“But if I can help young women in any way, and that being one of the things they need help with, then I’ll do that,” added the singer. The topic was still trending on Twitter on late Tuesday, with plenty of tweets criticizing Rihanna for embracing her former abuser, writes the Huffington Post.
Rihanna seemed to address the controversy Tuesday when she won best international female artist at the Brit Awards. “At times when I feel misunderstood, my fans always remind me that it’s OK to be myself,” Rihanna said.
However, Bill Werde, editorial director of the music trade publication Billboard, says Rihanna’s decision collaborate with Brown could disappoint some of her supporters.
“I think there are people out there that feel betrayed (by) Rihanna,” he said. “She has every right to be an individual … she has every right to date who she wants to date and be with whoever she wants to be with.”
He added: “She’s a grown woman. But you just need to recognize that then the fans have every right to feel how they’re going to feel about that.”
Werde saids he doesn’t believe she’ll lose any of her endorsements, but her image could change. “This will be white-hot for a few minutes in the big scheme of things and then it will die down. But what’s going to be left behind is the complicated residue of who Rihanna is as a role model,” he said.
Rihanna’s record label had no comment and Brown’s publicist did not return a request for comment about the further cooperation of the singers.
The rumors that the exes were to make music together appeared last week after Brown tweeted: “Let them be mad!!!! We make music. Don’t like it, don’t listen!”
On Tuesday, after weighing some of the negative feedback, he tweeted: “You are not GODS to judge us. U have no say! Positivity & LOVE! My fans make a difference.”
As MTV says, after the release of the “Birthday Cake” and “Turn Up the Music” remixes, Rita Smith, the executive director for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, revealed what the collaborations mean.
“I guess I’m not particularly surprised given the rumors that had gone on around this, and it’s also not surprising because many victims get back with their abusers, even after an assault,” she explained.
“They love them, they think they change, and abusers are particularly good at convincing you they’ve changed. I don’t know what their relationship is at this point, but I’m not surprised that she’s staying connected.”
“I hope he’s changed. I hope that he will never choose to use violence again no matter what kind of relationship he has with her or anybody else,” she continued.
“The content of the songs seems to be more in-your-face than something about, ‘We’re collaborating on something because we care about the way people treat each other.’ That would have been the message that would have been nice to come out of this very public and tragic incident.”