New Music: Rihanna Releases, "FourFiveSeconds" Featuring Kanye West And Paul McCartney:
The wait is over! Earlier last night, Rihanna took to twitter hinting that we could possibly be expecting new music from her, when she shared a snapshot of her, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney, which we now know is her leading single to R8.
Rihanna later shared a link to her website, where she wrote in the caption of the tweet, "First Glimpse Of My New Music." While many have been anticpating about this single, I wasn't sure what to expect.
After Rihanna shared two teasers last year, I definitely knew that we would be getting something organic from the "Where Have You Been," singer, but I didn't expect it so soon, or on her leading single. After the first listen, many have come to the conclusion, that this could possibly be more of a buzz single for the "Pour It Up" singer, and I couldn't agree more. Looking past Rihanna's earlier leading singles, she's always brought something hardcore and strong to the table. With this single, I can definitely say I'm happy with what I'm hearing, but I definitely expected something like her typical leading singles, like "Diamonds" or "Only Girl (In the World)." With this single, I overall liked it, because I think it's something fresh from Rihanna. I mean, no one was literally expecting Rihanna to release a country/rock/hipster type of track. That's one thing that definitely attracted me with this track. I'm definitely not a country fan, but Rihanna somewhat made it work for this record. I can definitely say, that I could do without Kanye West and Paul on this track. Paul McCartney only plays the guitar on the track, which is apart of the production. Kanye West does the second verse in the track, where he sings, "Woke up an optimist Sun was shinin', I'm positive. Then I heard you was talkin' trash. Hold me back, I'm 'bout to spaz." Kanye didn't really bring much to the track other than curiosity. Before Rihanna released a statement saying that it was her first single, many were wondering if this was Kanye's track or Rihanna's.
Before the statement, everyone would've easily said Kanye, knowing that he working with Paul on his previous single, and that during an interview with Billboard, it was released that he had a single coming with Rihanna and Paul. Many have said, that with this track, that Rihanna has improved much based on her vocal performance. I didn't see much of the improvement, but I will say, she sounded great around the hook of the track. Kanye, well? He didn't do any damage to the track, but he could've done a lot better. I'm not sure if Rihanna cares too much about chart success with this particular track, since she's barely said a word since the release of the single. Nevertheless, the track still seems to be doing somewhat well on the iTunes Chart. Maybe not best for her, but she's currently at #4 on iTunes USA, putting her behind Mark Ronson and Maroon 5. Definitely a bit of a shocker for Rihanna. Well, don't hesitate to listen to the track below: