PartyNextDoor Reveals “Work” Almost Went To Alicia Keys
While speaking to “The New York Times,” PartyNextDoor revealed more behind Rihanna's hit, “Work.” Apparently, the dancehall hit which garnered the singer her 14th #1 was almost given to Alicia Keys.
The co-writer (PartyNextDoor) shares, "Her label didn’t care for Caribbean music at the time." However, Rihanna's team change their decision, when they noticed “it was all that she could sing around the house."
It's unlikely the song would've been a hit had it been given to Keys, unless Drake assisted. It would've seemed juvenile or unauthenic coming from the singer.
Rihanna's "Work" has influenced the recent dancehall wave, which Fifth Harmony, Drake, and even Alicia Keys are riding. Keys' "In Common" sees the singer experimenting with a caribbean-influenced sound.
PartyNextDoor met Rihanna last year, during a writing camp in her Malibu home. Immediately, he felt he didn't belong:
Now the singer can say he’s established hits as well.