Chris Brown is ending more than just his personal relationship with Rihanna but his professional one as well. The 24-year-old musician was going to include RiRi on X, his next album, but has since dumped his duet with her after their breakup.
“Just saw the working tracklist for ‘X’ yesterday — Rihanna is not on there,” a source told Hollywood Life. “Record execs wanted that song on there, but Chris said he would rather not and wouldn’t allow the record to be released unless they took it off.”
Sounds like the split was more contentious than we originally thought.
Brown and Rihanna have collaborated before, most infamously on a track called “Nobodies Business” off Rih’s 2012 album Unapologetic. The upcoming album was reported to include a much-hyped follow-up duet.
“So we did ‘Nobody’s Business’ for her album, and then I wrote a song, it’s called ‘Put It Up.’ It’s more of an R&B record,” Brown teased of the track back in April.
“I wanted to do an R&B record with Rihanna because I didn’t want it to be the same four-on-the-floor, pop. At the end of the day, that’s what they expect from us, so I wanted to do more of a record that nobody really heard her sing on as far as that genre.”
Brown’s sixth studio album, X, will hit stores on July 16. Unfortunately for Brown, the release of his new album may be weighed down by yet another woman-beating allegation.
TMZ reports that Brown allegedly shoved 24-year-old Deanna Gines at the Orange County nightclub on Saturday night.
She says that he pushed her without provocation and that she sustained injuries to her knee which required her to don a boot and walk on crutches. She has filed a criminal complaint against Brown, but no lawsuit as of yet.
Brown had just performed at the Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim, and his reps said that he was in a great mood after the show. They added that Gines’ account didn’t make sense.
Were you looking forward to another duet between Chris Brown and Rihanna?
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