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Marilyn Manson Says Rihanna Influenced His New Album ‘Heaven Upside Down’

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Rock on the brain.

Rihanna inspired a rock legend.

Marilyn Manson announced the release date of his forthcoming album, Heaven Upside Down (October 6th), shared the cover art and the LP's track list.

It's a followup to 2015's The Pale Emperor, and according to Manson, Rihanna's album ANTi, particularly fan-favorite "Love On The Brain," was a big influence for him.

“Strangely enough, one of the records that influenced this album strongly, and it can’t be taken literally, is Rihanna, her last record,” Manson told Consequence of Sound. “That one song, ‘Love On The Brain’, it really hit me because I saw her perform it and she just… meant it. And I think that’s maybe what rappers like about me.”

He added: “They see it as being sincere and real, and I think thats a part of rap culture, as it was a part of punk rock and real rock or whatever you wanna call anything. You can tell when something is being forced and trying to be something it isn’t. It’s not about how many tattoos you have or if you say fuck enough in a song, it’s in the way you say it. It’s the way you live your life.”

Only a legend!

Stream Manson's new single “We Know Where You Fucking Live”:

Read more about Heaven Upside Down here.

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On 11/9/2017 at 6:49 PM, Streets said:

Manson is a highly underrated and brilliant artist - but I honestly haven't liked anything he's done past ~2005.

He's kind of become a parody of himself lately :gross:

The Pale Emperor was so damn good though :milkney:

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