Rihanna is recording “timeless” songs for R8 because she’s sick of performing her current catalog.
Speaking to MTV News of her latest musical endeavor, Rihanna says she’s made a lot of monster tracks in the past that commercially do well, but don’t feel like herself.
“I’ve made a lot of songs that are really, really big songs. From the jump, they just blow up. And I wanted to kind of get back to — not that they weren’t real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever.
I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years; I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years. Not any songs that were burnt out. I find that when I get on stage now, I don’t want to perform a lot of my songs. They don’t feel like me. So I want to make songs that are timeless.”
Rihanna has her work cut out for her if she wants to promote “timeless” music and maintain her chart topping persona. “FourFiveSeconds” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney is the vibe we assume Rihanna’s running with for other songs, but that track didn’t ace the waves like her usual “blow ups.” It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and holds steady this week at number five, but there’s no explicit sign it’s climbing any higher.
Is it such a bad thing? Rihanna’s defending her artistic integrity, putting forth her creativity ahead of sales and charts. She’s still working with big names like Ne-Yo, Calvin Harris and DJ Mustard – who admitted she has indeed recorded a club banger.
Rihanna’s attempting to change up the industry with songs she wants to perform in 15 years and not hate. Can she do it?
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