On Wednesday, West previewed new music from his seventh studio album at the iHeartMedia Music Summit at Burbank, Calif.’s iHeartRadio Theatre, according to a source at the event. After Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels started his scheduled presentation — talking about upcoming records from Big Sean, Alesso and Axwell /\ Ingrosso — he suddenly announced: “I wanna stop this and turn it over to one of the great iconic rock stars of our time: Kanye West.”
Kanye walked out with his laptop to a stunned room and picked up the mic — then, noting the size of the room, put it down and asked if everyone could hear him and proceeded to speak for around 45 minutes without a mic.
He talked at length about his experience of working with Paul McCartney on “Only One.” He then sang some of “Only One” a cappella, and you could hear a pin drop in the room.
He finished by playing one new song: a duet with Rihanna (title unknown) that featured acoustic guitar and a big, soaring chorus and melody with a massive hook. He then slammed his laptop shut and walked offstage to a standing ovation.
Perhaps the Rihanna song is the collaboration that also features Ty Dolla $ign and McCartney that Ty mentioned to Billboard in early January. “Me, Rihanna, ‘Ye and Paul [Mc Cartney] got a song about to drop as well,” Ty Dolla $ign said. “It’s gonna drop soon. I heard they shot the video recently. I don’t know what the final title is, but I know it’s crazy, so just be looking out for [it].”
In the first of a two-part exclusive interview with Billboard, Ty Dolla $ign talks about working with ‘Ye on “Only One” and the eight other tracks that they churned out over the course — one of which happens to be a collaboration with Rihanna and McCartney.
What can you tell me about the other songs you worked on with ‘Ye?
Me, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul [Mc Cartney] got a song about to drop as well…
It’s featured on ‘Ye’s album?
Yeah. It’s gonna drop soon. I heard they shot the video recently. I don’t know what the final title is, but I know it’s crazy so just be looking out for [it].
FYI: Rihanna and Kanye were recently seen leaving the same studio in New York City.
Rihanna and Eminem both feature in a newly unveiled feature showing off behind-the-scenes on their music video for “The Monster”. Watch below:
Rihanna grabs her 22nd No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, as Shakira’s “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” featuring Rihanna, lifts 2-1. Dating to the chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, Rihanna trails only Madonna, the leader with 43 No. 1s.
“Can’t Remember to Forget You” is the lead single from Shakira’s self-titled album, released this week and due on next week’s charts. The song dips 31-34 on the Hot 100, where it’s reached No. 15.
Shakira’s music video for “Can’t Remember To Forget You” featuring Rihanna just came out! Watch below, share with your friends and purchase the track on iTunes.
The wait is ova!
The video for Shakira’s “Can’t Remember To Forget You” featuring Rihanna will be released this Thursday (January 30) during “Shakira: Off the Charts”, a 30-min special at 8PM ET/PT on E! News. Then watch the video at 8:35PM EST on VEVO. Watch the making of below and a sneak peek:
Shakira phoned into On Air with Ryan Seacrest after premiering her new track featuring Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” The songstress reveals that when it came to collaborating with RiRi she was nervous at first that it wouldn’t be able to happen:
“We’re both from the Caribbean, so I always thought we had this common ground and this song is pretty reggae, but it also has that rock attitude that I think Rihanna has, so that’s why I thought she was the natural choice for collaboration on this record, but I also thought it was a little bit of a challenge to get her to record this track because she’s so busy,” Shakira admits. ”I honestly thought it’d never happen, but I said, ‘I’m going to send it to her and see what happens.’ And she heard the record and she loved it and she said she was on board and I was the happiest girl alive!” The Voice coach explains the hit new track “is about that guy that gets under your skin that you can’t leave alone and I think that every woman has been through that …we can relate … but this song is not exactly a reflection of my life right now.”
Shakira has opened up about her new collaboration with Rihanna and says working with the “Diamonds” singer was “utopia”.
Shakira releases her new single “Can’t Remember To Forget You” next Monday (January 13) with Rihanna on guest vocals and says the pair got on incredibly well in the recording studio.
“Working with her was utopia,” Shakira reveals in the February issue of Glamour magazine. “She’s the sexiest woman on the planet. And at the end of the day, we’re both just basically Caribbean girls,” Shakira explained. “The chemistry was so good and so real. She taught me dance moves, she was a sweet teacher,” the ‘She Wolf’ singer added.