Chris Brown has announced his new single will feature never-before-heard vocals from Aaliyah. The 24-year-old rapper is set to release his track "They Don't Know" - taken from his upcoming album X - and has promised fans a "special" treat by including the late R&B star's voice, which will be heard for the first time since her death in 2001.
Speaking at the BET Awards 2013 press conference on Tuesday, where he was nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Chris said, "I got something special for my fans. It's called 'They Don't Know.' This song features Aaliyah. And never-before-heard vocals. All new stuff that's never been heard before."
The "Forever" hitmaker shot the video for the song in the Los Angeles "hood" last weekend and hopes his chosen location will unite people from various backgrounds. "I shot it in the 'hood. I went to 60th Street and Cedar Block. [I'm] bringing both worlds together and trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and show them where I'm from. I'm from Virginia, but everybody comes from a broken home or being broke - I remember when I was," he added.
Chris Brown pulled out of a planned concert in Guyana following protests over his assault on Rihanna in 2009.
The "Don't Wake Me Up" singer was scheduled to perform in the South American country's capital Georgetown on December 26, but after women's rights groups and other protestors made it clear he would not be welcome, he decided to cancel. Concert promoter Hits & Jams Entertainment said Chris - who is still on probation for beating up his then girlfriend three years ago - cited discomfort with the protests, according to the New York Daily News.
This is not the first time Chris has faced opposition since the assault; Irish acoustic hip hop trio the Original Rudeboys recently turned down an offer to support him at Dublin's O2 arena in December as they don't want to be associated with the R&B singer. A member of the group Sean Walsh said, "Even though it's a huge opportunity to play in the O2 with a major hip hop star and a substantial fee was offered, we are completely against Chris Brown's assault on Rihanna."
Drake has slammed Chris Brown in his new single "Enough Said."
The rapper's latest track features previously unheard vocals by late R&B singer Aaliyah and has angered fans who have accused him of using the song as a vehicle to diss his love rival Chris.
"Running through the city with n****s I'd give a kidney/ Selling under 150 you n****s got to be kidding/ Is this even still a discussion?/ Don't you ever wake up disgusted?" Drake raps. The line has been perceived as a dig at Chris' mediocre album sales after his latest offering Fortune sold 135,000 copies in its first week while Drake's Take Care shifted 600,000.
Fans took to Twitter in a rage after hearing the song, which has been released to honor the anniversary of Aaliyah's tragic death in a plane crash. "I love Drake but not sure reworking Aaliyah for 10 year anniversary and 'dissing' Chris Brown in it is really in the right spirit!" @Cazba21 posted. @In_Boss_U_Trust asked, "Is the Drake song with Aaliyah in it really a diss to Chris Brown cuz if so, that's disrespectful."
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Rihanna wanted to duet with Chris Brown because he is "dirty" and shocking.
The 24-year-old singer chose her ex-boyfriend and rapper - who was convicted of assaulting her three years ago - to collaborate with on her hit single "Birthday Cake" because she thought it would be "cute" to team up with a man.
"I thought it would be cute to do it with a guy. I wondered, who can be dirty, someone who people will really believe?" she said.
Rihanna and Chris have made peace since 2009's altercation, and while she understands people have "every right to be concerned" about the pair working together, the brunette beauty insists her fans are keen for them to collaborate again. "Look, I understand that people had every right to be concerned about it. But I didn't see it that way because I'm in a different place. Music is music and my fans have been asking me to record with him. I just felt like it was time. It was time."
Peter Andre has hinted he is to collaborate with Chris Brown.
The "Behind Closed Doors" hitmaker is currently working on a new album in Los Angeles and had "some good chats" with the "Run It" hitmaker, but refused to confirm whether they had led to plans for a duet.
"I'm writing my column from Los Angeles this week and my time in the studio is going really well. One of my highlights has been meeting Chris Brown, who's working in the same studio. Lots of people have been asking me if we're working on music together, but you'll have to wait and see. It's been really fun hanging out with him though and we've had some good chats."
Peter is excited for his fans to hear the finished album, and has promised he is trying out a new musical direction: "I'm actually working with the producers who've just made an album with Justin Bieber and they've also worked on Chris's album, so I'm in good company! I can't wait for you all to hear it - it's a new sound for me."
Kanye West leads nominations at the BET Awards with seven.
The "Stronger" rapper's Watch the Throne project with Jay-Z dominated nominations, earning nods in the Best Group, Collaboration, and Viewer's Choice categories, while its videos to "N****s in Paris" and "Otis" both got nods for Video of the Year.
Following Kanye is Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce Knowles, who is up for six trophies including Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration for "Party" with J. Cole and two Video of the Year nods for her songs "Countdown" and "Love on Top" from her 4 album.
Rapper Big Sean was excited to learn he is up for three awards, including Best Male Hip Hop Artist. He told "It's perfect. My grandma gonna be watching, my mom, my family, the whole city. It's just tight that I can represent those people, everybody who had that dream, everybody who used to ride to school listening to their idols, now I'm with them. It's just tight that I can show people that it's possible," he told MTV.
The Wanted is in talks to tour with Chris Brown this summer. The group revealed that they have spoken to the singer about joining him for the North American leg of his tour in July. Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Max George, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes hope the exposure will introduce them to the urban market.
"Scooter - our manager - told us the other week that they'd spoke. We met Chris Brown - he came in and saw us at the studio when we were rehearsing - and he was actually really sound. He said he liked our music and stuff. He'd spoke to Scooter since then and said he'd love to do a song with us so who knows? If it's the right song then we'll do it," Max told radio station Capital FM.
"There's talk about us, he's got his American tour coming up in July, maybe we'll go on that for a few shows which will be cool. Hitting that urban market - The Wanted go urban," Tom added.
Rihanna believes having Chris Brown on her new album "made sense."
The "You Da One" singer worked with her ex-boyfriend - who was charged with assaulting her in early 2009 - on track "Birthday Cake" and she thinks it was sensible to have him on there because he is the best musician for the job.
"I reached out to him about doing 'Birthday Cake' because that's the only person that really, it made sense to do the record. Just as a musician, despite everything else, that was going to be the person. You know, I thought about rappers, and I've done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track, and then in turn he was like, 'Why don't you do the remix to my track?' and it was a trade off," she said.
Ne-Yo has been "talking" to Beyonce about doing a duet. The "So Sick" hitmaker - who is currently working on his fifth album Love and Passion, which will be released in September - has a number of collaborations in the works but has no confirmed singles coming out with big-named stars.
"There's a couple of people who I might be collaborating with on the next album, I don't know exactly who right now, but I've talked to a couple of people, Chris Brown and Dr. Dre, Beyonce about some stuff. But nothing is set in stone right now."
In addition, the 31-year-old singer - who penned Beyonce's hit single "Irreplaceable" - also has a soft spot for UK artists, including troubled singer Amy Winehouse.
"What do I like most about the UK? The weather! No, no, I like the vibe out here. It's a really cool vibe. I really like Plan B or Amy Winehouse and Adele."
Last night, Chris Brown took one good look at the man in the mirror and what poured out was genuine emotion - or was it?
During his tribute to Michael Jackson at yesterday’s BET Awards yesterday evening, Brown proved he could really dance like Michael Jackson. Rihanna’s ex also tried proving he was sorry at the same time.
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