Rihanna told Ryan Seacrest that it was her idea to seek out Brown for the single and that she thought he was “Hot.”
“I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because he was the only person that really made sense to do the record – just as a musician. Despite everything else, that was gonna be the person,” Rihanna told Seacrest.
Rihanna said she thinks that Chris Brown is the only good R&B artist out there right now.
“You know, I thought about rappers [for the track], but I’ve done that so many times,” says Rihanna, “but the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track.”
Rihanna wanted to have Chris Brown on her “Birthday Cake” album, but why did she do his remix to “Turn Up the Music?”
“It was a tradeoff,” says Rihanna, “We did two records – one for my fans, one for his fans. That way, our fans could come together. There shouldn’t be a divide. It’s music and it’s innocent.”