The couple sample Michael Jackson, make out in a Lexus
Rihanna has never been one to shy away from controversy; in fact, she downright invites it. Still, it was a surprise when Riri revealed that Chris Brown, her reportedly on-again, off-again boyfriend and the man who infamously left her beaten and bloodied in a 2009 assault, would appear on "Nobody's Business," a track from her unapologetic seventh studio album, Unapologetic. (The song was initially grammatically controversial when Rihanna announced it was called "Nobodies Business," but that error appears to have been corrected.) As soon as Brown's restraining order expired, he hopped on a remix of Talk That Talk's "Birthday Cake," and mere months later "Nobody's Business" sees the pair in the booth for a song that addresses all the criticism they've faced since hooking back up. Allegedly.
As much as people probably want to hate this song — especially after Brown tattooed onto his neck what resembled Rihanna's beaten face and then dressed as Osama bin Laden for Halloween — it's too damn infectious to ignore. "Umbrella" Svengali The-Dream produced the cut, which samples Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and interpolates the lyric "Ain't nobody's business." In fact, this is the closest Rihanna has come to sounding like the King of Pop in her industrious career. "You'll always be the one who I want to come home to, girl," Brown sings after recommending the pair make out in a Lexus. "You'll always be my boy," Rihanna sings, to which Brown responds, "You'll always be my girl." Ah, a modern day Sonny and Cher.
Rihanna is currently in the air with a bunch of journalists — Hi, Julianne Shepherd! — to promote Unapologetic. The album is due out November 19.