Our good friends over at Rap-Up.com recently caught up with hitmaker Sean Garret, who revealed more about Rihanna‘s forthcoming album – which he has been enlisted to work on. As previously reported, the popular model is set to release an entirely new LP this summer – less than a year after the release of the relatively successful ‘Rated R’. Check out what Garrett had to say after the jump…
According to Garrett, the project is already underway. “I got a record on Rihanna’s new album,” reveals the hitmaker. “She’s got some surprises.”
After a tumultuous 2009, the singer is back in a good place with her fifth studio album. “The record I gave her was very, very positive, very big. It’s a f*cking smash,” adds Garrett. “I gave her a humongous radio record. It’s just so infectious. It’s about getting past any drama and just being happy to be alive. It’s an encouraging record. It feels great and it’s got great tempo.”
Like some fans, he was surprised to hear the dark theme surrounding RiRi’s latest effort. “Whenever I think of Rihanna, it makes me happy. To be honest, I wasn’t really that excited about hearing her in a dark zone. I love Rihanna for being that girl… She’s like the lil’ fantasy chick—nice brown skin, beautiful woman with a Caribbean swagger that’s ridiculous.”
The man who’s penned hits for Beyoncé and Usher is confident his contribution will keep Rihanna at the top of the charts. “I made sure that it was bulletproof. It should be a single unless something crazy happens. It’s hot as fuck. I think it’s a record that’s gonna stay on the radio for a long time.”
Hmm. Besides the fact I’m often pessimistic about writers/producers gushing about tracks, only for them to turn out to be doo-doo, I can’t help but feel a little unnerved by the prospect of yet another Rihanna album so soon. It really doesn’t bode well for her credibility as an artist (the jokes write themselves) or the potential for her to become even more over-exposed.
That said, I guess when your label are funding your project at a loss, the only way out is to try and rush out new projects with the quickness to bring in the $$$. While there’s a small chance it may yield the dollars her label are hoping for (despite all her success, Ms Fenty still is yet to be a real ‘album seller’ – her forte being the less important ‘single’), it sure doesn’t make her look good next to her chart rivals. One need not look further than Beyonce, for example, who releases records every 2-3 years, avoiding over-exposure and giving folks a brief moment to miss her – hence heightening the importance of her records when she does release them. At this junction, I can’t see how shoving more RiRi down folks throats will benefit her cause. Still, never say never…