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Would a Rihanna-Chris Brown duet be a winning combination?

March 10, 2009 |  4:39 pm

Rihanna and Chris Brown are reported by E News to be recording a duet together this week. How will the public and the music industry respond to this collaboration?

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Before this latest revelation, Rihanna was on track to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music business. She had already racked up nine Grammy nominations in just two years. Public sympathy was with her for the most part. She was being counseled via the airwaves by Oprah Winfrey while her mentor Jay-Z was said to be arranging a meeting for her with abuse survivor Tina Turner.

Chris Brown remains at risk of losing his carefully cultivated image as a teen idol. His core fans are young girls who swoon over his boy-next-door good looks and charm. Indeed, he is contending for the third year in a row as favorite male singer at the the upcoming Kids' Choice Awards. He won the award last year after losing to Justin Timberlake in 2007. This year he contends against 2006 winner Jesse McCartney, Kid Roc, and T-Pain.

Voting began at the official website last Monday, March 2. A day later, Chris Brown's MySpace page included a plea to his fans to vote for him. He is also a nominee for favorite song, as his No. 1 single "Kiss Kiss" goes up against tracks by Beyonce ("Single Ladies"), Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl") and Rihanna, who contends with "Don't Stop the Music."

Rihanna is also competing for the first time as favorite female singer at the Kids' Choice Awards against last year's champ Miley Cyrus, 2007 winner Beyonce, and three-time nominee Alicia Keys. However, her MySpace page makes no reference to the ongoing online voting.

There is no word as to whether either Chris Brown or Rihanna will attend the March 28 ceremony, which will be telecast live on Nickelodeon and hosted by Dwayne Johnson. However, if this latest report is true, it would not be surprising if they did appear together. They both skipped the NAACP Image Awards, which came only five days after the Grammy-eve incident that catapulted them into the headlines. At the Image Awards, Chris Brown lost the male vocalist prize to Jamie Foxx and Rihanna was bested by Beyonce for female vocalist.

The pair faced off against each other at the two most recent Grammy Awards. Last year, Rihanna and Jay-Z won the best rap/sung collaboration for "Umbrella" over, among others, Chris Brown and T-Pain for "Kiss Kiss." This year, they competed against each other for the pop vocal collaboration Grammy. Brown and Jordin Sparks were nominated for "No Air" while Rihanna and Maroon 5 were up for "If I Never See Your Face Again." Both duos lost to the night's big winners Robert Plant and Allison Kraus for "Rich Woman."

Of the two of them, Rihanna has competed for the more prestigious music awards. Last year, "Umbrella" contended in two of the top four Grammy categories — song and record of the year. She lost both races to Amy Winehouse's "Rehab." Her dance recording contender "Don't Stop the Music" was bested by Justin Timberlake's "LoveStoned." And her R&B duo with Ne-Yo on "I Hate That I Love You" lost to Chaka Khan and Mary J. Blige ("Disrespectful") and lost a R&B song bid to "No One" by Alicia Keys.

At this year's Grammys, Rihanna lost dance recording again, as "Disturbia" was bested by Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." And her long-form video ("Good Girl Gone Bad Live") was edged out by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ("Runnin' Down a Dream").

Chris Brown remains a Grammy loser despite five nominations. This year he also lost R&B male vocal for "Take You Down" to Ne-Yo ("Miss Independent"). At last year's Grammy Awards, he also lost best contemporary R&B album for his self-titled debut to Ne-Yo ("Because of You") as well as best new artist to Carrie Underwood.

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I hope none of you who are talking about boycotting Chris Brown and Rihanna went to see the Dark Knight last year after those role models Christian Bale (who coincidentally was accused of beating his mother) and Heath Ledger (who died of a drug overdose) starred in it. Don't get me wrong, I am a Heath Ledger fan, but I didn't hear any talk of boycotting that movie which was a children's movie by the way.

i will be boycotting both artists and any artist that ignorantly supports the decisions the two of them have made to reconcile (especially so fast). some people may believe that what happens in your personal life has nothing to do with your business life... but when you are a famous artist & a role model to millions of young adults and children in the world, both your personal and business lives are setting examples. these two are not setting good examples whatsoever.

It is never ok for a man to hit a woman. As long as she remains with him I will not buy her records or will my family.She is suppose to set an example for all girls and young women.If she stays and get beat again please don't take up all my TV time with the story....Don't spend all your money too fast ......you may run out, many are not purchasing your records

I THINK THAT NO ONE SHOULD SAY ANYTHING ABOUT EITHER OF THEM. I BET THAT MOST OF YOU PEOPE KNOW SOMEONE THAT ARE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP OR HAVE BEEN IN ONE. I KNOW I HAVE AND TO BE HONEST I WISH I COULD CHANGE THE SITUATION. SINCE I CAN'T I JUST SUPPORT THE ONE I LOVE AND AND MIND MY BUSINESS. IN THIS CASE I LIKE BOTH CHRIS BROWN AND RIHANNA AND I WISH THEM THE BEST IN WHATEVER THEY DECIDE IS BEST FOR THEM. IF THE SONG IS JAMMIN I WILL LISTEN TO IT ! GOOD LUCK CHRIS BROWN AND RIHANNA!!

What a immature Moron this little boy is. WAKE UP GIRL and leave him. IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN! A Duet is pathetic. I hope he does jail time. The girl up here said 2nd chance?? If a man beat on you or if your best friend was beat up by her boyfriend would you really be telling her to "give him a sencond chance" Sorry honey if you cared at all you would not. If they hit you once they will do it again. Believe me.

Rihanna and Chris are so wired..

I am effectively boycotting anything Rihanna while she is with him. IF she appears on a station, I change the station. If the radio plays a song I change the station. She has the right to stay and be beaten by her man, I just won't support that image, and I won't let it profit. Record all the songs she want's, I just won't have anything to do with it. She wants to live of life of being beaten, let her do it while being broke.

No chance that such a song would be allowed in my house. Nickolodeon is also not viewed anymore in my house since they have not removed the abuser from the voting. Any radio station that I hear play this song will receive a letter from me indentifying all sponserors that will be boycotted for sponsoring a radio station that plays any music by an abuser like Chris Brown............Same for her if she is dumb enough to stay with him and refuse to put him in jail then she also will lose at my house.

DUET? OR DUEL? are we talking singing ? or Boxing?

That would be some incredibly sick and cynical stuff... so I fully expect it to happen. Gross.

i love chris brownn!!
if hes career gets ruined because of her ill be furious!!
everyone deserves a second chance and he'll learn from it
:)
ILOVECHRISBROWN!

oh! record a song and all is forgiven. please! for the sake of the young fans, I hope parents do not buy this record. there are much better role models out there who have not attacked the ones they are supposed to love.

nope i wont listen to it! screw the both of them. i hope he goes to jail for some time and i hope she gets her brain fixed.

Is the song "executive produced" by Diddy?

A duet would further cement the Ike/Tina Turner thing they've got going. Why not?

I would lose respect for any radio station that played it.

These two individuals need to stay away from each other for now. No records together!! I am shocked you had audacity to even mention such!! Do your studying on partner abuse and horrible outcomes before making such statemnts please.

.All medical statistics that exists reveal once a person(male or female) hit another person(male or female) they will hit again. Both need to get extensive psychological counseling for this abuse. Chris Brown publicly admitted his family had physical abuse present. Humans are creatures developed from cultural experiences and habits develop from their exposures in their family. It has been medically shown changes of habits/views/human interactions developed are extremely hard to change. There is urgent need for him to get treatment for what he did.

Chris's attorney claimed Rhianna hit Chris too. So Rhianna as a victim and also because of Chris Brown's attorneys claim needs to just as badly.

This is not a man or woman issue. There was a threat to kill Rhianna. The pictures of Rhianna taken just after the abuse say it all. Too bad none the next day were released - they would have been much worse! Alarming!!

From a medical professional who has seen many sad shocking cases

I wish both of them the very best. The road they travel will not be easy. I truly hope they both do well. But not together.

Prosecutors need to proceed with trying Chris Brown. Lives are a stake!! And 80-90% of the abused go back to their abuser. Legal system must force these two for their own best welfare.

Am I the only person that think's the industry should treat her the way they are treating Chris? Now I dont agree with what he did, however she is someone that a lot of young girls lookup to and she is really settinga poor example for them. I dont in anyway feel sorry for her anymore because she is choosing to play the victim.

I do hope, for his sake, that Chris gets the help he needs and he's able to move pass this.

I would listen to it! I think these two are young,talented kids who made some bad mistakes but are clearly and love and ready to move on with their lives. Who are we to judge? I'm a lover of music and if the music is good, sincere and from the heart then I'm a fan!

Yeah, I'm sure it would be a HIT. . . probably lots of them and throw in a couple of bite marks.


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