When [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] released her Rated R last fall, she showed fans that she was in a darker, more serious mood. Tracks like "Russian Roulette" and "Hard" were decidedly more introspective than her past club bangers. But if superstar French DJ David Guetta has his way, he'll have Rih back to singing tunes like her mega-hit "Umbrella."
"Well, you know I'm a DJ, so I make beats that make you wanna dance," Guetta told MTV News at the Activision E3 party in Los Angeles. "And I think she was one of the first to do that in that urban world, so you know, I think it would be good for her to do it again."
While the producer already has some material in mind for the pop star, he said it was just a matter of scheduling.
"We['re] thinking of doing something together, yes," he revealed. "Yeah, yeah, yeah [the beat's ready], we just have to make sure it's OK with her schedule and my schedule, 'cause ... this is what happens. Unfortunately, it's not only about the music anymore, it's also about schedules, which is really boring but, you know."
Dutch DJ/producer Afrojack was able to get into the studio with Guetta and hear some of the material he's working on for Rihanna.
"He was in the studio with me the first time [after] he finished the new song for Rihanna," Afrojack said of Guetta. "He was like, 'Oh my God! You gotta hear this! It's crazy!' I was expecting some crazy club sh--. He played me that track, and it was a good track. I think, pop-wise, it's a fatter sound. Musically, it's as high a level as RedOne, Lady Gaga's producer."
Rihanna has been vocal about bringing up the energy level on her next album.
"Rated R, I love the sound of it, in terms of the bass," Rihanna told MTV Korea in February. "I really like the bottom, the grime of it. But if I were to combine that with more energetic, uptempo pop records, then I think that will be a happy marriage. And that's where we'll probably go next."
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