[artist id="1940303"]Rihanna’s[/artist] making a bold statement with the title of her fifth disc, Loud, but her boyfriend, Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp, is all about the quieter moments on her new album.
In an interview with U.K. radio station 95.8 Capital FM, the “Only Girl (In the World)” singer revealed that she’s played some of her new tracks for her beau, and while he’s feeling most of the record, he’s really into the slow jams.
“He really likes, actually, the ballads on the album. Those are his favorite ones,” Rihanna said. The songstress, who described the vibe of her next effort as “fearless,” “bold” and “colorful,” predicted that one of the slower numbers could turn out to be a hit.
“The ballads on this album are really special. I didn’t want to just put a bunch of ballads on the album, I actually wanted to keep it minimal with slow records,” she explained.
“But there are really two powerful ballads. One is called ‘Straight Up Beautiful’ and the other one is called ‘California King Bed’ which is … one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s probably going to be the biggest song on the album. It’s talking about being this close to someone yet feeling so far away, like falling out of love.”
Rihanna said she often looks to her man for feedback on her music.
“I always play him songs when I finish them. I’ll bring them back home and ask him what he thinks. At the end of the day, we still disagree on some things but for the most part … he loves everything on the album,” Rihanna said.
Kemp is into the LP but Rihanna concedes there is one exception.
“‘Who’s That Chick,’ he doesn’t really like that one,” she admitted about the peppy, David Guetta-helmed track. “I guess it’s too lightweight pop for him.”
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