[artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] isn’t afraid to share the limelight on her new album, Loud . She appears with everyone from Drake to Eminem to Nicki Minaj . But, one artist fans might be surprised to see make a cameo on the album is [artist id="1228637"]Avril Lavigne[/artist]. Rih samples the singer’s yodel from her 2002 ballad “I’m With You” on her party anthem “Cheers (Drink to That).”
“I love that song ['Cheers']. That is one of my favorite songs on the album. It makes you feel like celebrating,” she tells MTV News about the song. “It gives you a great feeling inside like you want to go out and have a drink. … People can’t wait for the weekend.”
Sure, Rihanna has a busy schedule that doesn’t really warrant her having the weekend off, but she says she still loves them. “I work all weekend, but I still can’t wait. I still get excited about it being Friday, even though I’m not getting the weekend off,” she explains.
“I got to be up at 5 a.m. on Saturday anyway. I just like the fact that it’s Friday. It’s just something that became a habit, so you get that feeling Friday night [and] it doesn’t matter what time you have to wake up on Saturday. You want to get excited about the weekend, you want to go out and have a drink with your girls, who have the weekend off.”
On “Cheers,” Rih samples Lavigne, and she explains why they didn’t just have the Canadian pop singer come in and re-record the vocal for the song. “I asked the same thing, but when I heard the track, it was already embedded in the music, so the producers already had it that way,” she explains. “But it wouldn’t have made a difference. It would have sounded the same. But I’m just glad that we could use her sample, because it became such a huge part of the instrumental that if it were not to be in the song, it would change the whole vibe of the song.”
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