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Barely two months into 2012, Chris Brown and Rihanna have colluded to create the most taboo publicity stunt of the year. Villianized in 2009 for physically abusing his one-time girlfriend, Brown appears on a remix of Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," while she returns the favor by guesting on his "Turn Up the Music" remix. It guarantees the duo a top spot in this week's entertainment headlines, but it's hard to resist picturing Rihanna's battered face when Brown vows on the new version of "Birthday Cake" that he wants to "... give it to her in the worst way."
The remix of "Birthday Cake" also features Brown declaring, "Girl, I wanna fuck you right now/ It's been a long time and I'm missing your body." It's hard to tell if Brown meant the line as a direct plea to Rihanna -- the couple have been separated for three years now, with Brown currently subject to a restraining order -- or if it's just standard R&B schmoozing. The Barbados-born songstress appeared to encourage his sentiments by tweeting at her followers that she was "Working on more links [to the song] for U guys." Pitched against "Birthday Cake," Rihanna's turn on "Turn Up the Music" suggests she's reciprocating Brown's advances, as she sings, "Turn up the music 'cause I feel a little turned on/ Turn up the music, don't you try to turn me down."
By choosing to play-out the next stage in their torrid relationship in public, Rihanna and Chris Brown might well be casting themselves as the Ike and Tina Turner for the Twitter generation -- or at least proving that you can get away with just about anything if you hop on a hot remix. [Listen here via Vulture.]