Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Rihanna Team Up for ‘FourFiveSeconds’

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Listen to Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney Team Up on ‘FourFiveSeconds’.

Rihanna has released a collaboration with Paul McCartney and Kanye West, with the singer delivering an acoustic ballad and giving fans her first new material since single Jump almost exactly a year ago. At the iHeartRadio Summit on Jan. 21, Kanye West played an audience of mostly industry people a new duet with Rihanna and Paul McCartney — the latter of whom we heard collaborate with him on New Year’s Eve on the introspective “Only One.” The new duet, titled “FourFiveSeconds,” has now premiered online for everyone who isn’t a radio programmer. The track Four Five Seconds was teased by West on Wednesday at the iHeartMedia music summit and follows his own collaboration with the Beatles songwriter earlier this month, Only One. Earlier, a spokesperson for West called his teaming with McCartney “a prolific musical collaboration,” and it’s easy to hear his influence on the acoustic guitar and organ-driven track. That song, “Four Five Seconds,” has arrived online, and though it’s unclear whether it will feature on West or Rihanna’s new album, it marks a striking departure for both artists.

Together, they’ve conspired to create a surprisingly simple and reserved return for the Barbadian megastar. “FourFiveSeconds” is downloadable from iTunes now. Kanye continues this year’s streak of entirely-sung work and Rihanna sounds as relaxed, even folksy, as she’s sounded in years on her sunny, harmonized chorus. Paul McCartney supplies some gentle acoustic strumming as West and Rihanna belt out a deeply personal, hugely melodic, and country-tinged tune about heartbreak and redemption.

The track is not only a shocker in the surprising manner in which she announced it—a tweet that simply said “FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!!!”—but in its style. It’s only the second new Kanye song we’ve heard, but it’s worth noting that it shares a few traits with “Only One”—sensitive, confessional songwriting, sparse and acoustic instrumentation, and not a drum beat in sight. A simple, pared-down guitar track, the song puts the spotlight on Rihanna’s vocals, highlighting them in a way that her club-ready, bombastic tunes don’t usually. Aside from one acoustic guitar, the song also features an organ, several layers of the Barbadian pop star’s vocals, and a guest verse (that is sung, not rapped) by West.

Rumors about Rihanna’s return to the music scene have been swirling for months, but only recently did anybody hear about a Paul McCartney collaboration. The track—which actually featured ten other artists, including Fergie, John Legend, and even Elton John—would go on to be a fan favorite, and would add another Grammy to their collections. It’s unclear how many songs the two have done together—though one source said a session they had last year yielded up to nine tracks—but so far Paul has yet to say a peep, leaving the vocal duties to others.

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