Word coming down the grapevine is that Rihanna’s eighth studio album, code-titled R8, will be released on a particular week, on a day, and at some time in that day. These surprise album releases are just that, surprises, so it’s anyone’s guess. But that hasn’t stopped Ri from throwing out a few singles to warm-up her followers.
First there was the urban-folk (not as bad as it sounds, but still questionable) song “FourFiveSeconds,” where Rihanna teamed-up with Kanye and Paul McCartney. Then Ri screeched out “Bitch Better Have My Money,” her hoodrat-approved aggressive money anthem. And finally, “American Oxygen” hit ears, a song that simultaneously serves as a vital instruction manual for mouthbreathers (lyrics: breathe out, breathe in), and as a piano-laced deep-thinker that praises America for its gleaming, albeit bruised history. She’s really covering all the bases on this next record!
For Kelly Clarkson, it seems that “BBHMM” has struck a chord. The singer stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to perform a clean cover version of the song (via Billboard). The original Rihanna version is a thumping, trap-drum growler. Given Clarkson’s reputation and predilections as a sanitized popstress, she took the song in a different direction, delicately singing the lyrics while a feathered keyboard and guitar arrangement accompanied her. It adds an entirely new dimension to song, still demanding money, but using the magic word. Watch it above.
Clarkson released her seventh studio album Piece by Piece this year, her third no.1 album.
The singer is currently on tour with Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson. Take a look at her upcoming tour dates at her official website.