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Rihanna and Chris Brown Won't Be Singing in Harmony

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People: There is no duet by Rihanna and Chris Brown despite previous reports that the pair had recorded a song together, a label source tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"Contrary to published reports, Chris Brown and Rihanna did not record a duet after the incident," says the source, alluding to Brown's alleged assault of his girlfriend last month.

Conflicting reports about a duet may have arisen because of a standard practice used during the development of new material. Last year, Brown and producer Polow da Don did write a song together, says the source.

Then, the source continues, "around August or September of 2008, Chris and Rihanna's vocals were recorded as the reference vocals for this demo only. [But] the song was never conceived or intended to be a duet between them, and was later recorded by other artists."

Reference vocals are created to give an understanding of how the writer intends a song to be sung on demo tracks sent out to other artists before the final recording process.

Turns out, the song was called "Bad Girl" - with lyrics focused on a women who overspends on designer goods - and was recorded by the Pussycat Dolls for the Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack. But the reference vocals for the song made by Rihanna also leaked to the Internet in January.

Adds the source: "Nothing has been recorded by Chris and Rihanna together since February."

The confusion may also have been caused by the fact that Brown and Rihanna did record a duet last year called "Stronger," which was meant for Rihanna's album, but was never released.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous March 18, 2009, 12:16 AM

the thing i’m gonna say about these 2 is “image” good girl gone bad. guy sings about wooing, but ends up wooping on his chick, to all you fans no disrepect but this guy is coceited ,controlling, and stuck on himself you gave him the “bighead”. so rihanna when it happens again and it will, just say YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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