Rihanna: Chris Brown Remixes "Really Made Sense"

March 15, 2012

Rihanna is ready to explain herself.

The world was shocked in February when the singer, 24, tapped abusive ex-boyfriend (and current secret lover) Chris Brown to sing on a sexually explicit remix of her song "Birthday Cake" -- and she, in turn, crooned on a remix of his own song "Turn Up the Music."

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Rihanna addressed concerns over the collaboration chatting with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Thursday.

"I reached out to him about doing 'Birthday Cake' because [he was] the only person that really made sense to do the record -- just as a musician. Despite everything else, that was gonna be the person."

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Brown, 22, violently assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009; as Us Weekly has reported, the pair have been secretly hooking up for a year despite his ongoing relationship with girlfriend Karrueche Tran.

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"You know, I thought about rappers, [but] the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track," she explained matter-of-factly.

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In turn, she agreed to guest on his own remix. "It was a tradeoff," she said. "We did two records -- one for my fans, one for his fans. That way, our fans could come together. There shouldn't be a divide. It's music and it's innocent."

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