Rihanna has reportedly done what most business-minded artists are eager to do at some point in their careers: own the masters of their recordings. Masters are typically owned by the record label to which an artist is signed.
But Rihanna apparently made that move recently, acquiring “the masters of all her previous albums,” Vogue reports.
During her interview with Vogue, she spoke about the fake rivalry that she says is drummed up between her and another pop icon, Beyoncé. There is no rivalry, she says, because neither woman can do, or does, what the other one does.
“Here’s the deal. They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative,” Rihanna explained. “Something that’s competitive. Something that’s, you know, a rivalry. And that’s just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that.”
Regarding her hit single “Work,” Rihanna says that it reflects her Bajan roots. Regardless of whether the communication is “perfect,” everyone understands each other in the Caribbean, and that’s all that matters, she says.
“You get what I’m saying, but it’s not all the way perfect,” she says, “because that’s how we speak in the Caribbean.”
She gushed over her “Work” collaborator, Drake, saying that “everything he does is so amazing.” The inspiration for the “Work” video is based on the dancehall scene in the Caribbean where everyone would “just dance and drink and smoke and flirt.”
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.