By Ericka Ruiz |Staff Writer|
Despite all the hype behind Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic, fans might find more things she should apologize for.
The fact that she is very popular and had harsh criticism in the past year, does not stop this talented artist from doing what she does best, which is remaining a top pop artist queen on the Billboard 100.
It is fascinating to see a young artist emerge and change from the 2005 to the present day and still continue to produce music that reaches fans worldwide.
For that same reason her 777-day tour reflects her accomplishments in the past 7 years and marks her 7th album in her career. During this tour she will be bringing some fans and press to accompany her on this journey.
The artists will travel to seven different countries in seven nights. The tour will begin in Mexico and will continue on to Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, England and the USA.
Unapologetic is composed of 14 tracks and features musical influences like Michael Jackson, David Guetta and Kanye West.
The album name speaks for itself. Rihanna may be trying to tell us something with this title.
The album title is very simple and ties her recent album to her personal life. Back in 2009 her then boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, assaulted her and caused visible bruises to the singer’s face.
After much speculation about the Chris Brown and Rihanna incident, the media and fans began to criticize her after featuring Chris Brown on her song “Birthday Cake” from 2011’s Talk That Talk.
Whatever the motive was behind the album, songs like “Nobody’s Business,” feat. Chris Brown makes it obvious that the songs reflect the couple’s relationship.
The song is not very appealing; it lacks a good hook. When hearing both of their voices it was very difficult to distinguish them apart.
Apart from the romance behind the album, Rihanna’s single “Diamonds” premiered on iheartradio. Since then, it is rising on the charts.
On the Billboard Hot 100, the single is placed at second place and in a matter of days you will be sure to see it at number 1. On Billboard’s Hot R&B /Hip-Hop charts, “Diamonds” already took the lead.
“Numb” begins with the lyrics “I’m going numb I’m going numb…” It is another song by the artist that relates to her personal life.
Another song titled, “Right Now” is a motivational song that features a dubstep sound and collaboration with David Guetta. The song replays the chorus, but the beat sinks in your head, making the song interesting.
Much of the of the album is not very original. The beats on “ Loveeeeeee Song,” for instance, sound similar to Kelly Rowland’s song “Motivation.”
I am a personally a bit disappointed with this album. It is sending the message to fans that it is okay to remain in a relationship clouded by domestic violence.
Also many of the songs lack in originality, for Rihanna to produce seven albums in the past seven years is a tremendous accomplishment and for that we need to set aside the reasons behind the music and learn to appreciate the product.