The Story Behind Unexpected Collaboration Of Paul McCartney, Rihanna, And Kanye West
There’s no doubt that all three musicians on the title are legends in their own music genre since Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time thanks to her extraordinary music career including countless records. Kanye West is one of the most awarded artists of all time as well as being regarded as one of the most influential people in the world. The Beatles’ icon Paul McCartney, on the other hand, is a whole other level of legend that has a list of accomplishments that cannot be named with a few words.
While all musicians are extremely successful at what they do, no fans would imagine a collaboration coming from Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney in a million years. Despite one is a pop star, the other is an iconic rapper, and McCartney is McCartney, they managed to release a track together that achieved immense success. Let’s see who brought this trio together and how fans reacted to their track, ‘FourFiveSeconds.‘
Paul McCartney Worked With Rihanna And Kanye West
The unexpected trio released ‘FourFiveSeconds‘ on January 24, 2015, and the track was praised by respectable music critics as well as fans. As for commercial success, it peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, became number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as well as reaching number one in a number of other charts from all over the world.
The music video for the track was equally successful as it features Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney performing against a white background. The video which is all black and white premiered on February 3 on Rihanna’s official YouTube channel and proved itself to be an iconic video as it nearly has half-billion views as well as having 2.3 million likes.
The Three Performed The Song At The 2015 Grammys
During the 2015 Grammy Awards red carpet interview, Kanye West revealed how the surprising collaboration happened. According to his statement, it was he who came up with the idea to make a collaboration with the former Beatle for the Barbadian singer’s upcoming album. After previously working with McCartney on the 2014 single ‘Only One,’ the rapper thgouht it would be great to combine all three of them since Rihanna herself also worked with the Beatle on Jay-Z’s 2009 single ‘Run This Town.’
Kanye West’s statement follows:
“I’m the executive producer of Rihanna’s album, and I said I’d done a few songs with Paul McCartney and she couldn’t get past this record. She had to have it on her album… So now we at the Grammys doing it”
The track was so successful that Rihanna, West, and McCartney actually got together to perform ‘FourFiveSeconds’ for that year’s Grammys. The performance had a similar theme to the music video and the chemistry between the three added another dimension to the show. McCartney’s vocals blended seamlessly with Rihanna’s brilliant voice and West was cherry on top. The performance became one of the most iconic moments in the Grammy’s history and fans loved seeing the three great representations of three individual genres, all thanks to Kanye West.
You can watch the music video and Grammy performance below.