Rihanna is the queen of iTunes this week, as her Loud LP is perched atop the digital retailer’s download chart. Time will tell whether Nicki Minaj can pull off the same feat next week when Pink Friday is unleashed. But ahead of that you can hear the second of RiRi and Nicki’s collaborations, “Fly,” after the jump.
Last week we noted that Pink Friday‘s chart performance may wind up looking as pretty as the Harajuku Barbie’s offbeat wardrobe. And here on the J.R. Rotem-produced “Fly,” she’s wearing the coat of the down-and-out-but-hopeful fighter striving to overcome her adversaries.
“I win, fly, soar, higher, higher, higher more,” Nicki breathlessly raps, while Rihanna croons on the chorus, “I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise.” Consider this an “I Believe I Can Fly” for the current generation.
If there’s one thing Rihanna has proven, it’s that she’s the go-to chorus girl with a Midas touch. And if Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” and T.I.’s “Live Your Life” are any indicators, Nicki stands the chance of having her first #1 on the Hot 100 with “Fly”—provided, of course, it gets an official single release.
J.R. Rotem and Rihanna previously took a trip to the top of the charts together back in 2006, when “SOS” became the Barbadian singer’s first American #1 single.