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6 December 2011, 09:36
The Bajan singer wanted her sixth studio album to be completely different to anything she has recorded before.
Rihanna aimed to change the music industry with her new album 'Talk That Talk', according to her Def Jam A&R boss.
The 'California King Bed' singer wanted to achieve a completely different sound from her fifth album 'Loud' and chose to take some risks on her sixth record.
"Her whole thing is, 'How can we be different? How can we change music? How can we go from having a great album like 'Loud' and still come up with a better album and keep pushing and keep hitting the bar?" Thiam told MTV News.
"The good thing about Rihanna is that she doesn't want to be in the same realm as anybody else. She wants to be in a zone where when you think of Rihanna, you think of new, you think of different."
Thiam revealed the decision to bring in dance producer Calvin Harris to work on album tracks like 'We Found Love' was a decision made by Rihanna herself.
"It's a different sound and that' what she wanted to go with. She wanted to change music. I have to salute her for taking a chance 'cause most artists wouldn't have done that."
The 'Only Girl (In The World)' singer released 'Talk That Talk' as her sixth studio album in November and has released both 'We Found Love' and 'Talk That Talk' as singles.