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21 Oct 2009

Rihanna’s New “Suicide Song”

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russianroulette_5151Rihanna’s “Suicide Song” Is Dead Wrong

Although, Rihanna might be to young and naive to fully understand her star power, thousands of adults in broadcasting and media continue to turn away from today’s youth dark climate.

For over a decade the corporate machine has had our next generation with a bulls eye on its forehead. Hip hop and commercial radio has carved its unacceptable niche with little resistance by setting a unacceptable standard for content aimed directly at our youth.

Urban, Pop and Rhythmic radio is rushing to play the latest from the pop icon Rihanna “Russian Roulette”, a lyrical guide to committing suicide.

While America embraced the teen star during her infamous beating by Chris Brown, Rihanna along with a cast of executives, radio stations have decided to profit on the industry standard of doom and gloom.

Every news outlet and DJ in the country reported on the Rihanna/Brown domestic violence incident from start to finish. But few will report on the lyrics of “Russian Roulette” and the radio brain food that continues to be a public endorsement for mayhem, gun violence and murder.

Ironically Def Jam, Rihanna’s record label lost Shakir Stewart, the former Senior VP of promotion last year in Atlanta to a self inflicted gunshot. Maybe its time for corporate America and responsible adults to take notice.

Chicago continues to be a beacon for black on black crime and gun violence. While you might not listen to the negative content, I am quite sure the murders of youth relish the steady diet pumped into their hearts and minds.

The “Suicide Song” is airing in heavy rotation and unlike Rihanna and the cast that green lights the youth genocide, your voice might make the difference.

Paul Porter

IndustryEars.com

Here’s a sample of Rihanna’s new single “Russian Roulette”:

Take a breath, take it deep
Calm yourself, he says to me
If you play, you play for keeps
Take the gun, and count to three
I’m sweating now, moving slow
No time to think, my turn to go

And you can see my heart beating
You can see it through my chest
And I’m terrified but I’m not leaving
Know that I must must pass this test
So just pull the trigger

As my life flashes before my eyes
I’m wondering will I ever see another sunrise?
So many won’t get the chance to say goodbye

>Listen to the You Tube Link< Rihanna\\'s \\"Russian Roulette\\"’