Kanye West Played Rihanna Collaboration at iHeartRadio Event

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 01.23.15 in News

Kanye West played an unreleased song featuring Rihanna after a nearly hour-long speech this week at a corporate event for iHeartMedia, the radio giant formerly known as Clear Channel, according to multiple reports (UPDATE: A company rep has confirmed those reports to Wondering Sound). Appearing at Burbank, California’s iHeartRadio Theater, West also sang his new Paul McCartney collaboration, “Only One,” a cappella, as both Billboard and Hits Daily Double report.

West also said he was kidding when he told an audience at 2013′s Governors Ball he didn’t care if that year’s Yeezus was on the radio. “It was a joke,” the reports quote him as saying. “You weren’t supposed to take it seriously … I want to be on the radio.” He also performed a bit of Yeezus‘s “Black Skinhead” a cappella, according to Billboard.

The speech also reportedly covered West’s career arc, from his use of soul samples in the gangsta-rap era and the improbable subjects on his debut album to his embrace of Daft Punk and EDM with “Stronger” and on through the continuing influence of 808s and Heartbreak.

“Things are going good so far, so I have risk being Kanye — I’m the best motherfucker at innovation.” he said, according to HDD. “Sometimes innovation means you have to move on; sometimes I don’t like where I’ve moved on to…like not being on the radio.”

According both reports, West also claimed he asked McCartney, “What was pussy like in the ’60s?”

According to both reports, after playing the track with Rihanna, West abruptly killed his laptop and left the stage to a standing ovation. He’s expected to release a new album this year. The Rihanna song could be a collaboration that Ty Dolla $ign mentioned to Billboard recently, with Dolla $ign and McCartney in addition to Rihanna and West.

Others appearing at yesterday’s major-label session of the iHeartMedia Music Summit, according to HDD, included the likes of Sia, the Weeknd, Fall Out Boy, Sam Smith, Bleachers, Florida Georgia Line and Nick Jonas.