Pop: As a high-power celebrity relationship comes crumbling down, the world becomes fascinated with figuring out what motives lead to the break-up. Did someone cheat? Was it all just a publicity stunt? While everyone deals with break-ups differently, musicians take their angst to the studio and produce tracks that will be heard by the entire world. Who can ever forget when Justin Timberlake told Britney Spears to ‘Cry Me A River’? Whether couples have been together for years or only a few months, the post break-up album can skyrocket sales as the public tries to decipher through the lyrics and find possible “bad mouthing” behind an otherwise tight-lipped break-up. Now that Rihanna and Chris Brown’s new albums have finally been released, we have our experts weigh in on the public’s captivation with public break-ups.
As musician Neil Sedaka once said, “Breaking up is hard to do.” And when you’re a public figure, it is even more difficult to keep all the built up anger and tears away from the questioning fans and media.
After news reached the public about Chris Brown’s felony assault on Rihanna, the drama had only begun. Where did this seemingly “picture-perfect” couple go wrong? What really happened in their car? As the public waited for answers, the anticipation of their albums set the world on fire. But should the public feel entitled to know every juicy detail?
Patti Feinstein, America’s Dating Coach, believes the public is entranced with the false fantasy of being close to these stars. “We personally invest so much interest into these celebrities. It is the fantasy that turns us on, and the public always wants more.”
And Feinstein believes the studio is the one safe haven where musicians can be honest and open about their break-up. “Their career is to write music, and songs are inspired by feelings,” she said. “These celebrities can’t hide without the paparazzi catching every little frown or tear, so they have to put up a false front and cry behind closed doors.
An artist’s music can be the public confession of what happened — even if they’re staying hush with the media. Rihanna’s ‘Stupid in Love’ shows she’s not taking Brown back… ever.
“Don’t understand it / Blood on your hands / And still you insist on repeatedly trying / To tell me lies.” The song continues, “I still love you / But I just can’t do this / I may be dumb but / I’m not stupid.”
Brown’s new album ‘Graffiti’ includes ‘Changed Man’ and ‘Famous Girl,’ which are said to be his public apologies to Rihanna. Are the songs heartfelt or just a way to sway his tainted public image? Only Brown knows the answer to that.
“The public is obsessed with celebrity relationships for the same reason Barbara Walters’ list of fascinating celebs this year is jam-packed with reality TV stars — overexposure. Just look at Kate Gosselin,” said editor Kim Davis from AOL Music.
“Hollywood hookups and break-ups offer endless fodder for magazine covers, news clips, blog buzz and our own coffee and water-cooler gossip sessions. It’s almost formulaic: Rumors followed by photos of the pair kissing, then there are the smiling media interviews, more rumors (often about cheating) and … well, you know the rest. We get it all. It’s almost like we are in the relationship ourselves. It is so easy to get swept up in it all that jonesing for every breakup detail seems like a basic right,” Davis adds.