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Rihanna Says ‘No’ to ‘Girls’ Featuring Her Music

Rihanna, Lena Dunham
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Could this be the beginning of another celebrity feud? This round: Rihanna vs. Lena Dunham’s show ‘Girls’!

Rihanna denied use of one of her songs on the buzzy HBO series about 20-somethings in NYC, its music director has revealed. ‘Talk That Talk’ was scheduled to be the soundtrack for an iconic scene last season in which Dunham’s Hannah snorts cocaine and dances wildly at a nightclub.

No word on why RiRi and her team wouldn’t allow ‘Talk That Talk’ to be used — even music supervisor Manish Raval is stumped. “You know, honestly, I don’t know,” he said. “They didn’t give a reason, we didn’t ask for a reason. So I can’t speculate as to why.”

It could have been a million reasons — as in money for the song’s rights — but could the song’s denial be behind Dunham’s public criticism of Rihanna the same month the ‘Girls’ episode aired? Lena called out the pop star in a podcast last January, saying, “She left Barbados, she’s had this amazing career, she’s won a Grammy … She’s talented. And then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I’m 95 years old.”

You be the judge of whether or not that was payback, PopCrushers! In the meantime, Rihanna’s refusal made another pair of pop stars very happy. ‘Talk That Talk’ was replaced in the scene by Icona Pop‘s ‘I Love It’ — and it promptly debuted on the Billboard Hot 100!

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