Labrinth turned Rihanna down

Labrinth turned down the opportunity to work with Rihanna on a track, so he could concentrate on British artists

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Labrinth

Labrinth turned down working with Rihanna to concentrate on British artists.

The singer- who produced behind Tinie Tempah's singles 'Pass Out' and 'Frisky' - was being lined up to work with the 'Hard' singer, but decided against it so he could concentrate on the currently flourishing UK urban scene.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I met Rihanna at a dinner, because Jay-Z's Roc Nation label wanted to sign me, but I wasn't happy with the offer.

"I could work with Rihanna if I wanted to but right now, I'm going to stick to UK artists."

"I love the idea that our industry and out urban industry is coming up. We've got loads of American coming over here to I talk to us about music, so it's really exciting and we need to create more while the door is open."

Labrinth - real name Timothy McKenzie - has recently worked writing tracks with Professor Green, N-Dubz and Pixie Lott but says he's also now ready to break out into the mainstream himself, with new single 'Let the Sun Shine'.

He said: "I was performing before I was producing, I've got the confidence for it, and I believe I'm ready. I just love music, it doesn't matter what I do with it. I've learned how to do me very well, and I'm ready to break out."

'Let the Sun Shine' is released on September 27.

Rihanna

Sassy pop and R&B packed with attitude from the multi-award-winning Barbadian singer actress, who has topped the UK charts again and again with hits including 'Umbrella', 'Only Girl (In The World)', 'We Found Love' and 'Diamonds.'

Labrinth

Timothy McKenzie aka Labrinth is one of the few acts in recent years to have been signed by Simon Cowell without first appearing on a TV talent show.

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