Last summer Benny Benassi posted a snippet of a new collaboration alongside R&B megastar Chris Brown called “Paradise” to his SoundCloud, and in 30 hours the upload received more than half a million plays. Since both artists were in the midst of other release commitments, the preview was pulled from the streaming service and fans were left wanting more of the high-octane singalong. Listen: Benny Benassi ft. Chris Brown – “Paradise”
Today the tandem releases “Paradise” in full, showcasing the track as a radio-ready anthem driven by Chris Brown’s lovestruck croons. The progressive, pulsating record comes four years after the duo’s inaugural collaboration on “Beautiful People” – one of the biggest crossover records of 2011 which topped the US club charts, reached the top 10 in Australia, Ireland, NZ and UK, and the top 40 across Europe.
On this collaboration, Benny Benassi notes “Chris and I were working on this song for a while. We both always really loved it and believed in it and I am so glad it’s now out! It was amazing to get Chris on a bicycle for the video! He was awesome. It’s such a pleasure to make records with such a huge talent. Hope people like it as much as we do!”
Chris Brown adds “Benny and I have a history of making special music for the fans worldwide. Paradise is another collaboration that I believe the fans will love and embrace.”
Before “Beautiful People,” Benassi was a legend in his own right from launching to fame with his global smash “Satisfaction.” And soon after his collaboration with Chris Brown came his partnership with star vocalist Gary Go that yielded Cinema. An EP of epic proportions, the original radio edit went Gold in the US and Platinum in both Australia and Canada, with Skrillex’s thunderous remix occupying the Top 10 on the iTunes US Dance Chart for over 6 months and swooping a Grammy for “Best Remixed Recording” in the process.
This year the Italian maestro has been on a production tear. In January he teamed up with songstress Vassy on “Even If,” combining arpeggiated keyboard chords, delicate drum kicks and soaring house melodies with Vassy’s lustful vocals for a crossover anthem which Idolator hailed as “easily the Italian producer’s most accessible offering since Chris Brown collaboration “Beautiful People.” Last month Benassi unveiled “Beardo” on Ultra, an exceptional underground club track comprised of saturated synths and classic Benassi keyboard reverbs that puts vocals to the side and let’s the groove do the talking.