Rihanna would probably be 'happier' if she sang songs in this genre, according to Stevie Nicks.
On The David Letterman Show, Stevie Nicks saw Rihanna perform a well-known song.
She felt Rihanna should sing songs in a different genre after that.
Nicks decided to share her feelings about Rihanna's career with a large number of people.
Rihanna sang a mix of pop, R&B, and Caribbean-inspired songs over the course of her first two albums.
For the first time, the "Unfaithful" singer experimented with rock music on her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad.
Her single "Shut Up and Drive" is heavily influenced by heavy rock.
It includes a sample of New Order's new wave classic "Blue Monday" from the 1980s.
"So I saw her on David Letterman many years ago, and she did a live performance of 'Shut Up and Drive,' and I said to several different people that this girl could start a rock band," Nicks said in an interview with HuffPost. "So I saw her on David Letterman many years ago, and she did a live performance of 'Shut Up and Drive,' and I said to several different people that this girl could start a rock band," Nicks said.
"She has the potential to be a great rock singer who could front a great rock 'n' roll band, and she should."
Rihanna, according to Nicks, would be happier if she sang rock songs.
"Of course, that didn't happen, and she went on to become a huge star," Nicks said, "but she would have been happier if she had done something like that because then she could have had Rihanna with a great band."
Nicks wished for Rihanna to have a career similar to her own. "And then she could have been a rock star," Nicks said. "And then she could have gone to her solo Rihanna and been a pop star."
"She could have done both like I do, and of course, because we're not friends and I don't know her, I couldn't tell her, but I did tell a lot of other people."
"Shut Up and Drive" became a popular song.
The song peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 20 weeks.
The album that inspired the song, Good Girl Gone Bad, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
It was on the charts for a total of 100 weeks.
According to the Official Charts Company, "Shut Up and Drive" was even more popular in the UK.
"Shut Up and Drive" reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 31 weeks.
Meanwhile, Good Girl Gone Bad spent 177 weeks on the UK chart, with one week at the top.
Rihanna never formed a rock band, but her song "Shut Up and Drive" demonstrated that she could be successful with a rock-influenced song.