Producers, Pals Praise Rihanna

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As Chris Brown readies for another court date next week, his "alleged" victim, Rihanna, is getting back to business, says her producer, Brian Kennedy Seals.

The "Umbrella" singer has been channeling her inner feelings and writing songs about "different situations in her life, just things that inspire her."

"She's ready, ready to make hits," Seals said, adding that they've already worked on three songs together, including an up-tempo number and a ballad.

As for the lyrics, "We're not quite there yet," says One Republic's Ryan Tedder, who is also working with Rihanna, 21, as a writer and producer.

"She's someone who has a lot to say, so I'll let her lead whatever she wants to say."

As for how Rihanna is doing these days, Tedder says, "She's absolutely phenomenal. She's confident and strong and doing what she does."

What she's also been doing lately is spending time with friends - including Katy Perry, who she hung out with in her native Barbados this week.

Perry swung by the island nation on a promo stop for her current tour.

The two sexy pop stars, clad in bathing suits, rode on jet-skis (a favorite Chris Brown pastime, as we know), kicked it on some inflatable ocean rafts, then relaxed on a boat and sunbathed on a local beach. Sounds like a blast.

"It's nice to have good girlfriends. I pride myself on having cool chicks in my life, and [Rihanna]'s a cool chick," Perry said of her pal. "She's one of those unaffected people. [And we're both] of on this crazy roller coaster [of fame]."


Rihanna Biography

Rihanna in England
Rihanna is a young, hot and successful R&B singer who hails from the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is an artist signed to Def Jam... More »
Saint Michael, Barbados
Full Name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

Rihanna [on rumors that she dated Jay-Z]

Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.