Cheryl Cole is determined her solo comeback will be one to Rih-member… The 28-year-old’s next album, due out in March, will include a duet with Bajan superstar Rihanna.
The pair really hit it off when Cheryl went to see Rihanna’s sell-out Loud tour at the O2 in London last month.
And when the Umbrella singer returns to London for next month’s awards season they will meet up to work on the as-yet-untitled song, which is expected to be on Cheryl’s upcoming album.
My source tells me: “It’s a big year for Cheryl. She can’t wait for her little soldiers to hear the music she’s been passionately working on over the past 12 months.
“She has struck up a friendship with Rihanna, who recently duetted with Brit star Calvin Harris.
“Rihanna thinks the world of Cheryl and will work on a party remix with her when they meet up on her next visit.
“The album fuses pop, hip hop, soul and dance. It already has some party anthems on it but Rihanna’s would get everyone up on their feet.”
Cheryl assembled quite a team to work on her new album. As well as hit-making manager Will.i.am, there’s producer/songwriters Taley Riley, Taio Cruz, Alex Da Kid and Patrizio Pigliapoco. And now Rihanna.
That particular collaboration should be a hoot. The last time they got together, RiRi had a champagne shower – 12 bottles of £300-a-pop Armand de Brignac champers poured over her – to celebrate the end of her mammoth tour.
Afterwards, Cheryl tweeted: “Congratulations on completing your tour @rihanna. Have an amazing Christmas, well deserved break and another amazing year! #illdrinktothat X”
Returning the girlie-crush love-in, RiRi replied: “U are a sweetheart! Really!!! Thank you.”
Cheryl will also be busy with the scheduled Girls Aloud 10-year anniversary reunion.
The much-hyped comeback with Nicola Roberts, 26, Kimberley Walsh, 30, Sarah Harding, 30, and Nadine Coyle, 26, is still on course despite Sarah’s recent turmoil. Her whirlwind romance with Theo De Vries ended in an altercation on New Year’s Eve.
My insider says: “Sarah’s bandmates have been her rock and rallied round her.”