How Did Rihanna Turning Down 'Girls' Translate into Icona Pop's Success?

You know that one Icona Pop song that you know, deep down, you should hate, but it's just so goddamn catchy that you can't help but get it stuck in your head and then you just end up accepting that you love it because you don't even have the energy to hate on it anymore? It's even called "I Love It"? Right, well, you can blame all of your woes on Rihanna: Apparently, the only reason that it's so famous is because of her. According to Girls music supervisor Manish Raval in a new interview, the only reason that Girls used Icona Pop's "I Love It" on the show — propelling it to stateside fame — is because Rihanna turned them down first.

The tidbit from the interview, via Radio.com:

You said in an interview that there are artists that have said no to having their music featured on the show, including Neutral Milk Hotel because they have a very strict no-licensing policy. But you also mentioned that Rihanna said no to the show using her song “Talk That Talk.” Do you know why?You know, honestly, I don’t know. The scene that she denied it for was the Icona Pop scene. They didn’t give a reason, we didn’t ask for a reason. So I can’t speculate as to why, but you know, it’s a happy accident. She said no and we happened to find the Icona Pop song.

Well, that's weird. So, considering that Girls made that Icona Pop song what it is — hey, that scene with Hannah bouncing to it around a club while high as hell was just memorable — Rihanna technically made Icona Pop's career happen. Huh.

Also worth noting from that interview: Apparently, this season of Girls will feature new music from Lily Allen, Beck, Jenny Lewis, and Christina Perri. Sounds about right.

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