By Leah Greenblatt
May 22, 2009 at 07:30 PM EDT

Well, it’s one way to get people talking about something other than his alleged assault against Rihanna. E! News reports that beleaguered R&B singer Chris Brown is currently in the studio working on a country song(!) — and Robert Allen, a writer and producer collaborating with him, says Carrie Underwood is a possible duet partner.

“It’s that kind of song,” Allen says of the track, called “Trapped in a Dream,” “just feeling like you don’t want that dream to go away. Everybody has a dream and you’re in it, but you wake up and you’re like, ‘Oh, my God.’ You feel like you’re still in that dream.” Hmm, nightmare?

Considering that Ciara is still defending her choice to include “Turntables,” her duet with Brown on the recent Fantasy Ride, it seems unlikely that Underwood, a multiplatinum artist and recent ACM Entertainer of the Year winner, would take the risk of that association as long as the taint of recent events still lays so heavily on Brown.

But you tell us, Music Mixers — is there anything he can do to get back in the public’s good graces and redeem his now-tarnished image? Does going country sound like an inspired leap, or just Bad Idea jeans?

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