has never been subtle about her affection for cannabis culture — she’s been photographed wearing marijuana-themed sweaters
, hats and assorted swag, not to mention smoking suspicious-looking cigarettes in Instagram photos — but she’s taking it to the next level in the cover artwork for her new single “Diamonds,”
released today via her official fansite. The photo shows Rihanna’s hands (identifiable because of her tribal tattoo) pinching a rolling paper full of diamonds: a more valuable substance than what papers frequently contain, and arguably more intoxicating.
The single artwork is an audacious move from the Bajan superstar, but at this point, Rihanna’s propensity for courting controversy shouldn’t come as a surprise. (This is, after all, the same artist who brought us the lyrical gem, “Suck my cockiness/Lick my persuasion.”) “Diamonds” is set to begin blazing up radio and iTunes on Wednesday, September 26 — and according to one listener who’s previewed the track, it’s a “classic.” Read on for details after the jump. More »
Marina And The Diamonds
offers another song from her self-destructive, self-interested alter-ego, the club tune “How To Be A Heartbreaker”, available on the US release of her sophomore album Electra Heart
, due out tomorrow. On the track, Marina/Electra lists the various rules involved in heartbreaking, including “Have Fun” and “Don’t get attached to somebody you could lose.” It’s basically a how-to guide for emotional sadists. Check it out below. More »
Geez! Planet Pit
, go-to Cuban-American rapper Pitbull’s sixth album, has more featured pop stars than a David Guetta album
. In fact, even David Guetta gets a production credit on the record! Planet Pit
is due out on June 21. Head below to see who all is doing what on Mr. Worldwide’s latest.
Did You Hear?
:: Christina Aguilera’s main squeeze Matt Rutler avoided being charged in that DUI case from two months ago. And luck strikes twice—this comes just in time for the singer’s finalization of her divorce from Jordan Bratman. [E! Online]
:: Darren Criss! Shirtless! At Coachella? Rawk!! [Socialite Life]
:: You don’t know who “the Brad Pitt of Mexico” is? Check him out while getting frisky with Jennifer Lopez on the set of her “I’m Into You” vid! [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Adele’s nearly three-month chart reign in the UK with 21 finally ended this week, thanks to Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light. [NME]
:: Arjan gets the scoop on the Get Well Soon tour during a video chat with Dr. Luke’s right-hand man Benny Blanco. [Arjan Writes]
After the jump, find out which music acts are performing on the tube today.