Hold on to your wigs, #RihannaNavy! Rihanna just pulled a fast (and highly unexpected) move on Instagram, choosing to switch out her usual sexy selfies for an actual song snippet! Yes, this is NOT a drill!
The brief preview only lasts for a few seconds, but it is just enough of a tease to hold us over for what’s to come from the Bajan songstress. It features a looping and ominous hook (“Ain’t none of this shit promised/Ain’t none of this promised) over a wobbly, alt-R&B production. No words when #R8, the nickname for Rihanna’s eighth LP, will be released — but let’s just hope it’ll be a Christmas treat.
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Did You Hear?
:: Jennifer Lopez, already a triple threat, has become a New York Times best-selling author with her first-ever book. True Love, a memoir, divulges intimate details of her high-profile relationships with the likes of Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony. [NYT]
:: Britney Spears hosted a #6SecondsOfSpears Q&A over the weekend. Fans learned what she orders at Starbucks, what she keeps in her purse, and what she wants for Christmas this year. [Twitter]
:: Rihanna‘s #R8 could be arriving “closer than anyone realized,” according to music industry insider DJ Skee. He also claims that a new Beyonce single will arrive this week. [SPIN]
:: Prince invited rising R&B auteur FKA Twigs to his Paisley Park studios to perform a surprise show on November 15. “Words cannot express my feeling right now,” a spectator said. [Okayplayer]
:: Pitbull is among several Latin acts performing at the Calibash festival, January 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale November 21. [Billboard]
:: Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B debuted over the weekend, to a slew of criticism from viewers. (Star Alexandra Shipp‘s singing was just one of their many concerns.) The biopic’s producers admitted that the fury “was hard to ignore, but you can’t dwell on it.” [The Washington Post]
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Well, Calvin Harris sure seems hurt about his rejection from Rihanna! Earlier this month, the DJ/producer told a British newspaper that the Barbadian diva turned down all of the tracks he created for her. Fast forward to a week later, and Harris is still discussing it!
During his appearance on KISS FM, he took a few steps back from his original statement — saying there wasn’t enough time to work on more than one track on Rihanna’s forthcoming eighth LP, since he was working on his own project with Motion. Harris also revealed that “Dollar Signs” collaborator, Tinashe, helped to write the tune.
He told the radio station, “I had an album to finish, so I did that. But I did one track and Tinashe wrote the top line, and I did all the music. I love it. But I don’t think she was into it. So I don’t know what is going to happen to that because it’s really good.” More »
Washington, D.C.’s National Mall transformed into a star-studded venue, as musicians from various genres performed at the Concert For Valor — an event organized in honor of Veteran’s Day (November 11). One of the biggest highlights of the night came from Rihanna and Eminem, as they performed their chart-topping tune, “Monster.”
The Barbadian songstress looked stunning in a sparkly black jumpsuit, and the controversial rapper kept it casual with his look. Prior to their on-stage collaboration, Rihanna performed her big singles (“Diamonds” and “Stay”) that showed how much stronger her vocals have become.
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The release date of Rihanna‘s forthcoming eight studio LP is completely unknown and with the currently blasé state of pop, any information we can get about the Barbadian songstress’ project is welcome! Well, Ne-Yo has now gifted us with some knowledge. The singer/songwriter and frequent collaborator with Rihanna (“Hate That I Love You,” “Right Now,” “Russian Roulette,” “Take A Bow”) stopped by Capital XTRA over the weekend during his London stop, and reflected on the bad gal’s album.
He told the radio station, “The stuff I’ve heard is absolutely incredible. I can’t speak on what it sounds like because I’ll get in trouble. But I definitely feel like people are gonna enjoy it. Anybody that’s a Rihanna fan is gonna stay a Rihanna fan, and anybody that’s not might become a Rihanna fan … just gear up for it.” More »
Did You Hear?
:: Over the weekend, a handful of Madonna‘s clothing was sold at Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll charity auction in Beverly Hills, CA. One of the standout pieces from the entertainers collection was her wedding dress from her four year-long marriage to Sean Penn that sold for $81,250. Another was her famous jacket from Desperately Seeking Susan, which went for a whopping $252,000! [E! Online]
:: Sad news for Emeli Sandé. The singer has divorced from her husband of only one year, Adam Gouraguine. The pair announced their separation in 2013, but now the split is official. [Digital Spy]
:: The 2014 MTV EMAs just aired on Sunday, November 9, but the ceremony is already readying their plans for next year! The awards show will be held in Milan at the Mediolanum Forum on October 25, 2015. The last time MTV hosted it in the Italian city was back in 1998. [Digital Spy]
:: Rihanna‘s stalker, a 54-year-old named Kevin McGlynn, was ordered by a NYC judge to stay away from the singer’s Manhattan apartment. Comparing him to the likes of John Lennon‘s killer, Mark David Chapman, the judge stated: “[He's a] ticking time bomb who is wholly fixated on [Rihanna] and poses a direct threat of serious physical harm or death to her and anyone around her.” [Gawker]
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Rihanna has announced the organization of her first major charity event — The Diamond Ball. It is a black-tie fundraiser that will benefit the Barbadian songstress’ Clara Lionel Foundation (named after her grandparents). The night will host a dinner for an estimated 600 guests and a private auction, with proceeds going to the charity.
Along with putting on the event, the singer will also have an intimate performance alongside a live orchestra. The Diamond Ball will take place on December 11 at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills, CA. Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation back in 2012, which strives to improve quality of life in areas of health, education, culture and arts for communities across the globe. More »
Instagram became a much better (not to mention sexier) place when Rihanna‘s iconic account was reinstated. The holy cornucopia of nudes and funny memes has already blessed us with classy pics from the diva’s Elle photo shoot and a good dose of ratchetivity thanks to her sizzling — and frequently topless — spread for Esquire UK magazine.
Today (November 5), the social media pioneer shared more snaps from her Ellen Von Unwerth-helmed Esquire shoot including the above image of Rih blasting her lady bits with a fan (it was classily captioned “cool cat”) and another black-and-white topless moment. All this promo can only mean one thing — R8 is closer than we think! See more RiRi after the jump. More »
“Getting money, divas gettin’ money,” sang Beyonce on 2009 single/unofficial theme song “Diva”. That lyric proved prophetic when Forbes announced their list of the Top Earning Women In Music today (November 4). Beyonce raked in a jaw-dropping $115 million over the past 12 months — almost double what Taylor Swift made in second place ($64 million).
So where did Queen Bey collect her cash? Well, she performed 95 concerts within the timeframe and inked endorsement deals with H&M and Pepsi. She also sold more than two million copies of her groundbreaking visual album in the US alone. Other ladies with heavy purses include Pink, Rihanna and Katy Perry. Also, in further proof that touring is where the money is, Celine Dion and Britney Spears were very well remunerated. See the full list after the jump. More »
Boy, Rihanna sure is a chameleon! Just yesterday, the Bad Gal posted the feminine and elegant photo shoot from her December issue of Elle magazine. But today, she is showing off all parts of her rock-hard body for the latest cover of Esquire UK!
The singer posted the steamy pictures on Instagram (she’s back!), which highlight her most famous ass-ets. Frequent collaborator Ellen Von Unwerth (she shot Rihanna’s Rated R album cover) used mainly black and white filters for the pop star’s editorial spread — and the result is stunning! Sure, there is a lot of boobs-and-booty action, but it is done in a completely tasteful manner. More »