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:: Rihanna surprised her French navy yesterday (December 17), when she DM’ed her most loyal fans in Paris to meet up with her in the city’s Trocadero area! The singer called it the “#R8 Experience,” but didn’t disclose what the actual meet-up was for. There were photographers, paparazzi and video cameras on hand, so we hope that the footage will be promo for her upcoming album! [Rihanna Daily]
:: More details of Bobby Shmurda‘s case are here. During yesterday’s press conference in NYC, the Brooklyn rapper pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $2 million bail. [ABC]
:: Congratulations to Ashlee Simpson, who is expecting a baby with new husband Evan Ross! This marks the second child for the former singer, who has a son from a previous relationship with Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz. [Just Jared]
:: During events surrounding next year’s Grammys, George Harrison and The Beegees will receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other musicians. The private ceremony will take place on February 7, just one day before music’s big night! [Rolling Stone]
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This year started off with the last #1 song of 2013 on the Billboard Hot 100 — Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster” — carrying over as the first #1 song of 2014. Other past chart-topping artists racked up more #1s this year, including Kesha, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, while new acts like MAGIC! and Meghan Trainor shot straight to the top with their debut singles.
And then there was “Fancy,” which brought an Aussie rapstress together with a British hit-maker for an inescapable pop jam that ruled the airwaves all spring- and summer-long and wound up with several big Grammy nominations by year’s end. More »
That Rihanna reign is scientifically proven to never let up, and now we can add yet another achievement to RiRi’s seemingly endless list of accomplishments: Creative director.
Following her win as “Fashion Icon” in her jaw-dropping see-through dress at the CFDA Awards earlier this year, the Unapologetic princess was named the creative director and brand ambassador of Puma, where she will be overseeing the women’s line of the fashion brand. According to WWD, Rih flew overseas to Germany to have her “first creative session with the design team, picking out colors, styles and discussing the line’s direction.” Such a boss!
The singer will also be the face of their Fall 2015 ad campaign. Of course, it wouldn’t be an official Rih moment without some Instagram confirmation. “the face you make when you the Creative Director of a sportswear company #PUMA,” she deadpanned in a caption of herself posing with the Puma logo. Hope Puma knows they’re about to be the phreshest look on the runway soon!
What do you think about Rihanna’s latest achievement? Sound off in the comments below, and check out all the photos of her arrival to Puma HQ after the jump. More »
Rihanna‘s first annual Diamond Ball was held last night at The Vineyard in Los Angeles, and the singer swapped out a pink gown for a black one before belting out a wide array of songs. Sadly, despite the world’s anxious thirst for #R8, none of said tunes were brand new. Tucked in among a set list that included RiRi staples like “Umbrella” and “Diamonds,” however, was a gorgeous orchestral version of Unapologetic number “Pour It Up.” More »
It turns out that Rihanna is not the only talented sibling in the family! Rorrey Fenty (who goes by the stage name Gallest) is the Bad Gal’s younger brother who has a knack for rapping. Today (December 10), he premiered his first official video for “Running.”
The Kenim O-directed visual is an eye-opener, as it displays a young man facing police brutality. It is a bold commentary on what has been occurring around America in recent months. Gallest had this to say about it: “The song is about overcoming one’s past and looking to the future as an opportunity for greatness. I wanted the video to encourage everyone — whether a police officer or a young black man — not to let past misfortunes, prejudices, and upbringing dictate their future.” More »
The wait is still not ova for Rihanna‘s endlessly anticipated studio album, dubbed R8 at the moment — but it did momentarily just get a teeny bit easier.
The Instagram-loving Rated R princess took a break from sharing hilarious memes, selfies and pictures with her niece Majesty to give the Navy a tantalizing teaser of her upcoming music — and it’s already sounding very promising. (She did it once already at the end of November, and briefly broke the Internet.)
This time around, the teaser features a guitarist working on a solo on top of a new track. “Kiss it, kiss it better!” the Barbadian beauty is heard singing briefly. “phuck wit nuno,” she captioned the clip. Just from the lyrics alone, hardcore fans have already sniffed out what is potentially the track, called “Kiss It Better.” The new song was registered days ago, written by Jeff Bhasker, Natalia Kills and Glass John. Listen to the preview on Instagram, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Rumors of new music from Kanye West have been swirling around for months now, but we may just be getting closer to the rapper’s upcoming follow-up to Yeezus — courtesy of a stealthily announced North American tour in 2015.
According to Rihanna‘s recently posted online charity auction, a lucky winner can receive a “Kanye West Tour Experience” where they will be a VIP guest at one of the rapper’s concerts next year. The package also includes a pair of Yeezy’s, a private meet & greet and more. If you’re interested, the starting bid is a measly $15,000. But there’s more! The Barbadian songstress will be embarking on a tour herself. More »
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 »