Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney‘s (that’s the official billing) “FourFiveSeconds” had a blockbuster first day on pop radio. The star-studded collaboration, which arrived with no forewarning on Saturday (January 24), has already been played 1308 times for an audience impression of 11.226 million — making it the 35th most played song on the format. Expect the looming smash to climb much, much higher by the end of the week.
It’s a good sign for RiRi’s polarizing new single, which left much of the Navy ready to jump ship. The stripped-back duet — Sir. Paul accompanies Rihanna and Yeezy on piano — is a huge change of pace for the queen of club-bangers, but radio obviously loves it and the faithful are still prepared to hand over their coins. “FourFiveSeconds” is already number two on the iTunes download chart, blocked only by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ enduring smash “Uptown Funk.” Welcome back. More »
The Navy has been eagerly anticipating Rihanna‘s R8, her follow-up to Unapologetic, for over two years now. (That’s an eternity in RiRi time.) But did anyone see it coming that her first single would drop on a Saturday evening — or that it would be a folky acoustic jam session with Kanye West and Paul McCartney?!
Indeed, Rih’s seriously thrown us all for a loop with her unexpected new song, “FourFiveSeconds,” a sparse, guitar-led production that puts her raw vocals at the forefront alongside Yeezus and the Beatles legend himself. Almost 48 hours later, The Internet has had some time to properly react to Rihanna’s new music. Are critics here for Rihanna’s drastically different new sound, or are they coming up short with phucks to give?
Find out what the world’s been saying about Rih’s new song after the jump. More »
Kanye West kicked off 2015 by releasing “Only One,” his poignant ballad featuring Paul McCartney on keyboard. If West’s barber is correct, though, then the Beatles songwriter played a larger role in the Yeezus rapper’s new music than anticipated.
According to Ibn Jasper, who has cut West’s hair since he was 17, McCartney has co-produced the entirety of West’s new album. Here’s where it gets a little confusing: While Rihanna had promoted the just-released “FourFiveSeconds,” featuring both artists, as a “first glimpse” of her new album, Jasper says that this new song belongs to West and will therefore also appear on his upcoming studio release. More »
Rihanna has offered a taste of what her new album will sound like — “FourFiveSeconds,” featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
Coming from the Unapologetic diva who churns out urban dance-pop hits like clockwork, and the rapper who matched his impassioned raps with ’90s industrial rock tendencies on Yeezus, an acoustic guitar duet about workingman’s blues was the last thing that we expected. Yet here it is, with Rihanna’s voice sounding as resilient and West’s as tender as can be. More »
It seems like we’re all becoming incredibly restless for the release of Rihanna‘s #R8, and Kanye West may have something to hold you over! No, he’s not leaking the album on iTunes — but he may be releasing a collaboration with the Bajan songstress!
According to Billboard, the rapper previewed a bunch of songs from his upcoming seventh LP when he made a surprise appearance at iHeartMedia’s Music Summit. One of them was reportedly a tune with Rihanna! The site states, “He finished by playing one new song: a duet with Rihanna (title unknown) that featured acoustic guitar and a big, soaring chorus and melody with a massive hook. He then slammed his laptop shut and walked offstage to a standing ovation.” More »
Last night (January 22), some of the biggest pop stars took over West Hollywood at the first annual The Daily Front Row Fashion Awards! Sitting pretty in the front row were Rihanna, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus — who were all flawless and giggly the entire night. Ciara was also in attendance, and posed adorably with Kerry Washington and Drew Barrymore.
The Bad Gal of course made time for a selfie with photographer Mert Alas (the man behind Madonna‘s Rebel Heart album cover, by the way) and caught up with Jeremy Scott and Nicole Richie. View all of the celebrity shots, including model-worthy poses, silly faces and killer fashion, in the gallery up top! More »
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:: If you’re like us and are tirelessly waiting for the release of Rihanna‘s #R8, here’s some more information to hold you over! In an interview with Billboard, John Newman discusses his plans to continue working with Calvin Harris. He reveals to the publication, “We started to look at tracks to put together for Rihanna. And then we have booked some time to work on my album.” [Billboard]
:: Speaking of our favorite bad gal, she has won a legal battle with Topshop over a t-shirt. The clothing store was selling the item that featured the singer’s face without her permission. [Digital Spy]
:: In the latest news of the YMCMB drama, Tyga‘s fourth LP The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty has been pushed back. It was supposed to be released on January 27, but now the date is indefinite. This comes after the delay of Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V and Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint. [Rap-Up]
:: 2NE1 bandmate CL is readying her stateside debut, and she is using the help of Ariana Grande! The Korean rapper’s debut single will reportedly feature the “Love Me Harder” songstress. [ONTD]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Another day, another Rihanna speculation — and no, it’s sadly not about #R8 (let’s be honest, it’s not coming anytime soon)! In today’s RiRi news, it is rumored the singer will perform at an outdoor concert as part of the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend festivities.
According to New York Post, it will take over a handful of blocks in New York City’s Flatiron district and will be a partnership with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation. The concert will reportedly take place on Thursday, February 12. Let’s see if our favorite bad gal will show up! More »
There were already early rumblings of a Rihanna performance at the upcoming Grammy Awards on February 8, and now, they’re getting even louder.
After Rihanna’s drummer confirmed (and then subsequently deleted) an upcoming performance, the award show itself added further fuel to the fire yesterday by mysteriously tweeting eight anchor emoji symbols in a row. “#GRAMMYs 2.8.15,” the message concluded. Anchor emojis…you know, like the Rihanna Navy? And exactly 8 of them, like Rih’s endlessly awaited upcoming album, R8? It sure seems like a not-so-subtle hint to us.
The award show is already heating up to be a complete must-see event, with confirmed performances by Madonna, Ariana Grande, AC/DC and Ed Sheeran.
Check out the incriminating tweet after the jump, and sound off with your theories after the jump. More »
Charli XCX and Rita Ora showed off their rowdy robber sides in the “Doing It” video, which dropped today (January 20). But prior to its release, our favorite divas have tousled and gotten messy in the desert to achieve some pretty iconic videos over the years!
It goes to show that females can also be badasses in the Wild Wild West just as much (or even better than) the boys. In the gallery above, revisit ten of the best desert-themed music videos from ladies like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and more! More »