continues to dominate headlines in 2014, though not for music. Recently, designer Tom Ford
made a bold claim
: Rihanna’s Instagram is more influential than any fashion reviewer. (He must not know about its disappearance, or even that she’s due to release not one
, but two albums
this year.) So when the Unapologetic
star teased new lyrics without explanation, fans freaked out.
For all Rihanna’s pooh-poohing of basics, her lyrics are about falling for the wrong guy, despite knowing better: “Your silver tongue is full of lies, with tricks and thrills and Bambi eyes.” She tagged a few of them as #barz, which sent her Navy in a frantic search for more details. One fan found a new Keri Hilson lyric, while MTV spotted that Nicki Minaj reposted a fan drawing with #barz hashtag too.
The idea sounds too good to be true, though it’s still worth asking: Can Rihanna, Keri and Nicki be plotting a collaboration? See the #barz-related posts below and weigh in at the comments. More »
‘s concept album for an upcoming 3D animated film
, is starting to take shape. Emeli Sande
reveals that she has been writing songs along with producer Rodney Jerkins
. “I’ve been writing for Rihanna’s new movie, which has been incredible,” Sande said to Digital Spy
. “I was with Rodney Jerkins the other night. I feel now I’m back on creative mode.”
She isn’t kidding. Sande, the biggest-selling U.K. artist of 2012 and 2013, also revealed that she has been in the studio with Naughty Boy, the rising producer behind “La La La” featuring Sam Smith. And it’s fitting, too – as Naughty Boy revealed to us last year, that same global hit was originally to be written with Sande herself. “But because she was on tour, I did the session with Sam and I presented the idea to him,” he said. “It just had to be Sam because where it went from there is perfect.” More »
Well, this is ugly/hilarious. Rihanna
and Charlie Sheen
ate at the same restaurant last night (May 21) but instead of exchanging the usual pleasantries, RiRi blew off the actor and his girlfriend when they tried to say hello. (She had obviously seen one too many episodes of Two And A Half Men
). Anyway, the outraged thespian jumped on Twitter this morning and put the Barbadian babe on blast.
Charlie considered the missed encounter a blessing. He likened the prospect of conversing with RiRi to “chugging Draino” but was upset for his girlfriend and reprimanded the diva for being rude. “THIS is why I’m in this thing 31 awesome years,” Chuck wrote. “Good will and common courtesy, carefully established over time to exist radically in concert with a code of gratitude!” He makes a valid point there but things soon got personal when the 48-year-old trashed Rihanna’s wig.
“It was a pleasure NOT meeting you,” Charlie concluded. “Clearly we have NOTHING in common when it comes to respect for those who’ve gone before you. I’m guessing you needed those precious 84 seconds [she said she was too busy to talk] to situate that bad wig before you left the restaurant.” Read his long-winded but hilarious rant after the jump. More »
Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!
Now that the sunny season is finally upon us, our favorite pop princesses are gracing the glossy pages with their brightest, most daring looks for summer.
Queen of Pop Madonna and pop princess Katy Perry are teaming up for a provocative, S&M-inspired high fashion look for V. Beyoncé is looking appropriately stoic on her “Diva”-sized cover, while Rihanna goes into seductress mode for her “Rebel” cover — both of which are part of Ebony‘s 4-cover Black Music Month special. Meanwhile, Bey’s sis Solange keeps it cute and colorful on the cover of ASOS. As for Sheezus herself, Lily Allen? She’s the rebel of the bunch (of course!), smashing a mic stand to smithereens for Q.
Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Rihanna‘s Instagram account is still missing. I’m not sure why this is news but Billboard went as far as contacting the social media giant for comment. They admit to briefly suspending the account but insist they reactivated it. The rest remains a mystery. [Billboard]
:: This should be taken with a grain of salt (because the original source is a gossip magazine) but Mariah Carey is rumored to be having marital woes with Nick Cannon. Incidentally, they recently celebrated their wedding anniversary. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Kylie Minogue is the queen of The Voice. In addition to mentoring contestants on the UK and Australian versions of the show, the Australian pop diva recently appeared on The Voice Italy and performed mega-hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”. [Rickey]
:: Our congratulations go out to Enrique Iglesias. The Latin heartthrob just scored his 25th number one hit on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart with “Bailando”. Luis Miguel and Gloria Estefan place second and third with 16 and 16 chart-toppers respectively. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art hosted a slew of celebrities last night for its annual Costume Institute gala. The honorees this year were fashion designer Charles James
editor Anna Wintour
(on hand for the renamed Anna Wintour Costume Center, for which First Lady Michelle Obama
cut the ribbon), and attendees included, among many others, Beyonce
, Jay Z
, Taylor Swift
, Kanye West
, Kim Kardashian
, Florence Welch
, Selena Gomez
, Janelle Monae
and Victoria Beckham
. Frank Ocean
, who’s currently finishing up his sophomore LP
, was also on hand to perform at the event
Above, watch Rihanna walk the red carpet in her white Stella McCartney crop top, and then head below to catch Bey and Jay, Taylor, Kanye and Kim and the Beckhams at the big Met do. More »
magazine pays tribute to Beyonce
, Jay Z
and Kanye West
in their collectors’ edition, four-cover Black Music Month special issue. Each superstar gets their own special cover and title. Bey is crowned ‘The Diva’, while Hov is referred to as ‘The Mogul’. Meanwhile, Rih is ‘The Rebel’ and Ye is ‘The Poet’. All very appropriate choices.
“It was an honor to write the four cover stories for EBONY magazine’s Black Music Month special collector’s edition,” said music writer Kevin Powell. “Rarely do you see today’s unstoppable stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West and Jay Z packaged with legends like Tina Turner, Donna Summer or Tupac Shakur, but we did it because when it comes to Black music, it is important to note the deep connection between the musicians of yesterday and today.” See all four covers after the jump. More »
recently called in for an interview on Australian radio show The Bump
, and the host asked about that now-infamous moment when Rihanna laughed during Grande’s “Problem” performance
at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The debate over whether it was a shocked giggle or shady cackle was the only interesting thing to come out of the bloated three-hour advertisement from the Los Angeles Tourism Board. And now we may have an answer.
When asked about RiRi supposedly laughing at her, Grande said she took no offense. “When I watched it afterwards it looked like she was just shocked because I was doing something different.” What’s more, the two singers held a summit after the show. “Afterwards she was so kind to me, she was like, ‘Lil mama keep doing what you’re doing because it’s working.’ And so I thought it was funny that people tried to make such a commotion out of it when she was just being playful and supportive if anything, so I don’t know. People are always trying to make a big deal out of nothing because they’re bored.” Seeing as how we were mind-numbingly bored throughout the broadcast, this is a very astute analysis of the non-controversy. More »
Welp, either Rihanna
mistakenly shut down her Instagram account during her latest attempt to arouse the world, or the social media company followed through on its threats and deactivated her account because her racy photos
violated their terms and conditions (“You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos”). The latter would be a monumentally stupid move for Instagram, which is par for the course for massive social media companies, so we’re going to assume that’s what happened.
Rihanna lit up the Internet recently by posting her topless cover of Lui magazine on her badgalriri account. After Instagram ordered her to remove it, she complied and swiftly mocked their terms by posting photos of the photo, as well as nude illustrations.
UPDATE: As of roughly 11:30 a.m. this morning, it’s back! More »
Let’s just cut the bullshit and stop tip-toeing around the obvious: Award shows, by nature, are self-congratulatory, three-hour slogs through the banal, and that’s why it’s best to down a bottle while watching (and reporting on) them. Because NAVY OR DIE!!!!!!!!!
and Austin Mahone
thanking God for his super awesome Instagram just aren’t aspects of life most people can sugar coat without wanting to jump into a pit filled with upright bayonets afterwards. Right? Right?
Maybe I’m alone there. Who knows.
iHeartLosAngeles iHeartRadio Music Awards took place last night, and, to be fair, it was the very first time this particular do happened. So we should be forgiving of the fact that the night was a 70% terrible thing to behold. Actually, it was probably 89% terrible, but, again, alcohol cures many award-show ills.
So in the spirit of helping out this budding young televised franchise in its infancy, let’s take a look below at the moments that were good and the moments that were not so good. Consider them like life lessons to grow by. You have to stumble — or open your show with Pitbull — before you can run, no? (Unless, of course, NBC yanked the option for this thing ever happening again. In which case — read no further!) More »