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Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna & Kanye West Grace ‘Ebony’ Magazine’s Black Music Month 4-Cover Issue

Ebony magazine pays tribute to Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna 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 »

Ariana Grande Ends Her Legendary Silence On Rihanna Laugh-Gate

Ariana Grande 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 »

Rihanna’s Instagram Deactivated Following Topless Photo [UPDATE]

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 »

iHeartRadio Music Awards: 10 Extremely Bad Moments & 5 Good Ones To Learn By

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.

Anyway, the 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 »

Rihanna Threw Epic Shade At Ariana Grande During The iHeartRadio Music Awards 2014: Watch

Rihanna stole the show at last night’s (April 1) iHeartRadio Music Awards. She won the most awards (including artist of the year), caused a stir with her Matrix-inspired hairstyle and threw legendary shade at Ariana Grande. Her now iconic reaction to Miley Cyrus‘ rubber finger-waving display at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards pales in comparison to the diva’s hysterical laughter during Ari’s awkward performance.

The camera cut to RiRi several times during Ariana’s rendition of “Problem” and she literally couldn’t stop laughing at the newcomer’s clumsy dance moves. Rihanna wasn’t the only one clocked for mocking the 20-year-old. Country crooner Blake Shelton‘s unimpressed face quickly became a meme and he, rather amusingly, made the photo his Twitter background. Watch Rih’s reaction after the jump. More »

iHeartRadio Music Awards 2014: The Full List Of Winners

Friends, here we are again with yet another awards show on the plate: it’s the inaugural broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Awards! Yayyyyyyyy!

Presenters tonight include Selena Gomez, Adam Lambert and Hilary Duff. Hitting the stage to perform will be Drake, Shakira, Pharrell, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, while nominees include, among many, many others, Justin Timberlake (whose collab with Michael Jackson, “Love Never Felt So Good,” will premiere during the show), Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Lorde.

Crack a bottle (unless you’re underage — in which case, crack a Snapple) and stick around here through the night. The big pop music event kicks off at 8 p.m. on NBC and promises to drag on for three thrilling hours , and we’ll be updating the list of winners in real time. More »

It Takes A Village: 10 Pop Hits That Took At Least 6 Writers To Cobble Together, From “Drunk In Love” To “Timber”

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Ahhh. Remember the good ol’ days when it only took one skilled tunesmith to write a hit single? Yeah — our minds don’t stretch back that far, either. In fact, if you have to travel in time, to “Somebody That I Used To Know” in 2012, to find the last single to top the Billboard Hot 100 with only one writer credited to it. (That would be Mr. Gotye himself, Wally de Backer.)

These days, it takes a small army to craft what we naive listeners would deem to be the simplest of songs. Remember Flo Rida‘s “Whistle”? You know — the chart-topping oral sex jam disguised as a radio-friendly, sing-song trifle for the whole family to purse their lips and blow to in the car? That one took no less than half-a-dozen writers to put together.

Below, we rounded up another 10 such pop smashes that required a team of musical geniuses — or at least Pitbull — to pen. Some may surprise you and even shatter the illusion of your favorite artists as unique jacks-of-all-trades, able to dash out catchy hits all by their lonesome.

Carry on to find out the wicked truth behind all the glitter, pop fanatics! More »

Magazine Melee: Which Pop Princess Has The Best May 2014 Cover?

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!

Summer is just around the corner, and our favorite pop princesses are doing a fine job of making sure we’re all were aware. How so? By stripping down and sizzlin’ up the covers of today’s hottest fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazines. In fact, this just might be the hottest, most skin-baring Magazine Melee set to date.

Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month! More »

Rihanna Goes Topless (More Boobs!) For ‘Lui’ Magazine: See Her Shirtless Breasts On The Sexy Cover Of The (Totally Not Porn, But Kinda Sorta) Men’s Publication

It’s a day that ends in “day,” so here we are with another NSFW photo shoot of Rihanna baring her boobs. This time the “Diamonds” diva whipped out her drill bits for French men’s mag Lui, which could well be this shoot TMZ stumbled upon earlier this month. (Could be, but who knows — RiRi has a habit of losing her clothes at the drop of a hat.)

The singer most recently went breasts-out for the Brazilian edition of Vogue. All of this begs the question: does she have something big on the way, music-wise, to warrant all this skin-baring promo? Let’s hope. It’s been a whole year-and-a-half since the release of Unapologetic…which in Rihanna years is like a quarter of a century.

Catch even more of nude RiRi from Lui below, you pop perverts, you. More »

Lorde Defends Iggy Azalea From Music Critics: Morning Mix

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:: Pop stars from the southern hemisphere stick together! Lorde took umbrage at publications that put Iggy Azalea on the cover and then trashed her debut LP The New Classic in a recent blog post. The Australian femcee then chimed in on Twitter. [Gossip Cop]

:: Lily Allen claims she was simply paying tribute to Beyonce when she performed a drag routine to “Drunk In Love” at a London gay bar over the weekend. Sounds like she just wanted some attention. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Don’t shop under the influence of painkillers. Miley Cyrus learned that lesson the hard way when she went on an online shopping spree while in hospital. Purchases included a pink mini-skirt. [MTV]

:: Rihanna is being sued by a former bodyguard for defamation. He is alleging that RiRi made offensive statements about him in an email and even went as far calling his sister. The matter will be heard by a judge in Ireland. [TMZ]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »