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Rihanna Takes Flight

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Luckily for the passengers of Rihanna‘s flight from New York, if there was a problem with the pilot, Captain Riri could take over – ‘cuz she came dressed to man a jumbo jet. Rihanna gave runway a double meaning yesterday when she showed up at JFK in this striped bodysuit with black leather jacket, pilot’s cap, and aviator lenses. If she wasn’t already in First Class, this getup definitely made her eligible for an automatic upgrade. We know you have options when you fly, Riri, thank you for choosing to dress ferociously! [Photos: Splash News Online]

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Rihanna’s Dream Role: Lesbian Assassin

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If her stint with Andy Samberg on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend was an indicator, Rihanna is a pretty good actress, and funnier than we expected. So when she opened up about pursuing acting recently, she had some pretty ambitious ideas about what roles she wants to play. “I’d love to be an assassin. Either that or a lesbian. Maybe both. Hey, a gay assassin, there’s nothing hotter than that. Megan Fox would play my girlfriend – hands down. She’s yummy. She’s hot.”

Something tells us she wouldn’t have to work very hard to pitch this movie in Hollywood. And everyone knows you’re Oscar-bait if you go full homicidal lesbian, just look at Charlize Theron. [Photo: GettyImages]

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Rihanna: Angel Of NYC

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Well doesn’t Riri look like quite a little cherub with her rosy cheeks and winged jacket?  Rihanna rocked this fantastic cropped jacket with chic shoulder pads when she headed to the Knicks game with her pal Melissa Forde. Rihanna looks like a happy and glowing angel as she strolls with her friend. The pop star is quite a bringer of good luck indeed! The Knicks beat the Trailblazers 93-84. [Photos: Splash News Online]

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Chris Brown: “How Could I Be That Person?”

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Chris Brown gave yet another interview this weekend, this time to ABC’s Robin Roberts on “20/20.” In addition to his countless apologies and his version of what happened the night he attacked Rihanna, he also claimed he wrote a song for her which made her cry.

First, Brown admitted that he was heavily coached by PR people when he released his YouTube apology to the world, saying, “They just telling me like, ‘OK, don’t say this. And don’t say it this way, ’cause they’re gonna take it this way. So, I had in my — my head wasn’t really giving me a chance to be me. It was just being myself through other people. … It was genuinely from me, but it wasn’t projected genuinely.” We can understand that – although the one thing we’ll never understand in all of this is that bow tie he wore on “Larry King.” But ANYway.

Brown also said that he apologized to Rihanna many, many times, which we’ve been hearing for months now, but he also said he wrote the song “Changed Man” for her (coincidentally off his new album which releases tomorrow).  A month after the incident, Brown played the song for Rihanna and says, “She called when she first heard the song. And I mean, I’m not trying to say — call her any liar or anything like that. But I played the song for her when I first wrote it. And she cried.”

We’re not entirely sure why we would think he was calling her a liar in this situation, but just so you know, world, convicted abuser Chris Brown doesn’t think Rihanna is a liar. Brown discusses his anger management classes and the fact that he never had any altercations with previous girlfriends, etc. etc etc. At this point it feels repetitive and while we’re almost starting to pity him, we wish these PR-heavy, face-saving interviews would go away. [Photo: GettyImages]

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Chris Brown Recycles Apology

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Chris Brown appears to be running out of ways to say he is sorry for beating Rihanna. After his YouTube video and appearance on Larry King, Chris is now appearing on 20/20 and spitting out some pretty familiar words. “I was wrong for what I did. And I would definitely say that it’s not past or look over. It’s something that’s really, really touchy. And, sorry for what went down, and what happened,” Chris said. Chris sounds pretty bored with apologizing; maybe this is his way of trying to get the world to stop talking about it too? [Photo: Splash News Online]

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RiRi Rips It Up

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Rihanna ripped it up last night in this animal print dress with some very strategically placed tears that showed off the singer’s curvaceous figure. Riri was all smiles last night after her performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom. She headed over to Manhattan hotspot M2 where she partied in a VIP area and danced with her pals until late into the evening. A fellow party attendee tells TheFABlife, “Rihanna was in great spirits: she was definitely the life of the party.” [Photo: Splash News Online]

Check out hot shots of Rihanna performing songs from her new album below.

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Rihanna Searched At LAX

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Stardom and success may improve treatment once you’re on an airplane, but when you beep, you beep. Rihanna got a once-over with the metal detector at LAX yesterday, to her visible annoyance. The Rated R singer was on route to New York, where she’ll be holding a party at M2 tonight for fans who were kept out of her last shindig in the city. Watch her suffer the indignities of airline security in the gallery below.

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Susan Boyle Beats Lambert, Rihanna, Gaga For #1

Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Adam Lambert may get a lot of press, but none were able to snag the number one spot on Billboard’s Top 200 with their new albums last week. No, the decisive Thanksgiving week champion was none other than UK singing sensation Susan Boyle, who sold more than 700,000 copies of I Dreamed A Dream, the biggest opening week for a debut album since Snoop Dogg‘s Doggystyle in 1993. Holy shizzle!

Not only did Boyle knock Eminem out of the running biggest opening week of 2009 (though AC/DC did bigger numbers in 2008), Boyle sold more than Lambert’s For Your Entertainment, Rihanna’s Rated R and Gaga’s The Fame Monster EP combined—each selling only 150-200k copies (still career highs for all). Gaga can also take comfort in the fact that if you combine the sales of The Fame Monster and her first album, The Fame (at #5 and #6, respectively), she’d snag the #2 spot away from Andrea Boccelli‘s month-old My Christmas. Meanwhile, last week’s #1, John Mayer‘s Battle Studies, falls out of the top ten entirely in its second week. Gossip is undoubtedly good for sales, but it’s no stocking stuffer compared to opera.

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Rihanna Confirms Nude Photos, “They Were For My Boyfriend”

Rihanna recently confirmed to Hot 97 that it was really her in those nude photos someone leaked last May. “They were for my boyfriend at the time,” she told the station, “if you don’t send your boyfriend naked pictures, then I feel bad for him.” Yes, even with the public embarrassment she suffered after they leaked (“I thought, ‘Oh great, so now there’s nothing they don’t know about me and my private life’”), Rihanna is standing firm that providing naked photos of yourself is a lady’s romantic obligation. Making mom blush is just collateral damage.

“It was humiliating and it was embarrassing—especially my mom having to see that,” she continued, explaining that she sent flowers before breaking the news. “I was nervous [but] when the world is against me, she’s always there supporting.” Considering the same can’t be said about Chris Brown (who denied leaking the photos), maybe she should reconsider her stance on boudoir photography.

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Rihanna Loves Shopping For Lingerie With Friends

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Ever wondered what Rihanna likes to blow all that hard-earned “Umbrella” cash on? Turns out she’s all about heels and sexy panties, people. The singer told VH1 that she loves shopping for lingerie because, “you get to go and play dress up in the dressing room with your best friend.” We bet there’s a line of guys hanging outside her house just waiting for a chance to be her BFF on her next trip to Victoria’s Secret. Clip below.