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Rihanna Returns To Recording Studio

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Rihanna is ready to make her comeback following her tumultuous year. The singer has been hitting the studio and recording a new album which a source who is working on it says, “will be the album to really give her an identity musically.” RiRi is also lending her voice to Jay-Z‘s new album Blueprint 3, the final album in his Blueprint trilogy.

As for Rihanna’s album, “It’s very techno-based this time around. She’s not that far into her album yet, but it’s sounding great.” [Source: People; Photo: Getty Images]

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Rihanna: Where Do We Start?

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From the Jimmy Neutron hairdo to the lace gloves to the shoulder-padded jumpsuit to the 25lbs of pearls, Rihanna certainly made heads turn at the UK premiere of Inglourious Basterds. With the exception of her va-va-voom red lipstick, we can’t help but hate this cluttered ensemble.

Get a closer look at Rihanna’s fashion disaster below, as well as fellow red carpet goers Mickey Rourke, Diane Kruger, and Neve Campbell.

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Video: Chris Brown Apologizes For Beating Rihanna

Well we weren’t expecting this: TMZ has unearthed a video of Chris Brown apologizing for February’s violent outburst against this then-girlfriend Rihanna. “I felt it was time you heard directly from me that I am sorry,” the singer – decked out in an odd red button-down shirt – insists in the vid. “What I did was inexcusable. I am very sad and very ashamed of what I have done…I have told Rihanna countless times and I am telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry.”

Tell us – do you buy Brown’s apology? [Photo: GettyImages]

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Rihanna: Hot Hair, Freaky Nails

The always fashion-forward Rihanna got in a little shopping time in New York City this week before jetting off to London. While browsing in the Big Apple, RiRi – decked out in a see-through top – showed off her new hair-do and freakishly long nails.  Her new look might not work on most people, but we think the singer pulls it off. Are you feelin’ it? 

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Chris Brown And Rihanna Look-Alike Get Cozy At Diddy’s White Ball

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Chris Brown looked like he was enjoying himself at Diddy‘s White Ball in Beverly Hills over the weekend — and got chatting up close and personal with Rihanna look-alike Teyana Taylor. The two had already been spotted sitting together courtside at the NBA finals, and it was pointed out that her style looked similar to Rihanna’s. But don’t think she’s taken fashion tips from Chris’ ex. “I’ve always dressed like that. I’ve always had style … I’ve had that Mohawk now for months,” Teyana previously explained. OK!

The charity bash was a celeb-stuffed affair, with guests like co-hosts Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Khloe Kardashian, Tila Tequila, Tara Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and Russell Brand all nearly blinding us with their bleached-out duds. [Photos: Getty Images Entertainment, Splash News Online]

Many more pics of Diddy’s annual soirée below.

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Rihanna Turns Tattoo Artist

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Multi-talented Rihanna yesterday showed off another skill and turned tattoo artist. The singer spent time in an East Village tattoo parlor last night apparently etching small designs — thought to be umbrellas, ho ho — onto willing fans. Rihanna’s a big fan of the body art and recently added another design to her personal collection.

But website TMZ reckons the star could be in trouble after violating the law regarding tattoo artists. Only licensed tattoo artists can administer tattoos in the city according to the City’s Health Code. We are sending someone down to follow up on this,” the NYC health department said. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Rihanna’s Outfit Is Out Of This World

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Rihanna hit up the Gramercy Hotel last night in NYC to celebrate Allegra Versace‘s 23rd birthday, looking like some sort of sexy space traveler. The single starlet stunned in black and white, with shades and gloves to match. For more of Rihanna’s out of this world look, check out the gallery below. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Chris Brown’s BET Awards Performance Cancelled After Protest

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It’s a rough time for Chris Brown, and it seems like while there are some people (Rihanna) who can forgive him of his transgressions, there are others who still hold grudges. Brown was set to perform at the BET Awards on Sunday but certain influential folks like Al Sharpton and Jay-Z weren’t having it and the singer’s performance was pulled.

A source told the New York Daily News: “Al made such a fuss to the BET executives that they pulled Chris. Jay is a big name in the BET community, and he was very vocal about his displeasure with Chris attending the ceremony. He didn’t want Chris anywhere near the awards so close to the court’s ruling.”

That Jay-Z would put up this kind of stink is no surprise. When news of Rihanna’s beating broke in February, Jay was allegedly enraged and called Chris a “walking dead man.” He has long been protective of Rihanna since discovering her five years ago and signing her to Def Jam Records. [Source: NY Daily News; Photo: Getty Images]

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Rihanna Rocks New Tattoo In NYC

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Our favorite single lady Rihanna is back in the Big Apple, and the singer is sporting a new tattoo on her ankle. Riri departed her hotel earlier today in a casual get-up – shorts, loafers, an orange halter top, and her new ink, a cute little skull and bones complete with a girlie bow. It’s both precious and bad-ass, just like her!

Are you a fan of Rihanna’s new skin art? [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Check out other famous celebrity tattoos in the gallery below.

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Rihanna And Chris Brown Think Restraining Order Will Hurt Their Friendship

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We don’t think we would want to remain friends with the guy that allegedly smashed our face into a car window, but Rihanna is a more forgiving person than us, it seems. This week, a court ordered Chris Brown to stay 50 yards away from Rihanna at all times (although at music industry events, he can come within 10 yards of her), but the former couple thinks the no-contact clause will get in the way of rekindling their friendship.

Brown pled guilty to one count of felony assault and he was given 180 days of labor service instead of jail time and the “stay-away” order. A friend of the former couple says of the order  “it’s unnecessary and ridiculous. After [the proceeding], Ri and Chris talked on the phone for almost an hour and really worked at becoming friends. They’re solid now.” So they’re no longer BF/GF but they totally wanna be BFFs? How very Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld of them.

The mutual friend, speaking to the New York Daily News, did promise that there’s no chance of romance between the pair. “That’s 100% done. They aren’t looking to hook back up again. They’re both moving on and going their separate ways.”  [Source: NY Daily News; Photo: Getty Images]