As her 777 tour wound down last week, “Diamonds” became Rihanna’s 12th chart topping single, making Rihanna the pop star with the most No. 1 singles ever, an unusual honor when you consider that she had yet to put out a chart topping album to match. But this week that’s changed, as Unapologetic lands atop the charts this week, earning the star yet another plaque for her wall and her first ever No. 1 album. Seventh time’s a charm?
Rihanna knows how to make history. The 777 tour will go down in history as the brilliant marketing idea that was poorly executed. The journalists became the story after days of having no access to Rihanna, minimum Wi-fi (which is essential to doing the work of a journalist), little sleep and having to wait on a plane for hours. By the third day the bad press had made it rounds on the ‘net. Still, Rihanna had little effs to give and remained mostly ghost. Read more…
Where’s that “Umbrella” when you need it? Miraculously still on her feet after her whirlwind 777 Tour, Rihanna turned up on The X-Factor UK for a rather damp performance. Things began simple, the stage dark save for a glowing Rihanna in a curve hugging black gown and it seemed like she was going to play it straight and just sing. But then she made it rain, and not metaphorically, like she does in Unapologetic‘s dark strip club anthem “Pour It Up” — we’re talking literal raindrops falling from somewhere high above the X-Factor stage that left her dripping wet. She’s not the kind of girl that let’s a little mess slow her down though, and she belted her chart topper straight through to the end before breaking to wring her hair out.
#Rihannaplane landed last night in New York, and while we wait on the final dispatches from our brave colleagues who were onboard, we thought we would take a moment to start looking at the album that has inspired the whole thing but been seemingly tucked a back seat pocket for the duration of the seven days. Who has time to talk dub-break downs when there’s Ace to be sipped and buses to catch! We get it.
But Unapologetic marks Rihanna’s seventh turn, and it brings to the table much to be reckoned with regarding quality and quantity and he-who-shall-not-be-named. There is also Rihanna’s confidence and swaggering deviance, and of course: “Diamonds.”
The mayhem is finally over. Rihanna‘s 777 tour plane has landed in NYC for its final show. And based on the around the clock coverage and tweets of a handful of the 200 journalists and bloggers who were along for the 7 countries 7 days 7 shows ride, we’d bet money folks are happy it’s over (including Rihanna). As down to earth as the mega star seems, don’t mess up her music. Riri ripped her band a new one at last night’s London concert. And thanks to the livestream it lives on the ‘net forever. Read more…
Yikes. Things aboard the #777Tour are getting intense. Janell Snowden and our trusty Tweeter Pegah are still stuck aboard the S.S. Rihanna and it doesn’t seem like they want to be there much longer. Meanwhile, there’s a livestream of Rihanna’s London show happening as we type, but what’s getting more attention are the antics on the plane. Only a few hours ago, a frustrated Aussie reporter streaked while the cabin chanted. That’s right. And we have the video so check it out. (Don’t worry, we’ve blacked out any evidence of nudity.)
How ironic. Today is the release of Nicki Minaj‘s The Re-Up and Rihanna‘s Unapologetic. It’s not the first time the two pop stars have found themselves unintentionally gunning for the same trophy. At September’s VMAs Nicki won over Rih for Best Female Video to which Rih Rih sat by idly without offering one single hand clap. But Rihanna took home the biggest award of the night winning the VMA for “We Found Love.” But where was their camaraderie? Read more…
A needed break from those Rihanna club bangers, “Half Of Me” is only a bonus track, but perhaps one of the most honest Rihanna’s ever sang. Written by singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé, a You Oughta Know artist whose track “Heaven” hit the top of the U.K. charts a few months back, “Half Of Me” starts almost where “Diamonds” left off — with Rih in her finest octave, singing about the pitfalls of a life in the spotlight.
Perhaps an allusion to Rihanna’s famous Instagram antics, she sings, “You’re entitled to your opinion, sitting shake your head at my decision/ I guess the kind of songs that I’ve been singing, make it seem as if I was winning/ But you saw me on the television… but that’s just the half of it.” Yep, those commenters can be harsh.
But if you know Rihanna like we do (BFFs, for life) you know that won’t stop her from doing her, no matter the consequences: “You know me/ Everybody knows that I’m crazy/ Sticks and stones, they never break me/ And I’m the type who don’t give a f*ck /And that’s just the half of it.”
Tonight will go down in history. 150 sleep deprived journalists on Rihanna‘s 777 tour finally let go of the frustration and anger that’s been building up over the past few days. Here’s exactly what happened: