Kanye West has gotten his hands on Rihanna‘s Unapologetic hit single “Diamonds” and given it a good old ‘Ye shake. The end result is a delirious and delightful remix that includes: shout outs to the Victoria’s Secret models in his bed, Brad Pit and the Illuminati; a Fresh Prince of Bel Air intro interlude; an odd knock at Tay Zonday’s viral hit “Chocolate Rain”; and an enthusiastic endorsement for shower sex (“fresh as f***!”). It’s also timely: “We made it through the hurricane, so celebrate and light the Mary Jane.” He really let it all out for this one, so enjoy. Happy Friday.
Quick! Hit play before this disappears. The long-awaited Rihanna and Chris Brown duet has leaked its way onto YouTube and with confirming previous evidence, that it is indeed good. Playing off Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”, the two extract the hook “Ain’t nobody’s business but mine and my baby’s”, wrapping it around an infectious dance beat. Unlike “The Way You Make Me Feel”, however, these two are way past the wooing stage. Chris and Rihanna take turns spitting love odes for each other, even offering ”Let’s make out in this Lexus” — an uncomfortable phrasing considering the very real life situation the two were in that took place in the front seat of Chris’ car in 2009.
History aside, the song speaks for itself and it’s a good one. Check it out before it possibly gets whisked off the web til next week.
“Are you ready to get DRUNK?” says Rihanna on the plane’s intercom. Yes, yes we are. But only if you join us, RiRi!
Day One of Rihanna‘s 777 world tour has been nothing short of badass: flowing drinks, screaming fans and of course, the Bajan princess herself. But it’s only JUST BEGUN. With the help of a good adrenaline rush (and some ibuprofen) we survived our first day in the life of a true rock star and can’t wait to tell you all about it! Matter of fact, we’ll let the pictures do the honors…
Everyone except the 150 media people traveling with Rihanna on her #777tour are brewing with jealousy today. If you’re one of Rihanna’s 26 million Twitter followers, or read any entertainment site on the Internet, you’re aware of the promo Rihanna and her team put together for her 7th album, Unapologetic. VH1 has a front row seat to the 7 days, 7 cities, 7 shows extravaganza; and today Rihanna hopped on the plane to say hello to the press in a way that only Rihanna would. “Theres an emergency. Code 777. Everybody buckle up your seat belts! LETS GET DRUUUNK!” she said over the plane’s intercom. Read more…
You may have caught glimpse of — or lingered over, because who could blame you? — Rihanna‘s sexy GQ “Men of the Year (And One Hot Woman)” cover that hit the web over the weekend and figured she had already bared all. But the accompanying story is now up, and the boundary-less star has more yet to show and tell, about the bottle brawl and her songwriting, her Caribbean culture and of course her love life. Rihanna and the writer enjoy a night out on the town that includes a papparazzi-flash lit dinner, an impromptu song-writing sesh in her hotel room and a dance-floor reunion with none other than Chris Brown.
Just hours after Rihanna performed her single “Diamonds” on Saturday Night Live in front of a backdrop seemingly pulled right off Tumblr dashboards, Azealia Banks dropped a music video for “Atlantis” that featured similar Lisa-Frank-Meets-Seapunk aesthetics. Was it purely coincidence or did Rihanna’s SNL performance and Azealia Banks’ new video for “Atlantis” both pull from the same Internet aesthetic? And do either of them have to answer to the crew of Internet artists that have been calling foul?
Rihanna was on Saturday Night Live over the weekend to perform her blindingly bright new single “Diamonds” and then new and truly beautiful Unapologetic track called “Stay.” On the album she’ll be joined by space-y singer/songwriter Mikky Ekko, but she stood alone on the SNL sound stage, with only a spare piano line and the occasional cymbal flourish to back her new-found voice.
“Stay” is a rare Rihanna ballad, and a patient and particularly emotive one at that. With the past few records, Rihanna’s found her grove with the sort of literally dazzling dance track that “Diamonds” is, tracks that make good on her unique but not not exactly impactful voice. But when “Diamonds” came out, we noticed that she was experimenting with her vocals and sounding at times almost like Sia or Lana Del Rey. She took that one step further with “Stay,” a song that finally has her really singing. And so she might still be singing about Chris Brown (“Not really sure how to feel about it / Something in the way you move / Makes me feel like I can’t live without you / And it takes me all the way / I want you to stay.”), but at least she’s doing it in a different way. We just even more excited about Apologetic‘s release next week.
Rihanna has 62 million Facebook fans–a smudge more than the number of Americans who voted in the recent election, according to Andy Cohen. That’s also more than any other artist, even Eminem who once held the top spot. With the release of Unapologetic creeping around the corner, Rihanna is on a schedule of non-stop promos. Yesterday she talked with Bravo’s Andy Cohen for a 25 minute live FB chat; and Riri’s Navy was in the audience live and ratchet. Read more…
Rihanna has her ways when it comes to putting together a music video, and this latest visual for “Diamonds” seems the sum of all parts prior. There are tattoos and smoke, fire and water, sweaters and wild animals running free, and as lovely as it may all be, we were pretty sure we’ve seen this all before. And so we took a look back through her catalogue, and well, we were right. Can you guess which of these screen shots come from “Diamonds” and which are from another video?