Rihanna has done it again. One year after topping the charts with “Diamonds,” the pop singer has landed her 13th No. 1 for her collaboration with Eminem.
“The Monster,” which appears on Eminem’s album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, tops the Billboard Hot 100 this week, rising 2-1. The duo dethrones Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” which ruled the chart for three weeks.
Rihanna now ties Michael Jackson for the third most No. 1s in the Hot 100′s history, surpassing Madonna and the Supremes. Only Mariah Carey (18) and the Beatles (20) have more. Continue reading
Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake earned the top honors at the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday.
The “Mirrors” singer took home three awards at Sunday’s show at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, while Swift lead the pack with four awards including Artist of the Year.
Timberlake, who performed “Drink You Away” during the telecast, won in the categories of Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Album.
Rihanna scored two awards including Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist and the first-ever Icon Award, which was presented to her by Jay-Z and her mother Monica Fenty.
“Right now, I can’t believe that at 25 years old, I’m holding an Icon Award,” said Rihanna, who performed “Diamonds.” “That is weird to even say out loud.”
Two-time winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis beat out Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar in the Rap/Hip-Hop categories.
Winners were determined by online voting. See a full list below.
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Rihanna is back in black in the dark and eery video for “What Now,” the fifth single off her 2012 album Unapologetic.
Directed by The Uprising Creative, the four-minute clip was shot over the summer in Phuket, Thailand. A tortured RiRi rocks a “red carpet goth” look reminiscent of her Rated R era as she performs in a white room.
“It’s gonna be kinda eery, very creepy because ‘What Now’ is one of those songs that you can get really boring with the visual,” said Rihanna. “Everybody’s probably expecting like a narrative type of video, a love story of some sorts, something really soft and pretty. It is pretty and kinda soft, but it’s really a little demented.”
The 25-year-old singer will receive the first-ever Icon Award and perform at the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24th.
Watch her unleash her demons in the haunting visuals. Continue reading
Rap artist Eminem is ready to make a monstrous return to the game with his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and with his new single “The Monster” featuring previous collaborator Rihanna, the Detroit emcee is sure to hit the charts!
The duo peaked at #1 for seven consecutive weeks with their 2010 hit single “Love the Way You Lie.”
“I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed/ Get along with the voices inside of my head/ Keep trying to save me/ Stop holding your breath/ And you think I’m crazy/ Well that’s not fair,” sings RiRi.
Executive produced by Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre, MMLP2 will feature Kendrick Lamar, Skylar Grey, fun.’s Nate Ruess and the deluxe edition will include five new songs including collaborations with Sia and Jaime N Commons.
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Rihanna revealed the cover art for her new single “What Now” earlier this week and now she rolls out a brand new remix. The Unapologetic ballad gets a club-ready makeover courtesy of Roc Nation’s own DJ Reflex.
A video was shot in Thailand and is set to debut in the coming weeks.
Head to the dance floor with the RIHmix. Continue reading
Strip clubs and dollar bills. Rihanna debuts the long-awaited video for her strip club anthem “Pour It Up.”
RiRi not only stars on screen, she also calls the shots off screen as co-director. She enlists some famous exotic dancers including Nicole “The Pole” Williams, Candace Cane, and Secret Moneii.
Watch the scandalous clip below. Continue reading
Rihanna has snapped up another record and this time, it pushes her ahead of music industry veteran and legend in her own right, Janet Jackson.
According to Billboard, Rihanna’s latest attraction, “Right Now” (feat. David Guetta) struck no.1 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart this week. It is her 20th no.1 record on that chart, pushing her one song ahead of Janet Jackson, who has a total of 19 Dance/Club Play Songs to her credit.
While this is a big feat, considering the time Rihanna has been in the industry, she has a little bit further to go to top the Dance/Club Play Songs leader, which is Madonna. Continue reading
During her Lip Lock promo tour overseas, Eve paid a visit to Tim Westwood’s studio. The pitbull in a skirt showed that she can still kill it on the mic, dropping a fiery freestyle over Rihanna’s “Pour It Up.”
She issued a warning to the competition: “These b**ches in debt better pay their tax.”
Watch E-V-E pour up some brash bars. Continue reading
Wale does “Bad” with some help from the original bad girl, Rihanna, on the remix to his hit single. The pop star cries out on the sultry, yet sad hook, and even throws down some rhymes.
“Bad girls want a real…,” she declares, while Wale raps, “All the bad girls always end up unapologetic.”
The original song features singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas, who just inked a deal with Rico Love’s Division1/Interscope Records.
In addition to RiRi and Tiara, Wale’s third album The Gifted (due June 25) features Nicki Minaj, CeeLo Green, 2 Chainz, and Jerry Seinfeld. Continue reading
Last November, Rihanna shepherded 250 people to seven cities in seven days to promote her seventh album Unapologetic; dubbed the “777 Tour” the expansive, grueling experience was captured on camera for the Rihanna 777 documentary.
The special aired on Fox and offers a behind the scenes look at the global trek – including interviews with crew and band members, fans and Rihanna herself, along with clips from each performance.
Kicking off in Mexico City before stopping in Toronto, then Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and finally New York, the “777 Tour” wasn’t all extravagant globetrotting of course: Many journalists complained about not having access to Rihanna, essentially seeing the same show during each stop and not getting enough sleep. About halfway through a minor mutiny occurred aboard the plane, which included a streaking Australian radio DJ (and, yes, it’s in the documentary).
Despite such complaints, Unapologetic debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album charts, with first single “Diamonds” becoming her 12th Number One the day after the tour ended. Watch the documentary below… Continue reading
Rihanna serves up another round with the ratchet Rih-mix to her Unapologetic single “Pour It Up.” The pop star balls out with Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J, and T.I. on the Mike WiLL Made It-produced banger.
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Roc Nation princess Rihanna delivers the vulnerable new video for “Stay” featuring songwriter Mikky Ekko. Both gave an amazing performance at the 55th Grammy Awards and this keeps the momentum. The second official single comes from RiRi’s seventh album, Unapologetic, which was the first #1 album of her career. The video is very stripped, raw and minimalistic. “The video was really, really simple. I pretty much stayed put in a bathtub and we shot it really tight,” she told Ryan Seacrest. Speaking of Mikky Ekko, Rihanna explained, “I kinda fell in love with the tone of his voice so we wanted to keep him a part of it.” Watch now! Continue reading