Video: Rihanna Does ‘AOL Music Sessions’

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Rihanna performs “Take a Bow,” “Disturbia,” “Russian Roulette,” “Hard,” and “Rude Boy” for “AOL Music Sessions.” She also sits down for a Q&A about the Grammys, her new crib, a potential collaboration with Lady Gaga, her fashion inspirations, “massive” tour, and movies.

Rihanna Performs

Q&A

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70 Comments

  1. Terrell Johnson

    Love AOL Sessions. Rihanna FTW once again.

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  2. TRIGGATRIGGA

    She sounds a mess.

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  3. RIHANNA2K10

    TRIGGA TRIGGA SO DOES YOUR MUM RIH IS DA QUEEN SAY NO MORE

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  4. RIHANNA2K10

    IF U AINT FEELIN’ RIH Y U ON DISS FALL BK INIT ON YOUR 1NZ PRIK

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  5. VaunTV

    Great Job RiRi.. Loves Rude Boy, Disturbia, Hard & Russian Roulette.LO

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  6. Revenge Is Sweet

    Rudeboy is now #11 on itunes. Hi Haters!!!

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  7. BaByBoY44

    this is fuckin amazxing !

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  8. sabrina

    I hardly comment…. but she did really good. I really like these perfomances. Her voice is not the best but her band is AMAZING.

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  9. Shakera

    Her performances were great! Im really like the slower versions to all the sounds. Her vocals were great on Take A bow! I also enjoyed the interview. Rihanna is very beautiful <3
    "The album is doing really well all over the world, and that is the best revenge"

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  10. Giselle

    Yeah, she does have a great band. She was amazing!

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  11. Lindy

    Yes get it RiRi that was amazing especially the beginning of hard
    WOW!!!

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  12. HumanitySector

    Actually, she is right, her album is doing really well worldwide.

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  13. Nisa

    I thoroughly enjoyed this session. It was very entertaining.

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  14. sooooooooooooooooo

    she sounded great, even better then usual. idk what yallll talkn bout.

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  15. TeAmoRiRi

    I LOOOOVE IT!!
    dope performances like always! <3

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  16. Eric

    I loved her performances, the slow version of Disturbia is AMAZING!!

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  17. anonymous

    I gotta give her, her props… she did really well. a big improvement from some of her beginning performances in promotion of rated r

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  18. Dizzle

    i freakin loved it!!! Ri RI 4 life!!

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  19. Mia

    Rihanna is the Queen of What ? Cuz it sure hell is not performing or singing lol!!

    and about this Rude Boy on iTunes #11 thats sad becuz her video been out for 2 weeks now she should’ve been #1 buy now lol BEP when their video came out the song was #1 in itunes. And I know for a fact her stans brought like 100 copies of the single like they did the others lol!

    Telephone is going to eat the video and song ALIVE mark my words.

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  20. SHERMOON

    GREAT PERFORMANCES BY RIHANNA!!! LOVED RUSSIAN ROULETTE

    @ MIA …RIHANNAS REIGN AINT GONNA LET UP…NO MATTER HOW MUCH U HATE

    SHES NOT SINGING LIKE GAGA IN EVERY TAWKSHOW AND ENTERTAINMENT SHOW LIKE GAGA AND EVERY AWARDS SHOW…RATED R IS NOT HUGELY PROMOTED IN THE U.S!!! COZ U.S IS GOING MADE 4 POP RYT NOW WHEN SHE IS FOCUSING ON THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET

    DONT COME HER AND COMPARE ARTISTS…. IF U DNT LIKE RIRI…DONT HAVE TO HATE… COZ DATS JUST DISGUSTING

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  21. rockwitu

    Mia Rihanna has set and broken records….what are you doing besides sittin on your broke joke as& talking trash about an international SUPERSTAR!!!????!!!

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  22. Mia

    SHERMOON

    CUT THE CRAP EVERY ARTIST WANTS TO MAKE IT BIG IN THE US. THE US IS THE BIGGEST MUSIC MARK, THATS WHY YOU HAVE ARTIST FROM DIFF PLACES COME TO THE US RIHANNA IS ONE OF THEM AND INTERNATIONAL HER SALES DON’T SPEAK WELL 1.6 MILLION OVER 3 MONTHS

    ALICIA KEYS WORLDWIDE SALES ARE BETTER THAN THAT AND HER SINGLES HAVE NOT PERFORMED THAT WELL

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  23. Rap*

    RIhanna sounded really good on TAB.

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  25. RUDE BOY

    IM THE BIGGEST RIHANNA STAN IN THE WORLD AND I MOST SAY THIS IS THE MOST RIHANNA HAS ENTERTAINED ME AND HELD MY ATTENTION ON STAGE SINCE LIKE HER VOGUE PERFORMANCE

    SHE REALLY DID A PHENOMENAL JOB AND GOT A LADDER AND STEPPED HER COOKIES ALL THE WAY UP!

    IM GLAD SHE BETTERED HERSELF BEFORE GOING OUT ON TOUR! I MUST SAY I WAS TRUELY ENTERTAINED!

    AND ON A SIDENOTE:

    RATED R JUST PUSHED ANOTHER 30K THIS WEEK IN AMERICA AND RUDE BOY IS LIKE THE #1 SONG IN THE WORLD

    HERES ITS iTUNES INTERNATIONAL #S

    LUXEMBOURG #1
    IRELAND #2
    FINLAND #2
    AUSTRAILIA #4
    THE UK #4
    FRANCE #4
    DENMARK #4
    DEUTSCHLAND #7
    NEW ZEALAND #8
    CANADA #16
    NORWAY #21
    NEDERLAND #21

    THAT RIHANNA REIGN AINT GON LET UP
    *sticks tounge out*

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  26. Mia

    RUDE BOY

    WOW! THATS ITUNES DUMB DUMB THATS NOT THE CHARTS. AND HOW ISN’T THE #1 SONG IN THE WORLD AND IT’S #7 IN ONE PLACE # 21 IN ANOTHER LOL HOW DOES THAT WORK LOL

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  27. Nicky

    @ MIA

    Bitch shut up.

    Just how Beyonce and Lady Gaga video phone was groundbreaking and a #1 hit right??????

    that song flopped, so theyre trying so hard to get a hit ANOTHER TIME.

    Rihanna’s song is smashing the charts worldwide. BY HERSELF!!!!!! NO COLLABO BOOBOO!!!!!!

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  28. Nicky

    RUDE BOY IS ALSO #1 IN FINLAND

    @ MIA

    BITCH IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING, THE SONGS THAT ARE IN THE TOP HAVE TWICE AS MUCH AIRPLAY AS RIHANNA’S SONG.

    RIHANNA IS AT 35MILLION IMPRESSIONS AND RISING EVERY DAY BY 2MILLION AVG. IT WILL BE #1 TRUST

    BITCH BYE!

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  29. RUDE BOY

    @MIA

    CHART POSITIONS COME MOSTLY FROM iTUNE SALES U FUCKING IDIOT! THE OTHER POINTS COME FROM AIRPLAY BUT THE iTUNE SALES OUTWEIGH AIRPLAY FOR THE MOST PART!

    I REFUSE TO EVEN ARGUE WITH YOU CAUSE YOU CLEARLY DONT KNOW WAT THE FUCK UR TALKING ABOUT!

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  30. RUDE BOY

    @NICKY

    I DOUBT HE OR SE EVEN KNOW WAT A AUDIENCE IMPRESSION IS

    AND ON A SIDE NOTE

    FOR 4 CONSECUTIVE DAYS STRAIGHT RUDE BOY HAS GARNERED THE MOST AUDIENCE IMPRESSIONS ON THE ENTIRE AIRPLAY CHART

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  31. RUDE BOY

    @MIA

    U ARE SO GOT DAMN DUMB, IF U KNEW ANYTHING YOUD KNOW CHART POSITIONS WERE BASED ON iTUNE SALES

    IDIOT!

    U REALLY SHOULDNT SPEAK IF U DONT KNOW WTF UR TALKING ABOUT!

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  32. listen

    can’t hate on this chick! her vocals have improved tremendously from the time she sang that mariah carey song at her high school to now. this was a great look for her.

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  33. Mia

    RUDE BOY

    NO THERE’S NOT IT’S BASED ON AIRPLAY SALES PLAY APART OF IT BUT NOT A BIG DEAL WASN’T RR #1 ON ITUNES? YESS I BELIEVE SO DID IT GO # 1 IN THE US … HUMMMM NO . IF RUDE BOY HAD A STRONG SALES IT WOULD BE #1 THE DAY IT WAS RELEASED WHICH IT WASN’T SHE DOSN’T HAVE STRONG DOWNLOAD SALES OR AIRPLAY

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  34. Mia

    Nicky
    35 MILLION WITH A VIDEO

    AND TELEPHONE IS AT 70 MILLION WITH OUT A VIDEO

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  35. Mia

    Nicky

    ABOUT BEYONCE’S SONG (VIDEO PHONE) YOU FORGOT THAT WAS HER 6 SINGLE LOL BEYONCE’S FIRST 4 SINGLES WAS WORLDWIDE #1′S LOL!

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  36. parisian girl

    OMG!!!it was P.E.R.F.E.C.T!!!
    did you hear disturbia?!!her voice sounded sooo good
    russian roulette,take a bow,rude boy!!
    ooh riri why did you have to slay me like that tonight?!!!!!

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  37. Rated Rude

    Someone other than MIA, could you please inform as to Rude Boy’s position on billboards hot 100 & 200, for the Rated R album sales, please!

    P.S. I love Rihanna so much, bought 10 albums but the performances weren’t up to par compared to others she had done, but I can’t deny effort, go RiRi, kick Beyonce & Ciara’s a**, no one can do it like you!

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  38. dr

    these performances were her most vocally on point to date…period!!

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  39. tdkk

    I liked the performances didn’t love them but I like the fact they slowed the songs down in the beginning so that she could take her time and sing. Her interview skills having gotten alot better as well you can see alot of growth and maturity in her I love it!

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  40. Mia

    KICK BEYONCE’S BUT IN WHAT? LOL IT’S NOT SALES NOT VOICE NOT DANCING NOT IN PERFORMING WHAT? LMAO!

    THIS IS SAD TO SAY THIS IS THE BEST SHE EVER SOUNDED LMAO! THATS NOT SAYING MUCH!!!!! LMAO!

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  41. RUDE BOY

    @MIA

    U CLEARLY DONT KNOW HOW THE CHARTS WORK SO IM NOT EVEN GONNA ARGUE WITH U

    I WAS TAUGHT TO IGNORE THE IGNORANT!

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  42. Revenge Is Sweet

    @MIA it doesnt even matter if Rudeboy doesnt go number one cause Umbrella stays one of the biggest #1 singles ever in the history of Music period. Rihanna has already made her mark in the music industry. She could care less she got long money while ur broke at home. U mad??? Bye Ho!

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  43. Good Guy Gone Bad

    @Mia

    Just chill ur embarrasing urself lol

    You hates on a person then comes back to see what somemone said about them…Ur a useless accuse for attention

    EVERYONE PLZ FURTHER NO MORE CONVERSATION WITH SUCH PPL LIKE @Mia and @TRIGGA TRIGGA

    Thanks

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  44. Where dem girls talkin trash?

    @MIA if u havent noticed by now Rihanna is one of the biggest female artists in the world. How are u gonna stop that? Oh yeah u cant. Bye Hater!

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  45. The Truth Hurts

    @Mia ur broke, u hate, ur a nobody! The End

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  46. Rudeboy now #11 on Itunes

    Umbrella will forever remain one of the biggest #1 singles in the history of Music. Rihanna has already made her mark in the industry no matter what u haters say just remember that.

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  47. Eric

    Mia you’re pathetic cause:

    A. You’re judging without watching/listening which doesn’t really give you the right to judge.

    or B. You’re watching/listening to something you know on forehand you’re not going to like. Why would you wast your time on that?

    so either way: you are pathetic

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  48. Mrs. Darren shellychelle Sharper

    I, I, I , I yodel! Ye ye ye yeah I know! LOL

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  49. Amazing Andrew

    Ok.

    1. Yes, this was RiRi’s best vocal performance so far. (thank jebus.) Also, her band/back-ups were fantastic. (otherwise, she has NO stage presence at all. boring to watch)

    2. Why is it that someone who has sold sooo many records for “x” amount of years and has a pretty good international standing only NOW starting to deliver a performance worth praising? As far as I’m concerned that’s not really a good thing. I know that artists grow, but, there really wasn’t any star quality until recently. Which brings me to…

    3. I’m so tired of her look. The spikes are boring now. The over-decorated lab goggles, it’s all just *yawn* and contrived.

    She’s honestly just a tool went it comes to her image/branding. For example: the video for “Rude Boy” is (without a doubt) a blatant rip off of M.I.A’s “Galang”, Jonte’s “Bitch you Betta”, and even Major Lazer.

    So, yes, this was a good performance, but why did we have to wait so long for a good live vocal performance? I’m not hating, I just expect better from musicians.

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  50. rockwitu

    oh and RIHANNA IS SUCH A FREAKIN HOT LADY HER RAP-UP TOPICS ALWAYS RISE TO THE MOST READ and she doesn’t need Goo Goo for that. LMFAOOOOOO Go Rihanna!

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  51. LaMont

    These are some really good perfomances.She sounds really good and so does the band.Rihanna is so phuckin’ sexy!!!

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  52. baje

    @ amazing andrew the only reason u wait so long was because if u never watched a rihanna performance how would u know she performs well. This is not rihanna’s first time perfoming with such vigor before. u really need to see rihanna performances maybe u would get it, making a comment on one or two concerts dont count. And rude boy was not pulled from anyone, MIA didnt develope reggae she not even caribbean , reggae was around many many years even before she was born so was this style of making videos. Maybe if u watch the greats like Bob Marley, Barrigton levi, Richie Spice great Reggae stars watch their videos Before you people speak u really need to stop live at what ever u see and do your research.

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  53. Zack

    Take that haters that say she can’t sing! Her band was fresh!!!

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  54. g3

    ppl are seriously hating she kilt this i really enjoyed the whole thing the intro to hard was hot..she sounded gr8 looked gr8 the band was gr8 just overall awesome good job Rih loved it! btw her vocals really have improved

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  55. Lily

    I agree!!!! She definitely sounds a MESS!!! She can’t really sing.

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  56. Lily

    She can’t even whine. She looking stiff!

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  57. ella

    #1 IN THE INDUSTRY ……

    HI HATERZZZ BY HATERZZZ

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  58. OoOshii

    Sorry rap-up for posting such a mean comment, anyway i’ll go easy on haterz next time :)
    But one thing to mention to both @Mia and @Lilly if ur jealous about Rihanna’s media attention, that doesn’t mean her music is flopping and her voice sux…She’s already the the #1 female artist to have 13 singles on billboard’s Top 200 along with beyonce… so u’ll have to check the meaning of “Flopping” here dictionary.com this will help

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  59. bodacious

    i too am sorry “RAP UP” because i to and a lot of people all over the net are sick and tired of the “bashing” that riri gets: so with that said , first of all riri does not need any of the people who always says that she sounds bad , that is just like hitting their own hand with a hammer and saying that it hurts and they still keep beating the hell out of theri own hand,,,,,WE GET IT A LOT OF YOU DO NOT LIKE RIRI YOU “HATE HER WE ALL WHO LOVES HER AND HER MUSIC AND WHAT SHE BRINGS TO THE TABLE WE ARE LOVING THE HELL OUT OF IT ,,,,HATERS, LOOSERS, LURKERS,AND STALKERS!!!!!!WE GET YOU ,,, WE KNOW YOU HATE HER ,,, FOR /NOTHING THAT JUST SHOWS HOW SILLY SOME OF YOU ALL ARE .

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  60. bodacious

    RIRI IS IN THE MIX AND SHES NOT GOING ANYPLACE!!!! AND SHE KNOWS VERY WELL THAT YOU CAN NOT MAKE PEOPLE LOVE HER SO SHE DOESN’T EVEN TRY . SHE SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OUT ON THE JOINTS THAT SHE PERFORMED, SHE WAS POISE, CLEAR AND SOLID IN HER DELIVERY OF HER SONGS AND HER VOICE HAS EVOVLED AND SHE S RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE BIG TIMES !!!!!!SO HATE ON HER FOR THAT “WHO CARES ,,, YALL SAY THE SAME HATEFUL MESS OVER AND OVER AGAIN ,,,,,,,TRY AND MAKE YOUR SELVES HAPPU INSTEAD OF SO MUCH “HATE” BECAUSE WHEN YOU HATE ITS BAD FOR YOU AND YOUR HEALTH !!!!!!!!!

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  61. bodacious

    and people did not really start all of this negative mess until after that incident with “fist” and after that all hell broke loose on rihanna , but let me let all of you know riri could care less about what haters and mean spirited people are saying about her , just keep the negative vibes coming and keep helping her to get bigger and bigger in the entertainment industry ,,,, we love and appreciate all comments negative are positive they all add up to be just great in the scheme of things ,,, whos mad???whos uoset??? not any of riri’s true fans/stands,,, we all welcome all haters , lurkers, stalkers, loosers and the envy and jelous hate that you all carry around under your belt and in your screwed up hearts and heads !!!!!

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  62. bodacious

    riri is the most hated and hounded celebrity in the world and she welcomes the attention. she controls a lot of your minds and you can’t make it through a day without your rihanna fix,,,,,,,,,,bless your “pea brains” souls,,, and just think all you can do but talk a hundred miles of crap and stay miserable,,,,@ lily it doesn’t matter if riri can whine are not shes a super star and she does not have to drop choochie juice all over the stage toi sing some beautiful musicheffer!!!!!!!!

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  63. bodacious

    theres a lotof the japanese artist one in particular ,,,, she was performing to a croud of about 40,000 plus and she did five sets of so many songs the stage only consisted of her and six band members and she made plenty paper and the stage did not have all of the gimmicks and destractions that you see on a lot of stages here in ethe us. point is she performed by just singing and no dancing at all and she one of the most popular singers in japan !!!!!!!!you do not have to dance all of the time !!!!!!!theres a lot of artist who does not dance ,,,,,,,

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  64. Rated Retarded

    Rihanna’s best performance BUT I wouldn’t spend any of my recession money to see her. This is 1.5/4 stars. I’d rather see beyonce cause she gives a power pact performance. The only reason why Rihanna did so well was due to the fact that were was either NO or a little bit people in the audience. Lord knows you could barely hear her if it was a big audience. Look up any BEYONCE performance & you’ll see true entertainment, sure she’s over dramatic but she @ least she isn’t stiff & robotic. # of Beyonce’s best performance 1,000,000 vs Rih-tarded’s best 1 (this one) LMAO!!! It’s !LOL! B*tch’s!

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  65. OoOshii

    LMAO @RatedRetard ur pathetic! Enough said u’d keep hating no matter what… Ur life seems boring and miserable… :S

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  66. RihannaLover

    @baje- I cosign 100%!!! This is one of her best in the “Rated R” era but not in general!
    Even if Rihanna busts a move right now, her “doubters” will say she’s copying Beyonce so there’s no point! Some say she’s stiff and others she’s copying Beyonce’s dance moves! Make up your mind, people!!! The fact that you are this hyped about Rihanna just shows you see her growth as an artist and you are afraid she’s gonna get more #1s and top 10 hits than Beyonce! Rihanna is doing the damn thing and I love that she’s finally genuinely smiling!!!:-*

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  67. Rudeboy #23 on Billboard Hot 100

    Hi Haters Rudeboy is now #23 on Billboard hot 100 and by next week will be in the top 10. I know yall r real mad right now. Rudeboy will be another top 10 for rihanna. Def Jam cut that check lol!

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  68. bodacious

    TO ALL OF THE HATERS/LOOSERS/STALKES/ AND LURKERS ,,,, RIRI IS THE AIR YO BROKE AZZSE BREATH!!!!!!

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  69. bodacious

    RIRI HAS A STYLE AND IT’S HER OWN , THAT IS A INATE TALENT ,,, HAVING STYLE LIKE THAT SHES A CARIBBEAN QUEEN, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!!!!!NOW HATE ON THAT PLUS SHE A BONIFIED “WINNER ‘ CHOKE ON THAT HATERS!!!!!!

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  70. Rose

    Fact:- The haters on here don’t even like themselves so we can forgive the poor souls. Hatred eats away at the very heart and soul of a person and keeps them from achieving their goals and inner peace. All Riri has to do is keep doing her thing, keep rising about their hatred and leave those haters in the dust and gutter to watch her keep rising.”Bajan’support all the way 100%.

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