Rihanna

Oct
13
Rihanna, Pharrell Guest Judge on ‘X Factor’ [Video]

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Rihanna and Pharrell lent their expertise to the contestants on last night’s “X Factor.” RiRi joined former Def Jam executive L.A. Reid at his Hamptons home as she judged the boys, including 14-year-old Brian “Astro” Bradley, who she likened to a “mini J. Cole,” and Phillip Lomax, who charmed her with his cover of “Don’t Stop the Music.”

“I’m definitely looking for individuality, star potential. Just have fun, knock it out the park, and good luck,” the pop superstar told the aspiring artists, who hope to score the $5 million recording contract prize.

Meanwhile, Pharrell was over at Paula Abdul’s house mentoring the groups. The N.E.R.D. frontman watched a country cover of “Born This Way” and acoustic version of “Only Girl (In the World)” performed by two brothers.

Nicole Scherzinger called on her friend Enrique Iglesias to critique the over-30 contestants, while Simon Cowell’s guest judge Mariah Carey was a no show because her flight was grounded due to Hurricane Irene.

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Oct
13
Rap-Up TV: Sean Paul Gets ‘Deep’ with Kelly Rowland, Reminisces About Rihanna, & Praises Nicki Minaj

Sean Paul is taking his dancehall sound international with his new album. The Jamaican superstar spoke with Rap-Up TV about returning to music with help from Akon, Stargate, DJ Ammo, Benny Blanco, and Kelly Rowland, who appears on the cut “How Deep.” “It’s similar to ‘Got 2 Luv U’ with Alexis Jordan,” said Sean of the Stargate-produced, Ester Dean-penned tune. “It’s definitely a dancehall track.”

The Mohawk-sporting singer has collaborated with some of music’s biggest female stars including Beyoncé, Keyshia Cole, and Eve, but he considers his most memorable collaboration to be Rihanna, who he worked with on “Break It Off” from 2006’s A Girl Like Me. During her visit to Jamaica, Sean took the Barbados beauty to check out the beaches and nightlife. “We spent a couple days just chilling out. I took her to the Bob Marley museum, which is something she always wanted to do,” he shared.

Sean has been keeping up with the latest in music and names Wiz Khalifa, Roscoe Dash, and Nicki Minaj among his favorites. “The things she talks about [are] never boring to me. She’s really doing her thing. I’m proud of her,” he said of the Young Money diva. “I think she’s one of the best rappers right now.”

The fifth album from Sean Paul is due next year featuring the singles “Got 2 Luv U” and “She Doesn’t Mind.”

Oct
13
Royce da 5’9” Talks ‘Hi Rihanna’ Cypher, Rihanna Responds

Royce da 5'9

Royce da 5’9” stole the spotlight at the BET Hip-Hop Awards with two simple words: “Hi Rihanna.” The catchphrase became a trending topic worldwide long after the show aired, but the Detroit MC was caught off guard by the overwhelming reaction.

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Oct
12
First Look: Rihanna Guest Judges on ‘X Factor’

Rihanna and L.A. Reid

Rihanna will share some of the secrets behind her success when she guest judges on Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” tonight. Entertainment Weekly has the first photos of the pop superstar mentoring the boys team with her former label boss L.A. Reid at his home. Pharrell is also rumored to make an appearance on the two-hour episode, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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Oct
11
Rihanna Gets Naked for Esquire Magazine

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Rihanna has officially been named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire. The Barbados beauty bares it all on the cover of the magazine’s November issue, wearing nothing but a few pieces of green paper in the smoking hot photos by Russell James. Other women making the annual list include Beyoncé, Esperanza Spalding, Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, and more.

Despite her racy image, RiRi says she never deliberately tries to be sexy during her shows. “At the end of a concert, I don’t feel like I’ve been this sexy thing. Really, I don’t even think about it,” she tells the magazine.

She also opens up about Chris Brown and his career comeback. “It’s incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know?” she says. “I really like the music he’s putting out. I’m a fan of his stuff. I’ve always been a fan. Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I’ve put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger. I’m really excited to see the breakthrough he’s had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have.”

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Oct
11
Album Cover: Rihanna – ‘Talk That Talk’

Talk That Talk

Rihanna strikes a sassy pose on the close-up cover of her sixth album Talk That Talk. The pop vixen licks her lips as she grips her forehead on the attitude-oozing artwork for the standard edition, with the album’s title tatted on her arm. She also unveils a second black-and-white image for the deluxe, below, where smoke billows from her mouth as she gazes into the camera with piercing eyes.

The album, due November 21, features the single “We Found Love” produced by Calvin Harris. The Melina-directed video, which she considers her best yet, will premiere later this month. “Saw the first cut for #WFL video today! Aw man, brace ya’self! Made me tear up like a lil bitch!!!” tweeted RiRi.

Which cover do you prefer?

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Oct
7
Rihanna Steps Out with Boxer-Model Dudley O’Shaughnessy

Rihanna and Dudley O'Shaughnessy

Has Rihanna found love? The pop star hit up London town with Dudley O’Shaughnessy, the British Olympic boxing hopeful-turned-model who co-stars in her video for “We Found Love.” RiRi shielded her face from the paparazzi as she exited club Mahiki and got into her vehicle next to Dudley following her show at the O2 Arena. Do you think RiRi and Dudley make a cute couple?

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