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Jun
5
Rihanna Cranks Up the Volume at ‘LOUD’ Tour Kickoff

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Rihanna brought the noise to Baltimore for the first stop of her “LOUD” tour at 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday (June 4). The North American trek was quite a change from last year’s “Last Girl on Earth” outing, replacing the dark theme with a colorful playground. Following sets from J. Cole and Cee Lo Green, the red head kicked things off with “Only Girl (In the World),” emerging in a shiny blue coat before revealing a beaded bikini underneath.

She rose above the crowd on a piano for “Love the Way You Lie,” threw it back to her island roots with “Rude Boy,” and invaded the stage with pink guns and a tank for “Hard.” One lucky female fan even got a lap dance from the superstar during “Skin.”

And you know it wouldn’t be a Rihanna show without the fashion. The Barbados beauty transformed the stage into a catwalk with her numerous wardrobe changes throughout the evening—from a yellow dress and thigh-high boots (“Hate That I Love You”) to a military cap and jacket (“Hard”) to a denim bikini and ripped shorts (“Rude Boy”) and a tuxedo for a cover of Prince’s “Darling Nikki.”

After dazzling fans with hit after hit and a spectacular display, one thing was clear: Little Miss Sunshine was back and having a blast.

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Jun
4
Rihanna Gives Female Fan a Lap Dance at Tour Kickoff [Video]

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We all knew Rihanna was a freak (“S&M” anyone?), but she showed just how freaky she can get during her “LOUD” tour kickoff at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday night (June 4). RiRi, dressed in the white bondage-inspired outfit from her Billboard Music Awards performance, invited a female fan onstage and straddled her on a revolving platform while her sexy Loud cut “Skin” played. We like it, like it.

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Jun
2
Rihanna Calls Into ‘106 & Park’ to Address ‘Man Down’ Controversy

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With the backlash she’s facing from the Parents Television Council, Rihanna called in to BET’s “106 & Park” to further address the controversy surrounding her “Man Down” video. Taking a break from tour rehearsals in Baltimore, RiRi explained the video’s concept and why she chose to include a murder scene.

“I don’t like to just make videos. I love to make an experience and this is art with a message,” she told hosts Terrence and Rocsi. “Obviously [the character is] not a cold-blooded killer. It has to be something so offensive and we decided to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address.”

Her intention was to send a strong message for women who have been victimized. “Rape is happening all over the world and right in our own home and we continue to cover it up and pretend it doesn’t happen,” she explained. “I personally don’t condone violence or murder. I’ve been abused in the past and you don’t see me running around killing people in my spare time. I just want girls to be careful.”

Listen to the full interview below.

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Jun
2
Rihanna Defends ‘Man Down’ Video: ‘This Is the REAL WORLD!’

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Rihanna faced backlash from the Parents Television Council over her controversial video for “Man Down.” Now she is firing back at her critics.

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Jun
1
Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ Video Draws Fire from Parents Advocacy Group

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Rihanna fired shots in her newly premiered video for “Man Down,” and now she’s the one coming under attack.

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Jun
1
Kevin Rudolf Working on New Music for Rihanna, Lil Wayne

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Some of music’s biggest names have come to Kevin Rudolf in search of their next hit. The Cash Money singer-producer reveals that Rihanna, Leona Lewis, and Lil Wayne are among those enlisting his services.

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May
31
Video: Rihanna – ‘Man Down’

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Rum pum pum pum. Rihanna fires off a strong message in the powerful video for “Man Down,” the reggae-tinged single from her latest album Loud. Set against the beauty of Jamaica, the Barbados-born singer tells the compelling story of a sexually-abused woman in the Anthony Mandler-directed clip.

In the opening sequence, a long-haired RiRi is seen shooting a man before flashing back to the prior morning to explain what triggered the deadly series of events. Little Miss Sunshine rides her bike through the parish of Portland, hanging with the boys in her neighborhood, before journeying to a nightclub where she meets a man. After dancing together, he forces himself upon her. She resists his advances, but he doesn’t back down, leaving her in tears.

But it’s Rihanna who gets the final say, taking matters into her own hands and putting an end to her abuser’s life. That’ll teach you a lesson.

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