Rihanna on WhoSay
Rihanna got everyone buzzing this week when she dropped her video for "We Found Love." It was hard to imagine what type of video she'd cooked up for the sunny, Calvin Harris-produced clip, but she certainly threw us for a loop in the best way possible.
The dark, edgy video, directed by Melina Matsoukas ("Hard," "S&M," "Rude Boy" and "Rockstar 101"), takes a close look at a couple fueled by their love for one another and their passion for drugs and partying. While the video opens with the pair (Rihanna and British model/boxer Dudley O'Shaughnessy) seemingly in love, it ends with them broken by the weight of having meant so much to one another and letting themselves get swept up in drugs.
The key scene comes at about 3:33 into the clip. It's when things really start to take a turn for the worse and Rihanna passes out in the street, perhaps from an overdose or exhaustion or both. By this point, Rihanna and Dudley's fighting has gotten worse as their dependency on drugs and partying deepens. The beautiful parts of their love affair have gotten ugly, and Rihanna begins to question it all after a very public meltdown.
In the end, she leaves him, perhaps to get clean and get her life together. That's at least what we hope happens. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
Those who couldn’t get enough of Rihanna’s wicked hot fragrance, Reb’l Fleur, last year will now have another option to mull over as the Barbadian pop queen has announced its sequel (perfumes can have sequels right?). Fittingly dubbed Rebelle, which is a nickname RiRi got from her grandmother, the scent is a partnership with smell-good icons Parlux Fragrances and will surely attract the attention of many men … and maybe some women.
“Wore the sample last night and all the fly girls wanted some,” the pop singer tweeted this summer. “My new fragrance is about taking control but still being a lady. There’s a feminine romantic element to the fragrance – but there’s also a defiant quality in it,” Rihanna explains in a press release for the product.
(The pop star is causing a ruckus today because of another product she just launched – the red-hot music video for her new single "We Found Love." Check it out after the jump.)
The marketing campaign accompanying the fragrance is being shot by Rihanna’s go-to music video director, Anthony Mandler, who has shot a hefty 16 music videos with the star and has also worked with Jay-Z, The Killers and Drake. So (hopefully) we can expect to see Rihanna continue her trend of being scantily clad and stealing hearts. Read More...
There are a slew of new music videos debuting this week. Beyonce kicked things off when she dropped her video for "Love On Top," an ode to all things '80s and boy bands. We would be perfectly excited if Beyonce was the only superstar releasing a new clip.
But, of course, she's not.
Who else is gifting us with new videos this week? Well, some rather major artists are getting their premiere on this week. Justin Bieber will drop his holiday-themed video for "Mistletoe" on Tuesday and both Britney Spears and Rihanna are set to also premiere new videos this week (exact days are for Brit and RiRi's highly anticipated clips have not yet been announced).
Brit Brit will get her bad girl on, alongside real life love Jason Trawick, in the Chris Marrs Piliero-directed video for "Criminal," and Rihanna takes us to Belfast for her clip for the Talk That Talk track "We Found Love."
We're excited for all these videos, so picking the one we're most excited for has become a huge dilemma. So, we're turning it over to you guys...
Rihanna is letting fans in on the making of her video for "We Found Love," the lead single from her November 21 release, Talk That Talk. Shot days before she launched the UK leg of her Loud tour, Rihanna filmed the video in the Belfast, Ireland, and in a behind-the-scenes video she describes it as "the perfect treatment for this song."
Directed by Melina Matsoukas, who shot the clips for "Hard," "S&M," "Rude Boy" and "Rockstar 101," the always-feisty Rihanna added, "We have similar styles, similar tastes."
The video features scenes of a big dance party in a field, solo shots of Rihanna looking GORG in the same field and things even get a little NSFW when Rihanna takes off her top and proclaims “We’re about to f**k on a tractor!... Just kidding — we’re not going to f**k on a tractor. We’re going to f**k on a hot ass car!” (Perhaps, that's must be the scene that got the farmer all mad. But it sounds pretty hot/awesome to us, Ri!)
Later on, she is spotted with her hot co-star, Dudley O'Shaughnessy, (you know the one she got busy with in that car!) getting cute and cozy around town. Check out the video after the jump. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
Late last week, Rihanna spent an afternoon skipping through a wheat field in Northern Ireland on an off-date of her current world tour, which inevitably led to some scantily clad moments because the pop singer was actually filming her new music video for “We Found Love.” While most men applaud and warmly embrace Rihanna’s affinity for showing skin, the farmer who owned the property was none too happy.
The religious farmer, Alan Graham, complained about the Barbadian singer’s state of undress and even halted the music video shoot to have a word with her. Well, it appears that fans of Rihanna have now taken aim at Mr. Graham for his condemnation of her appearance – sending hate mail and labeling him a “bible-bashing maniac.” It seems Rihanna's fans could give Gaga's Little Monsters a run for their money in the unconditional-defense-of-their-favorite-artist department.
“To be honest, all this fuss has kept me back a bit,” Graham explained to UK publication, The Sun. “I’ve got straw to harvest that I haven’t been able to finish yet." Read More...
Rihanna is back to being all covered up on the set of her "We Found Love" video. After angering an Irish farmer for shooting her video topless on his farm, she was spotted in Belfast, Northern Ireland all covered up (or at least her version of all covered up).
So what was she wearing? Well, here is the breakdown! She was wearing a denim bra top and matching, high-wasted denim skirt, looking much more demure than NSFW. She accessorized the look with her undeniable sass, a bandana and stockings. She was spotted shooting the video on the city streets, where more than 1,000 people, including local school children, all gathered to watch RiRi do her thing in the New Lodge area of the city.
One photo MTV News has gotten our greedy little hands on shows Rihanna, smiling next to a Trans AM, as she runs around town. Crowds of people watch as the singer shoots the clip. In other photos, the curly-haired singer uses a megaphone to, most likely, shout fierce things at the on-lookers. And, in another, Rihanna looks more serious as she walks, looking back at something. But what? Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
In a fine example of “the pot calling the kettle black,” ex-Spice Girl Melanie Chisolm (aka Mel C) has called out leather-bound pop star Rihanna for being “too sexual.” Chisolm, now a proud mother, is no longer the belly-baring exercise nut she once was while performing with one of the 90’s biggest pop acts.
Chisolm has become quite protective of her daughter, Scarlet, and motherhood has made her concerned about the imagery her little girl is exposed to.
“It’s a very hot topic at the moment and is something we do have to talk about. People have to take some responsibility because we’ve got to a point where over-sexualization of young children has gone too far,” she told The Mirror.
“I think music is a big part of that. Women in music, very successful women, are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate,” Chisolm went on, before calling out Rihanna specifically, “Rihanna has responsibility and although culture’s always changing, it’s changed too much. It needs to be dealt with. Rihanna is free to do as she pleases, of course, but I think her take on the criticism she’s had is interesting.” Read More...
Miley Cyrus is causing a bit of a ruckus on Twitter after posting a picture of her new tattoo. The pop star’s latest ink is a small equal sign on the inside of her right ring finger that she got in a show of support for gay marriage. She tweeted a photo of the tattoo with the message “All LOVE is equal,” which ignited a storm among Cyrus’ more conservative fans.
Cyrus has long been a vocal supporter of gay marriage and did not back down from her stance (GO GIRL!) when fans began criticizing her choice. “Where does it say in the bible to judge others? Oh right. It doesn't. GOD is the only judge honey. GOD is love," Cyrus tweeted at one upset fan. She later tweeted the quote, “if u don't stand 4 something you'll fall for anything.”
We dig Miley’s simple new ink (and the message behind it), which got us thinking about other celebs who let their fingers do the talking. From Beyonce to Rihanna, quite a few celebs have tattooed their digits. Read More...
Katy Perry was thrilled to receive nine nominations for the 2011 MTV video Music Awards, but couldn’t help lamenting the absence of some of her good friends from the ballot.
So, who would she have included? "I do miss my RiRi, (s&m) Swifty, (back to dec) Kesha (blow) & Robyn (every vid!) Jessie J, (pricetag) in the/any categories. #ohmanitstough," she tweeted.
She's right, narrowing a year's worth of great videos down to the best of the best is a tricky business. So we asked you, dear readers, which of Katy’s picks you thought deserved a bit more recognition than they received. We got 39,116 votes in our poll. Check out who topped the list, after the jump. Read More...
Rihanna’s weekend show in Dallas was canceled mid-show when a fire broke out above the stage after a pyrotechnic unit set a chair on the catwalk above the stage ablaze. Fans initially thought the fire was part of the show, only realizing the flames were not intentionally set when smoke began to fill parts of the American Airlines Center arena and the lights came on. Dallas firefighters evacuated the arena and no injuries were reported.
After the show, Rihanna tweeted her displeasure with having to end the show and promised to return to the Texas city, saying, “DALLAS!!! We set the stage on FYAH tonight!!! LITERALLY!!! I'm so pissed, I was havin so much fun wit yall too!!! I gotta come back man!!”
The (literally) show-stopping event got us thinking about other concerts that have come to an abrupt end after the show was already underway. It takes a lot to stop a large-scale pop show dead in its tracks. Here are a few examples. Read More...