November 19, 2012 |
*** (out of 4) Rihanna's new album “Unapologetic,” her best since “Good Girl Gone Bad” and maybe her best ever, finds the singer conflicted. She explores both tragic love and her general badassness in a way that hints at some interior reality. (This vulnerability, and the power of hope in a place fractured by love, contrasts with the impregnable ice fortress of pop stardom Rihanna has built around her.) With that mission in mind, the singer's A-team of collaborators offers a varied range of ideas that Rihanna handles skillfully.
November 7, 2012 |
As if it's not enough that Rihanna has 61.7 million likes on Facebook, an album that's about to drop and deluxe version of that album that's set to retail for a whopping $250, the superstar will begin touring next March. LiveNation has just announced that the 28-city tour, entitled “Diamonds,” will feature special guest A$AP Rocky. The show kicks off in Buffalo, NY on March 8. The Chicago show is scheduled for March 22. The tour is named after her current radio hit “Diamonds,” which is RiRi's fastest-rising single to date. The song reached #5 on the Top...
November 19, 2012 |
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when Rihanna transitioned from being the singer of arguably the best song ever made about rain gear (“Umbrella”) to becoming an object of constant scrutiny. Whether it's due to deft marketing or just societal inhibitions that we've reached a point where people are outraged over a singer making a song full of sexual innuendos about cake frosting (last year's “Birthday Cake (Remix)”), here we are. Rihanna's new album, “Unapologetic,” squarely takes aim at our more trolling-attuned reflexes, begging us to...
October 21, 2013 |
Latex is much more versatile than you think; just ask Laura Petrielli-Pulice. The Chicago-based designer brings her latex clothing designs to Bravo's new reality competition series, "Styled to Rock. " Superstar singer Rihanna serves as executive producer for the show, which debuts at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 on Bravo. Petrielli-Pulice started her Vex Clothing 13 years ago, taking latex from strictly fetish wear to something that could be incorporated into mainstream fashion. She hopes the show will continue to help her make the jump.
March 15, 2012 |
We're so busy pulling our hair out over March Madness, we almost forgot about our famous friends! Actually, sorry Snooki, we could never forget about you. In the spirit of all things brackets, we decided to face off our favorite train wrecks from this week to see who will emerge victorious. Who's going to hear "One Shining Moment"? Check it out. firstname.lastname@example.org | @redeyedana ROUND ONE MATCHUP 1: Rihanna Told Ryan Seacrest that Chris Brown was "the only person that really made sense" to do a guest...
July 15, 2013 |
Now that we're firmly ensconced in the fiery hell that is July in Chicago, you're going to have to make a couple of tough decisions: Drink of Summer and Song of Summer. Because you're probably still wringing out your liver from last weekend, we'll address that second one first. Right now, Billboard's Song of Summer chart is a fierce battle between Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky. " But right now, we'd like to take a trip back to summers past and check on how some other songs of summer have held up. 1995 "Waterfalls,"...