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November 21, 2011 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
** (out of four) I'll start this by admitting upfront that I'm not Rihanna's target audience. Hell, If we're being completely transparent, I'm the guy trying to sleep with Rihanna's target audience. Now that I've gotten that out of the way: This album is a Frankenstein monster of "I am in charge of my sexuality and you can't do anything about it" chest-thumps (the title track)  and "For the love of God, will you just do me already?" songs ("Birthday Cake" "Cockiness (Love It)"
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May 27, 2014
***1/2 (out of four) Enough of Rihanna and Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The world is (at least, should be) ready for a new pop star. Based on “Forever For Now,” that star should be LP, whose major-label debut is nothing less than 12 consecutive potential hits. That isn't to say the record sounds like an artist stretching for chart success and coming up with something pandering and easily accessible. (You hear me, Coldplay?) Rather, LP delivers one catchy pop anthem after another that also serve as well-written, exhilarating showcases for her distinctive voice.
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February 22, 2012 | By Nikki Lynette, For RedEye
Nikki Lynette is a Chicago musician and ChicagoNow blogger. Here is an excerpt of a column she posted Wednesday . I remember my mom using makeup to cover up bruises my father had inflicted on her while drunk and/or high. I remember her pretending as if everything was fine at family events. I remember the arguments that almost always led to fights, and in spite of having lived through that hell the night before, my mom still woke us up on time, got us washed, dressed, fed, and off to school every day. The years of drama that my mom dealt with as my dad's wife gave way to years of drama...
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October 31, 2013 | By Nikki Lynette, @nikkilynette and For RedEye
These days it seems as if world news and entertainment news are the same thing. Kanye's interactions with the paparazzi, Miley's brief but impactful infatuation with twerking, and pretty much every aspect of Rihanna's life have dominated headlines for the past year. As information has become more accessible, many entertainers have found their lives becoming an open book, whether they like it or not. Some use it to their advantage, others rage against it. Neither approach guarantees a positive response.
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November 19, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer for RedEye
*** (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.
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November 7, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus
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...
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November 19, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and For RedEye
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...
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October 21, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
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.
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March 15, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
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. damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana ROUND ONE MATCHUP 1: Rihanna Told Ryan Seacrest that Chris Brown was "the only person that really made sense" to do a guest...
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July 15, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
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,"...
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October 21, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
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.
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October 9, 2013 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
Every time I'm out at a bar with friends, it seems like we're on some sort of Love Safari. We all form a circle to create a plan of attack while searching the bar for people to talk to, all in the hopes of meeting someone. But alas, most nights we all go home alone. Tails between our legs. Tacos and water in hand. No potential romantic interest in sight. As a young single person living in a major city, it seems like every weekend I'm expected to dedicate myself to long nights, too many drinks and fuzzy memories.
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July 15, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
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. ...
SPORTS
February 21, 2013 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Danica Patrick's history-making win of the pole at the Daytona 500 is she did so while dealing with a new high-profile romance. Before Sunday's qualifying race, most headlines about the 30-year-old Roscoe, Ill. native revolved around her relationship with new boyfriend, fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. If Patrick takes the checkered flag at Daytona, she'll be on the short list of athletes who have succeeded while in a much-buzzed-about coupling.
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November 19, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and For RedEye
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 talk...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer for RedEye
*** (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.
SPORTS
February 21, 2013 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Danica Patrick's history-making win of the pole at the Daytona 500 is she did so while dealing with a new high-profile romance. Before Sunday's qualifying race, most headlines about the 30-year-old Roscoe, Ill. native revolved around her relationship with new boyfriend, fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. If Patrick takes the checkered flag at Daytona, she'll be on the short list of athletes who have succeeded while in a much-buzzed-about coupling.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2014
***1/2 (out of four) Enough of Rihanna and Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The world is (at least, should be) ready for a new pop star. Based on “Forever For Now,” that star should be LP, whose major-label debut is nothing less than 12 consecutive potential hits. That isn't to say the record sounds like an artist stretching for chart success and coming up with something pandering and easily accessible. (You hear me, Coldplay?) Rather, LP delivers one catchy pop anthem after another that also serve as well-written, exhilarating showcases for her distinctive voice.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus
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 11 charts.  The song for...
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July 2, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
**1/2 (out of four) As far as most of the music industry is concerned, it seems we're already living in a world where Chris Brown has earned considerable forgiveness . By being granted coveted awards show performance slots and guest features with Rihanna (of all people!), Brown has been implicitly excused for his past mistakes and violent behavior. Sure, enduring an entire society's public hatred - especially when you've done that society the inestimable service of making the song “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
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