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January 9, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Mumford & Sons are among the initial crop of artists unveiled as performers on the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards. LL Cool J will return return as host for the telecast, which will be broadcast live except for the West Coast on CBS at 8 p.m. The Black Keys and Fun. were also a part of Wednesday's announcement. Typically, all five nominees for album of the year are tasked with performing. Contenders for the top prize this year are Mumford & Sons' "Babel," the Black Keys' "El Camino," Fun.'s "Some Nights," Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" and Jack White's "Blunderbuss.
April 11, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Lolo Jones has never shied away from expressing her views and opinions. But her latest one was not so well-received. In response to Drake signing on this week to host the 2014 ESPYs, Jones tweeted a shot at Rihanna. It's amazing that Drake is hosting the @Espys but it's gonna be tough for him to hand out all those awards to Rihanna's ex boyfriends - Lolo Jones (@lolojones) April 10, 2014 Jones may have a point considering Rihanna dated Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp and was rumored to have been seeing New York Knicks' swingman J.R. Smith.  Only thing is Rihanna has quite a few more fans than Jones, some 34.8 million Twitter followers vs. the Olympian's 400,000.
February 12, 2013 | By August Brown
We didn't know it was possible to watch a video of Rihanna in the bathtub and leave it feeling kind of miserable. But then we caught her new video for the single "Stay," and now we kind of want to curl up in a hot shower and have a good cry ourselves. The stark piano ballad, which Rihanna performed at Sunday's Grammy Awards, is given an appropriately minimalist clip, where the singer broods in a bathtub in a barely lighted room. The consonant-gifted guest vocalist Mikky Ekko plays her partner, kind of, but the bleak allure is all Rihanna's.
April 9, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Multi-talented performer Drake will be exercising his recently flexed hosting muscles at the helm of the 2014 ESPY Awards in July, ESPN announced Wednesday.  "This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions -- sports and performing," the rapper said in a statement .  Drake was warmly received as the host of "Saturday Night Live" in January -- Show Tracker called him "an ideal guest host with whom the...
July 6, 2012
Rihanna sued her former accountants Thursday, blaming them for tens of millions of dollars in losses, shoddy bookkeeping, a failure to recommend she trim expenses when a 2009 tour was losing money and an ongoing audit by the Internal Revenue Service. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan sought unspecified damages against New York-based Berdon LLP and two accountants. A Berdon spokeswoman said the company had no immediate comment. The singer, suing under her real name, Robyn Fenty, alleged through her attorneys that the defendants drained tens of millions of dollars from revenues while she launched four national and international tours over a five-year period.
May 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Rihanna tour guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has bought a home in the Hollywood Hills for $2.15 million. The contemporary features a rooftop swimming pool, spa and cabana with 360-degree views that take in the Hollywood sign. There are high ceilings, a bar, a sauna, four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,255 square feet of living space. Grandest pool around? Malibu has it The Portuguese guitarist singer-songwriter and producer, 46, gained notice with the hard rock band Extreme, which had the early '90s hits “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted.” He went on to found numerous bands and has a line of guitars.
August 27, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Every writer needs inspiration, and while Mindy Kaling's Twitter account might suggest she's never without quips, she shared with the Ministry one of her biggest muses: Rihanna. As co-creator of Fox's "The Mindy Project," the actress and author said that RiRi often gets staff juices flowing because of her broad appeal. "Rihanna is a big favorite," Kaling said on Saturday at West Hollywood's Mondrian hotel, where a reception was held ahead of the show's fall premiere, "whatever the reason the guys on my staff can get behind it. They think she's just super hot and intimidating.
April 5, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Los Angeles police were investigating another incident of swatting, this time involving singer Rihanna. A caller reported someone was shot inside her Pacific Palisades home on Thursday. Law enforcement officials said they are becoming increasingly irritated by the crank calls, which they say divert resources from responding to real crimes. PHOTOS: Celebrity 'swatting' targets A 12-year-old boy was recently charged with making false threats about supposed incidents at the homes of Justin Bieber and actor Ashton Kutcher . But many other calls have proven difficult for police to trace.
October 3, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Pop star Rihanna has been busy in the beauty arena lately. After her second clothing and accessories collection for British retailer River Island hit stores Sept. 12, the songstress started rolling out her fourth fragrance, Rogue by Rihanna, late last month. And her third makeup collection for MAC Cosmetics, RiRi Hearts MAC, launched Thursday at all MAC locations and .  Encased in rose gold packaging, the 20-piece fall RiRi Hearts MAC line ($16.50 to $44) includes all the essentials for a dramatic, smoky eye: eyeshadow quads in two cocoa-based colors, black mascara and liquid eyeliner,  brow liners and two sets of flirty false lashes.  To help imitate the star's standout pout, there are lip pencils and lipsticks in nude, frosty orange, dark plum and RiRi Woo crimson red -- a shade that sold out in three hours online when it was introduced in May and now also appears in the form of a high-gloss Lipglass.  A shimmery golden cream base, blushes in bronze, copper and coral, and two makeup brushes complete the mix.  A fourth RiRi Hearts MAC collection is slated to launch in December, reportedly adding makeup bags, nail polish and other products in pearly white packaging to the line.  In a spiked glass bottle with a stingray-like texture on the cap, the new Rogue by Rihanna eau de parfum (from $18 for a rollerball applicator to $69 for a 4.2 oz bottle)
November 15, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Rihanna has been anything but subtle as of late. Between a fashion shoot at a mosque, posing with endangered species, visiting Thai sex shows and reportedly showering Texas strippers with thousands in cash (alongside Drake), hearing the words “new Rihanna video” certainly grabs your attention. Her last clip, for strip club anthem “Pour It Up,” was a gloriously tawdry, NSFW twerk fest. In her video for “What Now,” which she premiered on Friday, the pop star toned it down - sort of. Filmed in Thailand -- sometime between cuddling with an endangered slow loris and watching a Thai woman do unspeakable things with a bird and ping-pong balls -- the clip for the morose piano ballad largely shows her singing the song, emoting and not allowing her dark sadness from keeping her seductiveness at bay. Exclusive: Rihanna to receive 'Icon' honor at American Music Awards But this is a Rihanna video, and she didn't become the most-watched artist on Vevo/YouTube without offering some drama in her videos.
April 3, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake is at it again. A day after issuing the Lauryn Hill-sampling “Draft Day,” he kept the generosity going by unveiling another new tune for fans to his October's Very Own blog on Thursday. Where “Draft Day” showed him flexing his muscles and responding to a certain married rap mogul who called him out, “Days in the East” showcases his much beloved, and sometimes ridiculed, pensive side. Produced by Drizzy's protégé PartyNextDoor and co-produced by his longtime collaborator Noah "40” Shebib, the new jam is a smoldering ode to a flame -- a quite famous one. PHOTOS: 10 great rap lyrics of 2013 In typical Drake fashion, he switches between rapping and his wistful falsetto, especially when he's talking about his girl questioning him about other women and seeking love advice from Erykah Badu, over tea. But really, the track can be digested as a lyrical road map to his not-so-private romance with pop diva Rihanna.
April 1, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Chris Brown, who's been behind bars since the middle of March, got a message out to the world via a call to off-and-on girlfriend Karrueche Tran, who posted video of the phone recording Monday night on Instagram. "I'm just calling all my fans, and y'all know I love y'all, thank y'all for all the support," the R&B singer says via speakerphone . "Thank you for everything, you know. "The new video just came out, so I hope y'all enjoy that, and most importantly K, Karrueche, I love you. So, thank you. " Tran, who's been in and out of Brown's life for years, has on occasion accompanied the singer to court, including to a Feb. 3 probation hearing during which -- despite Breezy's October arrest in Washington, D.C. -- the judge chose not to jail him, citing his progress in court-ordered 90-day rehab.
March 26, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons lead the nominations for the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. Rihanna leads the pack with seven nods across five categories, including artist of the year, song of the year and best collaboration --  she competes against herself in the latter two with her Mikky Ekko-assisted ballad “Stay” going up against “The Monster,” her duet with Eminem. Timberlake scored five nominations, including artist of the year, and like Rihanna he is nominated twice in the collaboration category for two singles with Jay Z (comeback single “Suit & Tie” and Jay's “Holy Grail”)
March 25, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna has been selected to receive this year's Fashion Icon Award to be  presented June 2 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. [The Cut] Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who died in what police have ruled a suicide in New York City on March 17, is to be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A., Page Six reports. [Page Six] Scott, the longtime girlfriend of the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, was a favorite designer among Hollywood celebrities. On Saturday, Christina Hendricks honored Scott by wearing one of her dresses to a PaleyFest event for "Mad Men. " [People]
March 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Eminem and Rihanna's upcoming “Monster” tour  has already gotten bigger. Earlier this week the pair officially announced they would team for a brief run of stadiums this summer, with gigs in Pasadena, New York and Detroit.   Due to “overwhelming demand,” they've added a second night to their stop at the Rose Bowl, Live Nation announced on Friday. The upcoming trek is the first time the two collaborators have toured together. But their track record has long been cemented.
March 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The firing of a Los Angeles police officer in connection with a leaked photo of Rihanna after she was beaten by Chris Brown was upheld by a judge this week, the officer's attorney said. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin ruled Thursday that the LAPD's firing of Officer Rebecca Reyes was justified after she photographed an evidence photo of the pop singer's bruised and swollen face. Rihanna's photo was ultimately published on the celebrity gossip site TMZ, but police and county prosecutors did not turn up evidence directly tying Reyes or other officers to the leak.
February 11, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Not far into Sunday's Grammy telecast there was a pivotal shot. During one of those predictable tight pans of celebrities in attendance, the camera found Rihanna . She looked radiant in her red gown and flowing tresses as she smiled widely for the camera. Despite how tight the frame was, it was impossible not to notice Chris Brown seated next to her. Backstage a few reporters groaned whenever the camera captured the two cuddled together and smiling widely, and their seating arrangement provided plenty of fodder, both good and bad, on social media networks.
November 9, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
"Shine bright like a diamond," Rihanna sings, filmed in black and white, her hand bathed in the precious stones during the new video for her song "Diamonds. " Taken from her forthcoming album, "Unapologetic," due to come out Nov. 19, the aspirational pop song reaches for profundity in the new clip through a series of beautiful, elemental non-sequiturs. (Watch it below.) There are diamonds, of course, so many that they look like mercury flowing over the singer's hand -- and there are wild horses.
February 26, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Rihanna will not only star in DreamWorks Animation's upcoming film “Home” but will also provide the film's music.  The pop star is working on a concept album inspired by the upcoming film, according to Variety . The 3D film is based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book, "The True Meaning of Smekday. " Rihanna voices the teenage protagonist Gratuity "Tip" Tucci. Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin also star. PHOTOS: Concert photos by the L.A. Times "Home” is directed by Tim Johnson, who also helmed “Antz,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Over the Hedge.” The film will arrive in theaters on Nov. 26. A release date for the album has yet to be announced, but interestingly, the singer's last four albums have all had November release dates.
January 31, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
In spite of the song's title, Pop & Hiss has found it pretty easy to forget Shakira's irritating duet with Rihanna, which after premiering two weeks ago has already dropped to No. 61 on the current Hot 100. But as the fruit of a much-hyped superstar collaboration, "Can't Remember to Forget You" can hardly be left to die on the vine -- especially since the song is supposed to establish some buzz ahead of the March 25 release of Shakira's new album,...
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