CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 |
In the second celebrity "swatting" incident in as many days, Los Angeles police responded to the home of singer Rihanna after a caller reported someone was shot inside her Pacific Palisades home. Emergency dispatchers received the call shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday reporting that someone had been shot and wounded inside the singer's home in the 900 block of Rivas Canyon Road, said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihahn. Officers secured the location and quickly determined the call was a hoax. Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, was not home when police responded to her home.
April 1, 2013 |
Chris Brown has chilled out enough to discuss his assault on Rihanna reasonably with someone on morning television. Brown infamously lost it with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" when she asked a series of questions about Rihanna in March 2011, storming offstage after the interview and then going on to bust up a dressing room. His "Today" interview Monday with Matt Lauer was definitely more copacetic. PROFILE: Chris Brown has new album, new image "For me, I've been humbled by the whole experience," Brown said, reflecting on how he was different now than before.
February 27, 2013 |
Chris Brown considers the night he brutalized his girlfriend Rihanna "the biggest mistake" of his life. Acknowledging his actions that left Rihanna's face bloodied and bruised the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards, the 23-year-old opened up about the couple's rekindled romance. "Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love and things get said, stuff spirals," he told the Mirror at Elton John's Academy Awards party on Sunday. "That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake.
February 18, 2013 |
Rihanna got a bloody knee during a tussle at a London club when a reveler allegedly threw a bottle in her direction. The "Stay" singer was in town to debut her River Island collection during London Fashion Week. Her show, which featured RiRi-inspired designs from her costume designer, reportedly started 50 minutes late on Saturday, according to the Telegraph. After the show, Rihanna hit the Box club in London to celebrate. As she was leaving with friends Cara Delevingne and Melissa Forde, a partygoer threw a bottle of a British energy drink at her, yelling something about RiRi getting back together with her controversial beau Chris Brown.
February 16, 2013 |
One of Pop & Hiss' favorite performances at the Grammy Awards last weekend was Rihanna's hauntingly stark rendition of "Stay," in which the audacious dance-pop star showed a vulnerable side we haven't seen much since " Unfaithful " way back in 2006. Apparently, the English singer Jessie Ware liked it too: In a new cover of Rihanna's "Diamonds" recorded for the BBC, Ware does away with the song's strobing synths and thrusting beat and remakes it as a luminous after-hours soul tune not unlike the title track of her bewitching 2012 debut, "Devotion.
February 13, 2013 |
At the Grammys on Sunday, Rihanna's “We Found Love” won an award for short form video during the pre-telecast. But her label is likely more excited about the resulting sales bump. By the end of Sunday night, her ballad “Stay,” which she performed during the ceremony, had sold 67,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a nearly 300% bump. And that's just figures tabulated through Sunday evening. While the full Grammy effect won't be evident until the Feb. 20 charts, acts that graced the stage and walked away winners are already enjoying an early surge in sales.
February 12, 2013 |
Rihanna wore lots and lots of rings at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday, but the one on the third finger of her left hand set off alarm bells in some quarters. That and the fact that she was snuggling with Chris Brown. Could she be engaged to Brown, her sometime boyfriend and one-time abuser? No, apparently this ring was just a ring, part of more than $2 million worth of baubles on loan from jeweler Neil Lane for the occasion. [E!] Energetic fashion designer Betsey Johnson is known for performing cartwheels at the end of her shows.
February 12, 2013 |
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.
February 11, 2013 |
Millions of tweets and Facebook posts flooded the Internet during Sunday night's Grammy Awards, but despite a slew of live performances, the moment that earned the most online buzz was an onstage joke. According Networked Insights, a social media analytics firm, the show's most popular moment -- at least for Twitter users -- occurred while Jay-Z, The-Dream and Frank Ocean were onstage accepting the Grammy for rap/sung collaboration. Jay-Z leaned to the mike and said, "I want to thank the swap meet for his hat," mocking The-Dream's headgear: a "parental advisory" beanie topped with a Boyz N the Hood cap. GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Nomination snubs & surprises | Timeline | Red carpet | Video: Red carpet | Red carpet fashion The joke generated 116,400 tweets per minute, the most of any Grammy moment, according to Networked Insights. Other spikes in Twitter traffic took place during Rihanna's solo performance (114,800 tweets per minute)