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Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012

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In summer 2012 Rihanna performed at Hackney Weekend festival. In case you haven’t watch this performance yet click below to see it!

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Rihanna stars in Ocean’s 8 main trailer

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Rihanna stars in Ocean's 8 as Nine Ball

Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) stars in the title role, alongside Cate Blanchett (Carol), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Richard Armitage (the Hobbit Trilogy), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project); Awkwafina (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising); Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story), James Corden (Into the Woods), with Rihanna (This is the End) and Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech).

Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games) directed Ocean’s 8 from a screenplay he cowrote with Olivia Milch (Dude), story by Ross. Steven Soderbergh and Susan Ekins produced the film, with Michael Tadross, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing.

Ross’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Eigil Bryld (In Bruges), production designer Alex DiGerlando (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Oscar-nominated editor Juliette Welfling (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (Argo), costume designer Sarah Edwards (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), and composer Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, the action adventure Ocean’s 8. The film is set for release on June 8, 2018, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Photo credit: oceans8movie.com

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“Birthday Cake” named by Billboard the greatest interlude of all time

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Billboard named Rihanna’s indeed iconic “Birthday Cake” as the greatest interlude of all time. Read below what they said and watch some of our favorite performances of the song:

To be fair, Rihanna did release an (arguably unnecessary) full-length remixed version of “Birthday Cake” with Chris Brown in 2012. But it’s the barely-a-minute original interlude from the year before that really endures. By that point, Rih had graduated from a singer whose musical identity hadn’t been entirely formed, to one audibly growing more confident with each release. Sixth LP Talk That Talk dropped in 2011 as her most assured to date: Here was an artist openly embracing her sexuality, and remaining, well, unapologetic for it — long gone were the days of sampling Soft Cell for kitschy dancefloor bangers and delivering hard-edged vocals about second-guessing her infidelity.

“Birthday Cake” came at a time where she felt like she was still coming into herself, but it was the baddest, fullest version of Rihanna yet. Talk That Talk was as varied as Loud and Rated R, and the songs felt more assured and experimental — “We Found Love” was exuberant, EDM-heralded megapop, while further down the tracklist, “Watch n’ Learn” incorporated island riddim into an R&B-lite hip-swinger. And in the middle of the fray, “Birthday Cake,” all guts and glory. At 1:18, the interlude is cocky, overtly sexual and entirely hinged on innuendo — “It’s not even my birthday, but he wanna lick the icing off,” she offers with a knowing grin. For one of the first times, Bad Gal RiRi was in full display, unabashedly who she was without a single fuck given, all set to an aggressive, handclapped intermezzo on a whopper of an album. She hasn’t strayed too far from that Rihanna since, and the world is better for it. — S.J.H.

Rock in Rio, 2015:

Hackney Weekend, 2012:

Diamonds World Tour, Machester, 2013:

Global Citizen, 2016:

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Fan releases 75 minute long documentary about Rihanna’s career

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Rihanna documentary

Navy, this is worth watching!

‘ROBYN’ is a film created by Jimir Reece Davis (Amorphous), documenting the origin, success and influence of Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Created as a loving tribute to Rihanna turning 30, ‘ROBYN’ is a beautiful hour and fifteen minute long retrospect at Rihanna’s career.

Related news: Coming soon: Peter Berg directing Rihanna documentary

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