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Rihanna’s personal assistant/friend Jennifer Rosales is getting married on Monday (April 20) and RiRi is now in Hawaii for her wedding. Check out 9 hot pictures after the jump and make sure to check back later for more. Don’t forget to follow “Rihanna” on Snapchat and @badgalriri and @mdollas11 on Instagram.
To celebrate her brother’s birthday, Rihanna, Rajad and her cousins went go-karting on Wednesday (April 15) in Los Angeles. Check out a few pictures after the jump and follow “Rihanna” on Snapchat for more. She wrote:
Happy birthday to my prince!!! @rjfenty96 love you baby bro!!!! You growing the PHUCK up on me, I don’t like that shit!!!
Rihanna is the April cover girl of Harper’s Bazaar China and we can now watch a behind the scenes video of the beautiful photoshoot. Pictures are available here.
During Rihanna’s most recent visit to Barbados, she supported life-saving changes at The Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine (CBCONM) located inside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Bridgetown. The Clara Lionel Foundation donated what is currently the only piece of equipment at the hospital used to treat cancer. The acquisition of the new equipment offers state-of-the-art technology which will improve the quality of treatment and techniques among patients, greater reliability of services, timely access to oncology and nuclear medicine services, and new and more sophisticated radiation oncology treatment techniques.
This center which serves the entire population of Barbados provides the citizens of the island with better access to care for cancer in many years to come.
Check out a few pictures after the jump and vist claralionelfoundation.org for more.
Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” Billboard Hot 100’s highest debut last week, pushes 23-19. The track now becomes her 36th top 20.
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” falls 8-9 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 4.
In other news, Rihanna’s VEVO channel has reached 16 million subscribers. She has the most subscribed VEVO account ever. Congrats, Ri!
Rihanna’s top 20 hits in the United States:
- Pon De Replay (Peak: #2)
- SOS (Peak: #1)
- Unfaithful (Peak: #6)
- Break It Off (Peak: #9)
- Umbrella (Peak: #1)
- Shut Up & Drive (Peak: #15)
- Hate That I Love You (Peak: #7)
- Dont Stop The Music (Peak: #3)
- Take a Bow (Peak: #1)
- Disturbia (Peak: #1)
- Rehab (Peak: #18)
- Russian Roulette (Peak: #9)
- Hard (Peak: #8)
- Rude Boy (Peak: #1)
- Only Girl (Peak: #1)
- Whats My Name? (Peak: #1)
- S&M (Peak: #1)
- Cheers (Peak: #7)
- We Found Love (Peak: #1)
- You Da One (Peak: #14)
- Where Have You Been (Peak: #5)
- Diamonds (Peak: #1)
- Stay (Peak: #3)
- Pour It Up: (Peak: #19)
- FourFiveSeconds (Peak: #4)
- Bitch Better Have My Money (Peak: #19)
- Live Your Life (Peak: #1)
- Run this Town (Peak: #2)
- Love The Way You Lie (Peak: #1)
- All Of The Lights (Peak #18)
- Fly (Peak: #19)
- Take Care (Peak: #7)
- Princess Of China (Peak: #20)
- The Monster (Peak: #1)
- Just Stand Up (Peak: #11)
- Stranded (Peak: #16)
Via Revolt: When you think of the All-American prototype you might not necessarily think music megastar Rihanna, but after hearing her latest song “American Oxygen,” it will leave you in a quasi-time capsule of living the American dream.
An ode to patriotism, resulting in a sonically-tuned update to what could easily suffice as our national anthem, Rihanna’s visual is an equivalent to the tests our nation has faced over the past centuries. Linear to her eighth studio album’s backdrop of displaying a social and political consciousness through filters of an American rodeo theme, the singer incites a juxtaposition of patriotic imagery with archival footage of the United States’ most compelling and historical chain of events. From Martin Luther King’s funeral possession, Ferguson’s untimely marches, the 1968 Summer Olympics and Beatlemania, the noteworthy visuals fill the screen with standalone monumental moments.
Directorial team, Darren Craig, Jonathan Craven, and Jeff Nicholas spoke exclusively to REVOLT on conceptualizing the aesthetic aspect and allowing the essence of “American Oxygen” to unfold.
The video has an underlying message of political and social justice, was this a collaborative concept or simply an ode to the lyrics of the song?
Definitely collaborative. Rihanna really wanted to make people think with this one, and really wanted to make sure it wasn’t too focused on just the positive or just the negative. In the edit, it was all about finding the right balance of historical footage, positive and negative, that would work to juxtapose the two sides of American history. There’s glory in the struggle, there are ups and downs, and all of that is what makes America what it is. We wanted to find the right balance that pulled the viewer into different emotions and feelings about what they were watching.
We worked with Rihanna to show America from varying perspectives: along with including classic apple pie Americans, we also wanted to show those desperately trying to get here, the disenfranchised, the persecuted, those struggling against all odds to attain change, those who fought to make america what it is and the kids who hold America’s future in their hands.
Can you tell us about where the video was shot and the overall premise?
We shot most of the performance elements with Rih on a live runway, which apparently isn’t something that’s normally possible. Usually it’s out on a side road or taxiway, so it was pretty special to be able to build a massive American flag directly in the middle of a runway and shoot there. (Obviously they closed the runway to air traffic for our shoot so no one was in danger) We also shot over at the Pasadena City Hall, which is actually where they shot all the city hall exteriors for “Parks & Recreation.” So that was fun.
Really this video is an exploration of the rich fabric that makes up America’s history. There’s greatness and joy, but also pain and struggle. And all of that combined makes America what it is.
Rihanna’s visuals seem to be following an All-American theme, did she make mention of staying consistent with this idealism?
I mean, the song is called “American Oxygen.” The styling and themes for Rih’s performance was all about providing a fitting backdrop that would bridge together all of these amazing historical clips.
This Tuesday (April 7), Rihanna was once again photographed on the set of a new project. This time in Marina Del Rey, California, she and her crew were seen getting on a barge and sailed off the Pacific coast of Santa Monica. What do you think she’s up to? Click here for photos.
While TIME’s editors will choose the TIME 100 — their annual list of the most influential people in the world — they want readers to have a say too. Cast your vote here for Rihanna.
Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on April 10, and the winner of their reader poll will be announced April 13. This year’s official TIME 100 list will be announced April 16.