Mary J. Blige talks Rihanna
Mary J. Blige says Rihanna “absolutely deserves” her Icon Award at tonight’s American Music Awards 2014 because of how much people admire her right now:
“She deserves that because, as an icon, she is super on point,” Mary J Blige exclusively told Capital FM ahead of the American Music Awards this weekend. “Like we look at her, people look at her and they admire her style, they admire her swag and who she is,” Mary explained. “So she absolutely deserves that right now.”
The American Music Awards 2013 takes place tonight (24th November) live from the Nokia Theatre.
Eminem shares why he and Rihanna are perfect together
Eminem and Rihanna have some “crazy” collaboration. For Em, linking up with RiRi on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2″ was a no brainer, but it was more than just the pop star’s powering vocals on “The Monster” that won over the Rap God.
“The perception of the record, what it’s saying, I thought it would be a good idea to have her on it because I think people look at us like we’re both a little nuts,” Eminem said to MTV News’ Sway on Monday after he taped a town hall-style interview at his Shade 45 SiriusXM radio station. The interview will air on Tuesday (November 5) at 12 p.m. ET on Shade. “That’s one of the things that I was telling her in making the record: I think that people look at us a little crazy,” he continued.
On the track, Rihanna uses the hook to come to grips with her inner demons, while Em ponders the negative effects of his fame. “I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed/ Get along with the voices inside of my head/ You trying to save me, stop holding your breath,” Rih sings to set-up Marshall’s crazy rhymes.
“As soon as I got the beat I just heard her on it,” Em said. “I wanted to make sure that I had it finished first to be able to present to her, but once I had the rhymes done, I sent it to her.”
Unfortunately, the duo, who first collaborated on “Love the Way You Lie” in 2010, didn’t get to log in a recording session together, but Em’s manager and Shady Records head Paul Rosenberg confirmed to MTV News that a video is forthcoming.
“I had to send it to her because schedules were conflicting and sh– like that. Plus, the record it was kinda pulled together at the last minute,” Em admitted. “I sent it to her, she laid the hook, sent it back. She smashed it like she does always. It’s pretty incredible.”
Erin Wasson Talks “Styled To Rock” and Working With Rihanna
On Friday, October 25th, Rihanna will join the ranks of other noteworthy celebs with her own fashion-based reality competition show called Styled To Rock. The show, airing on Bravo, combines two of Executive Producer RiRi’s favorite things: fashion and music. Twelve contestants will be mentored by three industry heavy hitters: singer/producer/designer Pharrell Williams, model/actor/designer Erin Wasson, and Rihanna’s personal stylist Mel Ottenberg. The fashion heads will compete to shape the fashion visions of Rihanna and celebrity guests as they fight for a $100,000 prize, a spread in Glamour, and a potential coveted spot in Rihanna’s glam squad. Life+Times caught up with Erin Wasson, who provided a behind the scenes look into the new series, how Rihanna’s badassness is exactly what fashion needs, and what she has cooking now that the show is about to blow up.
L+T: What was Rihanna like on the show?
EW: She’s just real. She tells it how it is, she’s real. That’s the thing about Rihanna; even though she wasn’t a part of every one of our episodes, she was there in spirit. Like you could feel her spirit on the set, even on the days she wasn’t there because we all know what she stands for and that she’s willing to push the envelope. She’s willing to take risks with fashion, and that’s what we expected from the contestants as well. So I think that who she is as a person was threaded all throughout the fabric of the show. And like yeah, being around her is like being in the presence of a demigod, man. She is that cool. At the end of the day, everyone involved in the show – between me, Pharrell, Mel, and Rihanna – is extremely busy and Rihanna was in the midst of her world tour. The days that we got her, we felt so lucky to have her. She takes it all in stride, and she’s such a professional. She really believes in the show. She was super present, she’s very warm and she was extremely human with everyone. That’s what this show represents. We all bring a real sense of humanity to the show, because we really want them to succeed. It isn’t about beating them down to see if they could handle it. It was about truly guiding them and giving them just enough constructive criticism and tough love to get them to keep hungry and to keep pushing themselves forward.
L+T: What did you learn about Rihanna?
EW: She’s just a fuckin’ pro, man. She’s an amazing girl that is open to every bone in her body and she knows exactly who she is. She’s unafraid and unapologetic. A total fuckin’ badass. She’s the kind of woman that I stand for.
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Via MTV: Of the dozens of stars who appear in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “This Is The End,” Rihanna might be the most unexpected. Unlike Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson, the singer hardly has a comedic pedigree and seems about as far from their brand of puerile humor as a performer could get. But Craig Robinson told MTV News that she made some truly memorable contributions in a brief cameo.
“She just improvised and was fun. It was nice to be playing and singing with Rihanna,” Robinson explained, but Rogen revealed there was a raunchier part of the story. “You told her to take her panties off,” Rogen said. “Yeah, and she told me f— off,” Robinson countered.
Rogen enlisted a massive group of people to appear in the film, but he insisted that he wanted them to have fun and participate in only the ways they wanted, which is why he was reluctant to insist that the singer perform a tune on camera.
“I didn’t want to ask her to sing,” he admitted. “Me and Evan were like, should we ask her to sing? First, we didn’t even want to put her in the scene with Craig singing, like it’s too much — Rihanna singing — and we didn’t want to ask her to sing. So Craig thankfully sang at her and she sang back.” Robinson said that she was a game collaborator. “She did a little move like, ‘come on Craig.’ But she couldn’t have been sweeter. I had never met her before but the first thing she did was hug me.” Rogen added that despite her glamorous lifestyle, she gave them no trouble when time came to film her scenes. “I’d never met her either,” he said. “She was so nice. Very low key, low maintenance.”
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- “Diamonds,” atop R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs for an 11th week, leads Radio Songs for a third week in the United States. After being No. 1 on the Hot 100 for 3 weeks, the track remains at No. 2 for a second week.
- When Oprah Winphrey was asked who was the toughest Next Chapter interview this year or who surprised her, she said: “Interestingly enough, the person who most surprised me the most was Rihanna. She brought one thousand percent of her. You could tell that she came ready. She was open to anything. But I don’t do an interview if someone tells me I can’t ask a certain question. My policy is, I can ask any question, you can tell me you won’t answer it, but you have to tell me that on camera. I really didn’t know that much about her. I just thought she was so thoughtful and so smart. I didn’t know that she was or wasn’t, I only knew her from her music.” Click here to watch her interview again.
- Rihanna’s next movie title has been changed to “This Is The End” (previously called “The End Of The World”). Rihanna, who will play herself on the movie, is not featured on the first trailer.
- Click here to watch a cute video that Rihanna sent to a school in Dublin, Ireland.
- Members of Barrington High School created an inspiring video highlighting the volunteer and philanthropic efforts of BHS students that won a nation-wide contest sponsored by pop-star Rihanna. The school beat out 52 other entries. The grand prize: A visit from the singer herself. Read more.
- In case you haven’t noticed, the 7th and last Rihanna7.com challenge is available. We’re gonna miss it!
If anyone can take the raunchy R&B hit “Pony” and make it all her own, it’s probably Rihanna. And that’s one of the reasons why the man behind the song, Ginuwine, gave the singer the OK to sample it on “Jump,” one of the tracks set to appear on her November 19 album release, Unapologetic.
“You know what? My management told me she wanted to use it, and Rihanna, I’m a fan of hers and I love what she’s doing. Anytime someone uses anything that I’ve done in the past, that’s just one of those things where the respect is there and I can appreciate that and it was a great song and still is,” he told MTV News of Rih’s usage of the defining ’90s jam. “It’s one of the most appreciated songs when I do my shows, that’s one of the songs that gets the most reaction, and for her doing it, I’m appreciative. I thank her for it and hopefully it does well for her.”
With NSFW lyrics that play up Ginuwine’s prowess as a lover (Spoiler alert: He’s not singing about a baby horse), it comes as no surprise that Rihanna would put her gender-bending spin on the track’s infamous chorus. “That’s one of those songs you really can’t mess up anyway. When I heard that she wanted to do it I immediately said ‘OK.’ I signed onboard.
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Emeli Sandé revealed her delight at hearing the track she wrote “Half of Me” had been included on Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic.
Rihanna is due to release her seventh album ‘Unapologetic’ on November 19 and Sandé recently revealed that she had penned a song that will be included on the Deluxe version.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the Scottish singer has now said that the ‘Umbrella’ star called her a “poet” after hearing the track. She said:
“I wrote for Rihanna’s new album that’s coming out soon. I sent songs to Stargate in New York who work with Rihanna and they asked me to finish the song for her. I met her in LA and she told me how much the song meant to her. It was great to hear that there was an emotional connection. She said, ‘I don’t know what you have been through but you are a poet and this song has really moved me’. Hearing that from Rihanna was pretty amazing.”
The ‘Next To Me’ singer added: “It moved her a lot because it is about what you see of Rihanna on TV being half of who she is. There is a lot more you don’t understand. Lyrically, I’m proud of the song and can’t wait to hear what she has done with it. I haven’t heard it yet. I’m going to have to go buy it to hear it.”
Don’t forget to pre-order the album now. Available in Standard edition and Deluxe edition which features “Half Of Me” as a bonus track.
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Calvin Harris has confessed that teaming up with Rihanna for her Vodafone Big Top 40 number one single “We Found Love” was the best decision he ever made for his career. Calvin admitted that the track helped increase his popularity with the American audience:
“It changed absolutely everything. Career-wise it was the best thing that could ever have happened. For example, in America my tune ‘Feel So Close’ came out about three months before. But when ‘We Found Love’ came out, the radio started playing ‘Feel So Close’ like it was the single after. Then that did really well, it charted well and sold a lot of copies.”
Ke$ha has confirmed that her new album “Warrior” does not feature a collaboration with Rihanna, but admitted that she “loves” her. Last month, Ke$ha sparked rumours that she had collaborated with the RiRi star after posting a cryptic picture of a lady holding the star’s logo on Twitter. But during an interview with Capital FM, Ke$ha denied that she had recorded a song with Rihanna – but did acknowledge the influence the star had made on her career:
“Yeah, I love her. I toured with her a while ago, she’s kind of a mentor to me at the beginning of my career. So absolutely I love her and I have all the respect in the world for her. But I didn’t unfortunately do it on this record.”