Look at that headline. A few years ago, it was unfathomable for Rihanna to take 1000 days (or a little less than three years) in between album releases. At the end of 2012 — the last year Rih put out a new collection of music, Unapologetic — the singer had released a whopping seven albums in eight years, including four straight fourth quarters beginning in 2009. And although Rihanna spent 2013 supporting her Unapologetic singles like “Diamonds,” “Stay” and “Pour It Up,” that year produced no new Rihanna album, and neither did 2014. We still have hope for this year, but no official announcement has been made yet. And just like that, 1000 days have passed since we were graced with a new Rihanna LP (1002, technically; Day 1000 was Sunday).
So what has Rihanna been up to in the 1000 days following the November 19, 2012 release of Unapologetic? A whole lot, actually, including dropping new singles, going on tour, playing shows and winning fashion deals (and awards). Check out an extensive roundup of Rihanna’s past 1000 days as a professional pop superstar:
Part of the reason why Rihanna’s eighth studio album feels so tantalizingly close is because the Barbadian superstar has been releasing single after single as of late. Last January, “FourFiveSeconds,” a stripped-down collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, was tossed out, and became a Top 10 hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart. Then in March came “Bitch Better Have My Money,” a brash trap song that sounded more apropos of a proper lead single; that one hit the Top 20, and eventually received a gloriously violent music video. And in April, another single, the mid-tempo “American Oxygen,” was floated out, and ultimately peaked at No. 78 on the Hot 100. Combined, the three new tracks have sold 2.8 million downloads, per Nielsen Music.
Of course, Rihanna has released more than three singles since 2012’s Unapologetic. Since “Diamonds” hit No. 1, Rihanna has scored one other Hot 100 chart-topper: “The Monster,” from Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 album, which spent four weeks in the penthouse in late 2013 and early 2014. Rihanna also helped Shakira notch another Top 20 hit with the duet “Can’t Remember To Forget You” in early 2014, and “Towards The Sun,” the moving single from the Home soundtrack, was released last February, but did not chart on the Hot 100.
Last weekend Rihanna made a surprise appearance at the 1Love Festival in Barbados to perform “Bitch Better Have My Money” with singer Machel Montano. Watch the full performance below:
Don’t forget to keep voting for Rihanna’s “American Oxygen” for Best Video with a Message at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards here.
Rihanna’s Dior partnership caused a 34% profit growth for the company: the French luxury brand said that profits from recurring operations jumped 34 percent in its fiscal second half to 106 million euros, or $118.4 million, while revenues in the six months to June 30 climbed 22 percent to 911 million euros, or $1.02 billion, a 9 percent improvement at constant exchange rates. Rtw registered double-digit sales growth during the semester, while leather goods also posted a healthy performance, boosted by the success of the Diorama, backed by an advertising campaign fronted by Rihanna.
Watch a fun video of the Navy lyp-sincing Rihanna’s BBHMM:
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There’s a glimpse of new music from Rihanna thanks to a revealing tweet from Mike Will Made-It. The producer’s post contains a snippet of a new track featuring Rihanna’s vocals, seemingly called “Nothing’s Promised.” “Ain’t none of this sh-t promised,” RiRi sings on the track. “Ain’t none of it promised / Ain’t none of this sh-t certain / Ain’t none of it certain.” Listen here. #R8
The legendary Miss Piggy performs a rendition of Rihanna’s hit “Bitch Better Have My Money”. Funny! Watch here.
Kelly Clarkson covered Rihanna’s “Stay” at Pittsburgh’s First Niagara Pavilion on Sunday and absolutely killed it. Watch here.
Rihanna’s success srosses over onto Cropover, Barbados’ 300-year-old seasonal music festival: From her initial hit “Pon De Replay,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, to her recent designation as the first artist to surpass the RIAA’s 100 million cumulative singles award threshold, Rihanna’s phenomenal success over the past decade has generated international interest in the music of Barbados and has raised the career aspirations of artists hailing from the superstar’s Caribbean island birthplace. Read more here.
Click here to watch a cool video of Rihanna surrounded by paparazzi and fans while out in New York City last week. Make sure to often check 247paps’ YouTube channel for more videos.
As celebrated on Billboard.com, the first decade of Rihanna on the charts has wrapped, capping an astonishingly successful start to her career. To Rih-iterate, Rihanna, 17 years old at the time of her chart arrival, has tallied 13 Billboard Hot 100 toppers, tying Michael Jackson for the third-most most Hot 100 No. 1s all-time. They trail only The Beatles, with 20, and Mariah Carey (18). How has Rihanna’s music sold? Find after the jump a look at her best-selling songs and albums over her first decade of dominance, according to Nielsen Music.
“FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney is one of the 10 best songs of 2015 so far according to Billboard. Here’s what they have to say about it:
It’s the end of June, and we’re still waiting for the new Rihanna and Kanye West albums… as well as some indication that either will be coming soon. To tide us over, however, the pair of music superstars linked up with a legend and recorded a durable, folked-up soul sing-along. Ye and Rih always zag when we expect them to zig, and we’re forever grateful for it.
PUMA revealed their first Rihanna ad in May — you can see it again and read more about their collab here. And now a few new ads surfaced online and we can’t wait to see them in high quality! Follow us on Twitter to take a look at them. Rumour has it that Ri shot a new PUMA ad this week in LA. Stay tuned…
Rihanna’s show in Santiago, Chile, went on sale on Monday and over 30.000 tickets were sold in less than 5 hours. Impressive! You still have a chance to get tickets here. See you in September, Navy! Don’t forget to let us know if you’ll be there on Twitter so we can meet. :)
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