• RiRi keeps working on new music. Vocal producer Kuk Harrell has added a photo to Instagram and wrote "#makinrecords #8 #puttininthework #rihannanewmusic". Audio engineer Trehy Harris recently revealed: "One of the three production rooms booked from last night's session with Rihanna." Can't wait! Just ten days after its release, Shakira's music video for "Can't Remember To Forget You" featuring Rihanna has already reached 100 million views on YouTube, becoming VEVO Certified! Watch the video again here and purchase it on iTunes. "Jump" has become Rihanna’s 20th top ten single on the Australian Charts, at No. 9 this week. FYI: The track has not been released as a single.
    Rihanna and her friend Melissa were spotted leaving a club in Hollywood last night (February 7) after partying with Drake. Rihanna took some time off from her busy recording studio schedule. And she was rocking a new cut! Click here to see the photos.
    Rihanna is nominated in the category Crossover Artist of the Year at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards:
    The awards show, broadcasting live on Telemundo April 24, culminates the Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. Good luck, RiRi!
    There's a brand new Rihanna interview featured in ELLE Canada's latest issue. Read below: The Barbados beach is lit like a Monet. The sun is setting hazily behind Rihanna as she shakes sand out of her pearl-embellished sandals and concentrates on the stepping moves a young girl is demonstrating. Laughing, Rihanna claps her hands and tries to keep up with the other members of dance4life, a program that educates local kids about HIV and AIDS through dance. Maybe she’s having a great time, or maybe she’s just trying to put the teen, whose voice is quivering with nerves, at ease. The 25-year-old of Internet-crushing fame surprised these kids (who I feared might black out when their idol strolled over to greet them) as part of her work as M.A.C’s Viva Glam spokesperson for 2014. The annual initiative, which started 20 years ago with a bold campaign featuring RuPaul, aims to raise $41 million for AIDS research this year alone by donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the signature lip colour. Rihanna seems at home here on the beach, even with tourists circling and holding their phones out like weapons. Then again, she is home. It’s her grandfather’s birthday this weekend, and she managed to squeeze in an early stop at Chefette, the popular Bajan fast-food chain, for a spicy roti. The sun has set by the time we sit down upstairs on the balcony of a suite at the posh Sandy Lane resort on the western coast of the island, but Robyn Rihanna Fenty is still glowing.
    Despite the fact that Rihanna has sold over 30 million albums since Jay-Z signed her to Def Jam in 2005, it seems like she has had her challenges. She had a very public and tumultuous relationship with singer Chris Brown, and the paparazzi stalk her constantly, trying to get a snap of her chameleon hair—today, black and buzzed down one side—or her adventurous outfits. Though Rihanna moved to NYC when she was 16, trying to lock down a record deal, she reportedly just bought a sprawling home next to the hotel we’re in now, neighbouring one of Simon Cowell’s mansions. She’s often working to combine her roots with her new larger-than-life existence. In fact, her manager, Jay Brown, is outside making hushed phone calls about upcoming video shoots and her mom, Monica, is sitting in the other room. It’s clear that the Caribbean rate of AIDS infections, the second-highest outside of sub-Saharan Africa, unsettles her. She just donated $1.75 million to a Bajan hospital. She has become something of a monarch on the small island of Barbados—a position that, historically, comes with equal parts veneration and venom. On my way into town from the airport, the cab driver, like some sort of volunteer star tracker, let me know that Rihanna was at her brother’s club. When I was sitting on the beach that morning, a man shilling snorkelling tours started his sales pitch with “So, you like RiRi?” before rolling his eyes. Much like “aloha” to Hawaiians, Rihanna’s name seems to mean everything in this place. She’s trying to shut out other people’s opinions about her life anyway. “I never want to lose myself,” she says quietly. “It’s really easy to get pulled in lots of different directions, and I never want to get pulled so far deep that I can’t come out. There are things that happen in your life that you can’t control, but I want to control as much as possible.” I wonder how she maintains any kind of command over a life that is both more scheduled and frantic than Grand Central station. She talks easily about idle pastimes like painting and cooking, dismissing the fact that she practically never has time to indulge in them by explaining that they’re still “fun.” She seems to punctuate her thoughts that way: by throwing out “it’s fun” and flashing a smile. Perhaps a reminder that, despite the ever-tightening vice of galactic fame, she’s still young and beautiful and having the time of her life. But is she happy?


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