Badgalriri – Rihanna’s handle on Instagram — has been absent from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform all summer since her account was deactivated in May. While no official explanation was offered, some say it was because of posts containing risqué images from her Lui magazine cover shoot.
Either way, Badgalriri reappeared Nov. 2 on Instagram, spurring a No. 2 re-entry on the Billboard Social 50 after a five-month absence from the chart’s top 10. The surge back onto the chart also elevates her on the Billboard Artist 100, where she flies 100-44.
Rihanna’s activity on Instagram is one of the primary drivers of her activity on the Social 50, where she’s spent 21 weeks in the No. 1 position since the chart’s launch in 2012. This explains why the account’s absence is responsible for such a dramatic drop in her standing on the chart.
On the week of her re-entry, she came back with a bang, posting more than 20 photos before the charting week’s end (on Nov. 9) that garnered 14.5 million reactions. The news contributes to the 109,000 mentions of her on Twitter (up 6 percent) and a 10 percent increase in traffic to her Wikipedia page for the week.
Rihanna has been keeping it quiet… until now! She won’t say when she plans to release new music but she is confident about what it sounds like.
“I can’t give you any hints of when it will drop. It’s going to be great, that’s all I’m going to tell you and I’m excited about it,” said the singer at a meet-and-greet Wednesday with fans at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The critic she is worried about is herself. “I try to battle myself and outdo everything I’ve done and that’s been the hardest thing to do. You start overthinking things at times,” she confessed. The 26-year-old typically has released albums in November in the past but wouldn’t comment on that. She just sad, “I can’t wait for everybody to hear (the music) little by little. … little by little. I can’t wait.”
Rihanna also brought along her new men’s fragrance, “Rogue Man,” her first for guys.
“I feel like what better way to get these people excited than to get them something nice, to smell good. They’re running around all day working hard. And, you know, the guys are sexy. They need to smell sexy.” She also joked about not having a “rogue man” of her own, saying with a wink, “hopefully I’ll find one here today on the base.”
Rihanna surprised everyone showing up at Fort Belvoir Main Exchange today (November 12) to promote her new fragrance, Rogue Man. Click here for professional photos and check out fan pictures after the jump.
Rihanna rocked the stage at The Concert For Valor, a first-of-its-kind concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. this Tuesday (November 11). Click here for photos.
She performed “Diamonds”, “Stay” and was joined by Eminem during “The Monster”. Watch below! Rihanna wrote:
I sincerely enjoy this and every moment I get to stop and show my respect and appreciation to our real life super heroes! You are the heart, the core and the future of this country and others! Thank you never seems like enough when I’m saying it to people risking and giving their lives for us everyday, but THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts! #1Love #Concert4VALOR
Thank you Navy for dat special kinda love!!! ShoutOut to everybody who made it to DC lastnight!!!
It’s time to vote, Navy!
Rihanna’s collaborations videos are nominated in three categories at the Vevo Hot This Year 2014:
- Best Collaboration for “The Monster” and “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
- Best Certified Video for “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
- Sexiest Video for “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
Dropping in on the UK’s Capital XTRA over the weekend after a London performance, Ne-Yo shared some exciting info about Rihanna’s upcoming eighth album, her first release since 2012’s “Unapologetic”.
Ne-Yo acknowledged that Rihanna’s new one might be judged against Beyoncé’s stellar output in the last year. “I don’t feel like they’re in competition with each other, but the world kinda creates competition between the two of them,” Ne-Yo said. “So Beyoncé came out, dropped a massive album that did incredible, so now everybody’s like, ‘Okay, what’s Rihanna gonna do now?'” And then the money quote:
“The stuff I’ve heard is absolutely incredible. I can’t speak on what it sounds like because I’ll get in trouble. But I definitely feel like people are gonna enjoy it. Anybody that’s a Rihanna fan is gonna stay a Rihanna fan, and anybody that’s not might become a Rihanna fan … just gear up for it.”
Watch Rihanna and Ne-Yo performing “Umbrella” and “Hate That I Love You” at the 2007 American Music Awards:
Rihanna and her crew had a private tour through the White House in Washington, D.C., today (November 10). Ri took to Instagram to share photos of her sightseeing trip and mentioned characters from ABC’s TV show Scandal. Check out all pictures after the jump. Gorgeous!
RiRi is in town to perform at Concert for Valor this Veterans Day. Find more information on this first-of-its-kind event honoring the courage of America’s veterans and their families here.
On Saturday (November 8), Rihanna was photographed at Melrose Ballroom in New York City to attend the Mugler Ball. Click here for photos. Ri later shared a video of her walking the runway on Instagram, watch here. On her way out, she took time to hug a few fans — watch below: