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.
Ri spent only a week in New York City and was followed by the paparazzi everywhere she visited (photos are available here). Two of them were 247paps.tv, who are probably the only papz that Ri likes. They just uploaded 5 videos from the past days, watch after the jump:
Rihanna at Club SOB’S first, that she went to Club 1Oak til 4:30 am. On her way out she jumped in her SUV and told her bodyguard to give a homeless lady who was asking Rih for money. After the homeless lady got her money she just broke out in a dance.
From East Coast to West Coast!
Rihanna and her friends were photographed in Malibu, California, on Sunday (August 16). Click here for photos.
On Sunday (August 16), Rihanna was photographed leaving her New York City apartment to catch an early morning flight. Click here for photos. Too bad. We love her NYC candids! Where do you think she’s going next?
RiRi had a long Friday (August 14) in New York City. First she visited the Roc Nation offices, where she sent a selfie to her bff and posed for a photographer (take a look at the pictures here); then she went partying with Lewis Hamilton at The Griffin Nightclub (check out all photos here); after partying, she was joined by Akon’s brother Boo to get breakfast at Copella; her friend Leandra also shared a funny video of Ri at her fancy apartment (watch here or after the jump).
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RiRi showed off her new tattoo in New York City yesterday (August 13). She was first photographed heading to a gym with her bodyguard (photos here). Later, she had dinner at Mamo Restaurant and went partying (photos here).
Rihanna took to Instagram to reveal her 19th tattoo: 1988 (the year she was born). The tattoo was done last night (August 12) by Bang Bang, her old friend. Click here to view and read more about her tattoos.