Shakira talks Rihanna collaboration
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Shakira has opened up about her new collaboration with Rihanna and says working with the “Diamonds” singer was “utopia”.

Shakira releases her new single “Can’t Remember To Forget You” next Monday (January 13) with Rihanna on guest vocals and says the pair got on incredibly well in the recording studio.

“Working with her was utopia,” Shakira reveals in the February issue of Glamour magazine. “She’s the sexiest woman on the planet. And at the end of the day, we’re both just basically Caribbean girls,” Shakira explained. “The chemistry was so good and so real. She taught me dance moves, she was a sweet teacher,” the ‘She Wolf’ singer added.

Rihanna at a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks [Picture Update]
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Rihanna was spotted at a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks last night at Barclays Center along with Jen and Cara Delevingne. The same day she was also seen at Da Silvano restaurant. Click “continue reading…” for more pictures.


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Rihanna spotted at a restaurant and game in NYC
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Rihanna was photographed at Da Silvano Restaurant in New York City on Monday (January 6). She was later seen with Cara Delevingne at the Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center. Take a look at a few photos after the jump and check back tomorrow for more.

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Rihanna confirms collaboration with Shakira
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Rihanna has confirmed details about her upcoming collaboration with Shakira. RiRi retweeted a message posted online that announced the title as “Can’t Remember To Forget You” and a premiere date of January 13, next Monday!

Shakira shot the music video last month. Video director Joseph Kahn tweeted today: “Third time working with Rihanna and she gets hotter each time. It’s kind of superhuman.”

Pitbull previously revealed the pair had recorded a song together, after he explained that he originally wanted Rihanna to feature on his latest single “Timber”.

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Anthony Mandler talks Rihanna
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Rihanna has been video director Anthony Mandler’s muse, as the two have collaborated on 17 videos together, spanning from “Unfaithful” in 2006 to “Diamonds.” He recently talked to Vanity Fair and was asked about RiRi. Read below:

Having worked with Rihanna on 17 videos, how would you say she’s evolved since  “Unfaithful”?

The way I look at it, she was a complete form—an undeveloped complete form, if that makes sense—when I first worked with her on “Unfaithful.” There was this incredible power and emotion, this kind of dark side, and duality. At that point, she was kind of a Bajan island singer. I didn’t know what to do with her. Was she R&B? Pop? Reggae? I think on “Unfaithful” she found the beginning of a lane and a voice. If you look at the songs before that, “Pon de Replay,” stuff like that, they would kind of fit her into a marketable box, more like a female Sean Paul . . . That was what seemed like made sense. But the truth is that anybody who knew her at the time, anybody who worked with her, saw there was this other thing, this incredible fire, this incredible wise-beyond-years thing. It was just about her outgrowing the youth, outgrowing the constraints of the label, having enough hits, making your own decisions enough times. If you knew every single step along the way, you would say, “This could never happen; this never happens.” And it doesn’t. She’s the once in a generation. She’s the biggest star in the world.

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Rihanna talks HIV and Viva Glam
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Via Teen Vogue: When I enter Rihanna’s hotel suite overlooking Sandy Lane Beach, her sprawling crew (including her mother, aunt, manager, and three personal photographers) is busy at work. Meanwhile, the Lanvin-clad superstar is tucked into a corner, mid–duck face. She’s posing with her new M.A.C. Viva Glam lipstick while her bestie–cum–staff photographer, Melissa Forde, snaps pics. Images of the new shade have just mysteriously leaked into the blogosphere, sending her handlers into a dizzying panic. But not RiRi; she’s as cool as a cucumber, even in 100 percent humidity.

As the new face of M.A.C. Viva Glam, the singer is following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj in an effort to support the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, which has raised a remarkable $300 million in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The cause, RiRi tells me as we cozy up on the couch, is close to her heart:

“I’ve been around so many people who have been affected by HIV and AIDS. It’s my turn to spread awareness. Because when people don’t talk about this, they feel like it’s not happening.” And that couldn’t be further from the truth.

According to UNAIDS—a United Nations partnership that focuses on universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support—approximately 2,300 young people become infected with HIV each day. Even scarier: Globally, HIV infection rates are twice as high in young women ages 15 to 24 as they are in young men.

“Nobody is safe unless you protect yourself,” the star says ardently, fixing her piercing green eyes on me.

Many will argue that Rihanna is an unlikely role model to spread the gospel of safe sex, what with her racy Instagram feed and explicit music videos (I mean, have you seen “Pour It Up”?). But with a whopping 125,887,954 followers at press time (me included!), the undisputed fact is: Girl’s got our attention. And according to @badgalriri, she wants to use it for good.

“My contribution is that every penny from the cost of this lipstick and Lipglass goes to help someone who really needs it,” she says. “I am doing this especially for young girls.”

Reflecting on her own teen years, the reformed tomboy admits she was a late bloomer in the dating game due to one unwavering barrier: a strict mom. (She says her flat chest and mosquito-bitten skin didn’t help, either:

“It was a horrible combination!”) “I wasn’t allowed to date. At 13 my mom would tell me, ‘You can have a boyfriend when you’re 16.’ And then at 16 she’d say, ‘I never said that—and as a matter of fact, it’s 40!’”

(When she tells me this, I hear her mother giggle from across the room.) As RiRi opens up about everything from her hard-to-imagine awkward phase to her mission to save lives one lipstick at a time, the most beautiful girl in the world gets, well, even more beautiful.