Rihanna

The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Louis C.K.

Amid new claims of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. took to the SNL stage to close out the show’s 40th season. As expected, there was no acknowledgement of the alleged incident (incidents, really, since these rumors have been popping up since 2012), with C.K. getting some uncomfortable laughs during his provocative monologue about child molesters. The 40th season’s final chapter has been, shocker, somewhat disappointing. Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson tackled cruddy material, while Taraji P. Henson and Dwayne Johnson fared better. But SNL has bounced back from worse, and the show’s growing pains are starting to temper. Say goodbye to 40 with C.K. and musical guest Rihanna, who was perhaps the best part of last night’s episode with a striking multimedia performance. … Read More

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How Rihanna Won the Met Gala — and Surpassed Its Awful Theme

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute announced the subject of its spring 2015 exhibit, the media collectively cringed. China: Through the Looking Glass — which, according to the Met, “will explore the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries” — is a perfectly suitable topic for a museum dedicated to the history of fashion; after all, excising Western influence by, or appropriation of, other cultures would wipe out the bulk of art history. But the show’s theme doubled as the theme of last night’s Vogue-hosted opening gala, an event so intertwined with the actual exhibit that the Costume Institute’s official name (The Anna Wintour Costume Center, as of last year) is essentially a formality. … Read More

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Here Are All the Celebrities Who Defied Anna Wintour’s Met Ball Social Media Ban

She may have put Kim Kardashian (and a hashtag!) on the cover of her magazine, but make no mistake: Anna Wintour’s not exactly a digital convert. According to Page Six, guests at last night’s ultra-exclusive Met Gala were sent the following mandate: “The use of phones for photography and social media will not be permitted inside the gala.” That worked out… about as well as one would expect, so in lieu of a red carpet roundup, we’ve collected evidence of the rich and powerful doing what they do best: whatever the hell they want. Click through for last night’s best Instagram selfies and Twitter updates, with our apologies to Ms. Wintour. … Read More

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Rihanna Gives a Vast History Lesson in “American Oxygen” Video

The output of any pop star is inevitably political, and up until recently, Rihanna’s music and videos predominantly explored… Read More

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Does Tidal’s Exclusive Content Actually Matter In The YouTube Age?

When Tidal relaunched last week, the celebrity-owned streaming service’s promise of all-star exclusives was a little underwhelming: Daft Punk’s nine-year-old Electroma film (streaming on YouTube), Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” (for sale on iTunes), a few curated playlists from Tidal’s co-owners (including Beyoncé and Jason Aldean), and exclusive footage from an Alicia Keys concert. This weekend, however, the service delivered those big exclusives referenced in last week’s press conference. … Read More

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A 20-Year-Old Wrote “Bitch Better Have My Money”: Links You Need to See

Do you love the peace and quiet of your bedroom? Do you enjoy the contained serenity that comes from a day spent watching Netflix? Do you shudder in horror at the thought of setting foot outside, where there are people and places and things? If all (or any) of this applies, then this essay on “the perks of being a shut-in” is for you. Even our crops are realizing fresh air is highly overrated. Besides: who wants to venture out when there are mysterious smoke rings appearing the sky? Were they placed there by the government? Dragons? Aliens? Who knows. You’re better cozied up with your laptop in the relative safety and comfort of your home (unless said laptop coziness involves watching porn, because apparently that’s not a private activity at all). … Read More

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Watch Rihanna Jump On Jimmy Kimmel’s Bed and Blast “Bitch Better Have My Money”

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rihanna bested the host’s own signature April Fools’ pranks. The night before, Rihanna… Read More

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Jay Z’s Tidal: Can Music’s Celebrity 1% Save Its Other 99%?

Yesterday, during the star-studded press conference announcing the relaunch of music streaming service Tidal, I was reminded of a figure cited by world-renowned economist Paul Krugman less than two weeks ago. On a panel about the future of music’s celebrity economy, alongside Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire, Krugman noted that the bulk of music industry revenue is increasingly going to the kinds of artists who can fill arenas. And as of yesterday, it’s the superstars at the highest echelons of that list — your Beyoncés, your Coldplays, your Kanyes — who want to save the music industry for everyone. … Read More

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Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” Rollout Is Even More Badass Than You Think

There’s a moment towards the end of Rihanna’s game-changing performance of “Bitch Better Have My Money” at last night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards where Bad Girl Ri Ri struts towards the end of the stage, past the shrieking fans set in place for the show’s broadcast. Exuding wealth in a campy yet powerful way via kelly green fur and pleather, Rihanna reaches the end of the platform, where the stage meets banquet tables. She grins. The camera pans out. Nick Jonas applauds. … Read More

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