Rihanna

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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Rihanna Descends from Helicopter and Performs “Bitch Better Have My Money” in Green Splendor

Good news for anyone who spent their weekend chasing the leaked Rihanna single as it systematically seemed to appear… Read More

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Jay Z’s Streaming Service, Tidal, Arrives in a Wave of Turquoise

The streaming service Tidal is re-launching today in honor of Jay Z’s recently accepted $56 million bid on Aspiro, the Swedish company… Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Rihanna Goes “Blop,” Jamie xx Does Claps

Some weeks it’s all about the indies, and other weeks it’s all about the stars. This week saw the release of the Rihanna’s anticipated followup to “FourFiveSeconds,” titled “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and Jamie xx dropped a Romy Madley-Croft-featuring single from his debut solo album In Colour. We’ve got some Syrian stuff, some chill stuff, and some pure ’90s indie rock stuff for you, too. … Read More

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