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Aside from Chris Brown’s traveling travesty while in Manila, Philippines, it looks like the singer definitely gave his international fans a show they will never forget.
During his performance, a shirtless Brown, serenaded the Macau crowd with his hit songs and extensive catalogue. However, he surprised all when his set list included ex-girlfriend Rihanna’s club banger “B*tch Better Have My Money.” Awkward, much? Then again, the two have made it known that they are friends and have a cordial relationship. No matter, the crowd still turned up with the notorious bad boy of R&B.
After gaining clearance to leave the country, Brown is headed to Hong Kong to perform for yet another sold out crowd. He also teased a collaboration with singer Rita Ora on his Instagram just hours before hopping on a flight.
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Police are investigating another man accused of stalking Rihanna, TMZ reports. According to law enforcement sources, the suspect, who goes by Alex Mercer on Twitter and Ralph Alexander on Yahoo, posted a selfie on April 30 in which he’s standing in front of Rihanna’s former residence.
Within 24 hours of his original post, he followed up with a tweet, which reads:
“Should of killed @rihanna a minute back I would be good right now. Sorcery is a weapon I use guns, bout to get a gun license, can’t use my hands.”
Police responded to the home after being tipped off about the frightening message, but the suspect was gone by the time they arrived. Reportedly, investigators are now using technology and social media to track him down.
Strangely, this isn’t the first time the singer has received terrifying threats. Last summer, 54-year-old Kevin McGlynn was arrested for delivering handwritten notes to Ri’s Manhattan apartment. He was eventually released to a psychiatric hospital and prohibited from contacting the “BBHMM” singer. He was also barred from going near her home. A Manhattan judge compared McGlynn to the man who killed John Lennon in his November 2014 ruling.
“He appears to be a ticking time bomb who is wholly fixated on (Rihanna), and poses a direct threat of serious physical harm or death to her and anyone around her,” Judge Orlando Marrazzo said. “It is entirely foreseeable that if he were free to continue to act upon his psychotic delusions without this court’s intervention, it may result in the death of (Rihanna) or other innocent persons.”
In order to cast her henchwomen for her acclaimed “BBHMM” video, Rihanna took to Instagram to find the perfect accomplices to work alongside her.
Three months ago she was wowed by a selfie taken by Sanam better known under her @TrustMeDaddy Instagram alias. Rih began to follow the Indian beauty and sent her a direct message saying, “Hey, I have this idea I want to run by you. I think you’re so f*cking rare. Let me know if you’re interested.”
Afterward, the production company who produced the BBHMM video contacted Sanam to confirm casting. Before she knew it, Sanam was flown out to Los Angeles to star in Rihanna’s first co-directed music video.
In an interview with VICE, Sanam shared what it was like working on set and how she plans to use the exposure she received from the video to help with her art career.
VICE: You posted an Instagram snapshot of Rihanna following your account a few months ago. What happened between Rihanna following you on Instagram three months ago, to Rihanna casting you as her co-star in her new video?
Sanam: I went to work, and I got a DM from her on Instagram. She was like, “Hey, I have this idea I want to run by you. I think you’re so fucking rare. Let me know if you’re interested.” I had no idea what she was talking about. I was just freaking out, because Rihanna is messaging me on Instagram, telling me that she thinks I’m cool. Then I got another message from someone who works for the production company that made the video, and they were like, “We want to put you in Rihanna’s video! Send us an email or give us a call.” At first, I was just like, This can’t be real. This is really weird. I don’t know about this. But I ended up getting in touch with the guy who messaged me and it was all legit. I spent my entire day at work going back and forth talking to them. At the end of the day, they were like, “We just got the confirmation from Rih: We want to cast you, and we want to fly you out tomorrow.” And I flew down there the next day. She followed me on Instagram on a Wednesday night, and then I was in LA on Friday morning. It was crazy.
VICE: It’s already a pretty iconic video. How did they describe the concept to you?
Sanam: For the first few days, I had a general idea of what was going to happen. We’re going to be kidnapping this person and you guys are going to be her henchmen and you just have to be really tough. I think the term they used was “bad b*tch.” When they told me more about the video, I was like, Holy shit. Knowing Rih, I knew this shit was going to be super controversial.
VICE: What was she like in person?
Sanam: She’s so sweet. She was showering us with compliments. She is so fucking real and down-to-earth, which is the corniest thing to say about a famous person, but she really is. When we were down there, the first day I met her, I was like, “How did you find me?” She was like, “I saw you on my Explore page.” She saw that picture of me where I was wearing my nath and my tika. She was like, “I just thought you were so cool, and I was like, I don’t know if I should message her or not. I don’t know if she’s going to be down.” I’m just sitting there, like, “Are you crazy? How could you be nervous to message me?”
To read Sanam’s entire interview, click here.
Further proof that a good IG account can get you a job.
The “B**** Better Have My Money” (BBHMM) video, which dropped last Thursday, features an enraged Rihanna who is at her wit’s end with a man who owes her money. She handles it with a brutal murder that leaves her drenched in blood. Could it be that this indebted sap represents Rihanna’s real life former shady ex-accountant? The Washington Post thinks so.
Last February, we reported that the We Found Love songstress slapped her former accounting firm, Berdon LLP, with a lawsuit for “mismanaging her finances” between 2005 and 2009. The faux pas from the firm, according to Rihanna, led to a slap on the wrist from the IRS for the tax years of 2008 to 2010. But wait — there’s more. Rihanna found herself “effectively bankrupt” in 2009.
“…She had $11 million in cash and by the close of the year, she was disturbed to learn that she only had $2 million,” MN Business wrote. “How does one blow through $9 million in a single year, you ask? Well according to the lawsuit, Rihanna is claiming that her accountant told her that it was okay for her to purchase a home priced between $7 and 7.5 million.”
After learning about her tight financial bind, Rihanna had to sell the home, which was riddled with mold and water damage, at a $2 million loss.
And if that wasn’t enough to send Rihanna over the edge, this definitely did: “[The firm] netted 22 percent of the revenue from her Last Girl on Earth tour from commission charges… while Rih only received 6 percent,” according to Complex.
Yikes! By the looks of that BBHMM video, Rihanna is still fuming about the shady practices of her ex-accountant, which WaPo identifies as Peter Gounis. She can’t legally kill Gounis, but she can create an elaborate music video plot that materializes her brutal fantasies into an artful reality.
“If nothing else, ‘BBHMM’ serves as a seven-minute dose of wish fulfillment,” WaPo said.
In a nutshell, Rih Rih believes that Gounis and Berdon took advantage of her by concealing the true nature of her finances to squeeze out “exorbitant” commissions. They were raking in a whopping 23 percent of her net income.
Gounis fired back saying that Rihanna’s financial troubles were her own fault: “Peter Gounis did not leave the tour to go act in a movie, Fenty did.”
In the end, Berdon settled out of court and offered Rihanna $10 million; she dropped the $35 million lawsuit in April of 2014.
Rihanna is now worth $43 million, according to WaPo.
Over the weekend, Rihanna released a teaser for her highly anticipated music video, “B-tch Better Have My Money” at the 2015 BET Awards. The video finally dropped at 12:00 Thursday and we have to say, it was definitely worth the wait.
We certainly don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that the NSFW video may be a not-so-subtle shot at her former accountants. In 2012, we reported that the singer sued accounting firm Berdon LLP for $35 million for allegedly mismanaging her finances and causing her to go “effectively bankrupt.” However, this story has a happy ending. Well, it does for RiRi anyway. According to Page Six, she was awarded a settlement of more than $10 million last year.
Anyway, now that we’re done with that brief history lesson, check out the video below and let us know if you think Miss Fenty is trying to send a message to the folks over at Berdon and anyone who may be handling her money in the future.
Today, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced Rihanna has surpassed more than 100 million gold and platinum song certifications. This significant news means Rihanna has reached the number one spot on RIAA’s list of artists with the most digital single awards. In a press release, Cary Sherman who serves as the Chairman & CEO of RIAA stated:
“Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace. We’ve given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached. Congratulations to Rihanna! She has not only surpassed RIAA’s one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so. It’s a historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career.”
The new honor encompasses 37 hit songs such as, “We Found Love” which earned a nine times multi-platinum award, along with “Stay,” “What’s My Name” and “Only Girl (In The World),” a six-time multi-platinum award winner a few. Her latest songs, “BBHMM” and “FourFiveSeconds,” have also been included in her platinum hits catalog.
This award comes on the anniversary of Rihanna’s grandmother’s death and we are sure Gran Gran Dolly is more than happy for Rih!
A night out with the girls is all fun and games until that one friend goes from tipsy to pissy and starts cutting up.
While exiting the Microsoft Theater following the BET Awards Sunday evening, Rihanna had to pull her friend Leandra Goodridge’s coattail for apparently having too much to drink. Luckily for nosy folks like us, someone caught the exchange on camera.
“Your drunk ass is being stupid,” RiRi tells Leandra, who quickly tries to defend herself against the accusations.
Leandra’s specific response is unclear, but it’s obvious that the “BBHMM” singer’s patience is wearing thin.
“Well, handle it!” Rihanna replies grabbing Leandra’s arm like a mama who is too fed up with her child.
Despite the awkward exchange, there’s still nothing but love between Ri and her pal, who according to The YBF took to Instagram to thank the singer for bringing her to the show.
“True friendship never dies !!!!. Shout out to the real MVP for taking me as her date to the bet awards I had an amazing time ….. Thank you …….[kissy emo emojis] @badgalriri #bbhmm video coming out Thursday y’all ready,” she wrote in the post, which was later removed.
Check out their comical exchange below.
Rihanna and best friend Leandra leaving the BET Awards. (Your drunk ass is being stupid, handle it. 😂) pic.twitter.com/12RqKpOCZZ
— Rihanna Files (@RihannaFiles) June 30, 2015
The Woman Behind Rihanna’s Ever-Changing ‘Do, Ursula Stephen, Shares Her Secrets To Being A Hair Stylist
For years, Rihanna has been every girl’s hair crush. With every edgy cut or free-flowing long hairdo, many wondered who was the mastermind behind the most sought-after hairstyles in pop culture. Well, meet Ursula Stephen.
Stephen has been in the salon business for over 15 years and got her start when she went on tour with Kandi Burruss. Since then, Stephen’s claim to fame has been giving Black celebrities the chance to revamp their personal and professional looks.
With the launch of the Motions Spring 2015 line of hair products, MadameNoire spoke with Stephen, who also serves as their Global Ambassador and celebrity stylist for the brand.
MadameNoire: How do you manage your time between owning your own salon and being the Motions celebrity stylist?
Ursula Stephen: Having a good team really helps me balance owning a salon and juggling the responsibilities I have acquired from Motions. I would be a mess without them. My team members and I have worked together for a while and created a good groove. So, I feel truly blessed to have those who want me to succeed around me.
MN: What should up-and-coming hair stylists expect if they want to enter the entertainment/fashion industry?
US: Hairstylists should expect to sacrifice a lot of time and put in the necessary hard work. With that work ethic, you’ll see how it can be a rewarding career. It’s fulfilling to have the ability to make people feel amazing about themselves.
MN: What should potential hair stylists not accept from clients as they climb the career ladder?
US: They should never accept disrespect. It is important for your clients to respect you, your craft and time.
MN: The hair and fashion industries are extremely competitive. What kept you grounded throughout the years?
US: The love for what I do continues to keep me grounded. Nothing else matters. I’m a competitive person by nature, so I love that aspect of pushing myself to become more fashion forward with my hairstyles and to give them a sense of character.
MN: How did Motions helped grow your brand as a businesswoman?
US: Motions has been an absolute blessing. They have helped mold my career. I am also able to interact with consumers via social media or events to learn about their hair care needs. This allows me to be a stylist that promotes not only glamorous styles but healthy hair.
MN: How do you study trends and do you consider using them in your work when styling celeb clients?
Ursula Stephens: It’s different for a hairstylist. We don’t have things like graduate school, so it’s really up to ourselves to keep up with trends. The best way to keep up with trends and stay on your toes is going to hair shows and taking continuing education courses on cuts, colors and even styling. Talking to peers is also great for staying up to date. And believe it or not – YouTube! You can learn so much on there.
There are a lot of explanations women come up with to explain why they’re single and looking like Rihanna usually isn’t one of them. But low and behold 25-year-old stylist Bianca Guthrie who claims her supposed resemblance to Ri Ri has rendered her man-less.
In an interview with “The Mirror,” the Hackney, London, resident said:
“I’m single because I look like Rihanna, pure and simple. I have lost count at the amount of people that have been convinced I’m Rihanna – to date I’ve probably been stopped by over 1,000 people in street.
“Boyfriends have dated me purely because I look like her – it’s always the first thing they say. I’m desperate to find a man who sees past my resemblance to Rihanna. Blokes want me to be Rihanna, but I’m not. I’m Bianca.”
My initial reaction is just tell those men to go look at this photo gallery and they’ll see that she and the Bajan singer actually look nothing alike, but apparently Miss Guthrie’s been dealing with the ghost of Ri Ri for the past 11 years.
“When I was 14, people at my school told me I was her double,” Guthrie said. “I ended up cutting my hair to get away from it, I liked Rihanna but when you get asked it 100 times it loses its appeal quickly.
“Next thing I knew, she’d cut her hair too, and we looked exactly the same again. When I left school it just got worse. I would go on holiday and people were convinced it was Rihanna. I’d be followed and then asked for a photo. One time in London a group of tourists ran across a busy street shouting ‘Oh my gosh it’s Rihanna!'”
Despite not wanting to be associated with the singer, all of the attention caused Guthrie to develope an obsession of sorts with Rihanna, saying:
“I’ve found myself going online daily to see what she was doing/looking like. I went through phases of doing it to avoid a certain look. I had my hair red and then a week later Rihanna did it. Everyone thought I had copied her so I dyed it back. Then I went blonde and was told I looked like Rita Ora – I couldn’t win.”
Determined to win however, Guthrie says she’s now on a mission to find a man who hates Rihanna. And then they can live happily ever after.
Unfortunately, that won’t fix the issue of the young stylist being just a tad dramatic — or delusional.
Do you think Guthrie’s a Rihanna lookalike?