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There’s been a whole lot of “internet breaking” going on as of late and last night was no exception. The highly anticipated collaboration of the legendary Paul McCartney and hip-hop and pop royalty Kanye West and Rihanna hit the net last night. Rihanna debuted “FourFiveSeconds” on her website, two weeks after Kanye dropped the single, “Only One”, in which Ty Dolla $ign sings back up vocals.
Rihanna sings over the acoustic, percussion-less track about her flaws and faults:
“I think I’ve had enough. I might get a little drunk. I say what’s on my mind. I might do a little time. Cause all of my kindness is taken for weakness.”
Kanye comes in on a verse as he laments about his own troubles:
“If I go to jail tonight, promise you’ll pay my bail. See they want to buy my pride, but that just ain’t up for sale. See all of my kindness is taken for weakness.”
West previewed the track at an IHeartRadio summit music industry event last Thursday at which in true Kanye fashion he went on to deliver a 45 minute stream-of-consciousness speech about his “responsibility to innovate” and apparently revealed a conversation with the The Beatles member in which he asked, “What was pu**y like in the sixties?” He played the track straight from his computer for the audience before closing his laptop and exiting the stage without speaking of a release date.
You can listen to the track at RihannaNow.com. In the meantime, Rihanna’s bestie Melissa posted the pop star’s reaction to the track going live. Peep her cute reaction below:
UPDATE: The wheels of justice turn slowly, but finally Rihanna has proven victorious over a company selling her image on a t-shirt without her permission.
Her legal dispute was with retailer Topshop ended when three UK judges at the Court of Appeal agreed with an earlier High Court ruling that “selling the tank top could deceive some shoppers and Rihanna’s fans into thinking she endorsed the item of clothing,” reports Business Insider.
Although celebrities in the UK have no legal right to control how their images are used, if a product is marketed in such a way that may suggest the celebrity endorsed it, this could be a case of an unauthorized use of a trademark or image rights.
The lawsuit went back to 2013 when Rihanna initially won her case in the High Court and Topshop was told to stop selling clothing with the singer’s image. Topshop appealed last year, arguing there is a long tradition of retailers using celebrities’ images, such as Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. It was this appeal that was just overturned in court.
Update by Ann Brown
Original story posted July 31, 2013
From The Grio
A British judge has ruled in favor of the singer Rihanna, who sued retailer Topshop for selling a T-shirt bearing her image without permission.
High Court Justice Colin Birss says buyers were likely deceived by believing she had authorized its sale.
Birss says the sales represented a loss of Rihanna’s reputation in the fashion realm, where the singer has been trying to carve out a name as a designer. She has a clothing line in her name at a rival store.
Read more at TheGrio.com
The age of the great singer has pretty much come and gone, but there are some very talented musicians who have managed to get better with time. On the flipside, there are also singers who started out with great voices, only to have them wane over time (blame it on age, hard living, etc.). Here are 10 examples on both sides of singers whose voices have improved greatly over the years, and a few who have lost their mojo for a variety of reasons.
Worse: Alicia Keys
A. Keys was never out here singing like Anita Baker, but as she got older and started writing and arranging more and more songs that pushed her voice past a limit she is really capable of (Yes, I’m talking about “Girl on Fire”), the change in her voice became more noticeable. These days, the talented writer and pianist does a lot more screaming than singing:
“Nothing Can Stop What God Has Planned”: Chris Brown Reacts After Having His Probation Revoked, Could Face Jail Time Again
Despite looking as though he would finally get on the right track and get off of probation, Chris Brown might be back in trouble after all.
According to the AP, a judge revoked the singer’s probation from the Rihanna case on Thursday because he reportedly traveled without approval for a show, and didn’t finish his community service requirements. Brown is catching somewhat of a break for now though, because they will allow him to remain free until he has to attend another hearing on March 20. On that date, another update will be given to Judge James R. Brandlin of LA Superior Court by probation officials, and if things aren’t up to par with his expectations, Brown could go back to jail.
This decision is based on the fact that even though Brown was allegedly told that he could not leave LA County without permission, he traveled to San Jose on Jan. 11 to perform. Clearly that show wasn’t worth it because not only did it get him in trouble, but that same show was the one where five people were shot as he performed “Loyal” on stage. There is no indication that Brown was involved in that shooting, however, probation officials are looking into it either way to be sure. But in Brown’s defense, his attorney, Mark Geragos, said that Brown was incorrectly told that he didn’t need an okay to go to San Jose for the performance.
In the end, the judge actually accepted Geragos’ explanation, but in order to have control of this situation, and due to the fact that Brown didn’t finish the last 200 hours of his 1,000 community service hours, Judge Brandlin revoked the singer’s probation anyway.
According to the AP, Brown attended court with Karrueche Tran and his mother, and afterwards, he shared this on Twitter:
Brown has had his probation from the Rihanna case revoked before, but only briefly after an alleged hit-and-run case that was eventually dismissed. Considering that the judge felt that Brown made a lot of headway with his community service (even though he didn’t finish all of it), hopefully Brown will continue to make progress and get to avoid going back to the slammer. One can only hope…
Is Matt Kemp expecting a baby?
According to X17 Online, and a source claiming to be close to the baseball player, he is.
The site reported earlier today that Kemp, 30, has secretly been dating, and even living with his stylist, NChimunya Wulf, 35, for some time now. She posts a lot of photos of the handsome ball player (he posts some here and there), who we all know used to date Rihanna, and the two seem very close. Wulf, who was born in Zambia, was recently spotted doing charity work with the Chipakata Children’s Academy Foundation, which she is the executive director of, in the country. In a photo she posted to her own Instagram account during that trip, she was spotted holding what appears to be a growing baby bump. The X17 source claims that she’s four months pregnant:
“They’ve been living together for about a year and she’s four months along. They’ve gone on a number of trips together, and she’s even traveled with his family too. They may not be super public with their romance, but they’re head over heels and thrilled to become parents.”
The source says that Wulf is also getting very close to Kemp’s mother, Judy Henderson, and that Kemp has become very involved in the stylist’s charity. After working together for some time, according to the source, love has blossomed…
Yeah, all that sounds beautiful, and it would be great news–if it’s actually true. But Kemp sent out a tweet after the report surfaced to say that even though he does love kids…he isn’t expecting one:
You never know what to expect with these celebrities. One minute they’re saying they aren’t having a child, and the next minute they release a statement later admitting that they are. Folks like to do things on their own time, and there’s nothing wrong with that. So if it’s true, that’s great news for Kemp and Wulf! If it’s not…that’s great news for us, because that means he might still be on the market and available for a sista!
Excuse the thirst.
Guyanese people are everywhere. Seriously. I live with them (they’re my neighbors above and below me in Brooklyn), I work with them (I’m sure you know Lauren Fox), my friends date them, and in New York alone, they’re a pretty large population. Through my Guyanese acquaintances, I’ve learned that some very well-known celebrities are also from Guyana, or they were raised by Guyanese parents. Here are nine that surprised me, and just might surprise you (if not, then I’m guessing you’re probably Guyanese too…):
Rihanna may be enjoying a vacation in her home town of Barbados, but our bad gal is still working. According to the rumor mill, a new track from her upcoming #R8 album has been leaked. The track titled “World Peace” features Rihanna singing about peace around the world and having fun in different countries.
Entertainment outlets such as Eonline, and Elle are reporting the track is Rihanna’s new song. Elle Magazine said, The song, called “World Peace,” is a total make-love-not-war anthem, set to a heavy dubstep dance beat. An alleged demo (and trust us—it sounds very demo-ish) of the 3-minute track hit YouTube late this week, with claims that it’s part of Ri-Ri’s highly anticipated eighth studio album, R8.
Rihanna has yet to confirm or deny, if the song belongs to her. The last album we received from Rih was Unapologetic in 2012 and fans are eager for new music. In the meantime, this leaked track will have to do.
Rihanna’s Dad Calls Her Friend Melissa A Parasite: “If I Had Anything To Do With It She Would Have To Go”
Rihanna and her father, Ronald Fenty, have had a pretty volatile relationship over the years, and he says that has a lot to do with his drinking habits. The 61-year-old was estranged from his daughter not too long ago because of a drinking problem, but was able to mend things with his pop star daughter, who sent him to a pricey rehab in Malibu last year after a run-in with the law. But Fenty is speaking out to the Daily Mail now to say that things between them aren’t in a good place yet again, and it’s because he relapsed at her successful Diamond Ball earlier this month. Things got so bad that he was asked to leave before his daughter even arrived.
In the chat with the Daily Mail, Fenty speaks on his struggles, his worry for his daughter due to his own habits and the people she has in her life, and he even spoke on the star’s much-rumored love life. Here are the quotes that stood out:
What Went Wrong At The Diamond Ball:
“I had Johnny Walker Black. I had two doubles man and tripped over a chair. I had been on the [red] carpet for the pictures, I meet a couple of famous people I knew, go and talked with them, and then somebody left a chair and I stepped back and fell over. I saw my ex (Monica) look up, and within a few minutes after the picture was taken, security came up and said ‘we’re taking you home.’ I said ‘but I haven’t seen my daughter yet’… and they said ‘don’t matter man.’ They said ‘please do not make a scene it will reflect on your daughter.'”
His Regrets Over Relapsing At Rihanna’s Charity Ball:
“I’m sad how it ended of course, I should have never taken that first drink or any drink for that matter. I wish I had seen her…She will probably hear how I was and how I had a few drinks, so I guess she would be angry with me. I think she is, I’m not sure, we haven’t spoken just yet.”
Why He Took That Drink After Being Clean:
“That day of the event I was really down. My other son and daughter in Barbados, Samantha and Jamie, were not invited and they were on my case about it and making me feel bad and guilty. Cousins and everybody on the other side was invited but why wasn’t Jamie and Samantha there? It wasn’t the first time either. I got really down and depressed and that was basically why I started drinking that day.”
His Experience In Rehab In Malibu:
“It was just the first three days (I didn’t like) other than that I was at a resort. I went to the classes and state my opinion, and people listen to me for some reason. Four of us used to hang out, one guy and the two actors, the rest of the people were kids.”
If He Thinks He’s An Alcoholic:
“Me, no, drunk and disorderly. I don’t see myself as an alcoholic, I don’t realize when I get that drunk. Call me a drunk or alcoholic in denial, whatever you want to call me but I have realized I could drink or not drink. I only start[ed] drinking, once I come back here in December. I feel bad because I let her down because she spend all that money putting me in rehab, [and] then find me drunk somewhere. It is not good. What can I say but I’m sorry. It’s me who f**ed up…I appreciate everything she has done for me so far and will continue to do for me. I have no other place to go but sober. Whenever I drink alcohol, especially in a public area, something goes wrong, I could have stayed home and got drunk in my bedroom and no one would have known, but I need to socialize, and I need to stop the alcohol period, period.”
His Worries For His Daughter:
“Of course there’s always a worry in the back of my head. There’s a worry in the back of my head with her friends, even some of her family. What’s the name of that place, that very expensive place, Harrods. We going in there and I just see her friends, stocking up on shoes like crazy. Parasites – whatever you want to call them – that need to go and have their own life.”
His Issue With Rihanna’s Best Friend, Melissa Forde:
“If it was me she would have to go, if I had anything to do with it she would have to go. She’s the one who goes shopping and everything. I think Melissa should be old enough to be able to stand on her own two feet, of course come and visit her like the rest of her friends, but she doesn’t need to be there all the time. Monica says ‘but she helps Robyn pack her bags,’ I said ‘Melissa don’t pack no bags sweetheart, I know that, so don’t give me that.’ I’ve been in the house. I said that’s a joke.”
Where He Says Things Stand With Rihanna And Her Ex, Chris Brown After Running Into Each Other At A Basketball Game Recently:
“At the basketball, they just said ‘hi and hello.’ When we was going to the car park he was trying to talk with her but she turned and was talking to somebody else, so he came and talked to me and I had a picture with him. Afterwards Robyn said, ‘dad you really taking pictures with he though?(sic).’
Let her do what she wants to do. This recycling thing don’t work for everything, people don’t ask me if I could go back with Ms. Fenty. Chris is a player, he ain’t ready for no one women[sic] yet, he ain’t ready. He’s a party guy.”
You can check out Fenty’s full interview over at the Daily Mail. I’m sure that after his behavior at the ball, Ri Ri definitely won’t appreciate him yapping to the press, but hey, this wouldn’t be the first time…
Rihanna is a hardworking woman who wears many hats and now, a new role has been added to her long list of responsibilities. According to the Wall Street Journal, the 26-year-old recently signed a multi-year partnership with Puma.
Per this new deal, RiRi will serve as the brand’s global ambassador for women’s fitness and creative director for women’s products. The singer will step into her new roles beginning next month and “will work with Puma to design and customize classic Puma styles as well as create new styles to add to the Puma product portfolio.”
“Signing Rihanna is a fantastic step for Puma,” said Bjørn Gulden, Puma’s chief executive officer.”Her global profile, her charisma and individuality, her ambition – all these things make her a perfect ambassador for our brand. With a strong portfolio in football, running and motorsport, finding an inspiring partner for women’s training was very important. Rihanna was a natural choice for us. We’re delighted to have her as a partner, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.”
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
“I’m excited for you to see what Puma and I come up with,” Rihanna expressed in the company’s recently distributed press release.
Fellow singer Solange is currently working as an art director and creative consultant for the German brand.
The Rih-turn of Rihanna is upon us.
Last night, the 26-year-old shared a clip of new music on her Instagram, captioning the post, “phuckin roun in da studio.”
Could this mean we will see a Rihanna album drop on Black Friday? Her brother has been counting down all week on his Twitter timeline, so we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Rumors have been swirling around Rihanna and a new album, her eighth, for awhile now with the hashtag #R8 trending on Twitter from time to time. Adding more fuel to the fire, the singer also recently tweeted, “ANY news about #R8 will be delivered directly from me!!!!”
Read more about Riri’s new music at StyleBlazer.com