Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Chris Brown Won't Talk About Rihanna

Note to reporters: Don't ask Chris Brown about Rihanna! Chris says he takes it really personal when people he doesn't know ask him about his relationship with Rihanna. Chris told a WENN reporter, "Nobody wants to focus on what's positive, they want to know about my personal life. Every interview I do, they're like, 'So, how are you and such and such doing?' And I'm like, I don't know you, why you all in my business? So that's my take on it personally." They've already been photographed a dozen times sucking face, so it's safe to assume they're officially together.

Rihanna tops 'Best Hair In

R+B pin-up Rihanna's hairstyles have landed her the top spot in a new 'Best Hair In Hollywood' list.The poll was conducted by American magazine In Touch.In second place was Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, who narrowly lost out to the 'Umbrella' singer.Third place on the list went to former 'Friends' star Jennifer Aniston while fourth was captured by 'High School Musical' star Vanessa Hudgens.
The top five was rounded off by Sacha Baron Cohen's baby mama, Aussie Isla Fisher.The top five style queens as per In Touch's 'Best Hair In Hollywood' list is:
1. Rihanna2.
Gwyneth Paltrow
3. Jennifer Aniston
4. Vanessa Hudgens
5. Isla Fisher

Lil Wayne, Usher, Rihanna, and Lyfe Jennings Earn Extra Album ...

Who knew that labels could actually cash in on prisoners – a new demographic ! According to a recent Billboard story, record labels have picked up more than $5 million from federal, state and local prison systems since 2003. Although that figure may seem small, Bob Paris of North Hollywood-based Pack Central says "I have dodged every conventional bullet that has hit most music retailers," Paris says. "I don't have to worry about downloading, legal or illegally.” Paris’Pack Central, which runs a mail order operation for about 50,000 prisoners has been doing very well especially with the release of this year’s biggest albums including Lil Wayne’s “The Carter III,” Mariah Carey’s “E=MC2,” Lyfe Jennings “Life Change,” Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” and Usher’s “Here I Stand,” which are all on the companies best sellers list. Cassettes account for about 60% of unit sales, since CDs are contraband in many prisons because the hard plastics can be used for nefarious means. The screws that hold many cassettes together are also verboten, so owner Bob Paris must manually remove them. Paris says he started stockpiling cassettes five years ago. "People thought I was nuts when I invested tons of money in analog prerecorded music on tape," he says. Pack Central sends out its catalog twice a year, with monthly mailers featuring new titles. Prisoners pay for product through money orders or checks drawn on a spendable trust account set up by their family members. Given the harsh business climate for music retailers, Paris is thrilled that his business has been flat for the last five years, with sales hitting more than $1 million annually, it stocks about 10,000 CDs and 5,000 cassette titles. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 2.3 million people were locked up in federal, state or local systems at midyear 2007.

Rihanna to cover up?

Rihanna’s alleged flame Chris Brown has reportedly warned her against wearing revealing clothes, for he fears the singer’s sexy curves may end up attracting too many male fans. "Chris adores her, but he gets a little jealous when she is strutting her stuff. Her stage costumes are racy, and when she is not performing, she likes to dress to impress," the China Daily quoted a source as saying. Rihanna, however, is determined to continue showing off her fantastic figure, the source says. "She is sexy and likes to dress sexy," the source adds. The ''Umbrella'' star has not confirmed that she is dating Brown as yet. Even Brown said earlier this week that he was not prepared to talk about his alleged romance with Rihanna. "Nobody wants to focus on what''s positive, everybody just wants to know about my personal life. Every interview I do, it''s like, ''So, how are you and such and such doing?'' And I''m like, ''I don''t know you, why you all in my business?''" said the 19-year-old pop hunk, who has been spotted kissing the pop beauty on numerous occasions.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Essence Music Festival at 14th Edition

Is there a festival which brings together singers like Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash and Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige while it has dance workshops, free empowerment seminars and marketplace? Yes, the Essence Festival in New Orleans managed to bring together the past and the present. The complex festival pleased everybody gathered there.
According to The Associated Press, this was the 14th edition of the Essence Music Festival and it was held at the Superdome. Grammy Award-winner Mary J. Blige made her appearance Sunday and was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd. She came to the Festival four years in a row.
“It's such a blessing,” said Blige before beginning her performance.
Another special guest was comedian Chris Rock who retuned there for the first time in 12 years.
After Rihanna set a peaceful rhythm with ballads like “Take a Bow,” Chris Brown came with his hip hop songs, beginning his “Shawty Get Loose.” On one of Essence's smaller stages was Grandmaster Flash demonstrating his famous turn-table technique, saying that “without DJ’s there would be no hip-hop,” reported USA Today.
Kanye West’s performance was once again impeccable and the set from the Apocalypse Now movie was very impressive. West performed songs like “Diamonds from Sierra Leone,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’” and “Gold Digger.
Patti Labelle proved her voice was still great while Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash joined her when “Lady Marmalade” came up. The three singers which formed Labelle are set for a tour and their album comes in September.
The Essence Music Festival represents a celebration of black music and culture. In 2006, the festival moved to Huston because of the Katrina Hurricane but it returned to New Orleans.

Dizzee Rascal Eyes Rihanna For Collaboration

Dizzee Rascal is celebrating a number one single in the UK this week, but that's not all - he also has plans for another high-profile collaboration, following his partnership with Calvin Harris on the track Dance Wiv Me.
"I wouldn't mind sorting out a collaboration with Rihanna." The UK rapper told the Daily star. "I've met her once and she's nice, man."
Rascal also went on to deny claims that he sold-out by recording 'Dance Wiv Me', "Some people might see this as me selling out but no way. Every track I write I try to make different from the last and as my profile has risen with all the festivals and live shows I've done, I've wanted to experiment more."
"My audience has got more diverse, which I love. I've even started seeing teenyboppers in the front rows." Says Dizzee. "Experimenting with dance music is a good way for British rappers to get on the radio and into the charts."

Dizzee Rascal Wants to Work With Rihanna

British rapper Dizzee Rascal wants to work with Rihanna.
The 'Fix Up, Look Sharp' hitmaker -- who shot to the top of the UK charts for the first time in his career yesterday -- yesterday -- says he wouldn't mind collaborating wit the 'Umbrella' songstress.
He writes in Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "[I] wouldn't mind sorting out a collaboration with Rihanna.
"I've met the 20-year-old once and she's nice, man. They say she's with Chris Brown but I don’t see no ring. Ha ha.
"I'm always up for a summer romance though. I’ve been pals with her for a while now after meeting her in a club."


UK Single Chart Update: Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Chris Brown Hold On To ...

Ne-Yo’s reign at #1 was ended this week on the UK Singles Chart. “Closer” Ne-Yo’s second no.1 hit in the United Kingdom dropped to no.2, replaced by Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris’ “Dance Wiv Me.” The “Year of the Gentleman” singer’s first UK no.1 “So Sick” landed in the same spot in 2006. Despite intense competition on the chart, Chris Brown still has two singles in the top 10 this week. His collaboration with Jordin Sparks on “No Air” lands at #4, followed by “Forever” at #5. Capping off this week’s top 10, Rihanna who received praise for her performance over the weekend at the Essence Music Festival lands at #8 with “Take A Bow.”

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Rihanna Takes a Bow at the BET Awards


R&B style queen Rihanna sits next to her unofficial beau Chris Brown during the 2008 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Rihanna arrived at the BET Awards in style, wearing an eye-catching Giambattista Valli dress.
Here are some more deets about Rihanna’s shoulder tattoo. It says “IV. LXXXVI”, which is the Roman numeral for 4.86, the date of birth of her best friend. Apparently this best friend of hers is “closer than people from her own family.”

Rihanna lights up New York

Rihanna will illuminate New York on Thursday night when she flicks a switch and lights up the city's famous Empire State Building.The R&B beauty is in the Big Apple to promote jeweller Cartier's Declare Your Love Day.
To mark the romantic date, Rihanna - who is reportedly dating singer Chris Brown - will turn the famous skyline red.

Rihanna: Chris' Mom Approves!

rihanna and chris
Rihanna's got mom's seal of approval.
The hitmaking beauty made a trip to GBK Productions' Fire & Ice gifting lounge for the BET Awards over the weekend with her boyfriend, fellow music hotshot Chris Brown and his mom, Joyce Hawkins.
Hawkins, according to a source, was overheard cooing, "Rihanna is the sexiest and sweetest girl Chris has ever dated."
And for once, the superprivate lovebirds weren't so private during their hour-or-so-long visit to the lounge. "They came through holding hands and kissing each other on the neck," says the source.
Both Rihanna and Brown also took home their own $5,000 gold watches from Croton, Grace hats, handblown glass art from Robert Kaindl and iPod cases from Guilty Couture. Rihanna also grabbed three pairs of Australia Love Collective boots, including the Vixen, the Nomad and the Party Nomad and helped Brown pick out a couple of pairs of New Balance running shoes.
Sounds like a good day was had by all.


Brown and Rihanna Romance Still a Mystery

rihanna Rihanna and Chris Brown are still keeping fans guessing about the state of their relationship after they came up with different answers to the dating question at the BET Awards on Tuesday.
Just a day after Brown's mother cooed about the "Umbrella" singer at a pre-awards gift lounge event, the sexy Barbados-born star was still insisting she's single.
Speaking on the red carpet at the BET Awards, Rihanna said, "We aren't dating; we're very good friends."

But when Brown was asked if he and Rihanna were an item backstage, he playfully said, "Possibly, possibly!"
And his mom hopes the two really are dating -- she was overheard telling a friend, "She's the sexiest and sweetest girl Chris has ever dated."
The couple has become inseparable in recent weeks and rumors of a romance were sparked when the pair was spotted kissing and cuddling in a fast food restaurant last month.


Rihanna Goes Shopping with the Girls


rihanna This girl is so stylish she even looks photo-shoot-ready when she’s running errands. And Rihanna was spotted out and about yesterday in West Hollywood.
The “Take a Bow” songstress was joined by a few gal pals as she enjoyed some time off from her usual promotional and performing duties (over the weekend she sang two songs for Pete Wentz’s FNMTV show). And she looked adorable in a black top with matching skirt and a pair of serious black leather boots.

Rihanna’s relationship with Chris Brown has long been the topic of conversation in the gossip world. Recently the “Kiss Kiss” stud divulged a bit more information that usual about his “Umbrella” babe.
Brown told press, “Our relationship is growing. We started off as friends and we’re getting a little bit closer now. My mom is real cool about it all. They both have light skin with green eyes, so.”