Friday, November 13, 2009

Video: Rihanna's Russian Roulette Premieres

As Rihanna would say, The wait is ova. The music video for “Russian Roulette” has just premiered. This is a very new sound for Rihanna, who usually sticks to upbeat and catchy songs. But with the year she’s had, we’re not surprised her material has gotten a little darker.

The video features Rihanna going through her own personal hell while locked up in an institution. She goes through the thoughts of suicide by pulling the trigger, getting run over by a car, and even drowning.

This really shows off Rihanna’s amazing vocal range, and this is a whole new side of her that she’s showing her fans post-attack.

Rihanna and Chris Brown's Videos Debuting on Same Day

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Rihanna just can’t seem to fully separate herself from Chris Brown, no matter how hard she tries. Both singers are set to release music videos on the exact same day.

Rihanna will release her video for “Russian Roulette” from her upcoming album Rated R this Friday on 20/20. And now MTV reports that Chris’ video for “Crawl” will premiere Friday as well.

Chris’ video will air during the Wendy Williams show, with singer Cassie appearing on the track as well. Rihanna was originally supposed to premiere “Russian Roulette” last Friday when she spoke with Diane Sawyer for the first time about her attack. But the video ended up not being done with editing by the time of the taping.

Wonder who’s video will be more well-received? Check back on Hollyscoop.com for both music videos this Friday. Rihanna’s entire album, Rated R, comes out November 23rd, while Chris’ Graffiti doesn’t drop until December 15th.


Chris Brown Doesn't Know Why People Perceive Him Wrong

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Chris Brown appears as a guest on the Wendy Williams today to talk about how he’s getting on with his life post-Rihanna.

He says he’s tried countless times to apologize for beating up his then-girlfriend, and he just doesn’t understand why people won’t move past it.

"The steps that I’ve taken to show that I’m sorry probably have been perceived wrong," Brown says, “Certain things when I’m doing certain interviews and how my posture is to how I’m acting.”

"At the end of the day, I’m definitely remorseful and it’s not something that I take lightly or think that it’s like under the rug," he goes on. "I really think it’s something that is a serious matter and I’m learning from it."

Chris definitely has a solid group of fans sticking by his side, however. Just yesterday, the New York Post put up a video that showed Chris at a Foot Locker in NYC posing with dozens of fans.

One woman, however, didn’t appreciate Chris getting all of that attention, yelling to him, “F**king beater! You belong in jail. I hope someone beats the f**king crap out of you!"

Do you think Chris has done enough to show his remorse for what he did to Rihanna, or is he trying to move on too soon?


Rihanna Refuses Expensive Gift From Stranger

New York Jets' Braylon Edwards was hoping to impress Rihanna when he saw her at an LA nightclub by sending her a very expensive bottle of champagne, but he was left behind disappointed when she sent it back.

The famous football player sent Rihanna a $10,000 bottle while they were both partying at The Bank at Wonderland nightclub in LA, but the songstress quickly sent it back because he was a stranger.

One partygoer said: "She didn't know who they were, so she sent it back."

Edwards didn't let the incident stop him from pursuing her though. After she sent the bottle back, he went over and introduced himself and they chatted for a little bit.

But don't jump to any conclusions, it was just a friendly chat according to onlookers.

So if you ever decide to send Rihanna an expensive drink at a club, consider sending it with a note. El la el ella ay.

Chris Brown to Rihanna: Assault Was a "Private Matter"

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After Chris Brown assaulted and publicly humiliated Rihanna, she stayed mum for nine months. She didn't give a single interview, didn't bad mouth him and refused to address the issue. And that's just the way Chris liked it. But now that Rihanna has come forward and given the world details about the night she was assaulted, he's upset with her because he believes it should have been a "private matter."

"While I respect Rihanna's right to discuss the specific events of February 8," Brown says in a statement to MTV News, "I maintain my position that all of the details should remain a private matter between us."

We're sure Rihanna would have loved to have kept the photo of her bruised and bloody face private too, but when you're a celebrity, nothing stays private for too long.

During Rihanna's interview with Diane Sawyer, she said Chris put her in a headlock twice and bit her on the ear and fingers. "He had no soul in his eyes," Rihanna said. "He was clearly blacked out. There was no person when I looked at him."

In his statement today, Brown continued, "I do appreciate [Rihanna's] support and wish her the best. I am extremely sorry for what I did, and I accept accountability for my actions," he tells MTV.

"At this point, I am taking the proper steps to learn about me and grow from my mistakes. I only hope that others in similar situations can learn from our experience as well. Abuse of any kind is always wrong. The rest I leave it to God."

After all that Rihanna's gone through, Chris really can't be upset with her for telling her side of the story. She spoke out about being abused hoping her message will help save other women who are also in an abusive relationship.

Rihanna on Chris: No Soul In His Eyes

More information about the Rihanna interview with Diane Sawyer has come out today. The full video can be seen on 20/20 tonight. But here are some of the awful things Rihanna recounts to Sawyer.

On what was going through her mind during the attack: "When is it going to stop? When is it going to stop? He had no soul in his eyes. Just blank. He was clearly blacked-out. There was no person when I looked at him."

Rihanna confirms the fight began after Chris Brown received a text from another woman after they left a pre-Grammy party. She says, "I caught him in a lie, and he wouldn't tell the truth. And I wouldn't drop it.”

"I couldn't take that he kept lying to me, and he couldn't take that I wouldn't drop it … It escalated into him being violent towards me. And it was ugly. I was battered, I was bleeding, I was swollen in my face.”

On her reaction to Chris hitting her: "My next option was to get out of the car and walk, start walking in a gown and a bloody face," she says. "I didn't have a plan. That whole night was not part of my plan."

Rihanna says she finally had to make a decision for herself, and not because of Chris. She says, "The more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other, equally dangerous. Because it was a bit of an obsession."

On whether she hates Chris: "No, I don't hate him at all," she says. "I actually love and care about him. I want him to do well, have a great career, have a great life and grow up. And just take this as something you had to go through to grow up and learn."

Friday, November 6, 2009



R&B star RIHANNA is ending a tumultuous 2009 on a high - she's been named Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year.
The Bajan beauty is bouncing back from her personal turmoil at the start of the year (09) when she was beaten up by her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in February (09).
She took some time out of the limelight to recover from the brutal attack, which landed Brown a five year probation sentence and community service, but is now preparing to make her chart return with the release of her album Rated R.
Now Rihanna's pop comeback will be topped with the Glamour honour, which will be presented to the singer during an awards ceremony next Monday (09Nov09) at New York's Carnegie Hall.


RIHANNA is determined to use her pop star status to help other women who fall victim to domestic abuse, following her notorious bust-up with ex-boyfriend CHRIS BROWN.
The pop star was thrust into the limelight following the February (09) incident, which left her battered and bruised at the hands of her former lover.
Rihanna kept completely quiet in the press as she recovered, but she's now ready to use the media attention to help other women caught in violent relationships.
She tells America's Glamour magazine, "Domestic violence is a big secret. No kid goes around and lets people know their parents fight. Teenage girls can’t tell their parents that their boyfriend beat them up. You don’t dare let your neighbour know that you fight. It’s one of the things we (women) will hide, because it’s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery.
"The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women."
Disgraced singer Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna after a pre-Grammy Awards party and has since been sentenced to community service and five years' probation.


Pop star RIHANNA is looking forward to new romances following her failed relationship with disgraced singer CHRIS BROWN - because she has "never been in love".
The 21 year old had been dating the Kiss Kiss hitmaker for a little more than a year when he assaulted her after a pre-Grammy Awards party in Los Angeles in February (09).
Brown has confessed he still has strong feelings for the Bajan beauty, despite a judge ordering him to stay away from her for the next five years.
But Rihanna insists she is now moving on and looking for love once again, and hopes to have settled down in 10 years' time.
She tells America's Glamour magazine, "I hope I find love in the next 10 years - that will be pretty annoying if I am 31 and still have never been in love! But yeah, I'd like to be in a great place in both my personal life and my career. I still want to be doing what I love. Whatever that is in 10 years, I don't know."


RIHANNA struggled to cope with the overnight surge in media interest after she was beaten by ex-boyfriend CHRIS BROWN, insisting she suddenly became hunted like paparazzi favourite BRITNEY SPEARS.
The Umbrella hitmaker went into hiding after the vicious bust-up in February (09), which left her bloodied and bruised, and landed her ex-lover community service and five years probation for assault.
The singer admits she wasn't expecting to be the subject of so much international press attention.
She tells America's Glamour magazine, "It has taught me so much. I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day. It was like, What, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac? What do you mean, I can’t go back home?"
And she found it difficult to keep quiet after a photo of her injured face, taken after the incident, was allegedly leaked online by police sources.
She adds, "It was humiliating; that is not a photo you would show to anybody. I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the internet, and it’s my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was (supposedly leaked by) two women."
Two female cops were suspended in September (09) after the horrifying photo was published on celebrity website TMZ.com shortly after the bust-up.



Rihanna found it hard to come to terms with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown assaulting her because he was her first true love.

Rihanna has finally spoken out about the night Chris Brown attacked her, saying it could have happened to anyone.

The 'Umbrella' singer - who was left battered and bruised after her ex-boyfriend assaulted her in February at a pre-Grammys party - knows she isn't the only person to be the victim of domestic abuse.

She said: "This happened to me. It can happen to anyone."

However, the 21-year-old beauty admitted it was hard to come to terms with because of the feelings she had for the 'Run It' singer.

She says in an episode of US TV show 'Good Morning America' due to air on Thursday (05.11.09): "He was definitely my first big love."

Chris recently gave an interview about the assault and spoke of his regret about attacking Rihanna and told how he is trying his best to make amends.

He said: "I'm human. If people feel a certain way, I'm not going to say they're wrong. But it's not right to judge somebody when people make mistakes all the time.

"I've learned from my mistakes and I'm learning from them. And I regret every moment, every second of it."

Chris attacked Rihanna in his car as they left a pre-Grammy Awards party in February, repeatedly punching her in the face and biting her arms.

He pleaded guilty to assault and in August was sentenced to six months of community service, 12 months of domestic violence counselling and five years probation.

The judge also issued a restraining order which requires him to stay at least 100 yards from Rihanna for five years.


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CHRIS BROWN appears to have moved on after splitting from RIHANNA - he has been spotted romancing reality TV star NATALIE NUNN.
Despite professing his love for his ex in recent Internet posts and interviews, Brown has accepted he won't be reconciling with Rihanna anytime soon - in fact a court order demands he stays at least 100 yards away from the R&B star, who he left beaten and bruised after a violent row in February (09).
And now he has a new love interest in photographs obtained by TMZ.com.
In the shots, Brown is spotted having fun with and getting close to Nunn, a contestant in the upcoming season of reality show The Bad Girls Club.
The new couple was spotted out and about at events in recent weeks, the latest being a roller-skating party on 16 October (09).


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Disgraced singer CHRIS BROWN has paid an emotional online tribute to his ex-girlfriend RIHANNA with a montage of photos featuring the pair before their split.
Brown is currently forced to stay 100 yards away from the Umbrella hitmaker for the next five years, part of his sentencing after pleading guilty to assaulting her back in February (09).
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker, who has been open about his "regret" over the incident, used his Twitter.com page on Sunday night (25Oct09) to post a to a fan-created video montage - set to the tune of R&B singer Lee Carr's The Way We Used to Be.
The happy footage of the pair was accompanied by an apology from Brown, who wrote, "IM SORRY YALL (sic). JUST HAD TO POST IT."
Minutes later, the star defended his emotional outpouring. He added, "FOR THE FELLAS (men): showing emotion doesn't make u (sic)weak... BEING HONEST MAKES U (sic) STRONG."



A professional wrestler has charged RIHANNA with copying the cover of his 1998 heavy metal fight song compilation for her new single Russian Roulette.
Paul Heyman appeared topless, wrapped in barbed wire and sporting an eye patch on the cover of ECW: Extreme Music, which featured the music of Motorhead and Megadeth - and now he wants credit for inspiring Rihanna.
Heyman insists he is "the owner, operator, and creative force" behind the Extreme Championship Wrestling promotional package.


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CHRIS BROWN has confessed he still has strong feelings for the woman he has been told to stay at least 100 yards away from for the next five years - RIHANNA.
The disgraced singer pleaded guilty to assaulting the Umbrella hitmaker during a row in February (09), and he has been told to keep his distance as part of his punishment.
But the Kiss Kiss star admits he's still in love with his ex.
Speaking about life after the fight and subsequent legal woes on New York radio station Hot 97 on Wednesday (21Oct09), Brown told DJ Angie Martinez, "We’ve been friends since I was like 15, we got serious when I was, like, 17.
"Feelings are feelings and they don’t go away overnight, especially if you sit down and be like, 'Look, I’m (going to) really be in this relationship with you, past whatever the case, past our busy schedules, past us being two of the biggest artists.' I really care about her."

Chris Brown Latest Star to Say 'I'm Sorry'

For celebrities, the mea culpa has become almost as common as red carpet affairs and trashy tabloid headlines.

Chris Brown is the latest star to make waves with a public apology, saying he's sorry for allegedly beating and bruising his pop star girlfriend Rihanna. The move came almost six months after their pre-Grammy Awards altercation.

In a video posted on his YouTube page Monday, the 20-year-old R&B singer apologizes to his fans, claims to have apologized to 21-year-old Rihanna "countless times," reiterates that he's seeking help and explains why he didn't open up sooner.

"Since February my attorney has advised me not to speak out, even though since the incident I wanted to publicly express my deepest regret and accept full responsibility," Brown begins.

"Although I would do some interviews and answer some questions in the future, I felt it was time you heard directly from me that I am sorry. I have tried to live my life in a way that would make those around me proud of me, and until recently, I think I was doing a pretty good job. I wish I had the chance to live those few moments again, but unfortunately I can't."

"I cannot go into what happened, and most importantly, I'm not going to sit here and make any excuses. I take great pride in me being able to exercise self-control and what I did was inexcusable. I am very sad and very ashamed of what I've done."

Beyonce Slams Rihanna?


Pop diva Beyonce's new song "Ring the Alarm" is reportedly a slam against her wanna-be rival Rihanna, gossips say. In May 2006. mediatakeout.com reported , that SOS singer Rihanna, glammed so much to look like Beyonce that she was reportedly getting glances from Beyonce's longtime boyfriend Jay-Z.

Rihanna was becoming uncomfortably close to her mentor Jay Z mediatakeout.com wrote. And that closeness reportedly bothered Beyonce. As one entertainment insider told them,

"Rihanna is desperately trying to steal Beyonce's look, her style, and even her sound ... I wouldn't be surprised if now she's trying to steal Beyonce's man."

Rihanna has denied the claims. When asked about dating Jay-Z, Rihanna said "Ewwwwwwwwwwwww"

Gossips say in the just leaked Ring the Alarm Beyonce talks about knowing what's up with her man and the chick but she has no plans of letting him go.... why....the money..

Rihanna Stealing Jay Z from Beyonce?

rihannaAccording to mediatakeout.com, SOS singer Rihanna, wants to be Beyonce in every way. The pope babe has glammed so much to look like Beyonce that she is reportedly getting glances from Beyonce's longtime boyfriend Jay-Z.
Rihanna is becoming uncomfortably close to her mentor Jay Z writes mediatakeout.com. And that closeness reportedly bothers Jay Z's longtime girlfriend Beyonce. As one entertainment insider tells them, "Rihanna is desperately trying to steal Beyonce's look, her style, and even her sound ... I wouldn't be surprised if now she's trying to steal Beyonce's man."

At a recent NJ Nets game, Beyonce's frustration boiled over. According to a fan (SURE, I TOTALLY BELIEVE THIS) seated near the couple, Beyonce lost her cool when Jay Z received a 15 minute telephone call from Rihanna. Beyonce reportedly yelled out "why do you keep talking to her" and stormed out of the arena before Jay Z had a chance to explain.

Last month, while Beyonce was in Los Angeles accepting a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Jay Z was reportedly in New York City wining and dining Rihanna.

Adding more fuel to the flame, last week Sources say Beyoncé had a roiling blowup with Jay-Z as New Jersey dribbled over Miami, 100-88 reports PageSix. "She stormed off and flew back home," one tipster said. Beyoncé's East and West Coast publicists were unaware of any fireworks. "I don't know if she had a fight," says Columbia Records' Yvette Noel-Schure.

NCOM says: Blame Rihanna! She Deserved It

LOS ANGELES/EWORLDWIRE/Nov. 5, 2009 — Pop singer Rihanna recently made a widely publicized statement to Glamour Magazine that she wants to “shed light on the reality of domestic violence.” The National Coalition For Men (NCFM) calls on Rihanna to discuss her own reported violence against Brown as well if she wants to shed light on the problem honestly.

According to court records and other sources, Rihanna struck Brown in the face “numerous times” before Brown assaulted her (’http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/768865/rihanna-hit-chris-brow…’). NCFM purports although that would not justify his more severe assault, her violence should not be ignored, and if she does not “woman up” to it then her message will be the usual one-sided double standards that leave female perpetration covered up.

The saying, “There is no excuse for domestic violence,” applies to both sexes. Female violence in relationships is not rare but is often hypocritically deemed acceptable or humorous, such as in the film, Sideways. It is part of the cycle of domestic violence, which cannot be stopped without addressing the problem honestly. Children are damaged just by witnessing domestic violence, regardless of its severity.

A 32-nation study by the University of New Hampshire found women are as violent and as controlling as men in relationships worldwide (’http://www.unh.edu/news/cj_nr/2006/may/em_060519male.cfm?type=n’,

A major study funded by the Centers for Disease Control found one-fourth of heterosexual relationships had violence and: “half (49.7%) of those were reciprocally violent. In nonreciprocally violent relationships, women were the perpetrators in more than 70% of the cases.” (’http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/97/5/941′)

The same study also found “while injury was more likely when violence was perpetrated by men, in relationships with reciprocal violence it was the men who were injured more often (25% of the time) than were women (20% of the time).” (’http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/42/15/31-a’)

Over 200 studies now confirm the same thing, that “women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners,” as California State University Professor Martin Fiebert shows in his online bibliography at ‘http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm’. This data is more reliable than criminal justice data because men are less likely to report the violence or to respond positively to crime surveys because society still does not consider female violence as much of a crime.

If Rihanna sincerely wants to raise awareness about domestic violence, NCFM calls on her to be forthcoming about her own violence and to address the problem honestly.

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey Abuse Confession

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'Obsessed' singer Mariah Carey has admitted she was ''abused'' in a relationship, hinting it was at the hands of ex-husband Tommy Mottola.

Mariah Carey has been abused.

The 'Obsessed' singer - who married actor-and-rapper Nick Cannon in 2008 - has spoken out about how she has been affected by the struggle she faced in previous relationships and hinted her ex-husband Tommy Mottola was responsible for her ordeal.

She said: "Abuse has several categories. Emotionally, mentally, in other ways. I just think you get into a situation and you feel locked in. If your situation is similar to one of the situations I've been in, which I won't harp on. For me, to really get out, it was difficult because there was a connection that was not only a marriage but a business thing where the person was in control of my life."

Mariah wed music executive Tommy in 1993 after he signed her to the music label CBS Records. They separated just three years later and divorced in 1998.

The 40-year-old beauty also spoke out in support of 'Rehab' singer Rihanna, who was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown earlier this year following a pre-Grammy's party.

Mariah admitted she can empathise with the 21-year-old starlet's experience of domestic abuse.

She told US TV talk show host Larry King: "I was very sequestered, as you know, when I first started out and if I were just allowed to be young and with a young boyfriend who's also a star and you know, you're working and you're both — I don't know what goes on. You know what I mean? So it's like, I wasn't really allowed out of the house, so I can't imagine what she went through."

Meanwhile, the singer-turned-actress says she is desperate to have children with Nick, but is waiting for a gap in her career.

She explained: "Being pregnant would be the happiest thing in my life, but what I'm saying is right now with this movie 'Precious' coming out, with the next few singles from the album and those things that I'm doing, I need to focus on that because I cannot do the having-a-child thing halfway."

Rihanna: Brown's assault, aftermath 'humiliating'

Rihanna says dealing with the media attention after being assaulted in February by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown was humiliating. But she now hopes to speak for young women who are afraid to talk openly about domestic violence.

The 21-year-old pop star told Glamour magazine in an interview posted online Tuesday that the police photo of her bruised face that was leaked to reporters added insult to injury.

After the assault, she awoke to find helicopters circling her house and reporters swarming her street. "I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears," she said.

Rihanna said she felt disappointed and taken advantage of, especially when she heard that the two officers under investigation for leaking her photo were women.

"I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the Internet, and it's my life," she said.

Rihanna said she didn't realize how much her decisions affected people she didn't know, like her many fans. She feels stronger, wiser and more aware now, she added.

When and Where to Watch Rihanna's Interview


Rihanna Breaks Her Silence

Singer Rihanna is breaking her silence this week in an interview on ABC. She will appear on "20/20" to do a one-on-one interview. This is the first time she's spoken out publicly since February.

Those familiar with Rihanna Fenty and her past relationship with singer Chris Brown knows of the claims of previous abuse and the Feb. 20 incident in which Brown plead guilty to attacking her. Those not familiar with the incident can read my previous article here about Rihanna and Chris Brown that recaps the situation when it was reportedly thought that Rihanna and Chris Brown were getting back together.

Rihanna will do a one-on-one interview on ABC's show "20/20" at 10 p.m. this Friday evening, November 6. Prior to that Rihanna will appear on "Good Morning America" at 7 a.m. Thursday, November 5.

Rihanna is expected to promote her new album, "Rated R," which includes the single "Russian Roulette." She had to speak out at some point in order to get album sales. The album "Rated R" will be released in stores on November 23.

Hopefully Rihanna's story of survival will help other young ladies that have gone through relationship abuse. I'm sure plenty of people will tune into the interview to hear what Rihanna has to say about Chris Brown, their relationship and if she's started to recover from what she's been through.

If you want to know how to watch the Rihanna interview, tune into ABC to watch "Good Morning America" and "20/20" this week. If you miss the Rihanna interview, there may be clips posted on YouTube shortly after it's over.

Interviewers will surely ask Rihanna to talk about her side of the story regarding her relationship and the abuse incident with Chris Brown. Brown appeared in an interview with Larry King Live in August.

For the Feb. 20 incident Chris Brown was sentenced five years probation and 180 days of community labor, which he will serve in Virginia. He has to also do a year of domestic violence classes. This includes Brown stay 50 yards away from Rihanna during this time period unless it's at an industry event. Then he has to stay 10 feet away from her. Chris Brown also can't call, email or text Rihanna.

ABC to air Rihanna interviews on assault


The first interview with Rihanna (ree-AH'-nah) about Chris Brown's assault on her is airing this week on ABC.

The network says the pop star's one-on-one with Diane Sawyer will air Thursday and Friday on "Good Morning America" and Friday evening on the news magazine "20/20."

Brown's attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna occurred in February. He was sentenced in August to five years' probation, six months of community labor and a year of domestic violence counseling after he pleaded guilty to felony assault.

Rihanna's ABC interview coincides with the debut of her new single, "Russian Roulette," from her upcoming album, "Rated R." It's her first CD since 2007's multiplatinum "Good Girl Gone Bad."

Rihanna ready to rock Abu Dhabi


The R&B singer Rihanna will be the headline act for a New Year’s Eve concert in Abu Dhabi, it was confirmed yesterday.

Her possible appearance had prompted speculation for some time. The news will please thousands of fans who were left disappointed after the singer, 21, pulled out of a planned concert in Dubai on May 28, citing personal reasons.

On the same day as the cancelled concert, Rihanna’s boyfriend, Chris Brown, a fellow R&B singer, was scheduled to appear in court charged with threatening and assaulting the star following an altercation in Los Angeles in February.

Brown later made a public apology for his behaviour.

The New Year’s Eve concert will be Rihanna’s first major performance since then. She has kept a low profile following the court case.

Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has had a string of hits, including SOS, which was number one in the US, the more recent Umbrella, and the worldwide hit Don’t Stop the Music.

She was born in Barbados and moved the the US at age 16 to pursue a musical career. She has sold more than two million albums during her four-year career.

In 2005, her debut album Music of the Sun reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts.

Last year, the Latin pop diva Shakira performed at a lavish New Year’s Eve party at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Details about this year’s concert and the location are expected to be released soon.

My Ten Sense: Ne-Yo gets Rihanna to play Russian Roulette


Russian Roulette is usually played out in movies during gangster shakedowns, and it’s a common form of suicide for real-life soldiers and police officers. The game entails loading a single bullet into a six-round gun and pulling the trigger to decide whether you live or die.
Singer and actor Ne-Yo decided to make the deadly game into an art form by writing the song “Russian Roulette”, and the Grammy Award winning songwriter immediately imagined mysterious, sexy singer Rihanna sitting across a table from someone with a gun between them.
Well, it’s not too hard to imagine Rihanna across the table in a civil dispute because she acted out a similar scene in a music video with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine in the remix of the band’s hit song, “If I Never See Your Face Again”.

Not long before, Rihanna recorded a video with Ne-Yo for their hit duet, “Hate That I Love You”, that Ne-Yo penned. Ne-Yo also wrote Rihanna’s hit song, “Take a Bow”.

So Rihanna didn’t hesitate when Ne-Yo asked her to sing “Russian Roulette”, and the song is the first release from her fourth album Rated R, due out Nov. 23.

Opinion: I can't listen to his music

Some are played every day, others just a few times a year. There are songs that remind me of relationships I've royally screwed up (Hoobastank's "The Reason") and a few on my iPhone that were clearly DWIs -- downloaded while intoxicated (think Huey Lewis and the News, circa 1985).

But despite the wide range of emotions triggered by my 3,626 songs, I typically don't have a problem listening to any of them at any given time.

Except for four: "Run It," "Forever," "With You" and "Kiss Kiss." Haven't played them since last winter.

For those of you a little slow on the pop culture uptake, these are all songs by Chris Brown, the R&B singer who back in February assaulted his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, was sentenced to 180 days of community service, and now, eight months later, wants us to download his new music. And forgive him.

"Honestly, I would just like to get past it," Brown recently told Rolling Stone. "At the end of the day, I'm sorry for what I did, whatever it is."

This week, Brown headlines his first concert since the assault, the next step in revitalizing his image. As a one-time fan, there's a part of me that would like to get back to playing his music and get back to the party. But the last three words of that sentence just won't let me do it.

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"Whatever it is" doesn't sound like the words of a man who has done some serious soul searching. Rather, "whatever it is" sounds like the words of a man trained by his lawyers or marketing team to offer up a public admission of wrongdoing while avoiding linking his name to unpleasant phrases such as "domestic violence" and "physical assault." It's the same avoidance we saw during his interview with CNN's Larry King.

The reason why I am having a tough time moving on -- and thus playing Brown's music again -- is because he doesn't appear willing to say exactly what we're supposed to be moving on from. He's trying to speak up while remaining silent, which makes me wonder if he's sorry for what he did, or sorry he got caught.

I'm not saying Brown is a terrible person. I'm not saying he doesn't still love Rihanna. And I'm certainly am not trying to dictate when someone should be forgiven.

But I am having a hard time hearing his voice over a dance beat right now. And I am having difficulties singing along to lyrics such as "I won't let you fall girl" knowing that's not all together true.

We're all human, capable of making some terrible mistakes. I certainly have done some things I am not proud of and likely will do more things that fall short of being admirable.

But when the nation's domestic violence 24-hour hot lines are receiving 14 calls a minute, "whatever it is" just rubs me the wrong way.

Any PR guru will tell you it's nice to have the public forgive your sins, but it's even better to have them forget. Forgetting starts with redirecting the conversation and distancing yourself from the controversy, and it appears that is exactly what Brown is trying to do.

He doesn't want to be thought of as a perpetrator. He doesn't want to be linked to criminal behavior. He just wants to move on. I do, too. But reality won't let me.

Multiple studies show that nearly 2 million women are victims of domestic violence annually, and with the added tension fueled by a hurting economy, some crisis centers are seeing an increase of cases. I can remember women in my neighborhood, and even in my own family, trying to cover up bruises they believed they deserved for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

"He's a good man," is what they would say to each other, as if it was encouragement. And we all know this isn't just an issue that affects the everyday family.

It was just a year ago this week the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of Jennifer Hudson were killed, allegedly by her sister's estranged husband. Prosecutors believe he shot them in a jealous rage because Hudson's sister was dating someone else.

Also a year ago this month, Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was arrested on charges of domestic violence. This fall, actor Tom Sizemore was arrested on charges of domestic violence -- again. It's an ongoing problem, and yet culturally it doesn't feel that way. Culturally it feels as if we treat it like a private matter, an aspect of the couple's relationship that should be determined by the two of them.

Culturally, it doesn't even feel like it's a crime, with generations being spoon fed images of Ricky Ricardo spanking Lucy or hearing Ralph Kramden threaten to knock Alice to the moon. When the incident first occurred, some fans assumed Rihanna did something and thus deserved the assault, underscoring the sentiment that it's less of a crime and more of a fight between lovers.

To his credit, Brown is donating a portion of the proceeds from the fan appreciation tour he is doing next month to a Los Angeles, California, based nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence. A nice gesture that, unfortunately, is somewhat undermined by the bravado spewing from his latest single, "I'll Transform Ya," which brags about him being a great catch.

Talk about disconnects.

I guess this is why there are 3,626 songs in my music library and not 3,622. I haven't deleted the four songs by Brown from my music library because there's a part of me that understands this dialogue is way bigger than the incident that surrounds a 20-year-old kid.

Hopefully Brown really is a changed person, who, over time, will continue to use his fame to bring public awareness to the dangers of domestic violence. There's a part of me that wants to play his music again, rejoin the party, and yeah, move on.

Just not yet.

Right now I still have the images of a battered Rihanna in my head, so you'll have to forgive me if I don't feel like dancing to the songs of the person who did it.

"Whatever it is" he did.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of LZ Granderson.

Countdown to Oasis Of The Seas- Rihanna to headline

Kicking off the launch of Royal Caribbean Internationals Oasis of the Seas sailing from Florida's Port Everglades will be popular recording artist Rihanna, appearing at the ship's outdoor AquaTheatre on November 19th, the cruise line announced via Twitter today

Just as Oasis of the Seas will be introduced to the world as the largest cruise ship ever built with 5,400 guests and over 2000 crewmembers, Rihanna will debut her new album and be the first performer to take the stage of the amphitheater.

We will be on board and plan on sending live reports, videos and other updates for the event which also includes a live broadcast of the popular morning show, Good Morning America.

Chris Brown Still Learning From Mistakes: Gives Candid Interview

Chris Brown, the 'Run It' singer gave a candid interview on US radio, where he spoke about his regret at assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna in February, and told how he is trying his best to make amends.

He said: "I'm human. If people feel a certain way, I'm not going to say they're wrong. But it's not right to judge somebody when people make mistakes all the time.

"I've learned from my mistakes and I'm learning from them. And I regret every moment, every second of it."

Chris, 20, also admitted he is still not over 'Disturbia' singer Rihanna, and still has strong feelings for her.

Chris Brown - Chris Brown Still Has Lot to Learn

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Chris Brown has revealed he is still learning from his mistakes and deeply regrets his assault on former girlfriend Rihanna.

Chris Brown is still learning from his mistakes.

The 'Run It' singer gave a candid interview on US radio, where he spoke about his regret at assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna in February, and told how he is trying his best to make amends.

He said: "I'm human. If people feel a certain way, I'm not going to say they're wrong. But it's not right to judge somebody when people make mistakes all the time.

"I've learned from my mistakes and I'm learning from them. And I regret every moment, every second of it."

Chris, 20, also admitted he is still not over 'Disturbia' singer Rihanna, and still has strong feelings for her.

He added in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97: "We've been friends since I was like 15, we got serious when I was like 17.

"Feelings are feelings and they don't go away overnight, especially if you sit down and are like, 'Look, I'm going to really be in this relationship with you, whatever the case, past our busy schedules, past us being two of the biggest artists.' I really care about her."

He also promised his fans he won't make the same mistakes in his life.

Chris said: "I won't let you down anymore. That was one of the most embarrassing things for me, because of my image and who I was as a young role model to a lot of kids. It was hard for me."

Rihanna heads to a photo shoot

Singer Rihanna dresses in all black and bright red lipstick as she heads in for a photo shoot at Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District.

Click here to find out more! Your request is being processed... Topless Rihanna Dons Barbed Wire For 'Russian Roulette' Single (PHOTO)

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NEW YORK - Rihanna (ree-AH'-nah) is exposing her fans to more than her music with her new single, "Russian Roulette."

The singer is featured nearly topless on artwork for the song, covered only by what looks to be barbed wire.

The photo fits the apparent theme for her new album, "Rated R," which is due out Nov. 23. It will be her first CD since 2007's "Good Girl Gone Bad," which went multiplatinum. It will also be her first solo single since she was attacked by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

"Russian Roulette" will debut Tuesday on Rihanna's Web site.

Rihanna’s New Single is an Edgy Club-Banger


It’s been a while since singer Rihanna has released a solo single or album following the mega success of Good Girl Gone Bad. She’s managed to stay relevant in the industry with various guest appearances on such tracks as Jay-Z’s “Run This Town,” and T.I’s “Live Your Life.” Finally, we’ve heard via Rolling Stone that one of the song’s featured on her upcoming album is going to be an edgy, club banger for all to enjoy.

Record producer Chris “Tricky” Stewart recently discussed one of the songs he worked on with Rihanna which he describes as a guaranteed smash. He can’t release the name of the single at the moment, but seems confident regarding its chart topping potential. According to him, the singer has grown a lot since her last album, and plenty of noticeable changes have been made to her sound.

“This is Rihanna coming into her own and going from being a girl that has been singing big, huge hit records, and the artist is awake and alive and moving on this project,” Stewart said. “She knows exactly what she wants to say, she knows how she wants to feel.”

Rihanna’s album will be aptly titled, The Wait is Ova, and is scheduled for release on November 23rd. There have been rumors that it will be a double disc, but nothing’s been confirmed. Only time will tell on this one. Rihanna’s not known for her vocal prowess, but she steadily produces catchy, melodic tunes that are always backed by nice beats.


Singer Rihanna spotted rocking an eyepatch (out of all things??) on the set of her new music video in NYC on Friday night.

No word on the single title yet, but according to the countdown bracket on her official site, the new song will be released on Tuesday, October 20th.

Rihanna: I Was "Wrong" For Taking Chris Brown Back

All week we've been talking about the much anticipated Rihanna interview, which aired on Good Morning America today. It was Rihanna's first television interview since the incident that took place in February that changed her life forever.

During the interview Rihanna admitted she was "wrong" for going back to Chris Brown shortly after the assault.

"That's embarrassing that that's the type of person that I fell in love with," Rihanna told Diane Sawyer. "So far in love. So unconditional that I went back. It's humiliating to say this happened. To accept that? It's a traumatizing experience."

"I stayed. I even went back after he beat me, which was wrong," she added. "But again ... I'm a human being and people put me on a very unrealistic pedestal. And all these expectations, I'm not perfect."

Rihanna said that she felt so selfish going back to Chris because she didn't realize what a big influence she might be to other young battered women.

"It's completely normal to go back. It's not right. I learned the hard way, but again, this is what I want people to know," she said. "When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result in some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn't be held responsible for going back.

"Even if Chris never hit me again, who is to say that their boyfriend won't? Who's to say that they won't kill these girls?" she went on. "These are young girls and I just didn't realize how much of an impact I had on these girls' lives until that happened."

Rihanna admits that life has not been so easy after leaving Chris. She says that it has been one of the "most lonely times" because "nobody understands what it's like."

Chris Brown Talks About Rihanna Assault

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Rihanna's first television interview aired on Good Morning America on Thursday and Chris Brown's MTV interview will air on Friday. During the interview, Chris will once again address the incident that changed both their lives back in February.

"My thoughts [when I look back on it now] is like, 'Why did it happen?' Like, 'What was I thinking? What is wrong with you?' That's what I'm thinking with myself. That's what my thoughts are, basically, now," Chris says during the interview.

The incident that took place led to Brown being sentenced to 5 years probation and hundreds of hours of community service. Chris however, admits that he is ready to move forward with his life.

"It's like, 'How do we get past it? How do you, Chris' – talking to myself – 'how do you go from point A to point B? How do you learn from your mistakes, turn it into a positive and help other people with the situation, and at the end of the day become the person that you want to be?' "

During the interview Sway Calloway asks Brown what triggered the assault to which he replied, "Just anger … Yeah, anger … Young people, we do before we think."

Chris is currently in group therapy to help him manage his anger.

"Like, I think with my fans, they still love me, they support me, definitely. You have those people who will support you. So it's kinda like 50/50 for me. I got the people that will come out and support and then the people that don't wanna see me do anything. They basically want me in jail."

Both Chris and Rihanna have albums coming out soon, hence the reason they are both speaking out about the assault. Will you support Chris Brown and buy his album?

Chris Brown Interview to Air One Day After Rihanna's

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Leave it to Chris Brown to one-up Rihanna. The girl finally agreed to doing an interview to discuss the attack nine whole months after it happened, and Chris has to steal her thunder.

Right after ABC announced they’d be airing the exclusive Rihanna interview this Thursday on Good Morning America, all of a sudden Chris has one airing on MTV on Friday.

In the one-on-one, Chris sits down with MTV correspondent Sway to discuss what he’s learned from the incident. Didn’t we already hear all of this anyway?

Chris Brown: The Interview, premieres on MTV this Friday, November 6th. Check out a clip below.

Rihanna Says She and Chris Were "Dangerous"

Rihanna will be speaking candidly for the first time since her attack tomorrow on Good Morning America. And one of the things she will reportedly address is sort of relationship she and Chris Brown had.

She says to Diane Sawyer, "The more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other. This happened to me ... it can happen to anyone.”

Rihanna also tells Diane that her life changed dramatically from that one night to the next morning. "I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears,” she says.

“That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day. It was like, What, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac? What do you mean, I can't go back home?"

She also addresses the bruised and battered picture that leaked of her onto the internet. "That is not a photo you would show to anybody," she says. "I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the Internet, and it's my life."

But if there’s one thing Rihanna has learned this year, it’s that you can’t trust many people. "My friends and family have been extremely supportive, and everyone has been there for me. But at some point you are there alone. It's a lonely place to be -- no one can understand," she says. "That's when you get close to God."

Rihanna Talks About How She Coped With Assault

Rihanna is finally speaking out about the Chris Brown assault that took place in February. She spoke to Glamour Magazine about the incident and how much attention she got afterwards.

"I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears," Rihanna tells Glamour in its December issue. "That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day."

She adds: "The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn't heard."

In regards to the infamous leaked photo of Rihanna looking bruised and battered, she said, "That is not a photo you would show to anybody.".

"I felt completely taken advantage of . . . like people were making it into a fun topic . . . and it's my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was [supposedly leaked by] two women."

Rihanna will also be speaking to Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America on Thursday. During that interview she talks about Chris being her first love. Rihanna's new album hits stores on November 23 so we will be seeing a lot of the singer in the coming month.

Rihanna to Break Her Silence on Good Morning America

rihannaRihanna is going to break her silence for the first time since her attack last February.

According to Access Hollywood, the singer will speak with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America this Thursday.

Rihanna’s rep confirmed that the interview will also be featured on Friday night’s 20/20. This coincides the release of her new album, “Rated R,” which will hit shelves on November 23rd.

Promos began running today on ABC that read: "Rihanna: Music superstar. Pop sensation. Now for the very first time, Rihanna tells her story.”

This is one interview we do not want to miss! We’re sure Chris Brown is thinking the same thing.

Chris Brown Reaches Out to Rihanna

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Chris Brown isn't legally allowed to contact his ex girlfriend Rihanna, but there's no rules against him reaching him out to her via Twitter.

According to Popeater, Chris posted a link on his Twitter page to a song that clearly reminded him of his ex. "IM SORRY YALL. JUST HAD TO POST IT."

The couple broke up back in February after he attacked her at a Pre-Grammy party, and while he isn't allowed to contact her, she's clearly still on his mind.

Chris Brown Still Feeling the Heat From Rihanna Incident

Chris Brown is trying to move on with his life following his very public attack on ex girlfriend Rihanna back in February, but he just can't seem to get past his very big mistake.

Chris says he's been trying to make amends since the incident, but finds it really difficult because he's still getting a lot of heat about the attack.

He said: “I’m human. If people feel a certain way, I’m not going to say they’re wrong. But it’s not right to judge somebody when people make mistakes all the time.

He added, “I’ve learned from my mistakes and I’m learning from them. And I regret every moment, every second of it.”

It doesn't help that he's still in love with Rihanna either! He added in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97: “We’ve been friends since I was like 15, we got serious when I was like 17.

“Feelings are feelings and they don’t go away overnight, especially if you sit down and are like, ‘Look, I’m going to really be in this relationship with you, whatever the case, past our busy schedules, past us being two of the biggest artists.’ I really care about her.”

While a restraining order would prevent them from meeting or talking again, Chris said he would do things differently if he got another chance with her.

Chris said: “I won’t let you down anymore. That was one of the most embarrassing things for me, because of my image and who I was as a young role model to a lot of kids. It was hard for me.”

Sounds like someone's still feeling the massive backlash. A lot of Chris' fans abandoned him after he attacked Rihanna, and most of them had a hard time forgiving him for it. Did you?