Rihanna Escapes London Hotel FireSinger was Among 300 People Evacuated During the Blaze…

Rihanna escaped from a London hotel fire early this morning after a blaze started in an elevator shaft, reports the Associated Press.

The singer, who was among 300 people evacuated from Corinthia Hotel during the blaze, tweeted a picture of a fire engine following the incident. The London Fire Brigade reported no injuries in the 7th floor fire. (More via Rolling Stone…)

Rihanna Escapes London Hotel Fire
Singer was Among 300 People Evacuated During the Blaze…

Rihanna escaped from a London hotel fire early this morning after a blaze started in an elevator shaft, reports the Associated Press.

The singer, who was among 300 people evacuated from Corinthia Hotel during the blaze, tweeted a picture of a fire engine following the incident. The London Fire Brigade reported no injuries in the 7th floor fire. (More via Rolling Stone…)

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Coldplay and Rihanna Make Second Culturally Confused ‘Princess of China’ Video…

Can we agree now that the existence of a collaboration between Coldplay and Rihanna is more interesting than the song itself? The Barbados-born pop singer’s presence on the Mylo Xyloto track list helped set the tone for the British arena-rockers’ latest album, which has enough day-glo synths and crushing R&B beats to find a home on circa-2012 Top 40 radio, where Adele and Gotye are the recent exceptions that prove the club-friendly rule. The actual track, the shimmering “Princess of China” — which, let’s not forget, the co-conspirators performed at this year’s Grammy Awards — wasn’t even the most Rihanna-like track on the album, as our reviewer smartly noted when the record came out this past fall (that was the excellent “Paradise”).

All these months later, it’s still unclear what the song has to do with the country of its title (“China” appears nowhere in the lyrics), and the just-released video hardly clears matters up. (Video and More via SPIN…)

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Rihanna Goes Topless For The Cover Of UK Esquire

You are probably wondering ‘When is Rihanna not topless in a photo shoot’…

Let’s face it, RiRi is definitely the Cover Queen when it comes to the amount of covers she’s snagged over the past few years (she wasn’t crowned Esquire’s sexiest Women Alive for nothing), but interesting enough, most of the publications would rather put her on their covers with her clothes off, than on. She’s currently covering Esquire UK’s July 2012 issue, topless, with a headline that states, ‘Rihanna Will Not Be Censored’.

The cover shot definitely looks like something we’ve seen before (Rihanna instagrammed similar photos of herself topless from the set of her ‘Nude’ fragrance shoot just this weekend), however, the inside shots of Rihanna in a netted bra and army fatigue shorts are far hotter.

Blondes definitely have more fun! (More at Necole Bitchie…)

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Rihanna Goes Nude To Promote New Perfume…

Rihanna, no stranger to baring all, has stripped down once again to promote her new perfume, Nude.

She took to Instagram to share the big news with her fans, writing:

"I got a big shoot tomorrow for a surprise fragrance for my ladies called… NUDE! Bye bye dreadz, for NOW!"

More via Billboard…

Rihanna Goes Nude To Promote New Perfume…

Rihanna, no stranger to baring all, has stripped down once again to promote her new perfume, Nude.

She took to Instagram to share the big news with her fans, writing:

"I got a big shoot tomorrow for a surprise fragrance for my ladies called… NUDE! Bye bye dreadz, for NOW!"

More via Billboard

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M.I.A. Signs with Roc Nation…

Roc Nation, the entertainment company created by Jay-Z and Live Nation, has announced that they’ve signed M.I.A. to a management deal (she’ll maintain her record deal with Interscope). She joins the ranks with other Roc-signees Santigold, her longtime collaborator Switch and Rihanna, who congratulated M.I.A. this afternoon. M.I.A. is currently finishing her fourth full-length, Matangi, as well as a self-titled autobiography which should be out in October. M.I.A. is currently working on a remix for her song “Bad Girls” with her protege, Rye Rye, Missy Elliott and Azealia Banks. Following this development, perhaps Rihanna will jump on too? (via The Fader…)

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Kanye, Beyonce, Jay-Z Dominate BET Awards 2012 Nominations…

The 12th annual BET Awards nominees are officially out, and the Watch the Throne power triangle has the most nods on lock, BET president Stephen Hill announced at a press conference yesterday morning on a special edition of its show 106 and Park. Kanye West led the pack, raking in seven nominations, two of which (for Video of the Year, with “Otis” and “Niggas in Paris”) he shares with Jay-Z, who picked up five. Beyoncé, the First Lady (or Queen Bey, depending on degree of fandom) of music, pulled in one more than her husband, including Best Female R&B Artist and two spots in the Video of the Year category for her awesome “Countdown” and “Love on Top” clips.

Big Sean also earned three nods, while Rihanna (who won Best Female R&B Artist last year), Usher, Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, and Melanie Fiona all received at least one. (More via SPIN…)

Kanye, Beyonce, Jay-Z Dominate BET Awards 2012 Nominations…

The 12th annual BET Awards nominees are officially out, and the Watch the Throne power triangle has the most nods on lock, BET president Stephen Hill announced at a press conference yesterday morning on a special edition of its show 106 and Park. Kanye West led the pack, raking in seven nominations, two of which (for Video of the Year, with “Otis” and “Niggas in Paris”) he shares with Jay-Z, who picked up five. Beyoncé, the First Lady (or Queen Bey, depending on degree of fandom) of music, pulled in one more than her husband, including Best Female R&B Artist and two spots in the Video of the Year category for her awesome “Countdown” and “Love on Top” clips.

Big Sean also earned three nods, while Rihanna (who won Best Female R&B Artist last year), Usher, Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, and Melanie Fiona all received at least one. (More via SPIN…)

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Rihanna And Rita Ora’s Lovefest…

Rihanna wants you to know that she’s far from intimidated by Roc Nation’s new bish Rita Ora.

Tonight, the two had one big lovefest as they greeted at London’s O2 Arena for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ tour. Rita tweeted, the photo at Rihanna with the caption, ‘Hatin A$$ Biatch!!!! Mwah!!!!!’

Later that night, the two headed over to Dstrkt Restaurant for Jay-Z’s long time friend Ty Ty’s birthday bash which also served as The ‘Watch The Throne’ tour afterparty. The guest list for the night included the likes of Kanye, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin and Trey Songz. Beyonce was reportedly suppose to be in London this weekend but she was spotted at the Revel in Atlantic City last night where she was rehearsing for her upcoming Memorial Day shows.

Rita wasn’t the only one tweeting from the WTT concert… (More at Necole Bitchie…)

Rihanna And Rita Ora’s Lovefest…

Rihanna wants you to know that she’s far from intimidated by Roc Nation’s new bish Rita Ora.

Tonight, the two had one big lovefest as they greeted at London’s O2 Arena for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ tour. Rita tweeted, the photo at Rihanna with the caption, ‘Hatin A$$ Biatch!!!! Mwah!!!!!’

Later that night, the two headed over to Dstrkt Restaurant for Jay-Z’s long time friend Ty Ty’s birthday bash which also served as The ‘Watch The Throne’ tour afterparty. The guest list for the night included the likes of Kanye, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin and Trey Songz. Beyonce was reportedly suppose to be in London this weekend but she was spotted at the Revel in Atlantic City last night where she was rehearsing for her upcoming Memorial Day shows.

Rita wasn’t the only one tweeting from the WTT concert… (More at Necole Bitchie…)

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On the Charts: Rihanna’s ‘Ship’ Sails…SEVEN DAYS OF RIHANNA VIRALITY: Rihanna isn’t at the top of the charts at the moment, at least in the traditional Billboard sort of way, but her publicity blitz of the past week is paying off in serious viral action. In addition to doing prominent interviews for her upcoming movie Battleship, her racy video for “Where Have You Been” came out on April 30th and has logged more than 29.5 million views – enough for an 88-spot surge on the Ultimate Chart, which measures Internet criteria. The new single lands at Number Eight, and “We Found Love” climbs 15 slots to Number 32. (More at Rolling Stone…)

On the Charts: Rihanna’s ‘Ship’ Sails…

SEVEN DAYS OF RIHANNA VIRALITY: Rihanna isn’t at the top of the charts at the moment, at least in the traditional Billboard sort of way, but her publicity blitz of the past week is paying off in serious viral action. In addition to doing prominent interviews for her upcoming movie Battleship, her racy video for “Where Have You Been” came out on April 30th and has logged more than 29.5 million views – enough for an 88-spot surge on the Ultimate Chart, which measures Internet criteria. The new single lands at Number Eight, and “We Found Love” climbs 15 slots to Number 32. (More at Rolling Stone…)

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Rick Ross R&B Day: New Single with Usher, Remix with Rihanna…

It’s always refreshing when the big man sounds happy. Rick Ross is in love, his new favorite collaborator Usher is in love (per usual), and Rico Love produces one of the more directly R&B singles we’ve heard from a Ross album, adorned with 40-indebted buried snares and persistent bring-out-the-cake claps. Speaking of cake, Ross delivers two minutes of Maybach Music advertisements (Self Made Vol. 2 out June 26th! Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t July 31st! Meek has a mixtape! Album August 28th!) and one minute of raps over Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” on a new remix. Enjoy both new songs at The Fader…

Rick Ross R&B Day: New Single with Usher, Remix with Rihanna…

It’s always refreshing when the big man sounds happy. Rick Ross is in love, his new favorite collaborator Usher is in love (per usual), and Rico Love produces one of the more directly R&B singles we’ve heard from a Ross album, adorned with 40-indebted buried snares and persistent bring-out-the-cake claps. Speaking of cake, Ross delivers two minutes of Maybach Music advertisements (Self Made Vol. 2 out June 26th! Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t July 31st! Meek has a mixtape! Album August 28th!) and one minute of raps over Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” on a new remix. Enjoy both new songs at The Fader

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Nas added to BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend BillRapper Will Headline the 1Xtra Stage at the June Event…

Nas has been added to the line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend event, a huge outdoor festival set to take place this summer to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games.

The event will take place on London’s Hackney Marshes on June 23–24 and will hold up to 100,000 people. Rihanna will headline the event’s second night (June 24), with Jay-Z closing the show on the event’s opening night (June 23).

Nas will headline the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage at the event on the Sunday (June 24). He joins the likes of Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Enter Shikari and Plan B in appearing on that day, with one ‘Special Guest’ still left to be confirmed. (More at NME…)

Nas added to BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend Bill
Rapper Will Headline the 1Xtra Stage at the June Event…

Nas has been added to the line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend event, a huge outdoor festival set to take place this summer to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games.

The event will take place on London’s Hackney Marshes on June 23–24 and will hold up to 100,000 people. Rihanna will headline the event’s second night (June 24), with Jay-Z closing the show on the event’s opening night (June 23).

Nas will headline the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage at the event on the Sunday (June 24). He joins the likes of Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Enter Shikari and Plan B in appearing on that day, with one ‘Special Guest’ still left to be confirmed. (More at NME…)

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[Photos] 50 Celebrities And Their Moms…

Happy Belated Mom’s Day to all of the mother’s around the world.  In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are saluting the mother’s who raised some of our favorite celebrities including Jay-Z, Kimora Lee Simmons, Rihanna, Lala Anthony, Monica, Drake, Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union and more. (Go to Necole Bitchie to View the Gallery…)

[Photos] 50 Celebrities And Their Moms…

Happy Belated Mom’s Day to all of the mother’s around the world. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are saluting the mother’s who raised some of our favorite celebrities including Jay-Z, Kimora Lee Simmons, Rihanna, Lala Anthony, Monica, Drake, Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union and more. (Go to Necole Bitchie to View the Gallery…)

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Q&A: Hit-Boy on ‘Ni—as in Paris’ Success & His Own Rap Career…

Hit-Boy is living up to his name. The Southern California native (born Chauncey Hollis in Pasadena) co-produced “Ni**as in Paris,” the double-platinum hit from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne. With another West track (“Way Too Cold”) under his belt, Hit-Boy is juggling various projects including West’s upcoming solo album, a G.O.O.D. Music set, as well as sessions with A$AP Rocky, Nas, Justin Bieber and Big Sean.

Hit-Boy grew up with music. His uncle, Rodney Benford, was a member of Troop, a group that scored two No. 1 R&B hits in 1990 with “Spread My Wings” and “All I Do Is Think of You.” Watching Bow Wow on TV prompted then-13-year-old Chauncey to pen his own raps. However, the fledgling rapper grew more enamored with crafting beats. His first placement, at 20 years old, was the track “Forever” on Jennifer Lopez’s Brave album, and he claimed his second big break collaborating on West’s “Christmas in Harlem” after meeting Kanye’s cousin, Ricky Anderson.

Signed to G.O.O.D. and Universal Music Publishing Group, Hit-Boy boasts a rapidly expanding discography, including tracks by Lil Wayne featuring Eminem (“Drop the World”), Kelly Rowland featuring Big Sean (“Lay It on Me”), Jennifer Hudson (“I Remember Me”), Pusha T (“My God”), Rihanna (“Watch N Learn”) and Joe Jonas (“Lighthouse”). (Read Interview at Billboard…)

Q&A: Hit-Boy on ‘Ni—as in Paris’ Success & His Own Rap Career…

Hit-Boy is living up to his name. The Southern California native (born Chauncey Hollis in Pasadena) co-produced “Ni**as in Paris,” the double-platinum hit from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne. With another West track (“Way Too Cold”) under his belt, Hit-Boy is juggling various projects including West’s upcoming solo album, a G.O.O.D. Music set, as well as sessions with A$AP Rocky, Nas, Justin Bieber and Big Sean.

Hit-Boy grew up with music. His uncle, Rodney Benford, was a member of Troop, a group that scored two No. 1 R&B hits in 1990 with “Spread My Wings” and “All I Do Is Think of You.” Watching Bow Wow on TV prompted then-13-year-old Chauncey to pen his own raps. However, the fledgling rapper grew more enamored with crafting beats. His first placement, at 20 years old, was the track “Forever” on Jennifer Lopez’s Brave album, and he claimed his second big break collaborating on West’s “Christmas in Harlem” after meeting Kanye’s cousin, Ricky Anderson.

Signed to G.O.O.D. and Universal Music Publishing Group, Hit-Boy boasts a rapidly expanding discography, including tracks by Lil Wayne featuring Eminem (“Drop the World”), Kelly Rowland featuring Big Sean (“Lay It on Me”), Jennifer Hudson (“I Remember Me”), Pusha T (“My God”), Rihanna (“Watch N Learn”) and Joe Jonas (“Lighthouse”). (Read Interview at Billboard…)

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Rihanna Set For ‘American Idol’ Finale Performance…

If finding out the winner of Season 11 wasn’t enough excitement for “American Idol” fans, the competition’s May 23 finale will feature a special performance from none other than Rihanna.

The Barbadian pop star will perform “Where Have You Been,” her fifth single from Talk That Talk which re-entered the Hot 100 at No. 78 last week. Rihanna performed on the singing competition’s ninth and 10th season as well, and recently performed “Where Have You Been” and “Birthday Cake” on Saturday Night Live. (Read More at Billboard…)

Rihanna Set For ‘American Idol’ Finale Performance…

If finding out the winner of Season 11 wasn’t enough excitement for “American Idol” fans, the competition’s May 23 finale will feature a special performance from none other than Rihanna.

The Barbadian pop star will perform “Where Have You Been,” her fifth single from Talk That Talk which re-entered the Hot 100 at No. 78 last week. Rihanna performed on the singing competition’s ninth and 10th season as well, and recently performed “Where Have You Been” and “Birthday Cake” on Saturday Night Live. (Read More at Billboard…)

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Rihanna Heats Up ‘SNL’ in Epic Performance: Watch…

Rihanna didn’t do any acting on “Saturday Night Live,” but she did plenty of performing. The singer brought elaborate sets, costumes and lighting to her musical performances, and gave the audience one of the strongest visual spectacles of the “SNL” season.

In front of a spider web, Rihanna began her first appearance with “Birthday Cake” and ended up on “Talk That Talk.” The laser lights were pretty impressive, even on the small screen. (Watch Above… Read More at Billboard…)

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Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” Video…

In a desert tribal dancer themed video, Rihanna flexes her choreographed dance skills for the first time in her “Where Have You Been” visuals.

She donned an animal print scarf for a mysterious look, a head full of curls for a seductive look & long tresses which had a pirate-like feel all while dancing it up to her euro-dance beat track.

The tribal vibe of the video was conjured up by director Dave Meyers and took place over two 17-hour days. Rihanna started off with a medieval goddess rise from the water and continued with tribal dance-heavy scenes, choreographed by Hi-Hat, which she said were necessary for this type of song. (Video via TheYBF…)

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