Music Bite: Rihanna Scores First U.S. No. 1 With ‘Unapologetic’

November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

After her 2007 release of her breakout third album Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna received international stardom and scored number one albums all around the world – except the United States.

Well, the Bajan beauty can finally celebrate a U.S. chart topper with her current album Unapologetic! Her seventh album just made it to number one on the U.S. charts and her single “Diamonds” is dominating the airwaves. This week, she sold a total of 238,949 copies.

Even Rihanna was shocked, exclaiming on Twitter:

Wait!!!!! What the FUCK?!!!! #UNAPOLOGETIC just debuted at #1 in AMERICA!!!!! My first number 1 album there!!! Thank you Navy, u deserve it

This just may be a sign that the signer is finally coming into her one and becoming more accepted as a serious artist.

Click here to read my review of Unapologetic.

[Source: Idolator]

Rihanna – ‘Unapologetic’: Album Review

November 23, 2012 § 10 Comments

It may come as a surprise, but Rihanna has been in the music game for seven years. This year, she recorded her growth in her seventh album Unapologetic. Despite all the controversy surrounding her and her personal life, on November 19 Rihanna showed the world how Unapologetic she really is.

The CD opens with “Phresh Out The Runway”, a heavily auto-tuned track with a buzzing beat. The lyrics are slightly inaudible, but ones that stand out are: “How could you be so hood, but you so fucking pop? How could you be so fun, and sound like you selling rocks?”  The #RihannaNavy will eat it up.

Following is “Diamonds”, the hauntingly beautiful track that displays a more mature Rihanna, with its departure from her uptempo pop tracks. Since its release in September, the song has become incredibly infectious.

“Numb” finds Rihanna partnering up again with rapper Eminem. The Bhangra-inspired track is repetitive and has no substance. It is quite possibly one of Eminem’s weakest verses of his career – he tries to bring back Slim Shady but fails. Be sure to keep the blunt lit when listening.

Ratchet RiRi emerged a few months back, when the singer began to promote marijuana and strippers more than ever. “Pour It Up” is the continuation of Ratchet RiRi, where she boasts about her endless cash while channeling Chris Brown’s rap flow. It is her version of Juicy J’s “Bands A Make Her Dance” (it is created by the same producer Mike Will Made-It).

Rihanna gets caught up in a love game with “Loveeeeeee Song” – where her velvety voice suggestively caresses the rhythm. It is a seductive track best played while you inch closer to your partner in the club with drink in hand. Guest feature Future’s bathwater gurgles were unnecessary on this track; they completely take away from Rihanna’s alluring and confident vocals.

With the swagged out “Jump”, the Ginuwine interpolation is genius and the slight Aaliyah influence in Rihanna’s cool tone is evident. Electronic DJs will definitely be using it in their club mixes. “Right Now”, produced by David Guetta, is a made-for-radio pop song. It tries to be a “Where Have You Been” – it is current but unoriginal.

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Listen Here: Rihanna ft. Kanye West – “Diamonds” (Remix)

November 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

With “Diamonds” quickly climbing the charts, Rihanna’s team is keeping the momentum going by releasing the remix featuring fellow ROC Nation member Kanye West. Yeezy drops a boastful verse with a flow that is reminiscent of his earlier rap days.

Listen below:

Unapologetic is in stores and available for download on iTunes today.

Music Bite: Rihanna Readies Her ‘777’ Tour; Reveals City Locations

November 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

Promo for Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’, out on November 19

Rihanna’s seventh album Unapologetic is gearing for its release slated for November 19, and the singer plans on promoting the project with the “777 Tour”. For this more intimate tour, Rihanna will perform in 7 cities across 7 countries in 7 days and will bring along 150 journalists as well as select members of the Rihanna Navy along for the ride.

The tour begins in Mexico City this Wednesday (Nov. 14), followed by Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London on release day and finishing up in New York City on November 20, Idolator reported. Rihanna will announce the show venues directly to her fans when she arrives in each city.

“We are turning this jumbo jet into our tour bus. We’re practically living on this thing for a week: sleeping, partying, all together,” Rihanna said. “I wanted it to be a rock n’ roll adventure, and I think when it’s over it will be the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”

In the meantime, check out Rihanna’s recent performances on Saturday Night Live – “Diamonds” and “Stay” – below:

[Source: Idolator]

Photo Courtesy of: Fuck Yeah Rihanna

New Video: Rihanna – “Diamonds”

November 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

Rihanna gave her fans a highly awaited treat tonight with the premiere of the “Diamonds” video, off her upcoming 7th album Unapologetic.

The video, directed by longtime collaborator Anthony Mandler, has apocalyptic tones and is quite artistic, subdued and natural – a great representation of a more mature Rihanna.

Watch the video below:

Unapologetic drops on November 19.

Music Bite: A$AP Rocky To Join Rihanna On “Diamonds” Tour

November 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

After their steamy performance at this year’s MTV VMAs, Rihanna has enlisted rapper A$AP Rocky as her special guest on her upcoming “Diamonds” world tour. The singer’s tour will begin on March 8th in Buffalo, NY.  Click here to purchase your tickets.

Check out the North American tour dates below:

03-08 Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center *
03-10 Boston, MA – TD Garden *
03-12 Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena *
03-14 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center *
03-15 Hartford, CT – XL Center *
03-17 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre *
03-18 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre *
03-21 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena *
03-22 Chicago, IL – United Center *
03-24 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center *
03-25 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre *
03-27 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place *
03-30 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome *
04-01 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena *
04-03 Seattle, WA – Key Arena *
04-06 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion *
04-08 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center *
04-09 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center *
04-11 San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center *
04-12 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay *
04-15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center *
04-16 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center *
04-19 Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum *
04-20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL  – BankAtlantic Center *
04-22 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena *
04-29 Washington, D.C – Verizon Center *
05-02 Ottawa, Ontario – Scotiabank Place *
05-04 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
05-05 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *

* with A$AP Rocky

Listen to A$AP Rocky featured on Rihanna’s “Cockiness” after the jump!

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