In a new interview with Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe, Parisian hitmaker DJ Snake revealed his July single alongside Burna Boy, “No Option” was originally intended for none other than Rihanna. The track’s distinct dancehall frame would have been the perfect backdrop for a Rihanna smash, but alas, the beat wound up finding a home on DJ Snake’s recently released sophomore LP, Carte Blanche. The reason “No Option” never turned into Rih’s next big hit? Simply put, DJ Snake just loved the beat too much to give it up. According to Snake,
“I made the beat in Paris last year… [Rihanna] wanted this record for a year and we ended up using it. You know because I fell in love with this record and I don’t know…I don’t want to say like the wrong things so all the Rihanna fans is going to kill me. I just had to follow my heart. That’s it.”
The Barbadian pop queen has been long at work on her hotly anticipated ninth LP. Over the last year, sources have signaled to a reggae/dancehall record on the way, with rumors suggesting Rihanna is sorting through as many as 500 songs for the album. Furthermore, Diplo, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris have all been tied to the elusive ninth album as well.
Stream DJ Snake’s full interview with Zane Lowe below.
20 people were killed yesterday in a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. This morning, nine people were killed by a separate gunman at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. Rihanna took president Donald Trump to task today after he shared a tweet in response to the attacks. “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, … More »
Earlier this month, longtime drummer Janet Weiss announced her shocking departure from Sleater-Kinney. Shortly afterward, Carrie Brownstein offered an Instagram comment on Weiss’ exit: “what am I supposed to say? She left. We asked her to stay. We tried. It’s hard and sad.” And now remaining Sleater-Kinney members Brownstein and Corin … More »
Rihanna may have shared that her next album would be coming out this year, but the anticipation surrounding the pop culture icon’s long-awaited ninth LP just became more intriguing.
Grammy-winning super-producer, Pharrell Willams, recently hinted he may have worked on the album with a cryptic comment that said, “They ain’t ready,” on an Instagram video Rihanna posted. The video was a clip from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta wherein Karlie Redd is holding polygraph results and proclaiming “it was all lie,” with the caption:
Williams and Rihanna previously worked together on the most recent N.E.R.D. album, collaborating on “Lemon” which only fortified Rihanna’s immense talent as a rapper. If Williams once again joined Rihanna in the studio, this time with her on the lead, greatness is sure to ensue.
Details about Rihanna’s ninth album, which is being commonly referred to as R9, are sparse yet captivating. She has confirmed it will be a reggae project. Various other artists at or nearing Williams’ level like Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, and Koffee are rumoured to be involved as well.
2019 is more than half-way over. Will Rihanna keep her word and deliver the album before the end of the year? We sure hope so.
Donald Glover‘s first foray into short film, Guava Islandwas an artistic focal point of Coachella‘s 2019 programming. Starring Rihanna alongside Glover, the flick first premiered at at the Indio Valley affair and was also broadcasted on Coachella’s YouTube live stream. Shortly thereafter, Guava Island became available on Amazon Prime .
Now, Glover revisits the visual production via five new behind-the-scenes videos that canvass the different locations in Cuba where Glover and his team shot the film, the influences who assisted and advanced Glover’s creative vision, and the Cuban traditions that guided Guava Island’s choreography.
“At its best (or maybe just its most accessible), art is ingenuity,” Glover said in a statement. “I had the pleasure of experiencing this spirit of ‘making what you must with what you have’ collaborating with Cuba’s talented and abundant artists over the course of filming Guava Island. The artist’s endeavor has always been the manifesting of an idea, then forcing a society to recognize, or maybe just question, its value. These artists have not only inspired me to examine what we value on a day-to-day basis, but also to move with intention in the world with the childlike ingenuity that Cuba seems to offer every moment. I’m very proud to be able to share their stories with you.”
Guava Island is the product of Glover’s conceptual interplay with Cuban residents, and with director and frequent collaborator Hiro Murai. Murai is memorable for his work with Glover on the Grammy Award-winning music video for “This Is America,” and on various episodes of Atlanta, Glover’s comedy-drama television series.
Viewers can watch the remaining four behind-the-scenes segments on YouTube, here. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime subscribers can screen Guava Islandhere.
Seth Meyers has a good job. I’m sure it’s a lot of work to do a daily late-night show, and you don’t get to spend enough time with your family, and you have to act like famous people are interesting, and it probably gets repetitive. But any job that affords you the opportunity to get … More »
“Hey young people – you’re getting older every second. It’s what we do. One day someone will tell you to stop and you’ll be all like ‘fuck you’ just like Madonna.” That was former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes on Twitter the night of the Billboard Music Awards. Madonna and Colombian reggaeton star … More »
The multi-talented pop sensation is now officially the richest female musician on Planet Earth. Forbes recently released a profile of her which cited her fortune at $600 million. This puts her $30 million above Madonna ($570 million) who is number two on the list followed by Céline Dion ($450 million) and Beyoncé (400 million).
Beyond Rihanna’s (real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty) impressive career as a musician, these sizable riches come from various other sources as well. Her make-up line, Fenty Beauty, is reportedly worth $3 billion. She also lent her birth name to a luxury clothing brand released under France’s illustrious Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton label. Rihanna has also taken to acting on a much larger scale of late, playing a lead role in Oceans 8 last year.
On social media, Rihanna is one of the most popular users in the world. Across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram she flaunts a combined total of over 250 million followers. She has used this worldwide fame along with her massive fortune to start her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), in 2012. Between 2016 and 2018 CLF received over $2.3 billion in donations, a portion of which came from limited edition sales of Fenty apparel.
On the music front, Rihanna recently confirmed the release of her next LP, and that it will be a reggae project. There are many rumours surrounding who will be involved on the album including Diplo, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris, and the album is currently without a name. “R9”, as her fans have referred to it, will be Rihanna’s ninth album. Her first since 2016’s ANTI.
Can you believe it’s been less than 10 years since Miley Cyrus released “Party In The U.S.A.”? The song, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her bridge from the Disney Channel to a grownup mainstream audience, feels like it has existed for several lifetimes. It was in fact released in August … More »
Last week, with very little advance notice, rap game-twister Tyler, The Creator released his album IGOR. He also gave a grand rollout to the single “EARFQUAKE,” a sung-not-rapped zone-out with vocals from R&B legend Charlie Wilson and ad-libs from Playboi Carti. “EARFQUAKE” also has a video, which features Black-ish star Tracee … More »