“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 »
All hail Rihanna.
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.
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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 »
With Rihanna confirming plans for her ninth studio LP earlier in 2019, the Navy is stalking RiRi’s every move. The 31-year-old sat down with the New York Times’ T Magazine for an interview conducted by playwright Jeremy O. Harris in London, which touched on her trailblazing Fenty collaboration with LVMH, the highly anticipated forthcoming album, … More »
Rihanna‘s ninth studio album has been one of the most hotly anticipated LPs of the last few years. Over a period of more than a year, rumors have surfaced that the Roc Nation heavyweight has sourced as many as 500 records from the day’s top producers, in search of soca, dancehall, and reggae rhythms that pay homage to the singer’s Caribbean roots. Reports suggest that Skrillex, Alesso, Calvin Harris, and yes…even Diplo, whose music Rih once famously referred to as “reggae songs at an airport,” could be involved in the new album’s compilation.
Now, in a new interview with the New York Times’ style outlet T Magazine, Rihanna has confirmed the upcoming LP, which is expected sometime this year, is in fact a reggae project, lending credence to the notion that Major Lazer‘s frontman and the hitmaker behind soca-inspired crossover smash “Sorry” may have production credits on the forthcoming record. As for the porject’s name, Rihanna hasn’t given it much thought, though her fanbase, dubbed The Navy, may have already named the album for her. “So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy. I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this ‘R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?’ How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull,” asks the Barbadian pop deity.
R9 is officially underway, and it looks like reggae-pop is primed to have a big moment in the near future.
Who are all these people? This was my first time seeing the 1975, and I was shocked at the sea of humanity in front of me, packed together closely with no easy path to the front. Granted, the Manchester band are huge in their native UK, and they’ve been playing Columbus from the beginning, working … More »
Orange County native DEVAULT has rapidly made a name for himself over the past two-years, thanks to enamoring original releases and high profile remixes for everyone from Alessia Cara and DJ Snake to Rihanna. The 22-year-old has demonstrated his prowess in house, deep house, and even bass-laced tunes, but he has been showcasing a new side of himself in 2019.
At the beginning of the year, DEVAULT teased upcoming four-track EP, JADE, and released the first track of the compilation, “RUNWAY,” earlier this month. The track was what the producer dubbed as his ‘most energetic record to date,’ and it was a worthy taste of what was to come on the EP as a whole.
DEVAULT spoke with Dancing Astronaut about the project, explaining, “The goal of Jade was to push the boundaries of my own sound, as I felt when it came to a live performance there was something missing. I wanted to create music that’s my own version of club music, almost like a haunting runway show where I’m the curator for the night.”
“After my first EP, I felt like I needed to expand and push myself into something less polished, more in your face and raw. Like the initial scene from my video of the group of men vandalizing the car, I wanted to let out this side to me and it feels liberating. It’s instrumental focused, and something where I plan on releasing more music in a similar fashion. A place where the music and visual experience goes hand in hand,” DEVAULT added.
JADE is comprised of four tracks: “MAFIA,” “BLADE,” “RUNWAY,” and “RAINSTORM.” Each tells its own story, but all are unified by a dark energy and instrumentally driven sound. The producer notes that the best way to truly appreciate JADE is for listeners to immerse themselves in the accompanying film for the EP. The film is meant to be an open-ended, engaging experience where viewers can watch the characters seamlessly transition from scene to scene, in sync with the music. JADE is out now via Geffen/Interscope.
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Childish Gambino and Rihanna‘s new movie, Guava Island, has arrived via Amazon Prime. During Coachella, the flick premiered at a Guava Island-themed set and played across all three stages. It also played on Coachella’s YouTube live stream Saturday night.
The film is directed by Hiro Murai, who directed the Grammy Award-winning “This Is America” music video along with numerous episodes of Atlanta, further building anticipation for the star-studded love affair. Rihanna plays a character named Kofi who falls in love with a singer, Deni, portrayed by Donald Glover (Chilidsh Gambino) himself. Deni begins to gain fame, dealing with the business woes and politics of throwing a festival. During the film, Glover’s character even perform’s Childish Gambino’s “This is America” and “Feels Like Summer.” He also sings a new song called “Red’s Cargo.”
Billed as “A Childish Gambino Film,” the film’s distribution method and release teasers through Amazon Prime are certainly derived from the creative mind of the renaissance artist.
Stream the 55-minute film here.
— Lindsay Weinberg (@WeinbergLindsay) April 12, 2019