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Rihanna Debuts Brand New Single, ‘Diamonds’

In: Music, Tyrell

There is no one that grinds harder than Rihanna. It’s hard to believe but Rihanna is already ready to release ANOTHER new album and this morning, debuted a brand new single. Diamonds received worldwide radio release this morning at 8am EST and had fans alike rushing to their radio dials to hear the Stargate produced track.

So shine bright tonight, you and I
We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Eye to eye, so alive, we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Shine bright like a diamond

The singer had previously referred to the track as “happy and hippy.” I personally, find the track to feel a little Lana Del Rey with a Rihanna twist. The hook and post-chorus are catchy but kind of sound like Del Rey’s National Anthem, no? The track was penned by Sia and and I can definitely hear that influence in the single as well. Overall, I think that Rihanna will find success in the song. I like that she didn’t just stick to her dancefloor formula but took a risk with a more midtempo track.

Listen to Rihanna’s “Diamonds” after the jump.

Tonight, the 2012 MTV VMAs are taking place tonight at Staples Stadium and I’m crossing my fingers for some memorable, performances. Earlier today, we shared Matt‘s Top 10 Favorite VMA Performances and hopefully tonight there will be a performance that can be added to the list.

I’ve included the live stream for the red carpet arrivals that are taking place right now. As I type this, Rihanna just arrived debuting a sexy new short hair cut that looks fierce while in a sexy white dress amazing on her. Also, Kesha arrived right after in a sexy black dress and also looked amazing!

Who do you think is opening? I’m hoping Christina Aguilera will debut her new, unreleased track (“Your Body“)! Watch all the action in the live stream below!

Watch live after the jump…

Mariah Carey has 15. Kristine W has 16 under her belt. Beyonce and Rihanna are tied with 18. Even Janet Jackson who’s the closest, only has 19 to her name. With her current single, “Turn Up The Radio“, Madonna notches her record 43rd No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club chart, further extending her lead on her dance compatriots. The 54-year-old singer may not be relevant on radio anymore, but she’s still able to pack them to the dance floor. She’s definitely the undisputed dance queen.

If Madonna scores another chart topper on the Dance Club chart, it would bring her total to 44 No. 1s. That would place her in a tie with George Strait as having the most toppers on ANY single Billboard chart. The country singer has 44 titles, dating back to 1981 all the way to 2009. With just two more dance hits, Madge could be the Queen of the Billboard charts. How many of the Material Girl’s 43 dance hits do you remember? Check out all of them below, beginning with her first club hit “Holiday”/”Lucky Star” from September 1983.

a list of all of Madonna’s club hits after the jump

Hot off her interview with Rihanna on Sunday night, Oprah Winfrey is looking to book the next big ‘get’. Given that OWN’s two highest rated shows focused on musicians, it’s a savvy move to look at someone in the music industry. Oprah’s sit-down with RiRi garnered 2.5 million viewers, netting the network’s second highest ratings. Only Winfrey’s exclusive chat with Bobbi Kristina after Whitney Houston’s death generated higher ratings with 3.5 million. Producers are trying to book a certain embattled singer, but unfortunately she’s denied their request, as revealed by O on her Twitter. Have any guesses on who?

Before I reveal who it is, I quickly wanted to congratulate Oprah and her team for turning the beleaguered network around. It’s definitely not a huge success yet, but it’s certainly on the uptick. OWN just notched its 31st consecutive week of total day growth across all key demos versus year ago numbers. It’s up double digits in both primetime and total day for the year as well.

The momentum is definitely helping launch successful new shows. Lovetown which premiered after the Rihanna interview, bowed as the second highest premiere on the network ever. The show is conducting a unique social experiment on love focusing on residents of a Georgian town. Critics and naysayers ready to write off the network, forgot the O factor. With her devoting all her efforts on the network now, there is no way she’s going down without a fight.

find out who after the jump

A few days ago, I shared the first preview with you guys for the upcoming episode of ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter‘ with Rihanna. Now, a new preview has been released that shows a very vulnerable and emotional Rihanna reliving what she went through around the time of the Chris Brown incident as she tells Oprah how she was feeling at the time.

Rihanna tells Oprah, “I lost my best friend. Like, everything I knew switched — switched overnight. And I couldn’t control that, so I had to deal with that, and that’s not easy for me to understand or interpret. And it’s not easy to interpret on camera. Not with the world watching.”

Watch the emotional preview below. Will you be tuning in this Sunday to watch the interview?

Watch the preview after the jump…

On an upcoming new episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, Momma O interviews Rihanna while in the pop star’s home town in Barbados. Oprah speaks of the ideas she had of what Rihanna would be like but she was wrong on all accounts. “I thought she was gonna be kind of a bad ass. Kind of a hard edged, rocker pop woman,” Oprah explained. “Nothing could have been farther from the truth.”

Oprah was quite surprised at the Rihanna she got to know. “She was thoughtful. She was very emotional. She was vulnerable. She pushes the edge”. Of course the interview didn’t avoid the topic of Chris Brown and the domestic violence that occurred several years ago that shocked the world. That discussion brought Rihanna to tears. “It was embarrassing. It was humiliating…I lost my best friend,” Rihanna said.

The episode airs on OWN this coming August 19. Check out the two previews below.

Watch the previews after the jump…

MTV 2012 Video Music Awards: And The Nominees Are…

In: Music, Patrick

It’s that time of year again. The nominees for the MTV’s 2012 Video Music Awards have just been released, with all of your favorite artists battling it out for a “moon man” to add to their trophy cases.

There aren’t too many surprises, but I’d definitely say there are some tough categories. “Best New Artist” is always a tough one, and this year we have Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction, The Wanted, Frank Ocean and Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, all competiting for this “welcome to the club” award. It’s hard to say who will win it because there are so many factors as well as pros and cons for each.

Drake and Rihanna lead the nominations with five each and both are up for video of the year. Coincidently, Drake’s video also features Rihanna as well (“Take Care”). LOL – she wins either way! The awards take place on September 6, 2012 and will feature performances by One Direction and Alicia Keys. Check out the nominees list below.

Check out the full list of nominees after the jump…

Billboard: Summer Songs Of The 2000s

In: Donovan, Music

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Billboard’s summer hits compilation of the 1990s. Today, I thought reminiscing about the songs that had us grooving during the summer months after the turn of the century would be fun. I love summer and I love Top 10 lists. Consider me happy.

The thing that surprised me the most about the Top 10 lists is how drastically the music landscape has changed in the past few years. Now it’s all about electro-pop dance tracks dominating radio and the charts, while R&B barely has a presence anymore. Urban music took pole position in the majority of the years from 2000-2010. Find out below which tracks had you bumpin‘ and grindin‘ at the clubs and accompanied you on those road trips during the summers of the 2000s.

check out what dominated the charts after the jump

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