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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

Kelly Clarkson Covers Rihanna & Coldplay

In: Donovan, Music

Proving she could sing anything and sound great on it, Kelly Clarkson nails a cover of Coldplay and Rihanna’s “Princess of China“. She’s so flawless, perhaps Chris Martin should’ve called her up instead of the “We Found Love” singer. Queen Kelly, actually makes the track sound better than it is. Imagine her flying in the air fighting Martin à la “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” instead of RiRi. Now that’s she’s skinny Kelly again, I’m sure those straps would’ve held ;)

Not even jet lag could bring down Clarkson’s powerful vocals. Early Wednesday morning in London, the original “American Idol” performed an acoustic set for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge series. As usual, the radio station requires the visiting artist to perform a cover of a contemporary song. Given that Kelly’s recent tour involved a covers segment, you’d think she’d do an encore performance of one of those tracks. Not so, for my precious Kelly. Instead she chose Coldplay and Rihanna’s collaboration “Princess of China”. Listen to an audio of Kelly slaying it hardcore below.

If you’re a Kelly fan like myself, you should also check out the acoustic version of her current single, “Dark Side“. It’s also quite good.

listen to both performances after the jump

Given that Coldplay and Rihanna performed “Princess of China” way back in February at the Grammys, the British band sure took their sweet ass time releasing the music video for their duet with the “We Found Love” singer. Perhaps Chris Martin and company were waiting til RiRi’s schedule freed up a bit. Girlfriend sure has been busy promoting the box office bomb, “Battleship“.

Taking inspiration from Eastern influences, directors Adria Petty and Alan Bibby have Rihanna and Martin busting out their martial arts moves. AH YA!!! The “Princess of China” video is a smörgåsbord of Asian culture. From Japanese ninjas and samurais, to Thai goddesses, any cliché reference you can think of, it’s in the clip. That said, Rihanna looks absolutely gorgeous in her outfits. During filming, the singer tweeted pictures describing her look as “gangsta goth geisha“. That description couldn’t be more accurate.

I have to admit, I’m not loving the song. I much prefer Rihanna’s collaboration with Drake on “Take Care” more. Can’t get enough of that. But I will say, the visual gives “Princess of China” new life. Even though, there is no discernible story line, it’s beautifully shot and will have you fixated. Plus, you get to see if Rihanna and Mr. Gywneth Paltrow lock lips. Watch the clip below and find out.

watch the music video after the jump

Movie Review: Battleship

In: Matt, Movies

Wednesday night, my dear friend Amanda and I went to the screening of “Battleship”, the movie based on the board game of the same name. How anyone thought of taking a board game with no characters and developing it into a Hollywood blockbuster is beyond me. The product of this genius is a 131 minute gargantuan alien invasion flick that seems to get lost inside its numerous and uninteresting sub-plots. Imagine Armageddon and Top Gun had a baby.

The majority of the movie happens in Hawaii during a series of naval exercises when alien invaders crash into the Pacific Ocean in response to a beacon sent to a planet closely resembling earth. Other than as a response to the beacon, we are never given much insight into the intentions of the aliens and are instead inundated with the useless sub-plots not even worth mentioning. This mess of a story line all leads up to a group of WWII vets wearing aviators walking in slow motion to ACDC’s “Thunderstruck” as they come to save the day by fighting on their OWN ship, which happens to be a museum. Honestly, I’m not making this shit up. We were practically pissing ourselves.

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