Just what the world needs, another celebrity fragrance. While Beyonce wants you to “Heat” up, and Katy Perry wants you to “Purr” like a kitty, Rihanna thinks smelling like a rebellious flower is the way to go. Based on a nickname (rebellious flower) her grandmother gave her, Rihanna unveiled promo pics for her debut fragrance, “Reb’l Fleur“. For you hardcore fans, you know RiRi also has a grammatically-incorrect neck tattoo, rebelle fleur, based on her childhood moniker. Here’s what the “What’s My Name” singer told People Magazine about her new venture.
“Over the years, I layered many different scents to get something that was truly my own,” Rihanna tells People. “But I wanted… something that said ‘Rihanna was here.’ Something delicious and special, a fragrance with subtle hints that linger and leave a sexy memory.”
That’s well and good, but what does her signature scent smell like? According to reports, the structure has red berries, purple plum and peach. At the heart are Hawaiian hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose and coconut water. The base is formed by vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk. In other words, you’ll smell like fruit salad lost in the Hawaiian jungle. Sounds delish to me.
WOO HOO. DJ Earworm finally released his yearly mashup of the 25 biggest hits from 2010. I’ve been checking his website on a daily basis since Christmas, waiting for this year’s masterpiece. Once again, the talented mashup artist didn’t disappoint. It always amazes me how much patience he has to, not only whip up the audio mashup, but the visual one as well.
While the 2010 mashup is good and will receive heavy rotation on my playlist, I’m more partial to last year’s creation. When I first saw last year’s video, my jaw literally hit the ground. I had never seen anything like it so well done before. I think the reason why I’m not oohing and aahing this year, is due to the high level of expectation I had for the poor guy. Judge for yourself and see if I’m being overly critical. Watch this year and last year’s mashups below and vote on which one was better.
If Simon Cowell gets his way, then yes. The former American Idol Judge told Extra that the YouTube singing sensation would be an ideal choice to sing at Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding in April. He also added Susan Boyle’s version of “Dreamed a Dream” would be the perfect choice for a wedding song. Personally, “Back That Ass Up” would a much better idea. It’ll throw everyone off and add a little flava to the mix. I kid.
So what makes Cowell such an expert on this topic. Apparently, the acerbic judge and Prince William are “friends” and he noted the royals are fans of “X-Factor“. Here’s what he said
“I’m actually friends with Prince Harry. Well, I wouldn’t say friends, per se, but he’s come down to the show,” Cowell said. “He and I get along very well. He’s a very, very nice guy. I like him a lot.”
After topping the charts two weeks ago with “What’s My Name?“, Rihanna reclaimed the top spot from Far East Movement with her lead cut, “Only Girl (In The World)” from her “Loud” album. It’s the first time in Billboard Hot 100 history, that a lead single hit No. 1 after the second single did. “Only Girl” is the Bajan artist’s ninth No. 1 track.
Proving she’s a singles artist and not so much a record artist, Rihanna’s first week sales of her latest CD, “Loud” debuted in third place behind Susan Boyle and “America’s Got Talent’s” Jackie Evancho’s respective albums. Despite all the hype, Rihanna only moved 207,000 copies of “Loud”. As low as that number sounds, it still marks her best U.S. chart sales debut to date. She’ll have to haul some major ass if she intends of beating her previous best effort when “Good Girl, Gone Bad” sold 2,616,000 in the US.
As mentioned earlier, Rihanna is the first artist ever to have her lead single top the charts after her official second single. “Only Girl” is her ninth single overall and her fourth in 2010. It makes her the first female artist ever to hit the top spot four times in a calendar year. The last artist, male or female, to achieve this feat was Usher in 2004.
For Interview Magazine’s December/January issue, a short red-haired Rihanna works it out for fashion photographer Mikael Jansson. Rihanna oozes sex appeal from a bygone decade. I’m thinking the 70s, given the styling choices. Those are some sexy shades she’s sporting on the cover. When I first saw her cover for the holiday issue of Marie Claire I loved it. But in light of these new pics, they seem rather boring when compared to Interview’s fashion editorial.
The Bajan beauty doesn’t only pose in fabulous couture for the issue, but she’s also interviewed by her labelmate and friend, Kanye West. Boy, did the record label score in killing two birds with one stone with this promotional effort. The piece Kanye did for Interview Magazine is titled “The Colorful Art of Being Rihanna“. As a writer/rapper/producer he is exceptional, as an interviewer… not so much. He doesn’t really ask anything profound and sticks to a color-by-numbers interviewing line of questioning. Given they are friends, I would’ve expected something a bit juicier. Perhaps Rihanna’s people put some really tight restrictions on Interview and Kanye before the interview.
Rihanna’s eagerly anticipated “Loud” album hits stores this week on November 16th. In conjunction with its release, the still-redheaded Rihanna unleashes a barrage of new promotional pics for the album. With her first two singles from the album being huge hits already, and the buzz surrounding the album deafening, I expect “Loud” to do really well its first week.
For the newly released pictures, the sultry singer exudes femininity and strength in the spread. She changes her wardrobe wardrobe multiple times, swapping a flesh toned tutu, to a flowy girly dress to a striped sweater provocatively placed off the shoulder. She’s definitely taking a much softer and sexier approach this go-round than her last album, “Rated-R”. Expect this week to be bombarded with Rihanna hitting all the major news outlets pimping out her new offering.
Talk about perfect timing. Just as her collaboration with Drake tops this week’s Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna finally releases the song’s music video. A few months ago, paparazzi shots of her filming the video hit online and spread like fire. Why such a long delay? I think they weren’t happy with the first cut, because Rihanna was spotted a couple of weeks ago wearing the same attire for a few re-shoots.
The Barbados beauty snuggles up with her former Canadian beau, Drake on her “What’s My Name” music video. They steam up the scenes with their scorching chemistry. Back in June, Drake gave details to the New York Times regarding their brief fling. Supposedly, Rihanna used him to pen her a track on her upcoming album, “Loud“, which she never used.
“I was a pawn,” he said. “You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear. I was like, wow, this feels terrible.”
That’s hilarious. Apparently the two have kissed and made up (literally in the video). You’ve heard how musically amazing their collaboration was, now see how they work together visually. Watch the video below.
Rihanna’s latest single with Drake, “What’s My Name” earns the pop princess her eighth overall Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit. Considering her relatively young career, that’s an amazing feat. Mariah Carey currently holds the record for a solo artist with 18 in total. At this pace, the Bajan stunner could make a serious threat for Carey’s record. Who knew, when “Pon de Replay” came out, Rihanna would have longevity as an artist. I know I did. LOL. I actually interviewed Rihanna back in the day, and I could sense the drive in her. One of these days, I’ll share that vintage interview with her.
Rihanna’s previous chart toppers are: “S.O.S.”; “Umbrella“; “Disturbia“; “Take A Bow“; “Live Your Life“; “Rude Boy“; and “Love The Way You Lie“. “What’s My Name” rockets from 60-1 due to the strength of 235,000 digital downloads and heavy radio play. She’s the first artist to score three chart toppers on the Hot 100 in a calendar year since, she did herself back in 2008.