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Rihanna Premieres “Man Down” Music Video

In: Music, Patrick, Videos

The fifth single from her “Loud” album, Rihanna has just released the music video for her “Man Down” track. Before I continue, I want to share that as I write this, the smell of reefer is blowing into my apartment from the neighbors balcony below me and it seems like a fitting aroma for this Jamaican video slash song (which also reminds me of my younger years listening to “Santaria” by Sublime). The song has a very similar feel to Santaria, except with a tad of Debbie Downer in my opinion.

Anyway, set in Jamaica, the Anthony Mandler-directed video starts of with a man who has been shot down by Rihanna, as the song implies. We are then taken back to the previous day’s events to see how this tragedy came to be.

Just your average twizzled licorice red head from the village, Rihanna spends the day out in the sun before letting loose on the dance floor at night. When the juiced up creep she’s dancing with takes thing to another level and wants to take her to his California King Bed for some S&M , Rihanna pushes him away. Unfortunately, he doesn’t take no for an answer and Rihanna finds herself a victim of assault once again (thankfully, this time not in real life). To make a long story short, Rihanna is a “Good Girl Gone Bad” and she murders the guy.

Watch the video after the jump…

Last night, the Billboard Music Awards had Vegas all shook up at the MGM Grand with performances by the chart toppers of the last year. No doubt about it, Vegas knows how to party and who better to host a party in Vegas than Hangover 2 star Ken Jeong. He introduced himself with a great little musical cabaret number featuring Nicki Minaj and the lead singer of Train. Truly entertaining and the lyrics were hilarious.

The night was littered with performances very heavy on the pop/dance genre. We were treated to a little S&M from Rihanna who was then joined by Britney to round off the performance. Side note: Britney’s bod is looking real good. Cee-Lo’s performance was outstanding while Ke$ha brought the party as per usual with a herd of men dressed as red horses. Nicki Minaj returned to the stage to perform her new single Superbass and was joined by Ms. Spears who sang lip synced Till The World Ends.

The performance of the night for me definitely goes to the epic multimedia performance from Beyoncé who was the recipient of the Millennium Award. Prior to her performance she was honored in a video montage from Barbara Streisand, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and more. After building her nation on a giant white screen behind her, she was joined by an army of women who followed their leader with military dance move precision. By the way, did anyone else catch Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s little smooch?

Get the full list of Billboards 2011 Winners here.

Billboard 2011 Awards Fashion Roundup

In: Donovan, Fashion, Music

After a five-year hiatus, the Billboard Music awards came roaring back. I, myself, haven’t seen it yet as I’ve been out of town, but from what I’ve read it was an amazing show. Due to low ratings, the magazine took a break from producing a telecast show. They still gave out their yearly awards, just not in a grand public manner. Since it was a dawn of a new era, the show bumped up their normal Fall broadcast to a Spring date. Thus creating a perfect platform to promote upcoming concerts, movies, CDs and other projects. Plus with the warmer weather, it gave the ladies a chance to show off more skin in revealing outfits. I’ve picked a few of my favorite and not-so-favorite looks from the red carpet. Check them out below and be sure to cast your votes.

Destiny’s Child Fashion Smackdown

Beyonce was on hand to receive Billboard’s first ever Millennium Award. In other words, let’s create a brand new award so Beyonce can show up and pimp out her new projects. Her former band mates may have been there to support her, but both Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams stole the show with their red carpet looks. Rowland looked sexy in a tight hot pink body-hugging dress, while Williams put her spin on the little black dress. Backup no more. WERK, ladies.

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Rihanna Lays In Her “California King Bed”

In: Music, Tyrell, Videos

Rihanna is SO GORGEOUS! There is no denying that. Her newest music video for California King Bed only proves it.

Filmed in March and directed by Anthony Mandler, we begin with Rihanna looking stunning lying in some long grass by a real nice house. The sound of waves hitting the beach are in the distance as we cut to inside the bedroom of said house, wind blowing through the white curtains. It all looks like a dream. The entire video follows Rihanna through the room and onto the deck where we turn black and white for a moment.

The colors of this video are so amazing and make you feel like you are in this dream with Rihanna, not to mention that this song is totally killler. A few of us got to see Rihanna perform this track live at American Idol and I have to tell you, it was pretty stellar.

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Last night, Patrick, Tyrell, Brian and myself were lucky enough to score tickets to American Idol’s result show. It couldn’t have been better timing since Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson were both performing. By now you probably know who was booted, so I won’t bore with details as you’ve probably seen the show. Instead, I’ll give you some insight on what went on when the cameras weren’t rolling. But for those who haven’t seen it. I’ll post a quick paragraph at the end of the post.

Let’s get a few production details out of the way. First, the venue is a lot smaller in person than on television. That wide lens really does wonders. Over the years, Simon Cowell to present day judges have commented how differently the performances sound in person from the televised version. I can honestly say, that is 100% true. Everyone sounds really good in the venue.

What You Didn’t See On Television

If you watched the show you know Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Marc Anthony, Pia Toscano and Mary Hart were all in the audience. By the time the cameras were on Chaka Khan was sitting in the row behind the judges with Anita Baker, BUT that’s now how it started. At first Chaka was about nine rows behind Anita, before Baker motioned Khan to join here. How dare the producers put Miss Chaka up in the Idol nose bleeds. Oh wait, that’s where we were. LOL. By the time Mary Hart came, there were no more prime seats, so she had to sit where Chaka was originally sitting. SCANDAL-O.

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Rihanna & Britney Team Up For S&M Remix

In: Music, Patrick

After tweeting back & forth about it, Rihanna and Britney Spears have delivered on a collaborate together. They’ve just released a remix of S&M. Britney taps into her, raspy voice to get into Rihanna’s hit S&M. Here are the lyrics Brit sings for her solo:

“Just one night full of sin / feel the pain on my skin
Tough, I don’t scream mercy, it’s your time to hurt me
If I’m bad tie me down, shut me up, gag and bound
Cuz the pain is my pleasure, nothing comes better”

I have to say, I love these two together. It’s kind of unexpected, yet perfect at the same time. Did you know that “Umbrella” was originally written for Britney Spears, but she turned it down? The song turned out to be Rihanna’s biggest single and one of (if not the) hottest song that year. Give their S&M duet remix a listen below!

Listen to the song after the jump…

In an extravagant ceremony hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, and between two venues on the Las Vegas strip, country music showed the world they are proud and ready to party. The more chill of the country music award shows, tonight offered a very wide variety of mashed up performances featuring some today’s hottest country acts mixed with rockers, pop stars and the like.

What was also random about last night’s party was the list of guests and presenters that had little or nothing to do with country music. Presenters like Chase Crawford from Gossip Girl and Nancy O’Dell and Robert Pattinson. But the night was truly about the country music with some memorable performances taking place throughout the night from both Mandalay and the MGM. Brad Paisley performed with group Alabama and Carrie Underwood took to the stage to sing her hit Undo It with new Idol judge Steven Tyler. After a bunch of top notch country performances and big winners (mostly Miranda Lambert who seemed to clean house), we were treated to a performance from Jennifer Nettles and Rihanna. An odd pairing, I know.

The night ended off with three of the top spot awards: Male Vocalist of the Year which Marg Helgenburger of CSI presented, Female Vocalist of the Year which was given out by new co-stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon and rounding off the Entertainer of the Year award was none other than camera hog, Ryan Seacrest. All of this with filler performances from host Reba herself and a Zac Brown Band/James Taylor doing a little Colder Weather. Overall, an entertaining show with lots of music to to fill your ears and random moments to keep it interesting.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Rihanna Looks Hot & Opens Up In Vogue

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Music, Tyrell

In this cover and interview by Jonathan Van Meter and photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Rihanna looks stunning in the upcoming issue of Vogue. For their interview, Jonathan attended a Clippers/Heat game. Court side of course. He recalls walking through the crowds and watching men turn heads at the beauty of Rihanna. When she appears on the jumbotron, she takes off her sunglasses, and waves and smiles to her fans.

In between quarters, she scans the crowd and elbows Jonathan when she notices a woman wearing a full length fur coat to a basketball game. The two continue to scan the crowd on breaks and dissect their characters and who they might be. They eye three women who have identical blonde hair cuts and a security guard that she tries to make smile.

As much fun as these two have, as daring as she is on the red carpet, and as hot and sexy as she looks in her videos, there is still one dark shadow in her past that came back to haunt her and she opens up about it; the relationship with her father.

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