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In honor of Black Music Month, Ebony magazine is issuing four collectible covers with a different musical superstar gracing each one. The publication pays tribute to them for their “unprecedented impact on black music.”

Not surprisingly given her remarkable year, Beyonce snags one and earns the title of ‘Diva.’ Her other half, hubby Jay-Z, scored a cover as well with the ‘Mogul’ moniker. Rounding out the four are Rihanna and Kanye West with the titles of ‘Rebel’ and ‘Poet’ respectively.

Inside the issue, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and Prince are also honored, along with icons of years past, including Tina Turner, Tupac, and Donna Summer. The issue hits newsstands on Tuesday. Check out the rest of the covers below.

“It was an honor to write the four cover stories for EBONY magazine’s Black Music Month special collector’s edition,” said music writer Kevin Powell. “Rarely do you see today’s unstoppable stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West and Jay Z packaged with legends like Tina Turner, Donna Summer or Tupac Shakur, but we did it because when it comes to Black music, it is important to note the deep connection between the musicians of yesterday and today.”

see the other covers after the jump

Rihanna & Chvrches Mashup: The Umbrella We Share

In: Donovan, Music

Since it’s Throwback Thursday, I thought I’d share this fun little track. Comedian Dan Chamerlain, better known as Chambaland to his tumblr followers, does some pretty slick mashups. His latest masterpiece brings together two unlikely artists – Rihanna and Scottish band Chvrches.

Chambaland has combined RiRi’s vocals from “Umbrella” with the synth arrangement of the trio’s “The Mother We Share.” I’m sure Chvrches would approve. They love R&B as evident by their wicked cover of the Whitney classic, “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay.” Give “The Umbrella We Share” a listen below.

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Rihanna Lands Third Vogue Cover

In: Donovan, Fashion, Music

Rihanna must sell a whackload of copies for Vogue. The 25-year-old lands her third cover in just four years for the US edition of the publication. It’s her very own fashionable hat trick.

Her latest lands on newsstands on February 25. Photographed by David Sims, RiRi rocks a wide array of glamorously beaded outfits in addition to talking about her Instagram obsession and more. Check out several pics and quotes below from the March 2014 issue.

On Fashion Choices

“It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand.”

more photos after the jump


Holy caliente Batman! Even as a homosexual, I couldn’t help but get hot and bothered watching these two sexy bitches get intimate and interactive with each other. It’s glamorous and seductive without being raunchy. That’s saying a lot considering Rihanna has a tendency to go the latter route. Remember her water twerking vid? Less is more, Rihanna. Less is more. And I’m not talking about clothing ;)

The visual for “Can’t Remember To Forget You” features Shakira and Rihanna in cleavage-revealing outfits while smoking cigars, pool lounging and plenty of wall gyrating. The Colombian singer showcases her guitar and drum prowess in a bed of water. RiRi on the other hand demonstrates how she seduces another female. The “Stay” singer caresses The Voice judge’s shapely butt. Check out the clip below, along with a behind the scenes look.

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Mikky Ekko’s Stay Demo Surfaces Online

In: Donovan, Music

When Mikky Ekko first heard Rihanna wanted to record his track, he revealed to Digital Spy that he had reservations about recording with the Barbadian singer. It’s a good thing he brushed off his worries and collaborated with RiRi. Just like A Great Big World allowing Christina Aguilera on “Say Something,” Ekko’s co-penned “Stay” became a worldwide sensation, huge Billboard hit and spawned multiple covers. It’s also up for an award at this weekend’s Grammys.

“So when I heard Rihanna wanted to record it, it was difficult for me, but I realised it was such a magnificent opportunity. It was a huge affirmation for me. It was an opportunity to marry what I do with arguably the most visible platform on the planet. That was so cool to me, because that was the last song you’d expect.” – Mikky Ekko

Ekko’s original demo has surfaced online. As gorgeous as his solo version is, I much prefer the track as a duet. However, it’s clear that Mikky’s vocals inspired Rihanna’s recording session. The arrangement is pretty similar with the “We Found Love” singer copying Ekko’s licks and delivery. Check it out below.

listen to the solo version after the jump


As she often does, Shakira keeps it real by releasing a Spanish version of her new single, “Can’t Remember To Forget You.” For those who were hoping to hear Rihanna belt out parts en Espanol, you’ll be disappointed. The Bajan singer is missing in action on the new version. BOO. If Celine Dion can belt out a song in Mandarin for Chinese New Year, surely RiRi can attempt a couple of verses in another tongue, especially on this catchy reggae-rock track. Don’t you agree?

As much as I love the duet, I have to say, “Nunca Me Acuerdo De Olvidarte” is even more divine. Not surprisingly, it seems more natural and breezy. Even though I’m not fluent in Spanish by any means, I kinda understand the Colombian singer much more in her native tongue, than in English. Am I the only one who thinks this? Check out the new version below.

listen to the new version after the jump

Listen To Shakira & Rihanna’s Duet

In: Donovan, Music

It’s a bit ska. It’s a bit Jamaican Rocksteady. It’s one hundred percent perfection. Shakira’s powerhouse collaboration with Rihanna lives up to its epic billing. Shakira, as always, sounds phenomenal with her unique and captivating voice. As for Rihanna, I’ve always liked the Barbadian singer when she’s working with an island beat. “Can’t Remember To Forget You” is nothing that’s on radio right now and that’s what makes it sound fantastic. The reggae-flavored track is something you’d imagine Bruno Mars and Sting working on.

“Can’t Remember To Forget You” was co-written by the super-talented Erik Hassle. The Swedish singer-songwriter scored a European hit with “Hurtful” back in 2008. It’s the lead single off Shakira’s forthcoming album. Shakira confirmed that the video was directed by Joseph Kahn. I can’t wait to see the visual for this duet. It’s going to be insane. Give Shakira’s new track a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump


When you have a collaboration as epic as Shakira and Rihanna, the above cover art just won’t do. Thankfully, this one was simply just a teaser before the official visual.

Shakira posted the single’s official artwork via Twitter and it’s as gorgeous as I had imagined and hoped for. Both ladies are wearing revealing black dresses accessorized with chunky jewelry as they cozy up with one another. It’s lounging glamor at its best. Check it out below.

Can’t Remember To Forget You” officially drops on January 13, but I fully expect it’ll leak prior to that (fingers crossed).

check out the new and hotter cover after the jump

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