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Happy Birthday Rihanna!!

Rihanna turns 22 today. The singer will celebrate her birthday with a very “private and intimate” bash thrown for her by her boyfriend, Matt Kemp, according to sources.

“(Matt) really wanted to do something nice for Rihanna as she didn’t have much of a 21st birthday last year,” according to E! News.

The party, which was going to be a surprise until she caught on, will be a low-key night with “close friends, Jamaican food, a photo booth, dancing and cake.”

~~”Check out some of my favorite photos of Rihanna below. “Her makeup looks flawless and her style is to die for. I L♥VE IT!!!!”

Singer Rihanna attends at press conference to promote her latest album "Rated R" at Intercontinental hotel on February 11, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.

Singer Rihanna shows off a new bleached streak in her bangs as she leaves lunch at Da Silvano restaurant in Greenwich Village.

Matt Kemp with Rihanna

Photo source: zimbio.com

~~Sounds like fun. I hope your birthday turns out to be a success. Enjoy your night, you deserve it. May all your wishes come true. Happy 22nd Birthday!!

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Music News: Corinne Bailey Rae’s New Album Reflects Dealing With Husband’s Death

In the months after her husband died, Corinne Bailey Rae was fixated on the grieving process – specifically, whether there is a right and a wrong way to mourn.

It’s not as if Rae acted inappropriately after the death of Jason Rae from a drug overdose in 2008. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who dazzled the music world in 2006 with her sunny, silky self-titled debut, dropped out of sight after the tragedy. She spent a good part of her day simply resting, and when she felt like it, taking walks or spending time with loved ones.

She was also confused, in a haze, not knowing how to go forward after the destiny she thought she had was forever altered.

“I’m not familiar with that kind of shock that lasts all that amount of time,” the 30-year-old recalled. “It just sort of takes ages to sink it. You feel it and then you don’t feel it; you know what’s happened and then you don’t really know what happened. …

“Somebody wrote me a letter saying that you need to surrender to it, which I was like, ‘Well, how do I surrender?'”

While Rae still has not come to terms with her loss, she has determined that the grieving process is unique and different for everyone. And for her, it included channeling her emotions into her music. The result is her touching, tender new album, “The Sea,” started before the death of her husband but finished more than a year later.

“There are other people that have had these similar experiences … all different kinds of loss, and I feel like a lot of people don’t really sing about it in popular music,” said an upbeat, reflective Rae during a recent interview. “I want to be that one voice that is saying that this is also a human experience that is worth making music about.”

When Rae first started working on “The Sea,” she was determined to make an album that grew from the dreamy, groove-based tunes – such as “Put Your Records On” – that were becoming her signature. She was looking for sounds that were more aggressive, funky and complex.

“I wanted to make another record that was a partner to, and an answer to, the first album,” the British musician said of her debut CD, which sold more than 1 million copies in the United States alone. “I wanted to write something that was able to match that excitement that we’d feel in the audience.”

She had already started working on new music when her 31-year-old husband, described as a recovering addict, was found dead due to an overdose of methadone. In the aftermath, Rae found herself struggling to adapt to a role she never anticipated: widow.

“Part of that … experience is you can’t imagine a future,” said Rae. “Your imagined future is totally on fire.”

Rae, who lives in Leeds, England, didn’t work on new music, but found her mind occupied with other thoughts. She remembers becoming engrossed in etymology, the study of words, and found parallels in language to her own situation: “‘Grief,’ it’s from ‘grave,’ which means heavy. It’s a thing that lands on you, and there is nothing you can do to sort of make it work.”

It took months for her to cope through her music. When asked what she did, she simply said: “Nothing.”

“It’s hard to explain. “(I went) from being a really active person from having a really full diary to doing absolutely nothing because I had no interest in doing anything.”

She decided to start working on “The Sea” again because she missed creating and because she needed a goal: “I needed to have something to do. The main thing that this album has given me is something to do to take up my time.”

Corinne Bailey Rae“The Sea” is not mournful – there are driving grooves, sultry odes and sweet tunes. But it does contain several songs that reference her husband’s death. The album’s first song, the wistful “Are You Here,” speaks to the confusion of feeling the presence of someone no longer around: “Are you here, ’cause my heart recalls it all feels the same?”

Then there’s “I Would Like to Call It Beauty,” the song that most explicitly deals with death, and named for a phrase uttered by Jason Rae’s brother, Phillip (Rae even gave him song credit). The song’s first lines are, “So young for death, we walk in shoes to big, but you play it like a poet, like you always did.”

“It’s a way different record than the initial idea that she had in her head, but I think it was very necessary,” says Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, the Roots bandleader who worked on the rocking jam “The Blackest Lily,” recorded before Jason Rae’s death.

“If anything, this album sort of provides a kind of resolution to public mourning,” he said.

But for Rae, nothing is resolved: She is trying to figure out how to move on and she still wears her wedding ring.

“The shock of it is still really with me,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine that it’s not going to go back to how it was.”

Source: http://www.corinnebaileyrae.net

“Wow, this album is really going to talk to alot of people who’ve been in her place.” I can’t wait to hear it. Your thoughts?”

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All On The Cover: John Mayer Covers Rolling Stone

MAGAZINE: Rolling Stone
NEWSTANDS: February 2010
MODELS: John Mayer
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Seliger
WEBSITE:
www.RollingStone.com
NOTES: Dirty Mind, Lonely Heart: John Mayer on Jennifer Aniston, Tiger Woods & Masturbating 

A shirtless John Mayer is on the new cover of Rolling Stone, and inside he talks a lot about sex, finding a partner, and masturbation. Mayer himself has read it, as he tweeted, “Just read my Rolling Stone cover article. I’m still not sure if I would want to hang out with me” “After 30 minutes of twirling my hair into a knot, I say “fuck it.” You can’t go wrong if you tell the truth.”

Here are some highlights from his interview.

About Jennifer Aniston: The 32-year-old singer-guitarist admits he prefers Continuum to his 2009 disc Battle Studies (“I know that I’m supposed to say that my newest is the best one. Bullshit,” he says), that he hasn’t stopped thinking about his split with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston (“I’ve never really gotten over it. It was one of the worst times of my life”) and that his sex life has become an endless loop of new girls rejecting him in clubs (“Blowing me off is the new sucking me off!”).

Mayer also talks about, among other things, masturbation and Tiger Woods: “I have masturbated myself out of serious problems in my life. The phone doesn’t pick up because I’m masturbating. And I have excused myself at the oddest times so as to not make mistakes. If Tiger Woods only knew when to jerk off. It has a true market value, like gold bullion. First of all, I don’t jerk off because I’m horny. I’m sort of half-chick. It’s like District 9. I can fire alien weapons. I can insert a tampon. No, I do it because I want to take a brain bath. It’s like a hot whirlpool for my brain, in a brain space that is 100 percent agreeable with itself.”

And what he’s looking for: Mayer’s in the midst of a massive 10-year record deal and enjoys the pleasures of late-night weed-and-video-game sessions, as well as his $20 million vintage watch collection, but what he truly wants, he tells RS, is to finally find a a female companion. But not just any girlfriend — Mayer is after “the Joshua Tree of vaginas.” “I’ll be happy when I close out this life-partner thing,” he says. “Think of how much mental capacity I’m using to meet the right person so I can stop giving a fuck about it.”

Grab the new issue for Mayer’s full advice for Tiger Woods (”I have masturbated myself out of serious problems in my life”) and more on his journey from bedroom guitar player to the most angst-ridden playboy in rock.

Check out some more photos of John Mayer below….

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

Source: RollingStone.com

“Your thoughts?”

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Celebrity Couples: Rihanna and Matt Kemp

[Rihanna joins Matt Kemp for a game]

Less than a year ago, Rihanna‘s life was turned upside down after she was assaulted by former boyfriend Chris Brown. Now the singer seems to be putting the traumatic past behind her.

On Saturday, she was spotted at the LA Clippers vs Cleveland-Cavaliers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with her new pal, Dodgers star Matt Kemp, wearing her hair styled in angelic golden ringlets. The pop star, who will celebrate her 22nd birthday next month, appears to have kept her famous graduated bob hairstyle, adding playful curls for her day at the game.

In addition to the new style, photographers captured the singer with a perpetual and very sincere-looking grin on her face. Last week, Rihanna opened up to W magazine about coming out of the fog of last winter: “At first I completely shut down. But now I feel like this happened to me so I could be a voice for young girls who are going through what I went through and dont know how to talk about it.”

She also revealed a desire to focus on her budding acting career, briefly cut short by all the media attention surrounding her private life last year. As everyone who watched her fall appearance on “SNL” can attest, Rihanna has comedic acting skills that rival her talent as a singer.

Take a closer look at the new style below….

[Rihanna in December 2009]

[Rihanna in January 2010]

Check out some more photos of  Rihanna & Matt Kemp at the game.

Rihanna laughs with Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp stares at Rihanna

Rihanna blonde weave

Rihanna white jacket at the Clippers game

Rihanna blonde weave picture

Rihanna and Matt Kemp get intense

Matt Kemp on Rihanna

Source: OMG!

“What do you think of her new relationship with Matt Kemp? I think they look cute together.  I’m really happy for her. I hope it works out. Good luck to the both of them.”

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All On The Cover: Rihanna Covers W

Rihanna Covers ‘W Magazine’ February 2010

MAGAZINE: W
NEWSTANDS: February 2010
MODELS: Rihanna
PHOTOGRAPHER: Craig McDean, styled by Lori Goldstein

WEBSITE: www.WMagazine.com
NOTES: Pop Princess proves looking hot is the best revenge! 

As her fourth album, Rated R, receives accolades and she gets ready to kick off her international tour, Rihanna is only getting hotter. Here, she sizzles in Gucci’s cotton dress with sexy cut-outs on the February 2010 cover of W Magazine, as captured by Craig McDean and styled by Lori Goldstein. Less than a year ago Rihanna was virtually in hiding. But now, with a hit record and a new sense of bravery, she’s ready to show the world who she really is.

Here are some highlights from her interview. 

On the best part of her day: “When I’m with my glam team getting my hair and makeup done—we talk so much s—!”

On her fashion sense: “My stylist Mariel Haenn and I always try to do something sexy but never too girly—we always try to put a little toughness in there.” 

On never once wishing herself back in Barbados, living a quiet life: “Oh no, I never fantasize about that. Because if I were back there, I know I’d be fantasizing about all this.” 

Check out some more photos below….








Photo Credit: W
Posted in All On The Cover, Celebrity News, Currently Reading, ELLE, Elle Magazine, ELLE US, fashion, Fashion Magazine, Fashion News, Jennifer Lopez, Joe Zee, Music, newstands, photography, photos, Photoshoot, pictures, Tom Munro

All On The Cover: Jennifer Lopez Covers Elle US

MAGAZINE: ELLE
NEWSTANDS: February 2010
MODELS: Jennifer Lopez
PHOTOGRAPHER: Tom Munro, styled by Joe Zee

WEBSITE: www.elle.com
NOTES: Jennifer Lopez is soooo back!

American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez graces the cover page of fashion magazine Elle US for the month of February 2010. J-Lo talks about on motherhood, heartbreak, and the future of her career, and revealed that she never considered in vitro fertilization because she’s a traditional woman. 

Here are some highlights from her interview. 

On why she never considered in vitro fertilization, like her character in The Back-Up Plan: “When it comes to family and relationships, I’m quite traditional. Just because of the way I was raised. And I also believe in God and I have a lot of faith in that, so I just felt like you don’t mess with things like that. And I guess deep down I really felt like either this is not going to happen for me or it is. You know what I mean? And if it is, it will. And if it’s not, it’s not going to.”

On the merit of her romantic comedies:  “I think Maid in Manhattan and Monster-in-Law are very layered movies. And that’s why they’re so successful. People don’t like shitty romantic comedies. Nothing that’s shitty is going to make $100 million.” 

On hosting a dinner for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: “She didn’t realize what she was going to symbolize. And it’s always scary to be thrown into it–that’s what I felt like when I did Selena. You’re thrown out there, and all of a sudden you’re not anonymous. You are now known. And that’s a lot to handle. It’s scary at first. Then you get used to it. And so she was in that moment of her life where it’s just like, What the hell? Everybody’s clapping for me. People are writing about me, talking about me, I’m on TV. She was just a judge in New York.”

On competing with twenty-something pop idols as a 40-year-old mom: “This is what I do—what, because I have kids and a husband now I’m not supposed to be me? I’m a more heightened me if anything. Hyper J.Lo. Everything I wanted before, I want twice as much now. And that doesn’t mean material things; it means to explore more, to think more. Being an artist doesn’t start because you’re 21, and it doesn’t end because you’re 51. You are who you are until the day you die.”

On betrayal: “This is something I haven’t been through once in my life. This is something I’ve been through a few times in my life. Where you really have your eggs in one basket and that breach happens and you know you should go but you’re still in love and you just don’t know what to do. It hits you because it’s not like you’re a cheater, and a liar, and I hate you, and you’re no good, and I’m leaving. It’s not that. It’s like, I’m tormented. Even though you’ve done this and I know it, I still don’t know what to do. I know I should go, but I don’t want to. And that’s why it’s such a fucked-up thing.” 

Check out some more photos below…. 




 

Photo credit: Elle.com

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Music News: Rihanna’s AMA Performance

FWD104 Rihanna arrives at the 2009 American Music Awards in ...

Rihanna plugged her “Rated R” album with a (fake) tattoo of the album title down her throat at the American Music Awards Sunday night.

She came out a gurney and performed a combo of “Wait Your Turn” and “Hard,” both from the new album wearing a white bondage jumpsuit made of strips, skin, and a collar of bullets.

Check out some more photos of Rihanna below.


Check out the video of her performance below…

Source: Huffingtonpost

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Music News: ‘Rated R’ – The Wait Is Finally Over!!

IN STORES NOW!!! 

'Rated R'

The countdown to the most anticipated album of the year is finally over. Rated R, has officially been released TODAY on Def Jam Records.
 
At 12:00AM Tuesday, November 3rd, Rated R and it’s smash, lead single “Russian Roulette” went on sale at the iTunes Music Store. Fans who pre-ordered the album received “Russian Roulette,” instantly. Included in the iTunes edition of Rated R were special, exclusive director’s cuts of the videos for “Russian Roulette” and “Wait Your Turn,” both helmed by acclaimed director Anthony Mandler.
 
Just as Rihanna started the countdown to her album launch and debuted her first single on her website, the “Wait Your Turn” video which had premiered, November 3rd exclusively at Rihannanow.com.

Russian Roulette Single Cover

“Russian Roulette” has already exploded on radio stations across the country, with literally hundreds of stations coming in early to add the powerful, haunting ballad into rotation. “Russian Roulette” has garnered more than 20 million in audience nationwide, in just it’s first official add week. The “Russian Roulette” video premiered on November 13th on 20/20. Where she had an Exclusive Interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC primetime. 

Rihanna - Glamour's "Women of the Year"
Rihanna is Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year

Rihanna continued her media blitz with a stunning photo spread for the cover of Glamour Magazine’s prestigious “Women Of The Year,” which have already hit newsstands nationwide. She and Glamour’s other honorees were feted with a special event in New York City on Monday, November 9th. On that same day, Rihanna made a special appearance on MTV’s “The Alexa Chung Show.”

The track listing for Rated R is as follows:
1. Mad House
2. Wait Your Turn
3. Hard featuring Jeezy
4. Stupid In Love
5. ROCKSTAR 101 featuring Slash
6. Russian Roulette
7. Fire Bomb
8. Rude Boy
9. Photographs featuring will.i.am
10. G4L
11. Te Amo
12. Cold Case Love  
13. The Last Song  

MORE PHOTOS BELOW….

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Source: Island Def Jam

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All On The Cover: Rihanna Covers Glamour

Rihanna graces the December cover of Glamour

MAGAZINE: Glamour
NEWSTANDS: December 2009
MODELS: Rihanna
PHOTOGRAPHER: Matthias Vriens-Mcgrath
WEBSITE:www.glamour.com
NOTES: Rihanna Back on Top!

In this Glamour exclusive, she breaks her silence about her very public battle with domestic abuse to speak on behalf of victims, and shares her empowering message with young women.

Rihanna graces the December cover of Glamour…

Singer, Rihanna looks absolutely stunting on the December cover of Glamour magazine. After a year surrounded by controversy, this Barbados born beauty is back on top. In the article, she talks about her start, how it is working with Jay-Z and her incident with Chris Brown.

In the article, Rihanna talks about the photo of her bruised face being leaked after being assaulted by Chris Brown:

“It was humiliating; that is not a photo you would show to anybody. I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the Internet, and it’s my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was [supposedly leaked by] two women.”

It is wonderful to see Rihanna back on her feet after the stressful year she has had. She has been diligently working on a new album which will be released on November 23rd. The star just released the track list for the album, entitled ‘Rated R‘.

You can read more of Rihanna‘s interview on Glamour.com.

The 2009 Glamour Women of the Year:
•Michelle Obama (Special Recognition)
•Rihanna
•Maria Shriver
•Stella McCartney
•Amy Poehler
•Marissa Mayer
•Serena Williams
•Jane Aronson
•Susan Rice
•Euna Lee and Laura Ling
•The Women of Iran’s One Million Signatures Campaign
•Maya Angelou

Check out more photos of Rihanna’s glamour photoshoot below.

Rihanna and Cindi Leive
Rihanna with Glamour’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive

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Michelle Obama also covers Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year” issue


What did you think of Rihanna‘s interview on Good Morning America last Thursday and her special on 20/20 last Friday with Diane Sawyer? Your thoughts?!

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Breaking News: Patrick Swayze Loses His Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into moviegoers’ hearts with “Dirty Dancing” and then broke them with “Ghost,” died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

“Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully on Monday with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” his publicist, Annett Wolf, said in a statement Monday evening. Swayze died in Los Angeles, Wolf said, but she declined to give further details.

Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer. He kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting “The Beast,” an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot.

Swayze said he opted not to use painkilling drugs while making “The Beast” because they would have taken the edge off his performance. The show drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran in 2009, but A&E said it had reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season.

When he first went public with the illness, some reports gave him only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was “considerably more optimistic” than that. Swayze acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the disease.

“I’d say five years is pretty wishful thinking,” Swayze told ABC‘s Barbara Walters in early 2009. “Two years seems likely if you’re going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I’d better get a fire under it.”

C. Thomas Howell, who costarred with Swayze in “The Outsiders,” “Grandview U.S.A.” and “Red Dawn,” said: “I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick. While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day. Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older ‘Outsiders’ brother.”

Other celebrities used Twitter to express condolences, and “Dirty Dancing” was the top trending topic for a while Monday night, trailed by several other Swayze films.

Ashton Kutcher — whose wife, Demi Moore, costarred with Swayze in “Ghost” — wrote: “RIP P Swayze.” Kutcher also linked to a YouTube clip of the actor poking fun at himself in a classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch, in which he played a wannabe Chippendales dancer alongside the corpulent — and frighteningly shirtless — Chris Farley.

Larry King wrote: “Patrick Swayze was a wonderful actor & a terrific guy. He put his heart in everything. He was an extraordinary fighter in his battle w Cancer.” King added that he’d do a tribute to Swayze on his CNN program on Tuesday night.

Check out some photos below of Patrick in “Dirty Dancing”

Source: AP

“I was such a huge fan of the movie, “Dirty Dancing”. I had the movie that I used to play in my VCR over and over again. My cousin and I would dance and try to do the lift he used do, but we just seemed to never get it right. He was such a great actor and he will surely be missed.”

Rest in Peace Patrick Swayze 1952 – 2009.