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All On The Cover: Rihanna Covers Billboard Magazine

This is definitely Rihanna‘s moment to shine. She has been spotted globally everywhere promoting her new album ‘LOUD’. She has also just  joined the Kodak team as its newest spokesperson for their ‘So Kodak’ campaign as well as the ‘Doritos Late Night’ campaign. You can now check her out gracing the the cover of Billboard Magazine. Below I have a few excerpts as well as photos magazine scans from her feature.

Excerpts after the jump….

It’s been just six weeks since Rihanna’s wax figure was unveiled, but already it needs a makeover. The creepily life-like sculpture, which assumed its place in Madame Tussaud’s Washington, D.C., outpost on Aug. 31, immortalizes the biker chick-meets-”Blade Runner” look that the pop star rocked this past winter: shoulder-padded blazer, airtight corset, shimmery makeup and a haircut that only she could pull off, part-buzz cut and part-blonde-streaked, sideways swoop.

But Rihanna has moved on since then, now sporting mostly shoulder-length, barrel-curled locks in a shade twice as fluorescent as fire-engine red. Her new look is less severe, more romantic. A day after the figure’s unveiling, a photograph of the Barbadian singer kissing her waxen self appeared on Twitter and made it abundantly clear how much she’s changed.

“A lot of people dress like Lady Gaga now. I’ve just stepped off into a whole new look and style,” Rihanna says calmly, phoning in just before a flight to London after a nonstop week of work and play in New York. “The whole shoulder pad thing, and the architectural look, is so sharp-edged and tough. I’m over that. I like floral prints now, which I never liked.

“Trends are boring,” she adds. “It’s boring to see everyone doing the same thing.”

On the bluntly titled, Stargate-produced and Ester Dean-penned “S&M,” for example, Rihanna proudly claims her vices: “I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it/Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it/Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me.” On “Cheers,” a twangy bar song that samples Avril Lavigne, she name-checks Jameson Irish whiskey and chants, “Cheers to the freakin’ weekend-drink to that!” “Man Down,” a reggae song featuring rap provocateur Nicki Minaj, turns her into the protagonist of her own murder fantasy. “I took his heart when I pulled out that gun . . . rum-puh-pah-pum, man down . . . oh mama, I just shot a man down.”

“At this point, there’s no denying that she’s more than a cool voice, a pretty face and a hot style,” says Stargate’s Tor Erik Hermansen, who with Mikkel Storleer Eriksen make up the Norwegian duo. “She has a swagger which is unbelievable.”

Hermansen says Rihanna pinpointed “Only Girl” as her lead single “the minute she heard the song. She picks and chooses everything, which to me is crucial. And she has good taste.”

“This is the truest Rihanna album yet because it sounds the most like her first one,” Reid continues. “[2005 debut single] ‘Pon De Replay,’ that was obviously Rihanna at her purest, with that Caribbean-flavored dance-pop music. After that, she went in many different directions only to find herself right back where she really started. Though I think the songs are much better now. Her growth as a vocalist is really evident.”

Rihanna Moves On from Chris Brown

While ‘Loud’ is a crucial album for Rihanna in the wake of lower-than-usual sales for ‘Rated R,’ Reid says the latter album was really her most pivotal. “The last one, to us, that was the one. She was brave. She was speaking what she felt at that moment, and it didn’t matter who came with a song that we thought was a hit. Every song had to tell the story she wanted to tell. ‘Loud’ is the album where she doesn’t have a point to prove. She can just have fun and be Rihanna.”

The singer wholeheartedly agrees. ” ‘Rated R’ showed that I wasn’t a shallow artist,” she says. “I have some depth. There was definitely some growth, going through that dark moment in my life.”

Rihanna never refers to her relationship with Brown in specifics and says she “definitely” prefers to let “Love the Way You Lie” speak for itself, which of course is made easier by the fact that it’s not on her own album. “It’s kind of like the closing to that chapter, and now we’re in a new stage,” she says.

“What happened in her personal life, the way she handled it and worked through it, is truly amazing,” Hermansen says. “As tragic as that was, just to see how she grew as a person and an artist, I think the whole world looked at that and said, ‘OK, this girl is no joke.’ ”

GETTING ‘LOUD’

This isn’t an accomplishment that her label takes lightly, though Reid believes there’s a catch. “She’s clearly multiformat, but the challenge is, which format is hers? As a recording artist, you can have a hit and be a visitor to each format, but to have true artistic success you have to own it. I think she owns rhythm and top 40, but we do suffer a little because we don’t have urban on lock. When you have a black girl from the islands, you want to have urban on lock. So one of the goals that we had was to not force that, but to try and make records we thought were hits and where she could shine.”

“The challenge is complicated when you’re making music that sonically appeals to a dance/top 40 audience,” WQHT (Hot 97) New York PD Ebro Darden says. “When Rihanna makes music that fits the appeal of hip-hop, we play it.”

Julie Pilat, assistant PD/music director for KIIS-FM Los Angeles, says that Rihanna’s multiformat appeal “seems like more of a strength than a weakness,” adding that the star is “welcomed with open arms wherever she goes.”

“I wanted songs that only I can do, not generic songs that everyone else could sing,” Rihanna says. Her collaborations with Dean went a long way in this regard, no doubt in part because both are young, successful female pop hitmakers of color in a heavily male-dominated field.

Dean, who specializes in rhythmic pop songs with a naughty streak (her most recent work includes Usher’s “Hot Toddy,” Katy Perry’s “Peacock” and “Firework,” and Aguilera’s “Not Myself Tonight”, co-wrote “S&M,” “Fading Away” and “What’s My Name,” which will be the second single off “Loud.” She says Rihanna’s biggest strength is that “she doesn’t try to sound like you; she sounds like herself. She’s not in there trying to figure out how she can beat you singing your song. She goes in there and says, ‘I’m going to sing this song because I fucking love it.’ ”

“She really captured me, everything I would say and how I would say it,” Rihanna says of Dean. “Some people get it halfway right. She just gets it and knows exactly what you want to hear.”

Rihanna may not do much of her own songwriting, but by all accounts she was more active than ever in guiding the creative choices for “Loud.” Writing camps took place several months ago in Los Angeles and Miami, where Rihanna, who nearly always uses “we” when discussing the making of her album, says about 100 writers and producers were invited to collaborate and craft songs for consideration. “We gave them guidelines and a bunch of topics,” she says. “We’d have 10 writers in one room and five writers in another room and put them with one producer, then split the group up and put them with another producer.”

“Obviously those are extreme conditions to create something under,” Hermansen says, “but we enjoyed the urgency of the whole project.”

Rihanna Hits the Studio With Drake

For her recent collaboration with Drake, a remix of “What’s My Name” that will appear on “Loud” as a bonus track, Rihanna personally presented the track to the Canadian MC. “She played the record to Drake backstage somewhere to try to get him on a verse,” Hermansen says. “She’s calling me up saying, ‘Where are the files?’ That’s one thing you don’t hear often from artists on her level.”

“Drake is the hottest rapper out right now,” Rihanna says, “and we’ve always been trying to work together. He’s the only person I thought could really understand the melody of the song, and the minute he heard it he said, ‘I know exactly what I’m going to do. I love it.’ And he did it like three days later.”

Much of the actual recording was done while Rihanna was on the road for her “Last Girl on Earth tour,” which kicked off in April in Europe and wrapped in August in the United States. (It will resume early next year in Australia.)

DIRECT TO FAN

Rihanna is the first to admit that making a personal connection with her fans hasn’t been her strong suit up to now. “I just felt like there was this big distance with us,” she says. “You know, they love me, they love how I dress and they move to my music, but they don’t really know who I am.”

That started to change in late August when Rihanna took over her Twitter account, which before had only been used to issue formal announcements. “No more corny label tweets!” she declared, and soon she was going even more direct, announcing the title of her new album in a live chat on fan site RihannaDaily.com. “I just got on there and started talking. Some of them didn’t believe that it was me, like, ‘Oh, fake Rihanna,’ ” she says of the first time she visited the chat. “So I got my best friend to Facebook RihannaDaily so they knew it was really me.”

Rihanna utilized Twitter and Facebook to debut her album cover at the end of September, posting partial images of the artwork on the social networks, then directing fans to her official website RihannaNow.com for the full reveal.

“Fan engagement is a huge driver for us,” IDJMG senior director of marketing Gabriela Schwartz says. “We had a lot of fun with our digital rollout for ‘Rated R,’ which was more about intrigue, countdowns, teasers and building anticipation. This is ‘Loud’ and it’s inclusive, it’s in your face and immediate, which is exactly what the album represents.”

As for other high-profile looks, Rihanna is booked to perform on ABC’s “Good Morning America” fall concert series Nov. 17, the day after “Loud” streets, and on the Halloween episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

For the first time, Rihanna is also delving into other sectors of the industry. She’ll launch her first fragrance, titled Reb’l Fleur (a play on words from a tattoo on her neck that reads “rebelle fleur” next spring, and she’s currently filming scenes for “Battleship,” an action movie directed by Peter Berg.

“My favorite part has been shooting in the ocean,” Rihanna gushes, sounding her most excited. “We were going at top speed, and I had to shoot this really badass weapon off the front of the boat. There was gunpowder all in my mouth by the time it finished.”

Rihanna has a stuntwoman for her more daring scenes, but per usual, she’s more likely to take charge. “They always want me to sit down when the dangerous stuff happens, but I am a control freak,” Rihanna says. “So I said, ‘No.’ She doesn’t do it like I would do it.”

For full feature check out Billboard.com

Posted in "Hands All Over Tour", "The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour", 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans', Bruno Mars, Decaydance, Fueled By Ramen, Maroon 5, New, One Republic, Tour Dates, Touring It Up, Travie McCoy, Travis McCoy

Touring It Up: Bruno Mars Releases ‘Doo Wops & Hooligans’ and Announces Tour Dates

Bruno Mars has announced his first-ever North American headline tour, which will kick off November 16th in San Francisco at Slims and will continue through to a November 30th date at Boston’s famed Paradise Rock Club (see itinerary below). Tickets for the “The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour” are now available to the public and shows are selling out quickly. Special guests, as well as a slate of additional tour dates, will be announced shortly.

Bruno Mars has also officially released his new album, ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans,’ as of Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Which will follow with his biggest U.S. tour schedule to date, supporting Maroon 5 & One Republic on the last three dates of the fall leg of their 2010 “Hands All Over Tour”.

From there, Mars will cross the Atlantic for an eagerly awaited European tour alongside Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording artist Travie McCoy, due to hit England, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, France, Sweden, and The Netherlands with dates running from mid-October through early November. The joint tour follows Mars and McCoy‘s recent series of high-profile TV performances of their collaborative Top 3 hit, “Billionaire,” including appearances on ABC’s The View, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, VH1’s “Do Something Awards,” TBS’ Lopez Tonight, and Fox’s 2010 Teen Choice Awards.

Below is the schedule for his current tour dates:

October 14th – 16th Supporting Maroon 5 & One Republic
October 18th – November 3rd Supporting Travie McCoy
November 16th – 30th “THE DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS TOUR”

OCTOBER
14 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
15 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
16 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
18 Birmingham, England Academy 2
21 Oxford, England Academy 2
22 Manchester, England Academy 3
23 Glasgow, Scotland G2
25 London, England KCLSU
26 Cologne, Germany Gebaude 9
27 Berlin, Germany Magnet
28 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg
29 Copenhagen, Denmark Rust
30 Stockholm, Sweden Göta Källar

NOVEMBER
1 Hamburg, Germany Beatlemania
2 Stuttgart, Germany Kellerclub
3 Paris, France Nouveau Casino
16 San Francisco, CA Slims
20 Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch
23 Dallas, TX The Loft
24 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
26 Sauget, IL Pops
27 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge SOLD OUT!
28 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
30 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

Additional Headline Dates To Be Announced Soon….

For more information, please visit www.brunomars.com, www.myspace.com/brunomars, or www.elektra.com.

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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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Just In: Michael Jackson Memorial A Special Event on TV!

Television networks planning Jackson coverage…

NBC executives changed their minds Sunday and decided to join other networks that will televise Michael Jackson‘s memorial service live this week.

NBC joins ABC, CNN, MSNBC and E! Entertainment in offering the ceremony live. It’s set for 10 a.m. PDT (1700 GMT) Tuesday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

NBC had initially planned only a one-hour prime-time special on Tuesday night, but said Sunday it would also cover the event live. It was not immediately clear who would anchor.

Charles Gibson will anchor coverage for ABC, which is setting aside its typical daytime programming.

CBS anchor Katie Couric will be at the Staples Center, although the network had not yet said whether it was offering live coverage of the memorial.

CNN has seen its ratings soar with the Jackson story, and it will show the memorial on the main network and HLN (formerly Headline News). CNN International will air the ceremony to the rest of the world. Anderson Cooper, Larry King and Don Lemon are the anchors for CNN coverage. Robin Meade, A.J. Hammer and Jane Velez-Mitchell will anchor at HLN. CNN en Espanol also will cover it.

Chris Jansing will anchor live coverage of the memorial on MSNBC. Fox News Channel hadn’t announced its plans.

E! Entertainment will cover the ceremony on its television network and its Web site.

Source: Yahoo! News

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“I will definietly be tuning in.”

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Wire Talk: Beyonce Performing At The Oscar’s?

E! Online is reporting that Beyonce’ is among the music talent scheduled to perform for Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Also rumored to sing are “High School Musical” stars and real-life couple Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, and “Mamma Mia!’s” Amanda Seyfried.

E! cites sources who claim Beyonce’ and Oscars host Hugh Jackman had been practicing at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City before the entire lineup of performers began rehearsals last night in Hollywood.

“No word yet on what they’ll be singing and dancing to,” wrote E!’s Marc Malkin. “First-time show producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon have kept a tight lid on their plans, but have continually stressed that they intend to shake things up on the movie industry’s biggest night of the year.”

The 81st annual Academy Awards will telecast live Sunday on ABC from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre at 8:00pm EST .