Before taking to New York’s Barclay Center to serve the latest date of her ‘Diamonds World Tour’, Rihanna found herself at the centre of all attention when her fans camped outside of her hotel to catch as her as she made her way to the show.
Peep the love fest and performances from the Tampa leg of the show below!
As each and every one of her ‘Unapologetic‘ cuts heads to the commercial heavens, Rihanna enjoyed some downtime in NYC two days ago- hitting the Bulls vs Nets game with close friend and ROC pal Tyran Smith.
Sporting a new hue as she signed autographs for fans, the ‘If It’s Lovin’ That You Want‘ songbird was snapped in what has no doubt been a busy week for her fellow Roc siblings- with Rita Ora continuing work on her US debut in LA and Elijah Blake gearing up for the release of his ‘XOX’ video- set for release by the summer’s end.
As anyone who’s been to a Rihanna show (that wasn’t cancelled) will agree, performing isn’t where her “wow” factor lies. Indeed, even her staunchest supporters will be the first to confirm that it’s her catalogue of hits that make her, for better or worse.
Therefore, it’s little surprise that her new ’777′ tour documentary has been unceremoniously slammed by critics.
Set to air on Fox on May 6th, the fly on the wall special chronicles the 25-year-old’s 7 shows, in 7 cities, over 7 nights promo push for her hit album ‘Unapologetic’. The ‘Diamonds’ led set, which is her 7th LP, became her first chart-topping project in the US upon release last November.
And while the album’s success may relay a triumphant narrative, its accompanying docu-movie reportedly boasts little in replay value. Not a good look when the full 77 minute version of the hour-long special will be released on DVD a day later (May 7th).
As far as her up tempos go, Rihanna has always struggled to execute the renditions of her cuts live half as well as well as she does in the studio.
However, the same can’t be said when it comes to her ballads or mid tempos. The proof of that pudding was showcased in the earlier part of last week, when she took her ‘Diamonds World Tour’ to Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena, and performed her Reggae kissed cut ‘No Love Allowed.
Rihanna put her best foot forward last night, making her way to her regular haunt ‘Da Silvano’ with a friend in NYC.
Meeting members of her loyal fan base ‘The Navy’ as she stepped out of the Italian spot, ‘The Final Goodbye’ singer sported a pair of Tom Ford gladiator boots nights after serving another hit packed ‘Diamonds’ show, and hours after ROC sister Rita Ora enjoyed the company of Beyonce and Jay Z in London!
Seven albums in seven years. Say what you will about Rihanna, her face and name have become omnipresent in music.
And while some hail this as Pop dominance, others argue it evidence enough that she’s not vacating the spotlight because she can’t. Indeed for many, the Bajan bombshell almost needs to stay in faces because she’d be forgotten if she didn’t. Debates, debates, debates. Amidst them, reports suggesting that the 25-year-old will take a year off have surfaced.
Faced with the possible reality of a spell without Fenty, That Grape Juice hit the streets of Hollywood to find out what the masses feel about the matter.
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