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Product Vs. Promotion: Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Better’

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After a number of false starts courtesy of singles ‘FourFiveSeconds,’ ‘B*tch Better Have My Money,’ and ‘American Oxygen,’ Grammy winning pop diva Rihanna saw her 8th era finally get an official kickoff with the Drake-assisted single ‘Work.’  Skyrocketing to the top of the Hot 100 shortly after its debut, the Caribbean-kissed tune would at long last lead her faithful fans on the path to unlocking her octonary opus ‘Anti.’

Yet, while ‘Work’ won week after week atop the singles charts thanks to some serious sales and streaming, its parent album wasn’t exactly singing the same tune.  Living up to its apt titling by boasting a track list of some of her most sonically adventurous and daring work to date, initial critical and commercial reception almost seemed to reflect her fan base’s displeasure with the product and the long wait for its delivery.  Evidenced by a less than impressive #27 debut on the Billboard 200, the project’s promotional campaign didn’t help matters and left many-a-head scratched (see: free downloads, “platinum status,” etc.).

But, as officially counted streaming figures helped float the island beauty’s 8th project to the upper rankings of Billboard 200, fans continued to whine their waists to ‘Work’ with hopes its follow-up, ‘Kiss It Better,’ would be just what the doctor ordered to remedy the era’s shortcomings.

However, time would prove the suggestion a misdiagnosis:

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Rihanna Covers ‘W Magazine’ As Post-Apocalyptic Queen

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Rihanna may not be accustomed to slaying stages, but there’s no denying that she knows how to razzle and dazzle in front of a camera.

Such is the case on the cover of W Magazine‘s September issue, where the 28-year-old stuns as a post-apocalyptic queen.

Lensed by Steven Klein, the edgy shoot is the latest of many lined up to promote the diva’s eighth studio album ‘ANTI.’

Slim on sales, the project has managed only 500k in the US since January. On the relative upside, it’s been a streaming force. Though, the differential between those willing to purchase the LP and those content to hit play only as part of a monthly streaming package is both glaring and telling. Especially in an era where her argued contemporaries such as Drake and Beyonce are managing both.

Will this new shoot help make ‘ANTI’s x2 “Platinum” plaque less of a punchline? Who knows.

What is is certain is that a fierce photoshoot awaits after the jump…

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Watch: Drake & Rihanna Deliver ‘Too Good’ Live At The ‘OVO Festival’

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Rihanna & Drake continue to generate attention for their respective new releases this week by performing their collaborative cut ‘Too Good‘ live for the very first time.

Where?

At the latter’s ‘OVO Festival.’

It was there, as the vocalist makes her way towards the release of her ninth studio album, did she join the rapper on stage to deliver a minimalistic yet enjoyable live serving of the jam which appears on his latest studio set ‘VIEWS.’

Take the leap below to catch your first very look at ‘Too Good’ live!

 

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New Video: Rihanna – ‘Goodnight Gotham’

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In December 2014 Rihanna made her way to Paris to shoot a visual that has never seen the light of day…until now.

Yes, this week has coughed up the visual for the number ‘Goodnight Gotham‘ which appears on her latest album ‘ANTI’ before she is expected to attend this year’s MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.

Meet us below for your first spin on the video below…

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Rihanna Ties Madonna’s Career-Long Record

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Wendy Williams may have angered Rihanna‘s faithful fan base, affectionately coined ‘The Navy,’ when she proclaimed the Bajan beauty would “never be a legend,” but from the looks of things her Billboard stats are already trotting on legendary ground.

Indeed, her Billboard 200 resume may have hit a sour note or two over her 11 year tenure, but her Hot 100 track record is unmatched and decorated with many an accomplishment for tying or simply demolishing the Billboard Hot 100 records of many-a-legend before her (see:  Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and more).

Already besting Queen of Pop Madonna‘s once thought untouchable record of “most top 10 singles amassed in the shortest period of time” (read more on that here), now the ‘Sledgehammer’ singer – thanks to her latest hit ‘Sex With Me’ – is looking to break yet another of the pop potentate’s history-making achievements.

Find out what it is below and recap this week’s entire TGJ Chart Check below:

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Rihanna ‘Pokemon Go’ Order In Response To Beyonce?

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Rihanna’s ‘Pokemon Go’ rant may have ties to an incident that occurred at a Beyonce concert days ago.

How so?

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Rihanna Demands: “Don’t Be Catching No Pokemon At My Show”

Star Says There’ll Be No Catching At Her ‘ANTI Tour’

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Rihanna is quite the trooper.

Despite questionable sales of her ‘ANTI’ album and tour, the Bajan belle has soldiered on and is currently deep into the European leg of the trek.

During a recent stop in France, the 28-year-old made a specific request after noting distracted fans.

Find out what it was after the jump..

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