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Sometimes Pop has a funny away of surprising its loyal.

Whether by way of a record breaking album- Adele‘s ‘21′– or the birth of an ‘epic’ feud- GaGa v Madonna, it’s safe to say that the ‘culture’ and its ever changing plot line are anything but predictable.

Take Def Jam’s Rihanna for one.

Bursting onto the scene with dance hit ‘Pon De Play’ in 2005, very few could have predicted the teen sensation would go onto to rival the acts her very cause was styled on.

Scoring more US #1 singles in seven years than many of her predecessors  have scored in twenty, Fenty’s well oiled hit machine has seen her become one of the world’s more bankable stars- raking in $90 million from her critically panned ‘Loud Tour‘.

However, for all her success, recent years have seen her brand tarnished by many a scandal.

Scandals, involving plagiarism of intellectual property, her volatile relationship with fellow entertainer Chris Brown, and more recently, baseless reports of substance addiction.

Worsened by the part she allegedly played the physical altercation between Brown and Rapper Drake Graham, the media’s coverage of her ‘troubles’ have led to fans questioning her stability, and relationship with Roc Nation boss Jay Z.

“She’s out of it”

“She’s promiscuous”

“She must be on drugs”

“She parties every night”

“She’s terrified of being replaced by Rita”.

All criticisms aimed the singer’s way.

So now we ask:

Is Rihanna budding icon with a promising future ahead of her?

Or

A deeply troubled starlet in danger of self destructing.

Weigh in below…

The 45th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony took place on Thursday night, honoring Pop music’s most influential masterminds.

Billed as the publishing equivalent to The Grammy Awards, this year’s event saw ‘Lazy Lover’ Ne-Yo awarded the ‘Hal David Starlight‘ award, for his contributions to the craft.

Pictured above with Hip Hop producer Swizz Beatz, the Compound executive was joined by his recently signed artist Adrienne Baillon, formerly of trio 3LW and later Disney’s ‘The Cheetah Girls‘.

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Many said she couldn’t do it, but this month saw Cheryl Cole successfully launch her new album’s campaign without the X Factor UK press machine.

Performing at a number of outlets, The Graham Norton Show and The Queen’s Jubilee Concert to name two, her strategy is set to ensure her new single ‘Call My Name‘ becomes the fastest selling UK single this year.

Today, Channel 4’s ‘T4’ dedicated an entire episode to the star. An episode, which saw her perform ‘Name’ and its follow up effort ‘Under The Sun‘.

Peep her set below…

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Alexandra Burke stormed That Grape Juice’s The Splash recently with a soaring session in support of her sophomore album ‘Heartbreak On Hold’.

And while  the TGJ special (‘An Audience With Alexandra Burke’) saw the 23 year old perform many a new cut, it also saw her give a nod to a record-breaking fan favourite.

Click above to see the 23 year old showcase THAT voice on the song that started it all ‘Hallelujah’

Click here to watch the full set!

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Soulful songtress Melanie Fiona serves up another helping of ‘The MF Life’ with the video for her latest single ‘This Time’.

The visual for the J. Cole assisted cut sees Colin Tilley take the directorial helm.

Watch the Roc stars in action below…

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Two days ago, the death of ‘Moesha’ star Yvette Wilson struck up the ever heated topic of ‘US healthcare’.

For, before her untimely death, Wilson had been forced to call on the general public to help pay for medical expenses, believed to have amounted to $25,000.

Moved by the tragedy, Twitter saw Pop mogul Nicki Minaj weigh in on the matter and call on President Obama to make the necessary changes to ensure tax paying citizens received help from the State if ever in Wilson’s position.

Hours later, Quest of ‘The Roots responded to Minaj’s tweets, informing her that The White House would be interested in working with her to raise health care awareness.

Now, the world of Pop has weighed in on his claim.

Full story below…

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Before the release of Cheryl Cole‘s dance anthem ‘Call My Name‘, reports emerged claiming ROC belle Rita Ora had told numerous journalists the song was initially written for her, and that she had rejected it from her LP.

Now, in response to these unconfirmed reports, the cut’s producer Calvin Harris has branded the singer ‘a liar’ on Twitter.

His comments below…

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Last night, the world began mourning the death of Yvette Wilson– the acclaimed comedienne most recognized for her work in 90s sitcom.

A long time sufferer of cervical cancer, the last few months saw the actress call on the public’s help to fund her treatment as the US health system- unlike that of the UK’s- does not offer free medical care.

Enraged by the injustice, ‘Superbass‘ Rapper Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to air out her feelings. Feelings, which have now scored her an invitation to the White House to debate the issue.

Full story below…

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Chris Brown and Twitter.

It’s a relationship made in the fiery pits of PR hell. Yet still, it blazes on.

Having whipped up a media frenzy with pics and tweets alluding to drama with Drake, the ‘Turn Up The Music’ singer has vented his frustrations at gossip website TMZ.

His words after the jump…

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This time last year, the name Rita Ora meant very little to anyone unaware of her rising star.

Fast forward twelve months and she’s one of Pop’s more promising newbies, scoring two consecutive UK #1s and landing a coveted slot on Coldplay’s summer tour.

Now, after much speculation, she has announced the release plan for her debut album.

Watch below…

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Many will generally remember singer Kiely Williams from her stints in 3LW and the Cheetah Girls.

However, it was her 2010 solo effort ‘Spectacular’ which ensured she remained etched in mass consciousness. For better or for worse.

Having recovered from the overwhelming success of the trashy track, Williams has resurfaced – talking with our friends over at Madame Noire about what she’s up to now, her current relationship with her former bandmates and more.

Her explanation for the ‘Spectacular’ video is a particular must-see!

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As earlier reported, VH1 is set to unleash Hollywood Exes on the masses on June 27th.

And so as to whet appetites for the show, which follows the lives of the exes of Eddie Murphy, Prince,  R. Kelly and more, the network have released a sizzling new trailer. Check it out below.

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