Rihanna Talks Money, Relationships & New LP

Published: Monday 15th Sep 2008 by Sam
Rihanna Talks Money, Relationships & New LP In a recent interview with the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, Rihanna spoke about her finances, being in the spotlight as well as shedding light on the direction of her new album. Check out extracts from the piece below:

On Her Finances

“You can’t get away from the business side. It takes over. The minute you get into the business side, it becomes you. I get business reports all the time because it’s my money. And I stay on top by living it, breathing it, thinking about it every day and every night.”

On The Paparazzi Following Her Home

“Barbados should be off-limits. It should be a getaway for me. My family lives there. It’s sacred. But these people follow me all the way to my home, all the way to the beach. It sucks. I spend most of my life in the public eye, but I don’t want to do that all the time. I don’t always want to be in front of a camera or looking my best. Sometimes, I just want to be me. But that’s hard when people wait outside my house and chase me. They follow me, they yell at me, and I can’t stop them.

On Being Overworked

I don’t want to work like a horse any more. When I first started, I didn’t know what to expect and I went with the flow. I got burned out, but I thought that’s how it was supposed to be. Even Jay looked at my schedule and thought it was crazy. I don’t ever want to hate what I do. I don’t ever want to say, ‘Ugh! Another day of this!’ I just want a gentler pace that allows me to recuperate and still love and enjoy it.”

On Relationships

It’s tough to have a relationship and be famous. And even if I’m not in a relationship, people want to match me up, or be in my private life all the time. It makes things difficult.”

“I want happiness. I want to have someone who is willing to grow with me, respect me, and I will give that back. They need to be a good person to me. That’s all.”

On Her New Album (Due Early Next Year)

I’m not going to give anything away but it’s going to be very edgy. Good Girl Gone Bad definitely spoke to a year in my life, a year of attitude. It stood for who I am – the attitude, the edge. My next album will take it up a notch. I want to keep growing. I don’t want to get stuck. I want to change.” {Source}

I’m sure the finances part was to combat the rumors of her being broke – which is all well and good. I maintain, however, that the girl still requires a little more media training as the ‘live and breathing the money’ part is easy to misinterpret as Ms. Fenty doing it all for the money – though I’m sure that’s not what she meant. Anywhoo….hurray…another Rihanna album…

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  1. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    everyone is in it for the money, because who’s gonna go trough this shyt for free.

    Toya, you left out the part where she talks about the house she just bought.

  2. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    She is absolutely RIDICULOUS 2 million albums in 5 years is utter nonsense. and ppl complin about beyonce. this girl is mediocre and has put out countless albums every year that she has been known and yet still because she is as stylish as my fellow new yorkers she gets a pass. this generation is crazy. talented our ridiculed for staying in the spotlight beacause ppl like her because they’re game is fashion gets a pass. But it wouldnt matter since Brit Brit’s back as is BEyonce, Christina and Kanye. Let’s see just how much she stacks up to these ppl who have hardcore fans. Beyonce vs Rihanna is one thing but Britney vs Rihanna- NEVER

  3. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    ^^^ NO NEED FOR THE HATE, REALLY PEOPLE THERE’S ENOUGH ROOM FOR EVERYONE, IT’S JUST PEOPLE LIKE TO SEE RIVALRY AND SOME PEOPLE LIKE THE ONES ABOVE^^^ THINK THAT A SMALL AMOUNT OF CERTAIN ARTISTS THEY LIKE, DESERVE TO BE TOP OF THEIR GAME

    WELL IT DON’T WORK LIKE THAT, EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE SOMEONE YOUNG AND FRESH COMES ALONG AND HAS THERE MOMENT

    STOP HATING!!!!!!!! U JUST SOUND BITTER

  4. everything-iam September 15, 2008

    Hmmmm…She needs media training AND she loves the damn paparazzi. I don’t care what she says. Everytime we look, she’s out “shopping” or somewhere with Chris. And NEWSFLASH FOR ROBYN: there’s a reason for you working like a dog! People with wack vocals and NO stage presence have no choice but to work like a dog and put albums out back to back if you wanna stay relevant. She loves the spotlight and attention, so now she’s getting it. Enjoy it while it lasts. I have a feeling this 4th album is gonna be a JOKE, but we’ll see. SMH I still can’t get over the fact that she’s a SINGLES artist and she JUST now hit the double platinum mark almost a year and a half later after the album was originally released. I question her passion for music too. If she really loved what she does, she would be trying to step her game up as an artist, not biting from other artists and giving her all on stage. Her VMA opening was complete and utter GARBAGE. She didn’t do the song justice. SMH People see her modeling and following Chris around more than anything, so she really shouldn’t be complaining. She doesn’t have a right to complain in my opinion.

  5. JAn September 15, 2008

    Excuse me 5:52 but y is stating my opinion hating? Can u honestly explain that to me. I stand by what i say and as a human being I have the right to think and like what i do. I am not hating. I dont hate, dislike ppl nut don’t hate. So plz next time u choose to address my comment do not include that verb in ur comment. Thank U. But yes I do agree that there is room hence the reason i allowed Britney Beyonce Christina and Kanye to get equal acknowledgement.

  6. MzJGaines September 15, 2008

    Stop it already . . . there is enough fan base for all of them, because some people do buy more than one CD at a time. Her albums sales to date is 7 million, and her singles get mad radio play. True that she is no where near the album sales of Britney’s 62 million. Actually she is damn near neck and neck with Beyonce’s SOLO career albums sales. Loves Bey and Brit, but stop hating on RiRi, its childish

  7. JAn September 15, 2008

    sorry
    *give

  8. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    Rihanna will go down in history as the artist that scammed a lot of people with her looks..

    She is broke, she has to work, she loves the paps and she needed that relationship to throw people off of the fact she cant sing.

    I hope with Beyonce coming out who can actually sing and sing live that they will see just how bad they were scammed with this girl cause weather you like her swagger or not she is suppose to be a singer and that she is not…..

    Another album, why?

  9. delroy September 15, 2008

    with every1 talking about rhis new alb i just hope that the girl has sense and puts it out at the end of next year or the year after i mean we all need a break from her. not hating i do like some of her stuff. but shes gone down beyonces road where it was every time there was news on the girl it was either a new vid or a new release.i also like beyonce by the way not hating.

  10. jonnyhco September 15, 2008

    another album.take a break b****.we hate you

  11. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    I am truliy sick of this no talented girl. Its truly amazing what americans and the rest of the world eats up. Just complete s***. As a person from the caribbean, I am largely dissapointed that they picked a beauty queen to sing. This says alot about the music industry.
    And for you all bout beyonce. Rihanna can NEVER touch beyonce’s sales. You guys have to be kidding me. I must admit she slipped up with Bday, but I love this girl. Unlike many female “singers” she can SING AND Perform. So stop hating.
    And FYI this is not “hating” its the truth.

  12. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    SAM CAN U PLZ BAND THE WORD HATING?! IT IS TOO OVERDONE

  13. rihanna sucks September 15, 2008

    She sucks. The End

  14. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    imagine the new single from her next album..its gna be ‘umbrella part 2’ or some b******* like that..i think she should do a slow album to show her vocal talents that kinda does exist…with more meaningful songs…thas wat beyonce did with dangerously in love..and look wat that brought her? 5 grammys and respect in the music world!! power to beyonce..she’s on her way to becomin an icon

  15. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    ima beyonce stan but this has absolutely nothing to do with beyonce … why the freak yall keep bringing her up? dam just let rihanna do her there is no need for all these comparisons … some of yall act like she called beyonce out and said shes better than her … leave the b**** alone and let her make her money and stop riding her meat

  16. Garret September 15, 2008

    I respect her but I cant take her for real when she says shes taking “Smaller steps to stop being overworked”, Yet after releasing 7 singles 1 alvum and 1 re release in a year she is releasing another album in a amtter of months????

    Ya Rihanna whatever, the “Finance” was the only real thing her watching her money roll in

  17. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    LMFAO at someone talking about rihanna is neck and neck with bee’s solo career in sales. rihanna’s 3 albums combined doesn’t even equal DIL. please go sit down. DIL did 12mil alone WW, rihanna’s 3 albums is still only 9mil WW. add b’days 7mil and we have 19mil to 9 mil. are those remotely close? that’s bee’s two to rihanna’s 3. GTFOH and go sit down in a corner!

  18. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    You immature people are a bore! if you no likey, no buy, and no read. Nobody is begging you to buy the albums,read the magazines make the comments! do something positive with your time like knitting.

  19. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    all i have to say is that rihanna only sell two mil with the relesase of gggb an the rerelease it’s on billboard.com

  20. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    You know this biting @ss Chick is really starting to irk me. Maybe it’s the 3 albums in three years the 8 singles she’s released off this album she’s been promoting for the last year and 6 months or the fact that every damn time she does an interview she tries to mention Jay in connection with her cause this desperate w**** wants people to keep talking about that rumor because without that or the fashion she stole from another artist(fefe dobson)nobody would even acknowledge her. With all this hype and 4 albums including the rerelease why have we never seen her on a Forbes list. I mean even people from reality shows are making them list nowaday. And she aint nowehere near Beys album sales. All her albums combined haven’t equaled Bey first album sales. Stupid Rihanna stans always trying to lie to hype her up. LOL at that lie.

  21. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    RIHANNA STOP COMPLAINING!!! YOUR DUMBASS ASKED FOR PEOPLE TO FOLLOW YOU WHEN YOU RELEASED YOUR 1ST SINGLE/1ST ALBUM! You’re a celebrity, the paps hunt you down for a reason. They have to make money just like your no talented ass. Maybe if you stayed your ass @ home, instead of hopping on Chris’ d*** every chance you get they wouldn’t be following you all the time. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. If you and Chris would just come out and say that you’re dating, they wouldn’t follow you as much, DUH! Everybody and they damn mama know that you two are dating. Thanks to your big foreheaded ass, Chris is losing all this fans while you’re just profiting off of him…what a h**! She has no real passion to be in the industry. There are hundreds of people waiting for that 1 shot to make it and fulfill their DREAMS, yet she’s over here complaining. She complains about being overworked, yet instead of taking a break, she’s planning on a new album. WHAT A DAMN HYPOCRITE!Carry your no talented ass back to Barbados and stop making albums for the love of God, if I hear her voice or see her face 1 more time I think my eyes and ears are gonna start bleeding! Rihanna will never come close to Beyonce, unlike Rihanna, Bey has talent, she can sing and dance her ass off and she actually has a passion to be in this industry, it’s not all about the money w/her. Rihanna on the other hand is ALL about the money, just like a h**. 🙂

  22. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    if chris fans really cared it wouldnt matter if he was dating her or not … they would support him and his music regardless of what he said in the past if they not his fan now because he just doesnt feel like saying wat they already kno then they were never true fans to begin with

  23. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    damn u aint gotta call her a h** but please tell us how you really feel about rihanna -_-

  24. CKICK ME, I HAVE OBAMA SHIRTS! September 16, 2008

    I try not to be negative…but she is so overrated…I can’t help it! S***! That MTV Awards performance of “Disturbia” would of been SICK…one of the best on the show…

    ….then I turned the volume up :o(

  25. Anonymous September 16, 2008

    ANOTHER album…. hurray indeed.

  26. Anonymous September 16, 2008

    Bey has been in the game for a decade…Rihanna for three…you cannot compare and 10 million worldwide by 20….is incredible..Bey didnt’ do that she was still stanading on kelly and michelle at 20.And your Beyonce sales numbers are suspect, its more like 10 million Rihanna to possibly 13 million Bey…Rihann is killin it with her young b***.

  27. Anonymous September 16, 2008

    Just checked bday did just under 6 million, 5.985.040
    GGGB is at 5.879.280 and still selling….

    She is right on her heels to only be 3 years in without a girl group legacy behind her…

    DIL did about 7million and that was her riding the DC hype

    She is not running sales records around anyone and she better hope this new album does more than boo day…her sales are progressively DECREASING since her solo debut whereas Rihanna’s are progressively INCREASING..

    Music of the Sun 1.5 million
    Girl like me 2.75 million
    GGGB 5.8 million and still selling

    Beyonce has talent but ZERO originality and creativity..and is a COLLAB QUEEN…Thanks cici and lil wayne for concept and thank Kanye for confidence…she can never come out of the gate by herself like all other ‘artists’. jay put himself on Rihanna’s song as he is a coatrider too…Umbrella can stand on its own without Jay, Cil can’t…

    Shes talented but her confidence is in her looks, her a** and in men…not herself.

    she may have talent but the ladies with true confidence…Alicia, Rihanna, even old Brit Brit are right there..so guess theyre legends too.

    Google for yourselves on the stats…BDAY did not do 7 million…she wishes that boo boo did,that was a crap album and SHE knows it…and her stans ofcourse lap up her shiz and say it taste like filet mignon…the life of a shiz eathing stan….

    s hiz
    t asting
    a nd
    n eurotic

  28. Anonymous September 16, 2008

    @6:37 By your own admission Beyonce sold more than rihorror with just two albums. rihanna? less with 4 albums so wat is your damn point? Bey wasnt riding off DC fame, SHE MADE DC b****!!!!
    rihanna has confidence? So what is so wack on stage? There is where I should see her confidence and what she can do, not by dressing and following chris around like a f***** Fly!!!
    RIHANNA HAS NO CREATIVITY SHE NEVER TAKES PART IN THE WRITING AND PORDUCING PROCESS, NOR HAS SHE ANY ORIGINALITY SHE COPIED FEFE DOWN TOO HER TATOOS!!! ALL SHE DOES IS GOING AROUND BEGGING FOR SONGS. POOR B****, IF THEY WANT U TO HAVE A SONG THEY WILL GIVE IT TO YOU. DONT BEGGING!!!
    RIHANNA IS A LEGEND? LMAO!!! YOU HAVE TO WORK 4 IT AND STOP BEING LAZY IN THE RECORDING STUDIO, SING UR A*** OFF ON STAGE AND HAVE ENRGY ON STAGE.
    THERE IS ONLY ONE MADONNA AND ONLY ONE BRITNEY( MADONNA IN THE MAKING) AND ONLY ONE BEYONCE!!

    NOV. 18 AMD DEC 2

  29. Anonymous September 16, 2008

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

    *BEYONCE ISNT CREATIVE AND LACK ORIGINALITY AND RIHANNA DOES. LOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL (DOES RIHANNA EVER CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING OTHER THAN SINGING AND SHE CANT SING!!!!)

    *RIHANNA IS A LEGEND. (AND WHAT ABOUT CASSIE?)LOOLLL)

    * RIHANNA SALES IS PROGERSSING. (WAKE ME UP WHEN THE PROGRESSION HAS BEEN COMPLETED)LOL

    PEOPLE CAN U PLEASE KEEP YOUR ANNOYING LITTLE FANTASIES TO YOURSELVES?!!!

  30. Anonymous September 16, 2008

    lol at the person lying claiming both Rihanna and Beys last album sold the same amount. you are a liar and also DIL Bey first album sold 11+ million copies and even BDay sold 7 million so go somewhere stanning for Rihanna you google it. And know you didn’t say at 20 Bey didn’t have th fame Rihanna has by then she had sold 13 million with DC and survivor or Destiny Fulfilled had yet to be released so what in the world you talking about. and originality I know you didn’t go there. LMAO at the crazy Rihanna stans.

  31. everything-iam September 18, 2008

    Rihanna stans crack me up. LMAOOOOO I would like to see this 10+ million records she supposedly sold because Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me got NO airplay. Only ONE song really got airplay on her first album and SOS and Unfaithful got airplay, but that was it. She wouldn’t have had three #1 singles from this album if she hadn’t re-released it. Trust me. The album’s been out for almost a year and a half and it’s only sold 2 million here in the U.S. Lil Wayne sold 2 million in TWO MONTHS — and I’ll leave it at that.

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