Backlash: Rihanna Slammed For “Borrowing” Album Cover Concept

Published: Thursday 8th Oct 2015 by Sam

Early this morning Rihanna revealed the title and cover of her long-awaited new album, ‘Anti.’

Yet, in the absence of more details, many were left wondering what exactly the model meant by the name.

Well, if the latest critique levelled her way has any validity, she may as well have titled the the set “anti…originality.”

See what we mean below…

The 27-year-old has made no secret of her desire to become an artiste this go round, cultivating a narrative that she’s been “taking her time” so as to “perfect” what she wants to be a “classic” album and era.

Clearly, it’s a gimmick motive she wanted to relay with the LP’s cover too.

Designed by Roy Nachum, she explained at last night’s artwork unveiling that she was “inspired” by work of his presented to her by her team.

As is often the case in showbiz, “inspired” has many readings. And while buzz is beginning to build about the star’s understanding of the term, we’ll leave you to make your own interpretation.

The pic below was uploaded by Nachum almost eight months ago. Check it out in comparison to the Rih’s cover:

A photo posted by Roy Nachum / Artist (@roynachum) on



On the one hand, there really is a limited level to which Rih can be roasted as Nachum is responsible for both works.

However, what this does do is further re-affirm the fundamental problem with Ms. Fenty trying to re-brand as some kind of deep pensive creative.

The concept just doesn’t work for a multitude of reasons.

For one, innovators are supposed to come up with original ideas that advance the culture. Not recycle, slap on a cheap Instagram filter, and hope no one notices.

What’s more, nothing musically nor visually from ‘Anti’ feels cohesive. Since the onset, it comes across as Rihanna doing what Rihanna thinks will make her look edgy. Or worst still what Kanye (the project’s executive producer) thinks will earn her cool points. This cover fiasco included.

Being the fair and unbiased site we are, we’ll hold to see more before casting full judgement. But, at this point, and it almost pains us to say, we think we prefer the Rihanna who gladly sung what was put it front her, changed her wigs like her panties, let her team do their jobs, and earned the rewards accordingly. At least she knew where she was going.

The success of rivals and poor reception of new material seems to have the current incarnation of the Bajan sensation all sorts of lost.

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  1. Nancy grace slays October 8, 2015

    This album will be a flop, music wise…her singles are flops…shes not that good girl gone bad anymore!!!

    • Sweaterz October 8, 2015

      desperation by this blog writer is real.
      not even on twitter, fb or IG people comparing that album art. Only on TGJ.
      So, i guess we all know rite?
      After Beyonce’s and Naughty boy new song flop hard worldwide,..they try to bring Rihanna down.
      Rihanna should leave Tidal asap.
      Sell her records on iTunes and everything will going back to normal.
      Normal means Queen of Digital Era.
      Bow down

      • Hmnn October 8, 2015

        Time for a new fav. She doesn’t care about her fans. All she cares…getting few top 10 hits in the charts. Release the album and let the music speak. She is a coward record company’s puppet.

      • chessboi October 8, 2015

        Rihanna leaves Tidal, that’s the end of her career. Jay molded Rihanna. God first, that man man her 2nd creater.

    • Unbiased October 8, 2015

      Runnin’ is still top 10 in the UK, what are u talking about?

      • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) October 8, 2015

        I like changing my panties. Half of yall hoez wears them for WEEKS!! ???? STANK BIITCHES!

    • RIHANNA>beyonce October 8, 2015


    • Ivan October 8, 2015

      Sam, do me and yourself a favor, kill yourself.. like, now. Just do it and leave it poor baby.

  2. LB October 8, 2015

    Oh Sam, you stan for Beyonce, enough said.

    • Cindy October 8, 2015

      And Beyonce would have been dragged by the navy if this was her. Rih borrows too, you better ask Ms. Grace Jones and Kelis.

      • LB October 8, 2015

        How is she borrowing when she went to the guy who designed the original piece. She just interpreted it her own way.

        But don’t worry sis, I’ll help you out

      • When Rihsus Says Yes, Beyoncé Bows Down October 8, 2015

        Either Sam’s reading comprehension is of a second-grader or his a Black queen stirring up drama because he is just messy like that. Def Jam and Rihanna gave credit to the artist at the unveiling of the album.

    • Unbiased October 8, 2015

      She basically just had the man recreate his image with hers, kind of like she does songs her songwriters give to her, she just sings them. No input.

      • LB October 8, 2015

        She basically worked with him to interpret his work her way. Your girl just downright steals and says “izzz beeeennzz inspidd”.

        Rihanna worked with the guy who did the original work, your girl just takes from people who do the original work.

      • Unbiased October 8, 2015

        You mean like when she took BBHMM from that local artist, and has yet to address it?

      • LB October 8, 2015

        which local artist, have you reached and navigated Pluto yet with that reach?

      • Unbiased October 8, 2015

        Girl Just Brittany, don’t play dumb. She got called out months ago for stealing BBHMM.

      • When Rihsus Says Yes, Beyoncé Bows Down October 8, 2015

        Beyonce, Madonna, Katy, Whitney, Diana, Aretha, Chaka, Gladys, Celine, Usher and many other divas do it too. What’s your point?

  3. Cindy October 8, 2015

    I hate when artists try to be be deep and profound, it just comes across as try-hard. She needs to stop listening to Kanye! What works for him, won’t work for you. The Loud cover is still my fave.

    • Faf October 8, 2015

      Right ! Kanye is actually crazy! He doesn’t take it

      • Faf October 8, 2015


    • Cupid October 8, 2015

      What are yall talking about…. Did you even watch the video before performing? Rih always gives people their credit…. Even back during the met gala! She was the ONLY artist mindful enough to work with an credit a Japanese designer to make her dress for a Japanese themed event! Thatgrapejuice tries too hard to slander this girl… For what? Her music is great, Performances have drastically improved, she’s lives in true color and she holds on to integrity and humbleness even at the top!

      • Cupid October 8, 2015

        *commenting not performing!!

  4. Ben October 8, 2015

    oooooooooops hahahaha very original

  5. KING October 8, 2015

    what the f*** you talking about?

    they worked together for this cover

    it’s her in the cover when she was a kid

    im not into the cover so much but i like what she tries to represent with this one

    what’s more important now is the music so im waiting for it.

  6. Revue October 8, 2015

    R8 is going to flop.

    • RIHANNA>beyonce October 8, 2015

      Sorry it won’t because fans like me around the WHOLE WORLD will buy it.

    • RihYonce October 8, 2015

      It’s going to sell lol I highly doubt it will flop , she has not competition currently so she’ll do fine she won’t sell more than 3 million WW tho but we’ll see

  7. Nicki is queen October 8, 2015

    Sam you’re an idiot mind you if you did your damn research you would Roy designed Rihanna album delete your post before I report your blog for false information

    • Revue October 8, 2015

      The point is that she was trying to be deep but just recycled art.

      • Nicki is queen October 8, 2015

        It doesn’t matter at all because she is not getting backlash tf a lot of people get inspired next time try translating the Braille cause it has a meaning about her

  8. Lets be Real October 8, 2015

    I knew it was coming! I knew it looked familiar but i couldnt place where I had seen it. I think this era will be very…very…messy. she shouldve stuck to her Iphone based yearly update album strategy

  9. TraINXBU October 8, 2015

    Rih is as confused about her direction as Caitlyn is about gay marriage. As a navy myself Im disappointed kanye is/already ruined this era, molded rih with his own vision rather then her own. This era smells like kanye testing out rihanna as an experiment for his own era. I feel he is lowkey using rih as a guinepig just to see what works/doesnt work before he releases Swish. Idk why rih let him take over, but Im really scared, this is really a make or break moment in rihs musical career.

    • coolness October 8, 2015

      Why do you Navy members always do this? Every time y’all don’t agree with something she does, it’s always “Oh, someone is using her”, “She’s a scapegoat for so and so”. This was the same thing that was said when AO was released exclusively on TIDAL (which made it flop) and all the navy could do was say that Rihanna’s loyalty to Jay was hurting her career. Aren’t you aware that making such comments further notions that Rihanna is nothing but a label puppet. Homegirl is 27 years old – almost damn 30! Time to start holding her responsibility for her career.

  10. LB October 8, 2015

    She just interpreted Roy’s work her own way, just like you “interpret” r***** posts your own way.

    Only difference is Rihanna’s album cover is an actual interpretation and not a copy and paste.

    • LB October 8, 2015


  11. Chips October 8, 2015

    Where’s David when you need him.

  12. Pray for #R8 October 8, 2015

    …I don’t know if she STOLE it, But it Extremely unoriginal to just use a recycled price of art the public saw months ago. All she did was slap a new picture in place of the boy. If she was really looking to be timeless, she should’ve been more inventive.

  13. LB October 8, 2015

    I think Samantha should let David write Rihanna posts from now on, at least his arguments are logical.

    • Keri Qween October 8, 2015


      Is seething like most of the hive+


  14. R8 is coming; album artwork just released and the album is album is called “Anti” October 8, 2015

    Much like the odds of Annalise seeing about me on what’s app and being THAT biitch,she doesn’t have the coins to see about me, JUST like this artist being pressed over my fave.

    • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig October 8, 2015

      Why on earth would I give you my number #BugABoo, when your broke ass is probably still using a sidekick/pager? You make me laugh, I’lll gladly kick your ass just give me an email to co-ordinate.

  15. Y’all Poor AF October 8, 2015

    I don’t think the album will flop, but it won’t be a huge seller. This era has been a mess from the start… FourFiveSeconds was a blatant attempt at trying to be “too artistic” and yeah, the song went 2x platinum, but it didn’t stick like Diamonds, Stay, We Found Love or Only Girl. B**** Better Have My Money started to steam roller but stopped short because it went against the sound she said she wanted on this album and American Oxygen is a good song but nothing special. I predict first week sales of at least 200k and overall, she’ll do 800k in the US and around 2.5 mil WW. If the promo is strong, she could do around 250k the first week and 1 mil in the US and 3 mil WW, but if Katy pushed PRISM for over an year and had massive hits (Roar, Dark Horse, Unconditionally) and it only sold 1.5 mil is the US and 3.5 mil WW, I doubt Anti/R8 will top that, hell, Unapologetic had massive hits and only sold 1.25 mil in the US and 4 mil WW

  16. Pray for #R8 October 8, 2015

    Death at “interpretation”. @Unbaised is right. All she did was change the person. She didn’t creatively discern the piece to make something different. It’s pretty obvious the artwork wasn’t initially made for her considering he released his own version months ago. What Rihanna did to it is not an interpretation. It’s just an alteration. #Stayinschoolkids

  17. Stephy. October 8, 2015

    Ooooh, uh uh! Now, I know damn well Sam (a BEYONCE stan) ain’t coming for nobody about “stealing”… Chawl……………………….I’ma leave that one alone.
    AnTEAways, I’ve said it once & I’ll say it AGAIN… NOTHING UNDER THE SUN IS NEW, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DONE PRETTY MUCH 1,000 TIMES OVER … With that being said, yasssss Rih you better #BeyInspired! My coins are ready to purchase this album.

    • R8 is coming; album artwork just released and the album is album is called “Anti” October 8, 2015

      LMFAOOOOO @ the first part of this comment!

      I read this in Prince’s voice and screamed.

  18. LB October 8, 2015

    At the end of the day, Roy isn’t mad, Rihanna isn’t mad, The navy aren’t mad, the hive sure are though.

    Continue to cry, and make sure you drink enough water to cry some more for the best is yet to come.

    • RihYonce October 8, 2015

      ANTi will definetly slay , Rihanna never disappoints, but Bey’s 6th Era will be the best which is yet to come , But I love them both I’m happy for Rihanna is good to know that new music is actually coming & very soon

  19. african music lover October 8, 2015


  20. Career Ender October 8, 2015

    Look at hatebird doing damage control
    why didn’t you do it when your other faves where busy flopping on every chart on site? Juatin bieber and Leona lewis?

    • LB October 8, 2015

      “THIEF” Bish wher?

      Did you make it through Matric? It seems you have a difficult time reading.

      • R8 is coming; album artwork just released and the album is album is called “Anti” October 8, 2015

        “Did you make it through matric?”


  21. LB October 8, 2015

    That’s because when Bey gets something, she NEVER credits nor acknowledges the people who did the original work. She lies and says it is her work and when called out on it, changes her statement to “iiizzz beennzzzzz innnssppidd”

    • RihYonce October 8, 2015

      She always tells us who she was inspired by, I’ll why y’all lie so much Beyoncé always gives credit of who she works with and who inspires her so please stop with that weak ass shade

      • bria October 8, 2015

        You are lying no she doesnt

        Hmmm a liar just like your fav

  22. Janatic October 8, 2015

    Well at least she gave him credit for the cover and didn’t try to pass it off as her idea like someone else I know. Anyways, I don’t like it. For one, the guy already designed one almost exactly like it so why do you want to use this for your album cover? Very unoriginal and two I just don’t like it.

    • Pray for #R8 October 8, 2015

      Yeah that’s what I was saying. I won’t say she stole it, but why use the same piece? Not very creative.

  23. RihYonce October 8, 2015

    I don’t think ANTI is going to flop, I think she’ll do well let’s not be delusional, but anyway we all know Rihanna borrows like anyother artist , she probably collaborated with the artist for this album cover personally I like the album cover its different it does remind me of Kanye, TTT, Rated R & LOUD is her best album covers tho

  24. R8 is coming; album artwork just released and the album is album is called “Anti” October 8, 2015

    @LB, the hive are always mad, especially that Annalise thing. I think she has Asbergers syndrome.

  25. R8 is coming; album artwork just released and the album is album is called “Anti” October 8, 2015


    I’m so ready for ANTi. Sorry, I have turrets syndrome.

  26. Truth Speaker October 8, 2015

    I think you all need to take a step back for a minute aye it’s been months since she last released a single so who is to say that they are even on the album? This story has no merit whatsoever as the same artist has created both works so if you wanna get into technicalilities he is ripping himself off like seriously Sam you need to get over yourself and give this woman a chance aye yes her single roll out has been massively messy this year but it’s not like she has announced release dates for her album and then progressively pushed them back due to those singles this is the first time we have heard any news to do with rihannas album actually coming from Rihanna so everyone needs to hold out judgement until the project is out before they totally write it off as a flop and terrible

  27. Truth Speaker October 8, 2015

    And not to mention the fact that the photo and Braille actually has personal significance to Rihanna

  28. Suicide Blonde October 8, 2015

    Leave Riri alone!

    • R8 is coming; album artwork just released and the album is album is called “Anti” October 8, 2015

      You wanna be relevant so bad.

      • Suicide Blonde October 8, 2015

        Oh please!, i’m one of the oldest commentators of this site, everybody knows me, i don’t need that, btw, who are you?

  29. truth teller October 8, 2015

    its just the bitter hive

    and then these are the same hypocrits that turn around ans say everyone should support a certain someone

    the hive have created a hostile environment for Ri and it is so pathetic, tired and mental

    but Ri just keeps shining bright like the diamond she is.

  30. MsYonce October 8, 2015

    How can the y’all say the y’all hope the FIRSR single isn’t on the album… She said Four Five Seconds was the first single so it should be on the album period…

    • Truth Speaker October 8, 2015

      Oh I’m sorry one song but honestly things can change easily with an album track list when there has been no release date put on it

  31. Lambily October 8, 2015

    Sam, I have been a follower of your site for many years, but I have to say, your articles have become very repetitive and predictable. You seem to now be a one trick pony.
    Even your praises to Beyoncè have become one in the same. You should reevaluate your personal articles.

  32. Oscar October 8, 2015


  33. .::Centurion::. October 8, 2015

    LMAO! What is this? They worked on this album cover TOGETHER. It’s not like Rihanna used it without Roy’s consent. Where’s the evidence of this “backlash” being spoken of? ???????????? This Nigerian (Sam) is too pressed. ???? ???? ???? ???? Expect more bullsh*t posts and lies like this on this journey to #ANTi

  34. Anonymously October 8, 2015

    But Drake future beyonce and many other artist do these types of things and yal never give them a post of how they’re ‘stealing’ inspiration. I jus sense some hateration in the dancery.

    • bria October 8, 2015

      Hateration in the dancery….nice one lol!

  35. Career Ender October 8, 2015

    where is that American Deluxe phaggot aka Lake Erie , show yourself trick, lets continue… I haven’t uprooted all your follicles yet

  36. DanYiel Iman October 8, 2015

    At the end of the day Ri-Whine-A voice SUCKS & THOSE Goatish Sounds are very sickly…Please just go & model those eyes because your career is written by Ester Deans..Carry on Folks! LMBO

  37. Ty October 8, 2015

    What is the cover about?? What she is trying to do doesn’t fit with the image she has built over the years hence why it looks forced!!! She is trying to come across as this deep artist and it’s not quite working. Kanye should have never been allowed near this project! His a fruit loop who thinks his a musical genius and yes I do think his using rihanna as an experiment to see whatever sound they cooked up will work for the masses. The singles she has released so far don’t really have squat to do with the image she is portraying when I think bbhm,ffs,or that other American oxygen crap I don’t think anti….. It was a given this was going to happen anyway Iets hope if this album fails which I think it will it won’t affect her career to much.

  38. Anonymously October 8, 2015

    And also they gotta do their research! Stevie Wonder’s ‘Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants’ was the first album to incorporate Braille…I mean come on the guy is blind with multiple albums out overtime…duhhhh of course he’s gonna have something Braille that represents his situation connecting with fans/listeners…the facts stay hidden…

  39. Lmfao_Hoe October 8, 2015

    Sam I can’t with you, how are you going to accuse her of thieving when she actually worked with this artist and he’s the guy who did her American oxygen single cover?

    • bria October 8, 2015

      Because he lacks integrity just like his fav

  40. Dev October 8, 2015

    This is a non story! The guy who designed the artwork is using a piece of his artwork. It’s not like taking credit for songs you didn’t write because you agreed to sing them

  41. RICHIE_RICH October 8, 2015

    Ok RiRi . The cover is very Kanye , but still cute. I hope this album is a ratedR 2.0. I wish her the best of luck with Anti- . I just hope the public isn’t ANTi about it.

    • Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans October 8, 2015

      That avi is breathtaking. You, Annalise, Brandy-Ciara user (forgot her name. Sorry!), and JanStan have the best avis to me. Oh, and any picture of Mariah from the Butterfly album/booklet is automatically one of the best.

  42. jjsrb October 8, 2015

    Well, she was always very “original” :p

  43. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans October 8, 2015

    Of course Sam wrote the post because he’s her biggest closet Stan. I’m not surprised, but it’s starting to get boring and reductive. Change it up sometimes, so that we wouldn’t expect it to be you at least.

  44. Cindy Lindy October 8, 2015

    What new with Rihanna? She does this over and over again. Let’s be clear is virtually NOTHING original about her. She is ballsy/sassy and that, along with the fact that she is attractive is the only reason she has her place in the entertainment industry. The end.

  45. Lake Erie October 8, 2015

    @Career Seeker,
    I told yo ass back at the other Rihanna post, you said you are the Legendary blah. . But I believe the correct name would be the Legendary Joke. Like I said, what do you do that’s so iconic on this blog? Lol. You peep and Tom yo ass up on the blog post and people pay you dust. Lol. No lies.
    Take a look at this post for example too? Yo ass in just about everybody’s reply box talking sh!t. And I either see them Draaaagging yo ass out or paying you DUST. Boy, just delete yourself. Be grateful that I’m finally responding to yo ass to give you this insight because your TGJ Career never started. Like i told you before, I hear they give out green cards practically for enrolling in college here in the states. So quit your one sided rants and do something with your life. Because your goal in being lengdary as a commentator on a BLOG?
    LOL is delusional at best.

  46. Lily October 8, 2015

    What’s with this salty dried fish Sam. Bruh we know you a Beyhive. Rihanna getting backlash only from Sam trying to cause a Stan war. Bitter that Rihanna don’t want to do interviews with you. You will forever remain BITTER & Rihanna will NEVER do that interview with you

  47. Lake Erie October 8, 2015

    Soooo,I like I said, let me stop fu-c-king around with your tourette inflamed “Legenary” (can’t help but smile typing that) monkey ass. Your corniness is so relentless tho. Also, I dont see any of the other homies I fu-c-KS with (that you named) on here giving you the time of day, so I am done sponsoring yo craigslist job seeking ass.
    Good Day fool. 🙂

  48. ugh okay October 8, 2015

    “borrowed”. sure. lol. who did that cover? dude did it under her direction? a “ha ha” tho. i don’t think that works. she did it? and who doesn’t rip off tho? even i copy things for stuff i do. gotta edit self. just credits. and dude was there. he’ll get his shares. where the issue?

  49. bria October 8, 2015

    Shout out to mary j im about to get crunk in the dancery….going to play track….weeeeee dont need no haters

    • Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans October 8, 2015

      Yes! Her first Hot 100 #1 and it’s still iconic! It lasted six weeks too, so let’s “clap, clap, clap like you don’t care” for the legendary Queen of Hip Hop/R&B.

  50. KeKe October 8, 2015

    Yaaaas Lake you better scalp that pressed wannabe engineer shack dwelling ape

    • Lake Erie October 8, 2015

      Lol. He needs to get lost. Cuz he’s just ….. …… ….. ….
      …….mmmmm mmmmm smh. … not ….
      ………… ….. not whatever he “thinks” in that lentil sized brain of his.

  51. Slay_Hive October 8, 2015

    This is just a flop waiting to happen. Lmaoo

    • What now October 8, 2015

      Did u predict the same thing wen uploaded that “selfie” of u and the missing hairline?

      • Slay_Hive October 8, 2015

        Biitch you still have my iconic selfie saved in your photo gallery?? ???????? Its been six months and you hoess refuse to forget. My impact tho! This shiit is a flop, I predicted that when all ten of her singles flopped. ????

  52. Ivan October 8, 2015

    Please fellas LISTEN TO ME: using adBlock it is the only way we can damage this f****** Sam self-styled blogger. Don’t pay her bills anymore because she does not deserve it at all. Disinformation everywhere no more.

    • Lake Erie October 8, 2015

      Lol! FELLAS????!!! not speaking for myself but there are other SELF-PROCLAIMED LAAAAAAAADIES (female) in here too bruh. No shade, I’m just saying. But thanks for the info tho.

      • Ivan October 8, 2015

        ahahah yeah true gal, my english it’s bad, I’m from Italy. Greetings from Venice 🙂

  53. What now October 8, 2015

    TGJ is such a KIIII! So please explain 2 muah the difference of Rihanna going 2 the original guy 2 have his piece of art reworked into her album cover and Beyoncè going 2 the original selfie video guy for the 7/11 video. Don’t worry. I’ll wait.

  54. CherylSoldierr October 8, 2015

    Just give me the music rih!

  55. Rihboy October 8, 2015

    Oh blah blah. You guys will be back in here when the album drops saying it’s so good and have it linked.

    • CherylSoldierr October 8, 2015

      Kiii no lies sis

  56. xedos October 8, 2015

    so the same person who created the picture is the same person who design the cover. and this is copying? what am i missing. the hate is real

  57. bria October 8, 2015

    An example of Copying is the beyonce countdown video and the lawsuit that ensued

  58. bria October 8, 2015

    Or whatever ghe name of the song where she copied the romanian lady or wherever she was from
    I dont watch or listen as dont like her ‘music’

    And the single ladies fossee that she copied and onlY latet acknowledged when she got called out

    Reachhhhhhh for Ri and ignore the obvious one

  59. xedos October 8, 2015

    This is nothing like beyonce’s style of change a word get a third. you know change a word in a song and get a third of the royalties as a co writer

  60. bria October 8, 2015

    No lead writer

  61. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig October 8, 2015

    The original art work is super cool, her ‘interpretation’ is awful in comparison. Sorry, Not Sorry.
    Kii and come see about me RiHœvy, I’m still waiting for @aaliyahdanacarters broke no-coinz having ass to give me her email, so I can cut that bîtch up. I might as well make the most out of my US Vacation and go to your funeral too. What’s your email address?

  62. bria October 8, 2015

    Im glad he posted this actually its just exhibit z and another glimpse into the mind of these psychotic people

    They are liars, hypocrits, lack a moral compass much like their fav…they need help

  63. DIABETES UNBOTHERED October 8, 2015

    I see ANTI-BEYONCE going GOLD in the US & 1 Mill WW. NOT BAD cause atleast she can finally say she sold 30 Mill WW, but Too bad Bey sold that with Half as many Albums.

    35 Million >>> 29 MILLION

    KIIIII @ bey having a #1 soundtrack album b4 Rih could even nab a #1 actual album.

  64. DIABETES UNBOTHERED October 8, 2015

    FINALLY, I Can finally stop calling this album #SECTION-08 and give it its actual but ANTI-CHRIST really??? LMAO, all this flopping got her scared to pose on her own cover in complete shame of foreseeing sales. But still there is NO EXCUSE for FLOPPING this go round cause not only did KING BEYSUS bless these LESSORS with a new extra special day called FRIDAY she also has end of year sales. If rih released PRO-GARBAGE early this year and before the new friday date LAWD HAMERCY THOSE SALES WOULD BE GIVING ME #JACKIE TEASE.I personally would have name the album OBLIVION, Cause rih seem OBLIVIOUS as to what to do next, her team ran out of ideas already, what a shame Bey just made it to hard. To their defense How exactly should Rih compete with an album roll out like Self Titled. She cant. lol


  65. DIABETES UNBOTHERED October 8, 2015

    Question to Rih-Goat-anna Stans… Is that supposed to Be Rih in that Photo cause I dont Remember Rih being CUTE as a little girl…

  66. Theman October 8, 2015

    Sam you are nothing more than a glorified hater. Was Beyonce’s idea original? Anyone who isn’t Beyonce gets hated on. This site is horrendous. Shut up. Can you ever just congratulate anyone? You are super interested in Rihanna. She could do everything perfectly & you’d still hate. Bitter A**. What kind of novel is this shyt?

    • RihYonce October 8, 2015

      Beyoncé receives more hate than anybody so who cares

      • bria October 8, 2015

        Thats another lie
        That is what her team puts out
        For sympathy

  67. Cough Cough October 8, 2015

    Not surprised. I mean she stole from multiple people, multiple times. S&M anyone? It’s just too bad she can’t steal someone vocals. Lol

  68. Tyler Makiavelli October 8, 2015

    I thought the Navy said that this b**** was “original”…..

    • blue October 8, 2015

      it is, the original artist recreated this cover…

    • blue October 8, 2015

      it was his idea and vision and its his right to recreate it anyway he wants

  69. B**** I Can’t Even Spell Welfare October 8, 2015

    Hmmmmm…..I’m still very excited about the album but this really doesn’t feel like Rihanna to me. You know why everybody keeps saying “this looks like something Kanye would do” ? Because Kanye has an actual point of view. His aesthetic is striking.

    The Roy Nachum interpretation for Rihanna is interesting but I wonder what a Rihanna album cover, inspired by HERSELF, would look like at this point in her career instead of simply transposing an imagine of herself onto an already completed work by him. I think this is an important point given how she wants to take her work to the next level. I’m not sure this is the way to do it. Still, I’m loving the music so far & at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

  70. ~The Arcade~ October 8, 2015

    This era, she’s been a major “try hard” and its sooooo obvious. Nothing about those song choices and album cover(s)… say Rihanna.

  71. A&R October 8, 2015

    Ima say this and ima say it one good time…. Sam and comp. if you all keep bad mouthing this woman for whatever reason it will not return good unto you. I support this site because it’s timely and creative ; however, because you guys can be VERY subjective,disrespectful, biased at times I can be turned off. Anytime you guys can praise Ciara’s live vocal performances and criticize Rihanna to the point it seems personal… Like, I wouldn’t be surprised if you guys have had some type of run in with her team that we aren’t privy to… Like, it’s not becoming and I can foresee this influencing the hits you get from viewers visiting. Again, I love this site but this needs to end before it gets ugly.

  72. La love October 8, 2015

    It’s hard to decipher what’s Rihanna’s message with this album because she doesn’t write, compose, nor arrange her songs, therefore her lyrical ideas are not her own. She’s a enigma wrapped in a contradictory riddle to most people, because she was and is industry created, now she wants to rage against the machine that created her….all the while appearing at THEIR fashion shows, wearing THEIR fashions and signing contracts selling THEIR products….who is the REAL Rihanna? Is she the independent, self made, doesn’t answer to societal norms or the establishment, then why is she catering to the establishment when it benefit$ her? She claims to be misunderstood, but all we see is her actions, which seem to be contradictory of her new message.

  73. Real talk October 8, 2015

    u cant succeed without talent eternally. i salute her to have made it until now and broken many records. but at some points gimmicks cant carry you further. ask Lady gaga, she is talented, sings and plays instruments but picked the gimmick path. she went deep to the shcok value that at the end it was nothing left so nothing surprised again. Rihanna she stick to her reckless bad girl formula. that deep mind, abstral artistic sh!t aint for her. she would appear confused and lost.

    Thats being said, i understand now all the twist about her actual music era : it is kanye west. I dont think they match together. Kanye is too “crazy artistic” for Rihanna. she doesnt have the voice or charisma to display what he is trying to do

  74. :-P October 8, 2015

    Poor Rihanna. She’s just a sad, disturbed mess. That’s what you get when you make a deal with Satan. He takes your soul. OAN, Rihanna is pushing 30. She needs to grow up. All of that anti rebellious junk is getting old.

  75. What the hell October 8, 2015

    All of you are idiots on this website. How did she steal the artwork if she worked closely with the artist? She had an art gallery showing for that mans art work. They worked together! If you stan beyonce, you are the LAST ones to be talking about creativity. Let us count the lawsuits….

  76. dydy972 October 8, 2015

    I am very disappointed. I thought she came up with the idea or got inspired by something. This inspiration is limit copied especially the crown on the child’s face…
    anyway, I clearly understand why she uses art, because Kanye is producing her project. But let Rihanna be Rihanna
    Well, great cover album anyway

  77. King Mark111 /.\ October 8, 2015

    The pest are so mad today, lol. You think that artist make their own album covers? They pay artist or photographers to do it. So why would you think Rihanna or anyone would whip out a pen and drawing paper? And she gave credit and he was the one that worked on it.
    These h03s asked where’s R8, now that it’s around the corner they saying no one’s checking. Hahaha, n1gga YOU were checking every day for it. lol

  78. katycr October 8, 2015

    It is Roy Nahum style.It is his and rihanna’s work.What is the problem?

  79. goonies October 8, 2015

    maybe Beyonce is the queen but Rihanna is THE REAL QUEEN.

  80. RihAmerican (hives scared of R8) October 8, 2015

    LMAOO Not Sam coming for an album cover out of all things! Is it serious with this pointless thread? She credited the man behind it. It’s not original ( who the f u ck said it was) but it’s definitely something she has never tried before. That’s why I love it.
    I can’t at these peasants searching through every f****** crevice for ways to drag.

  81. goonies October 8, 2015

    I got a question to the guy who wrote this article: what is your IQ?
    How can she “borrow” or steal Roy Nahum when BOTH ARTWORKS are on his instagram site?

  82. Rory October 8, 2015

    Sam has the nerve to be talking about originality and innovation, but he has the nerve to Stan for Bey????!!!!!!…. N**** please LMAO!! And the only thing that baffles me and people have been saying “Rihanna’s going to flop” for like 3 albums now. It hasn’t happened yet, so pls. lol

  83. cocobutta October 8, 2015

    Artwork is not the ROOT of the problem, its the roll out and direction.

    Love her or not just ask and remind yourself, how many Caribbean chicks have come out and slayed singles charts the way Ri has.
    Ok manufacturered, Americanized and Popified but SUCCESSFUL.

    We must try let her mature and finally bring out a body of work rather than single chase.

    Not bought one album as not into her tone but got cool songs and bit rowdy.

  84. HailBeysus October 9, 2015


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