Rihanna Confirms Upcoming Reggae Album in New Interview… Won’t Collaborate With Drake “Anytime Soon”

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Earlier this month, the French fashion conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced, after months of speculation, that it would expand its partnership with the pop star Robyn Rihanna Fenty, 31, beyond the beauty industry by launching a fashion line called Fenty. It’s the first major fashion brand that LVMH has created from scratch in its history, and it represents another historic shift: Rihanna is now the first black woman at the helm of one of Paris’s luxury houses, long revered for maintaining the highest level (in terms of craftsmanship, aesthetics and, yes, cost — though more on that later) of clothing and accessory design.

Today, in a wide-ranging digital cover story published by T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Rihanna discusses her new company for the first time, explains its genesis and reveals the line by modeling it in photographs that were shot for T in a home near London. In the interview, conducted by the playwright Jeremy O. Harris, she goes deep on her life, her music and her businesses. Rihanna has new music coming out soon.

In a rat-a-tat exchange with Harris that addresses the rumors surrounding her forthcoming album, the first since she released “Anti” to rapturous praise in 2016, the singer confirmed the following facts: She is making a reggae album; it will arrive imminently, but she doesn’t know the exact date yet; and, sure, she’s open to working with Lady Gaga, who recently followed her on Instagram. As for the name of her ninth album? Here’s her response:

“So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy,” she said, referencing the term for her crew of fans. “I’m about to call it that, probably ’cause they have haunted me with this ‘R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?’ How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?”

The two musicians, reportedly linked by a romantic past, have often appeared on each other’s albums, producing memorable hits like 2010’s “What’s My Name?” 2011’s “Take Care” and 2016’s “Work.”

But when asked if she would collaborate with him again, she was definitive: “Not anytime soon, I don’t see it happening. Not on this album, that’s for sure.”

Though some of the most indelible memes of Rihanna online feature her partying on a yacht or walking out of a restaurant with a wine glass, she insists that she doesn’t have time for that anymore. Plus, she’d rather just hang out with her colleagues:

“The party, believe it or not, is at work. I do not go out. I will go to a dinner. I try to have as much fun as I can during work. And even after work, when I’m literally in my kitchen having a drink, I invite all my staff. And we work, still.”

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Exclusive: A first look at #Rihanna's new fashion line @Fenty, created in partnership with #LVMH. For her next act, the pop star will become the first black woman in charge of a major luxury fashion house in Paris. Here, @badgalriri opens up about what this means to her: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “You’re going to be black wherever you go. And I don’t know if it’s unfortunate or fortunate, because I love being black. So, sorry for those who don’t like it — that’s the first thing you see before you even hear my voice. There are also other factors: I’m young. I’m new to the family. I’m a woman. Those factors do come into play, but I will not apologize for them, and I will not back down from being a woman, from being black, from having an opinion. I’m running a company and that’s exactly what I came here to do. I don’t know if it makes people uncomfortable or not, but that’s not even my business, you know? I do know that the reason I’m here is not because I’m black. It’s because of what I have to offer. That’s what they’re invested in. And the fact that I’m black is just that: a fact.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Click the link in our bio for Rihanna's full conversation with the playwright @JeremyOHarris, and to see more exclusive images of her new clothing line. Photographed by @KristinLeeMoolman, styled by @SuzanneKoller, makeup by @lauren.parsons, hair by Yusef (@yusefhairnyc), manicure by Jenny Longworth (@jennynails), set design by Andrew Tomlinson (@tomotattle).

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When Rihanna launched her Fenty beauty line in September 2017, she released 40 shades of foundation, from the darkest to the lightest skin tones, reflecting her upbringing in Barbados. “Growing up, I wanted to be darker, always,” she said in T’s interview. In its first year, Fenty Beauty surpassed $500 million in revenue; the company has since added 10 new shades of foundation and plans to add more in the future. But that’s not the only way Rihanna wants to increase her beauty offerings:

“As soon as I’m ready to give up the two hours of sleep that I get now,” she said. “That’s for hair.”

Barbra Streisand. Cher. Lady Gaga. Though there’s a long lineage of singers who crossed over into Hollywood — and though Rihanna has had parts in a few movies, including 2006’s “Bring It On: All or Nothing,” 2012’s “Battleship” and 2018’s “Ocean’s 8” — she doesn’t quite think she’s ready to return to the big screen, not that she hasn’t been given the opportunity:

“I’ll probably try a little more, but not until I know I can handle a lead and carry a movie on my own, because I’ve been offered,” she said. “I’m always like, ‘Guys, thank you for trusting me, but Angelina Jolie is over there.’”

Few celebrities wield as much power and influence as Rihanna — that’s one of the main reasons that LVMH is collaborating with her on the fashion line — but when discussing the racist, classist and sexist behavior that often permeates the industries in which she works, the artist admitted that being Rihanna doesn’t necessarily safeguard her from being mistreated:

“It’s never alleviated, you know? You’re going to be black wherever you go. And I don’t know if it’s unfortunate or fortunate, because I love being black. So, sorry for those who don’t like it — that’s the first thing you see before you even hear my voice. There are also other factors: I’m young. I’m new to the family. I’m a woman. Those factors do come into play, but I will not apologize for them, and I will not back down from being a woman, from being black, from having an opinion. I’m running a company and that’s exactly what I came here to do. I don’t know if it makes people uncomfortable or not, but that’s not even my business, you know? I do know that the reason I’m here is not becauseI’m black. It’s because of what I have to offer. That’s what they’re invested in. And the fact that I’m black is just that: a fact.”

Read the full interview HERE.

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Rihanna Condemns Alabama Governor For Signing Abortion Ban Into Law: ‘Shame On You’

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law a controversial abortion bill that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.


According to reports, “Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature,” said Ivey, a Republican, in a statement. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”

The Alabama Senate passed the bill 25-6 late Tuesday night. The law only allows exceptions “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote.

 Rihanna used her platform to speak up on Thursday (May 16) and blast legislators in the state of Alabama, as well as the governor specifically.

“Take a look. these are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey…SHAME ON YOU,” she wrote in disgust on Instagram. Her post also included a photo gallery from the state’s mostly Republican senate, which is filled with white men.

How Celebrities Are Spending Their 2019 Mother’s Day (Gabrielle Union, Letoya Luckett, Michelle Obama, Ciara, Russell Wilson And More)

Check out the rest of the celebrities who are sending all the social media love today for their moms and their kids.

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Zaire…fine inside and out!

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Love of my life. Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day to the mother of my 1st born. I give you extra praise on this day… 1st because you deserve it & 2nd because you gave birth to the single reason for everything I am. I remember when you told me you were pregnant… you were scared & had no idea of what we were going to do & how we were going to tell your mother…. a woman who took me in after I got shot & showed me the same love she showed her own son. I came up with the bright idea to walk to her room & just tell her.. then I got to the door & got scared lol.. so I hyped myself up with the old “okay, count to 3 & then just say it”. 1…… 2…. 3…. ma…. ok no, count to three again & just say it nigga, you scared ?? (talking to myself) lmaooo… 1… 2… 3.. n while standing on the side of the door peaking my head around the corner I said it… “Mom, Aleska pregnant”… she lifted her head up & said “What you say boy” looking for me, but I put my head back in line with my body so she couldn’t see me & said it again…… she heard me that time & I thought she was gonna get up & bomb to the jaw but instead she closed the door & didn’t speak to either of us for weeks. But we held it down, she got over it & now that baby is 15 years old…. so many memories, so much love instilled in him by you & I wouldn’t change anything about you. You are an amazing mother & today is your day…… Enjoy & don’t let anything steal your sunshine. Love the both of you dearly 🖤

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY ~ oh how i love you @dianaross

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Rihanna Joins LVMH to Launch Fashion House Under Fenty Label

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Pop star Rihanna is joining French luxury conglomerate LVMH to launch a new fashion house under her Fenty brand, selling ready-to-wear clothing, shoes and accessories.

According to reports, The Paris-based label will make its debut this spring, LVMH said in a statement confirming earlier reports on the plans. Rihanna joins other singers, like Beyonce, in developing their own fashion lines to capitalize on Instagram-fueled celebrity buzz that’s driving the industry’s sales.

The move represents a rare foray into building a new brand for the owner of Louis Vuitton and Dom Perignon Champagne, which has added labels ranging from Christian Dior to Rimowa suitcases via acquisitions. The agreement links one of the biggest cultural influencers with the world’s largest luxury conglomerate — led by the world’s third-richest person, with an $88 billion fortune, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

LVMH Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault “has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits,” said Rihanna, whose surname is Fenty.

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City Girls Talk Holding Down While JT Is Locked Up, QC Being a Family + Shows Love To The City Boys

Yung Miami of City Girls pulled up to The Angie Martinez show today to talk about holding it down for her other have JT while she is locked up, how she started getting into rapping + more!

The City girls are currently on their 3rd week of touring the country with Lil Baby. Speaking on being a full time artist now Miami said that at first she was enjoying the shows and all that but now it’s starting to feel more like work. Not having her other half around also makes it a litte hard on her, “its hard because I gotta do everything but it doesn’t bother me because I know I’m holding it down for the group”. However the two of them speak all the time and while JT is bummed about missing all of the hype around the group she cannot wait to be out and get back to work.

They are also celebrating going on two years as a group, speaking on their early days she said, “I used to play around like I wanted to be a rapper, JT always wanted it though like she wanted to be rapper and used to rap with her dad”. While it started out as just a hobby for her it is finally starting to feel normal, however mentioning it was easier while JT was around, now she is learning to handle everything on her own.


Yung Miami of City Girls came to HOT 97 to talk to Nessa about everything. She talks about being excited for Summer Jam, what she’s going to do when JT comes out and letting her listen to music and talking to her everyday, Rihanna playing Act Up, Mary J Blige being a fan, Drake, who she’s inspired by, the newscaster and church that played Act Up, wanting to work with Beyonce, being a mom, being in love and dealing with people that come at her.

Sneak Peek Alert.Childish Gambino and Rihanna’s New Film Guava Island Premieres on Amazon This Weekend

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It was previously reported, Childish Gambino film featuring Rihanna, would premiere this Saturday on the Coachella YouTube live stream. Click Here if you missed that.

Fast Forward…

Donald Glover confirmed that the movie will be out earlier than that. On Saturday at 12:01 a.m. according to Vanity Fair, the film is set to arrive on Amazon Prime.

“On Guava Island, a local musician is determined to throw a festival for everyone to enjoy,” reads the film’s description. The movie is described as a “tropical thriller.” The film was written by Glover’s brother Stephen, and according to Vanity Fair, it was inspired by City of God and Purple Rain. It’s directed by Glover’s “Atlanta” collaborator Hiro Murai. The film also stars Black Panther’s Letitia Wright. The film is being released in partnership with New Regency and Amazon Studios.

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