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Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds (DJ Mustard Remix)”

Maybe the most striking thing about the unlikely Rihanna/Kanye West/Paul McCartney team-up "FourFiveSeconds" is the way it flies in the face of current pop and rap conventions. It is, after all, essentially an acoustic coffeehouse open-mic-night singalong jam, and it has absolutely no drums. But the skeleton of the song is strong, and now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2015

Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds” Video

Last week, the unlikely trio of Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney released the divisive new single "FourFiveSeconds," an acoustic threat of a song that happens to be, probably, Rihanna's finest-ever vocal performance. A few days ago, we saw a behind-the-scenes look at the video, including Rihanna wearing what she calls "some Sea… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2015

Watch Kanye West And Rihanna Perform At DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night Party

DirecTV held their invite-only Super Bowl pre-party concert last night in Arizona with featured performers Kanye West and Rihanna. Both artists ran through their biggest solo hits: Rihanna sang "We Found Love," "Umbrella," and "Rude Boy" throughout the night, while Kanye did "Jesus Walks," "Flashing Lights," and "Black Skinhead." They also joined up occasionally: both… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015

Watch Rihanna, Kanye, & Paul McCartney Behind The Scenes Of The “FourFiveSeconds” Video Shoot

One good thing about having Rihanna involved with "FourFiveSeconds" is that she's a lot more open and communicative with her fans than someone like Kanye, which means we get videos like the one below, which is a behind the scenes look at the upcoming music video for the oft-discussed RiRi/Kanye/McCartney collab. The video see… More »

By: James Rettig / January 30, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The biggest song this week brought together three of the biggest names in music; it arrived with no warning and exploded into our lives. We talked about this last week -- we talk about it all the time, or maybe we don't even talk about it at all anymore, because we now take it… More »

By: Stereogum / January 30, 2015

Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”

The collaboration between Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney has arrived. It's called "FourFiveSeconds." Earlier this week, Kanye played the song for a bunch of radio programmers at the iHeartMedia Music Summit. It's unclear whether this song (which also features Kirby Lauryen, Mike Dean, Ty Dolla $ign, Dave Longstreth, Dallas Austin, Elon Rutberg, and… More »

By: James Rettig / January 24, 2015

Kanye Played A New Rihanna Collab To Radio Programmers, Asked McCartney About “Pussy In The ’60s”

Kanye West made a surprise appearance on Wednesday at the iHeartMedia Music Summit for radio programmers, and played them a new song from his forthcoming seventh studio album. He talked to the room for 45 minutes without a microphone, reflecting on his history pushing unlikely singles through to the radio and having them impact the… More »

By: James Rettig / January 22, 2015

The Week In Pop: Forecasting 2015’s Event Albums And Rising Stars

Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that there are still many self-satisfied blowhards in the world -- sometimes even in the comments section of this very website! -- who will tell you that every year is a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2015

Hear An Alleged New Rihanna Song Called “World Peace”

Rihanna's eighth album (rumored to be titled R8) was one of the "surprise" blockbuster releases that never materialized in late 2014, but it seems likely the project will emerge this year. There's no telling whether it will include "World Peace," the alleged Rihanna song that has emerged online -- or if "World Peace" is eve… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 2, 2015

Here’s MoonQuake Lake, Annie‘s Movie-Within-A-Movie Starring Rihanna As A Sea Monster And A Theme By Beck & Sia

Last month, Beck and Sia unveiled their fizzy pop collaboration "MoonQuake Lake," which turns out to be the theme song of a Twilight parody that will appear in the new remake of Annie. Now a trailer for the very fake film MoonQuake Lake has been released, starring Mila Kunis as some sort of alie… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 15, 2014

The Week In Pop: Goddamn, People Love Pentatonix

Ever since Glee became a phenomenon in 2009, a cappella music has been building to a pop cultural renaissance of sorts. As that show's cultural clout died down, Pitch Perfect picked up its slack. The 2012 movie made stars out of Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson and was instantly canonized as one of those… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 11, 2014

The Week In Pop: With Four, One Direction Keep On Building A Better Boy Band

What constitutes a boy band, anyway? One Direction certainly look and act the part. Ever since forming on The X Factor in 2010, they've filled a particular hole in the music industry, the one that requires 3-5 fresh-faced young lads with pretty voices and prettier haircuts to join forces and passionately emote for the hormonal… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 20, 2014

Calvin Harris Is Upset And Confused About Rihanna Rejecting His Song For Her Imminent Album

Rihanna had one of her biggest hits ever with "We Found Love," the 2011 song she did with the British dance producer Calvin Harris. Given that Rihanna is working on a mysterious new LP right now, and that Harris' star has risen considerably since "We Found Love," it would make a whole lot of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014

Watch Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Eminem, Rihanna, Metallica Perform At The Concert for Valor

The Concert For Valor took place last night on the National Mall in Washington, DC to honor Veteran's Day. An estimated 800,000 were in attendance and the event was simulcast online and on HBO. Artists performing included Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Eminem, Rihanna, the Black Keys, Metallica, and more. Each performer played a handful of… More »

By: James Rettig / November 12, 2014

The Week In Pop: The History Of Kesha Vs. Dr. Luke

When Kesha and Dr. Luke traded lawsuits earlier this week -- Kesha alleging a decade of sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, Luke alleging that she made it all up in an attempt to get out of her contract -- the rotten core of one of this decade's most successful pop partnerships was ripped ope… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 16, 2014

CBS Sports Officially Cuts Rihanna From Thursday Night Football

Last week, after the NFL spectacularly bungled its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, CBS Sports opted to cut a pre-taped segment with Rihanna singing the hook from Jay Z's "Run This Town" from its Thursday Night Football broadcast. Producers said they were looking to cast a sober tone while analyzing "as big… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 16, 2014

CBS Sports Cancels Tonight’s Rihanna Performance In The Wake Of Ray Rice Scandal

CBS has cancelled a Rihanna musical performance that was scheduled to air during tonight's NFL pregame show. Instead, they will show a discussion about Commissioner Roger Goodell's recent comments on the Ray Rice incident. "It's important to realize we are not overreacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced… More »

By: James Rettig / September 11, 2014

NFL Wants Coldplay, Katy Perry, Or Rihanna To Pay To Play Super Bowl Halftime

The National Football League rakes in about $9 billion a year, but that doesn't mean it's made of money. Do you know how much the League is going to have to pay out in concussion-related lawsuits for the next forever? Fortunately, the NFL has figured out how to optimize yet another revenue stream: Charging artist… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014

Watch Rihanna Join Eminem At Lollapalooza

As a little preview of their upcoming stadium tour that starts in a week, Rihanna joined Eminem on stage during his headlining set at Lollapalooza. The frequent collaborators performed "Monster" and "Love The Way You Lie" and, more surprisingly, Rihanna provided vocals on Eminem's "Stan" from 1999's The Marshall Mathers LP. Watch video… More »

By: James Rettig / August 2, 2014

The Week In Pop: Shawn Mendes, TerRio, And Vine’s Six-Second Stars

Whether busking, mailing out demo tapes, or uploading to MySpace or YouTube, conventional wisdom says you have less than one minute to catch the attention of music industry execs. Shawn Mendes did it in six seconds. The 15-year-old Toronto pop singer made his name on Vine, Google's quick-hit video service, riding looped snippets of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2014