Rihanna Just Revealed When She’s Going To Have Children (And How Many!)

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Rihanna has babies on the brain — and let’s just say, she wants a full house.

Speaking to British Vogue for the mag’s upcoming May issue, the pop star opened up about everything from her overwhelming work ethic, breaking off her romance with billionaire Hassan Jameel and what she hopes her life will look like in the next 10 years. “Since I turned 32, I’m realizing life is really short,” she told the publication. “You don’t have a lot of time to tolerate s—t, you know? You put so much on your plate. … And I’m overwhelmed too much. What’s happening now is that I’m going back to black and white. My grey area is shutting down.”

With all the demand surrounding her hotly anticipated new album and her ever-expanding Fenty Beauty brand, the “Diamonds” songbird says her workaholic nature is all part of a larger, long-term goal. “I’m working like this now so that I don’t to in the future,” she reveals. “I know I want to live differently.”

Part of that imminent transition, Ri shares, involves wanting to have a family of her own — something she ponders when asked where she sees herself in the next decade. “Ten years? I’ll be 42! I’ll be ancient,” she quips. “I’ll have kids – three or four of ’em.”

What’s more, when asked if she’d be willing to raise her children on her own if she had to, Rihanna said, “Hell, yeah.”

“I feel like society makes me want to feel like, ‘Oh, you got it wrong…’ They diminish you as a mother if there’s not a dad in your kids’ lives,” she explained. “But the only thing that matters is happiness, that’s the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child. That’s the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love.”

Read the full profile at British Vogue here.

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First Stream: New Music From Dua Lipa, PartyNextDoor, Pearl Jam & More

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Dua Lipa attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond.

This week, Dua Lipa doesn’t want us to stop dancing, PartyNextDoor has the year’s coolest cameo, and Pearl Jam demonstrate why they’re still a force to be reckoned with. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:

The Album That Will Keep You Boogieing For Many Days To Come:
Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia

In a relatively short amount of time, U.K. pop artist Dua Lipa has made jumps from blog darling to hitmaker to in-demand collaborator to legit A-lister; in some regards, a lot is riding on sophomore album Future Nostalgia to deliver an even wider audience, but based on her track record, it’s hardly a surprise that Lipa passes this new test with flying colors. A nonstop party that borrows from the past to predict where pop is headed (hence its title), Future Nostalgia is brimming with undeniable bangers that re-imagine classic house, techno and disco with modern production techniques. Tracks like “Hallucinate,” “Break My Heart,” “Levitating” and “Physical” beg for motion, and Lipa dares you to deny her growth as a vocal, sexual, lyrical and universal force of nature. Future Nostalgia just moved the bar a little higher for pop in 2020. Piece of advice: spend the coming days, weeks and months dancing to it.

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The Album With The Feature That Everyone Will Be Talking About:

PartyNextDoor, Partymobile

All right, first thing’s first: Rihanna is on the new PartyNextDoor album, and with the surprise guest spot on the flickering sing-along “Believe It,” she sounds as comfortable with her superpowers as ever. Yet that big-time get shouldn’t overshadow PND’s artistic leap forward on Partymobile, which finally gives the compelling R&B singer-songwriter a proper collection of songs to progress his early promise. Surrounding the tracks with Rihanna and his OVO boss Drake, PartyNextDoor goes it alone over sparse arrangements, emphasizing his voice and thoughts on modern love instead of any production gimmickry. A song like “Touch Me,” in which he pleads for human connection as the track disintegrates around him, shows what he is capable of, regardless of whether or not he’s buoyed by an A-list feature.

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The Album That You’ll Share With Your Dad, But Secretly Be Playing a Lot, Too:
Pearl Jam, Gigaton

Pearl Jam has the sort of fan base and catalog that ensures packed stadiums for years to come, yet Eddie Vedder and co. have never been the kind to remain frozen in the past. Gigaton, their first album since 2013’s Lightning Bolt, matches the tenacity of that project but has a tighter focus, as a lamentation of the Trump era and wake-up call to those who have gotten complacent during it. The album starts off like a firecracker with tracks like “Who Ever Said” and “Quick Escape,” then naturally pulls back, as mid-tempo rocker “Seven O’Clock” toasts those who have challenged the system and “Comes Then Goes” unfolds like a classic Vedder acoustic sing-along. There are several potshots at the president, sure, but the songs that they anchor are some of Pearl Jam’s best of the 21st century.

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The Album That Continues One Of Pop’s Most Interesting Trajectories:
5 Seconds of Summer, Calm

Consider 5 Seconds of Summer’s 2018 hit “Youngblood” the ultimate career inflection point: before that synth-rock radio staple was released, the quartet was best known as pop-punk rabble-rousers, and since it took off, the 5SOS guys have made a hard pivot away from anything that would have made sense at Warped Tour. New album Calm is an accomplished exploration of the group’s expanding palette, as “Easier” was inspired by Nine Inch Nails, “No Shame” contains a guitar line straight out of the Depeche Mode playbook, and you’re bound to recall artists like the Smiths, New Order and Peter Gabriel at different moments. Not to say that Calm is derivative — in the same way that Harry Styles recently mastered his own ‘70s pop-rock revival, 5 Seconds of Summer expertly synthesize their influences into fresh-feeling gems like “Wildflower” and “Red Desert.”

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The Song That You’ll Need To Schedule Out Some Time To Hear In Full:
Bob Dylan, “Murder Most Foul”

“Twas a dark day in Dallas, November ’63 / A day that will live on in infamy.” So begins Bob Dylan’s first original song in eight years, a sprawling, nearly 17-minute reflection on the assassination of John F. Kennedy that spirals forward and then becomes so much more. Dylan references touchstones of the ‘60s, from Beatlemania to Woodstock; he name-checks “Only The Good Die Young” from Billy Joel, as well as Etta James and John Lee Hooker; he references A Nightmare on Elm Street; he sings “rub-a-dub-dub.” “Murder Most Foul” will be pored over as an unexpected Dylan artifact and tapestry of American history, but it’s also a poetic reflection on a terrifying time in the world, during another terrifying time in the world, and for that, it should be consumed and appreciated.

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The Song That Will Make You Do a Double-Take:
Rosalía, “Dolerme”

When pressing play on a new Rosalía track, one doesn’t expect to hear the mournful chug of an acoustic guitar as an intro. Yet the new ballad “Dolerme” (which translates to “Hurt Me”) once again finds the Spanish star upending expectations, diverging from her uptempo, flamenco-influenced Latin pop to create something that would sound at home on alternative rock radio. As the strumming leads into a full band arrangement, Rosalía delivers the chorus with a familiar urgency but tinkers with her voice, Auto-Tune making her somehow sound even more vulnerable. And then “Dolerme” is over, and we’re left to play it again and try to figure out how Rosalía pulled off such a surprising pivot.

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The Album That Delivers On Years of Hype:
Jessie Reyez, Before Love Came To Kill Us

“I’m taking everything I came for / I ain’t f—king asking,” Jessie Reyez sneers early in her long-awaited debut album. Reyez has always been an artist with a ton of promise, and Before Love Came To Kill Us has been in the works for years — but for a project that has surely been tinkered with and agonized over, the full-length possessed a natural charm that no amount of revising could have dulled. The album’s centerpieces (the moving ballad “Love In The Dark,” the doo-wop-warping Eminem collaboration “Coffin”) find a balance with quieter moments, like the sun-kissed love song “Intruders,” in which Reyez threatens bodily harm to anyone threatening her paradise. Fans have been waiting for years to see Reyez get her shot, and Before Love Came To Kill Us is a singular, successful one.

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The Song That You’ll Be Adding To Those Summer Playlists You’re Prepping:
Kygo feat. Zara Larsson and Tyga, “Like It Is”

Superstar producer Kygo’s most recent work has included the single “Higher Love” with rediscovered vocals from Whitney Houston, as well as a musical tribute to Avicii, who passed in 2018. “Like It Is,” a new team-up with Zara Larsson and Tyga that precedes Kygo’s next album, is low-stakes by comparison, but hits like a breath of fresh air after his focus remained on heavier subjects. The new single recalls some of the EDM-pop crossover tracks of the early 2010s, with Larsson guiding the hooks between Kygo’s drops and Tyga sliding in with a radio-friendly verse; the whole affair is expertly designed frothy fun, and has been released just in time for an extended run of ubiquity as the weather heats up.

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The Song That Will Get You Excited For Cookout Season:
Florida Georgia Line, “I Love My Country”

Is the “country” that the Florida Georgia Line boys are referring to on their latest single the genre that has made them stars, or the US of A? A little of both, perhaps: while the duo’s comeback track shouts out the American acts and memories that they cherish the most, they do so in a manner that pays homage to classic country radio, as they name-check George Strait and sonically recall Brooks & Dunn. For a pair of former party bros who made their name in country by expanding its sound, “I Love My Country” invites the traditionalists in further, harkening to the past while providing a couple of modern voices. Florida Georgia Line keep it simple here, and score.

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Rihanna Jumps Back to Music With Partynextdoor on Grooving ‘Believe It’

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Partynextdoor came back with his first album in four years on Friday morning (March 27), Partymobile. But more importantly for fans thirsty for new Rihanna music, he brought along his old friend for the sensual single «Believe It.»

«Best make me believe it/ Best make me believe it/ Believe you won’t deceive me,» the pair sing on the R&B slow burner’s silky smooth chorus. It’s the first new music from Rihanna since the 2017 N.E.R.D. track «Lemon» and it’s a strong relationship breakdown, with the pair playing lovers imploring each other to believe in the power of their connection.

«First you gotta forgive me Let me know everything gon’ be okay/ Even if I come out with everything I did/ Would you still punish me even though I did it a long time ago?/ If so, let me know/ If I propose, would you say no?/ Would you break my heart?/ Would you embarrass me or play your part?» Party sings over the finger-snap beat, warning that if things don’t work out he might not make it.

The song appears on Party’s OVO Sound album and it marks a reunion with Rihanna, for whom he wrote the 2016 single «Work» featuring Drake, who also appears on the Partymobile track «Loyal.» Rihanna hasn’t released a new album since 2016’s Anti and the Navy has been patiently awaiting word on her next full length.

Drake helped stoke those flames this week when playfully trolled Rih when both tuned into DJ Spade’s IG livestream on Wednesday and Drizzy commented, «Rihanna drop R12 right now.»

Listen to «Believe It» below.

Good Morning, Here Are Some Photos Of Rihanna With a Newborn Baby

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Auntie RiRi! On Tuesday (Oct. 29), Rihanna took to social media to share pictures with her best friend’s newborn baby.

In the adorable snaps, the superstar cuddles up to the baby, Justus Joshua Davis, who belongs to her longtime personal assistant Jennifer (Jenn) Rosales. «I’m so grateful I was here for your first day on the playground kid!!» RiRi captioned one picture of the baby sleeping on her shoulder. «Aunty loves you so much already.» In another post, she’s seen tenderly kissing the newborn’s cheek, captioning the pic, «Aunty Oh NaNa x JJ.»

While the Fenty Beauty mogul’s baby pictures are certainly delightful, they won’t do anything to quell the Navy’s desire for a new Rihanna album. The star has been teasing her long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s Anti since early last year, hinting about the reggae-influenced project’s sound in not one, but two separate Vogue cover stories over the past eighteen months.

 

 

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Rihanna Celebrates Release of Her Visual Autobiography at Guggenheim in NYC

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Surrounded by friends, family and her team, Rihanna celebrated the release of her new book at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City Friday night (Oct. 11).

The visual autobiography, titled Rihanna, invites readers into her world, all the way from her childhood in Barbados, to her journey as an entrepreneur in the fashion and beauty world, to her rise as a music icon, and everything in between.

Executives from her book publisher Phaidon, her label Roc Nation, and ticket holders gathered to sip on champagne get a first glimpse of her coffee table-ready book, which Rih has been steadily working on for over the last five years.

Ever since she stormed onto the music scene at the young age of 16, Rihanna has never missed a beat, proving to be a trailblazer in more areas than one. As a successful businesswoman, while simultaneously solidifying her spot as a dominating figure in media streaming and social media, she now has one piece of advice for her younger self upon reflection of her extraordinary life.

“Looking back at these times in the book, I’d tell my younger self to take more vacations then because there’s hardly any time now,” she tells Billboard on the red carpet with a long, yet very gratitude-filled sigh and a smile.

«I’ve worked so much and so hard, consistently, even when I was young. I never saw the day I could take a break, and now it’s even more crazy. I can’t believe there was a time I only did music. Now, any little chance I can even get three hours to myself, I take it and I appreciate it. It was all worth it, though.”

The enormous, luxury limited edition of the book on display in the Guggenheim lobby was the star of the night, sending an unmistakable message that the book is surely a worthy work of art itself. Several other Rihanna books were scattered through the space for attendees to flip through and enjoy.

Midway through the launch event, Rihanna stopped by the party to make sure to thoroughly express her gratitude to the team who made this all possible. The unique, open spiral design of the Guggenheim allowed Rihanna to claim her own makeshift stage, where she gave a short speech of appreciation.

She thanked her publisher, Phaidon, her photographers, and her best friend for capturing intimate images she treasures.

“I just gave [the publishers] a USB filled with pictures and said, ‘Here you go!’” she told the crowd with a laugh. “And they said, ‘We’ll make art.’”

Lastly, she endearingly thanked her fans, telling them none of this would be possible without the unwavering loyalty of the Navy.

The book, which currently retails for $150, is more than just a large, incredibly heavy hardcover publication containing stunning professional photographs from her whirlwind life. Rihanna gives readers a rare and intimate look into her journey, chronicled in family pictures, captivating tour shots, and even rare handwritten letters, like the one young Robyn wrote to her mother, telling her she hopes she can come home soon for the holidays.

The book contains 504 pages with 1,050 color images and 11 special inserts and is available for purchase now.

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Rihanna Rocks a Rainbow Of ‘Fits in Seoul: See the Pics

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Rihanna slayed the style game while in Seoul, South Korea to promote her Fenty Beauty makeup line.

First, outside her new Fenty Beauty store, RiRi stunned in an all-white power suit by French designer Jacquemus on the red carpet, pairing an oversized blazer with slouchy, pleated pants and layers of diamond accessories.

The superstar later went from white to bright, hitting the streets of Seoul in a pink dress and loose, tangerine pants.

RiRi also posted about the event on Instagram, wearing a more formal gown in similar hues. “Thank you @shinsegaedutyfree for hosting me at the Shinsegae Myeongdong Store last night!” the pop star wrote, sporting a ruched orange column dress with peachy pink undertones. “It was so exciting to see the new @FentyBeauty store in person and I am grateful for our amazing partnership!”

Rihanna then shared one last outfit from her trip via Instagram, posting multiple snaps in a chic sweatsuit and heels from her own Fenty line — all in varying shades of mint green and paired with a large, white snakeskin handbag.

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All The Things You Missed At Rihanna’s Epic Savage x Fenty NYFW Show

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On Tuesday night (Sept. 10), Rihanna unveiled her fall/winter 2019 line of Savage x Fenty at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Earlier, she teased her highly-anticipated, second-ever New York Fashion Week show on Instagram with a post captioned, «We are working on creating the most bold, sexy, super energetic experience you can imagine!!» — Ri-Ri delivered.

This year’s show — which highlighted diversity, inclusivity in fashion and strength and movement, as majority of the model-dancers wore sneakers — will be live-streamed by Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 20 (her debut last year was live-streamed by YouTube) in over 200 countries and territories. While the Savage x Fenty Show will offer an up-close look at the new line and offer behind-the-scenes footage, it’s air date is still over a week away. So until then, check out the best things we saw go down in real life.

The Barclays Center Was Totally Transformed

Rihanna art-directed and executive produced the show, and along with producers PRODJECT and Endeavor Content, managed to make the 19,000-capacity venue feel intensely intimate. Most of the arena was closed off, leaving a small space for celebrities — including Diplo, Kacey Musgraves, Kehlani, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Real Housewives cast members and Miss Vanjie among others — to sit alongside media and guests. The set design appeared to be inspired by Greece, with white sponge-painted walls and arched entryways.

Rihanna Graced Us With Her Presence — And Dance Moves

Rihanna made not one, but two appearances in her show. To everyone’s surprise, she opened the 40-minute set center stage, flanked by 10 model-dancers all wearing sheer black bodysuits — Rihanna outfitted hers with a velvet mini-skirt, diamond jewelry, red lipstick and a sky-high braided ponytail. Though she didn’t sing — as fun as the live debut of a new, long-awaited song would have been — she did deliver some sultry, precisely-executed dance moves. Her hip pops teased what we would likely get from her next tour, whenever that may be (no rush, really).

High-Profile Models and Artists Shared the Stage

In the first of many model and artist pairings, Gigi Hadid strutted the length of the stage while Big Sean walked on from one of the 10+ entry points singing his Kanye West and Jay-Z collab «Clique.» He was later joined by A$AP Ferg, who sported a teal-blue buzzed haircut, for their team-up, «Bezerk.» After, the pacing slowed momentarily down as Cara Delevingne and a crew of model-dancers debuted a new look to «Oops (Oh My)» by Tweet and Missy Elliott before 21 Savage made his appearance — not to perform, but to model a men’s look of red silky pants and a matching robe, worn open, of course.

But possibly the best pairing — and perhaps the most intentional — was when Laverne Cox strutted her stuff in a hot pink leotard and heels ahead of Migos’ performance. The trio sang its Mustard collab, «Pure Water,» while standing in a circular, inch-deep pool on stage and wearing variations of matching iridescent outfits.

Normani’s Unparalleled Moves 

Since dropping her «Motivation» music video, Normani made one thing very clear: she can out-dance anybody. The rising artist impressed attendees with intensive choreography, and proved that Savage x Fenty is truly for any and all occasions — despite the quick-paced, bouncy choreography, her pieces stayed rightfully in their place the entire time.

The Live Debut of Halsey’s New Song «Graveyard» 

The singer, who the night before performed at DKNY’s 30th anniversary event in Dumbo, sang «Graveyard» live for the first time — the song isn’t even out until Friday — from atop one of the higher structures in the show’s set before making her way down the stairs. Once at the bottom, she engaged in a passionate dance as a three-piece band — whose members played acoustic guitar, drums and synthpad — played off to the side. Following the show, Halsey tweeted: «There! Are! No! Words! @rihanna just changed the game forever; as she always does. Thank you for letting me witness and be a part of this incredible event.»

Tierra Whack Spit Bars Alongside DJ Khaled, Fat Joe and Fabolous 

DJ Khaled came on stage with a whole lot of energy, as he always does, while screaming the opening lines of «All I Do Is Win» before going hard on its verses. Khaled later welcomed longtime friend and collaborator Fat Joe to perform «All The Way Up» — without Remy Ma, French Montana or Infared — while jumping in to state: «Rihanna, we love you!» And then, Tierra Whack joined in, perfectly and energetically rapping her «Clones» track while Khaled took on the role of hype man. Finally, Fabolous got in on the fun, switching up the lyrics of «You Be Killin Em» to say, «Rihanna, you be killin em.»

Rihanna’s Humbled Wave   

Promptly at 10:20, Rihanna returned for a quick goodbye. She looked around the space, waved toward the camera fixated on her, and shared a smile that was a fusion of pride, relief and an eagerness to celebrate yet another career milestone.

Celebrities Who Acted Just Like Us

Once the lights turned on and guests were pointed toward the exits, Diplo — who was dressed casually in jeans and a button down with his hair in a small ponytail — climbed over the arena seats to speed along his departure. It worked. Elsewhere, once in the lobby, Nicky Hilton was overheard asking her sister Paris to call their car before they both realized that their phones were still locked tight in Yondr cases — turns out no one was exempt from the no-phone rule.

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Rihanna Opens Up About Drake’s ‘Uncomfortable’ VMAs Speech and Her New Boyfriend

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Rihanna’s not into anyone taking her spotlight, especially Drake!

The 30-year-old “Love on the Brain” singer reflects back on Drake’s speech at MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2016, where he honored her by declaring his undying devotion and love to RiRi while presenting her with the Vanguard award.

“The VMAs is such a fan-focused awards show, so having that energy around me, and knowing the people who had received the award in the past, made it feel like a big deal,” she says in the new cover story for Vogue‘s June issue. “Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don’t like too many compliments; I don’t like to be put on blast.”

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When asked about the status of her relationship with Drake now, she replies, “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.”

The Oceans 8 star does have a man in her life. Though she wouldn’t directly name him in the interview, Rihanna has been romantically linked to Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel.

“I used to feel guilty about taking personal time,but I also think I never met someone who was worth it before,” she says. “Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth. Now, when I come to work, I’m all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by. I’m glad I’m taking the time. I’m happy.”

Rihanna certainly seems more focused on adult life as she poinders, “OK, so now that I’m 30, are there things I’m supposed to do? Should I be worried? Should I be freezing my eggs? What do you do at 30?!”

The Barbados-born star also opens up about what she expects to be like as a mom some day.

“I’m not gonna be able to take my eyes off my kid. I know that already about myself,” she gushes. “They’re going to have to force me to hire a nanny.”

She certainly doesn’t seem like she’ll give her kids any body image issues. The Fenty Beauty creator is all about self-love.

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“You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies,” she says. “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”

One star RiRi absolutely adores is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump.

“Tell me who is a badder b**ch than Lisa Vanderpump! She’s goals AF!” Rihanna muses. “She’s chic but still funny. She likes to be at home with her husband and then goes and handles her business. Maybe there’s a couple of thousand Birkins in her closet, but she’s still focused. I love that about her.”

Rihanna’s issue of Vogue is available on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on May 15 and nationwide on May 22.

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Rihanna Is Reportedly Producing a New Lingerie Line

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While Rihanna may be noticeably absent from the music scene, the singer has made her presence known in the fashion and beauty world with her namesake cosmetic and apparel collections. Now, Rihanna is reportedly looking to strengthen her empire by launching her own lingerie collection, according to a new reportfrom WWD.

Rihanna reportedly inked a partnership with TechStyle Fashion Group, a company that boasts successful brands like Fabletics, ShoeDazzle, Just Fab and more under its belt. TechStyle Fashion Group’s partnership with Rihanna wouldn’t be the company’s first celebrity team-up, as Fabletics already scored a partnership with actress Kate Hudson and singer Demi Lovato, and ShoeDazzle (co-founded by Kim Kardashian, Brian Lee and Robert Shapiro) collaborated with actress-singer Keke Palmer. The Rihanna-helmed lingerie line hasn’t received an official release date, but samples have already been produced, according to the report.

With all the success from her Puma x Fenty apparel line and Fenty Beauty cosmetics collection, Rihanna isn’t resting on her laurels: She announced that she’ll be merging the two brands to launch a joint collection titled FENTYXPUMA. The mogul debuted photos of the upcoming project with models sporting the athleisure line in the middle of a desert. The joint collection will be available for purchase on March 15.

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A Look At Rihanna’s Acting History, From ‘Bring It On: All or Nothing’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’

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The trailer for the highly anticipated Ocean’s Trilogy sequel/spin-off, Ocean’s 8 was released today (Dec. 19) and features an all-star cast of numerous badass women — including everybody’s favorite Barbadian triple-threat, Rihanna.

The iconic superstar has proved time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned since her early days, through her music, fashion and beauty ventures, but also her various acting roles, which have truly showed her versatility and superb talent.

From early work such as Bring It On: All or Nothing to this past year’s sci-fi adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Rihanna has proved she has what it takes to make it in the acting world. Here’s a look back at Rihanna’s roles in both film and television.

Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)

The cheerleading comedy finds a transfer student trying to join the cheerleading squad of a rough high school, where she not only faces off against the new school’s head cheerleader, but against her former school in a cheer competition as well. Rihanna makes a cameo appearance in the film, where she announces the cheerleading competition and declares that the winners shall appear in a music video with her. A small role, yes, but as good a starting place for Rihanna as any.

Battleship

In this sci-fi action film, we find Rihanna far from the comforts of the stage, thrust into a war filled with uncertainty. The 2012 film based off the board game of the same name follows a fleet of ships that battle a series of unfamiliar foes, where Rihanna stars as Cora Raikes, a weapons specialist aboard one of the ships. Director Peter Berg stated in an interview with GQ that he came up with the idea to cast Rihanna after he realized she could act when she performed a skit on Saturday Night Live. Rihanna later went on to state that she accepted the role because she wanted to “do something badass.”

This Is the End

The 2013 end of the world comedy directed by Seth Rogen features a hilarious appearance from Rihanna, who is attending a party at James Franco’s house where she and numerous other celebrities are faced with the doom that will be brought on from the impending apocalypse. Though brief, Rihanna’s cameo showcases her comedic chops and versatility as an actress.

 

Annie

Starring in a movie-within-a-movie, Rihanna plays the villain of “MoonQuake Lake,» the flick that Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis go to see together in the musical adaptation. The fake film also co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

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This 2015 film from DreamWorks finds Rihanna cast in the lead role as Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, a teenage girl who befriends an alien on the run from his own people. During a round of press interviews for the film, Rihanna and her costars Jim Parsons and Steve Martin were asked about the possibility of life on other planets — to which Rihanna suggests keeping an open mind.

Bates Motel

On the hit A&E series, Rihanna starred as Marion Crane, the troubled secretary who played an iconic role in the 1960 horror classic Psycho, which the series is based off of. Taking over the character from Janet Leigh, Rihanna brought a modern and more relatable version to the screen for viewers to identify with. Viewers who were hoping for a remake of the infamous murder scene were out of luck, however, as Rihanna’s version of Crane survived and her lover, Sam Loomis, meet his untimely demise instead.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Meet Bubble, the shape-shifting burlesque dancer portrayed by Rihanna in this fantasy film about two special operatives who must race to identify the evil that threatens the future of their home and the universe. Director Luc Besson contacted RiRi’s manager to offer her the small but crucial role, to which she accepted, and shot around her jam-packed touring and promotions schedule.

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Ocean’s Eight

Set to be released Summer 2018, Ocean’s Eight will find Sandra Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, attempting to pull off a heist at New York City’s star-studded Met Gala, following in the footsteps of her infamous family. Rihanna will star as Nine Ball, a computer genius and hacker who aids Debbie in her quest, and will star along other such acting stars as Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson.

This article was originally published by: Billboard