ABC/Lou RoccoEarlier this year, Rihanna became the first-ever black spokeswoman to star in Dior's "Secret Garden IV" campaign. Now, the singer has returned for a new shoot for the iconic fashion house.
Rihanna's shared peek at the photos on Instagram, all of which will be featured in a new issue of Dior Magazine.
In the stunning pics, shot by British fashion photographer Craig McDean, she dons a mulit-colored geometric bodysuit while stretching across an translucent chair. In other shots, the red-haired singer rocks a seemingly see-through black dress. "All @Dior errthang!" she captioned one snap.
Back in March, Rihanna revealed what it means to be selected to front Dior's campaign. "It feels fantastic," the singer told MTV News. "It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color, I think, to be acknowledged by Dior."
ABC/Randy Holmes John Legend and Tyrese are among the honorees confirmed for TV One's first-ever television broadcast of The 2015 Triumph Awards, according to Variety.
Hosted by actress Tichina Arnold, the ceremony will be filmed on Saturday, September 12 in Atlanta, GA. The event, which recognizes the positive impact this year's honorees have made on society, will include performances by Jazmine Sullivan, Estelle, Ledisi, Tasha Cobbs, and jazz pianist, Robert Glasper while Syleena Johnson serves as one of the presenters.
"The premiere of the Triumph Awards on TV One is set to captivate audiences. There is a history of music being part of the movement and the fight for equity," remarked Janaye Ingram, Executive Director of National Action Network. "Through our show, people will experience the power of musical artistry as a message medium while it is interwoven with the triumphant stories of the luminaries who will be honored."
The awards special will premiere exclusively on TV One later this October.
Rhythm Nation/BMGJanet Jackson has unveiled the official cover and track list for her upcoming comeback album, Unbreakable, her first in seven years.
According to her official website, the singer's 17-song project only includes two guests: J. Cole on her chart-topping lead "No Sleeep," and Missy Elliott on "Burnitup!" -- the song Janet debuted on the first night of her tour in Vancouver earlier this week. Janet also recruited producer/songwriter superstars Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for the set, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of her debut album, Control.
Unbreakable will be available in stores October 2 via Rhythm Nation/BMG with iTunes pre-order beginning today, September 3.
Here's the official track list for Unbreakable:
"Unbreakable" "Burnitup!" (Feat. Missy Elliott) "Dammn Baby" "The Great Forever" "Shoulda Known Better" After You Fall" "Broken Hearts Heal" "Night" "No Sleeep" (Feat. J Cole) "Dream Maker/ Euphoria" "2 B Loved" "Take Me Away" "Promise" "Lessons Learned" "Black Eagle" "Well Traveled" "Gon B Alright"
Image Courtesy RCA RecordsTinashe is preparing to take fans on a journey with her upcoming,sophomore album titled Joyride. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer explains the meaning behind the album's title.
"I always had it in the back of my head, but it started to become more and more relevant to my current state of my career. With all this traveling I've done this past year and everything I've gone through, it just really feels like an adventure, a journey, a ride," she tells the publication.
The singer also released an album trailer, in which she tells her detractors that she "can't be ignored." The singer elaborates on why she feels "underappreciated."
"I feel like I've been working really hard this year at developing a fan base, a touring base. I'm continuing to grow, but you always feel like you're a little bit underappreciated, undervalued," she says. "Especially for me, it's exciting to have new music and to give people a chance to rediscover me again."
While she remains mum on the details, the singer tells ABC Radio that she already has an upbeat lead single picked out. "The new single is fun, I have a couple, I don't want to give too much away right now," she revealed at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. "Definitely got some stuff that you're going to want to hear in the club, that you're just going to want to turn up to and some stuff that's going to make you dance and get on your feet."
Def JamCongratulations are in order for Teyana Taylor. The singer has announced that she's pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend, Cleveland Cavaliers star Iman Shumpert.
Following pregnancy rumors, the NBA star confirmed the news on Instagram and attached a photo of the baby’s sonogram. "I couldn’t be more happy than to share my first child with the woman I intended to have my family with," Shumpert wrote before revealing the name for their daughter, Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr.
The father-to-be also spilled on the baby's due date: "Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr is expected to enter this world 1.16.16. We want that world to be as pure as possible for her."
After he thanked the future mother of his child, Taylor reposted the picture and chimed in: "& that’s all that matters… ?? I love you baby."
Flavia Schaub Photography/Atlantic RecordsA man in silhouette wanders through a troubled landscape with a city on fire, and people survive what appears to be the breaking of a levee and a flood, winding up in a march towards the light in the animated video for CeeLo Green's single, "Sign of the Times." The video debuted on YouTube on Wednesday.
The song comes from Green's first album in nearly five years, Heart Blanche, which is due November 13. The album also features the previously released single "Robin Williams," which pays tribute to the late comic.
Master P says he's not cutting off his estranged wife Sonya Miller, but he insists she stop partying at their house with her boyfriend.
According to TMZ, Miller stated in court documents that the Master blocked her with his security guards from entering the California home where she lives with their seven children. She also claims that he's threatening to discontinue payments for the rent, cable, phone and her SUV.
The No Limit Records founder says, "I’m not going to allow access to her boyfriend and partying friends to come over and sleep where my kids are." He also accuses his estranged wife of being a poor mother. "She doesn’t even take my kids to school and my sixteen year old failed all of her classes last year under her mother’s lack of guidance."
Sonya Miller estimates Master P's net worth is $178 million dollars, and the nasty accusations are flying as the Millers begin divorce proceedings.
Image Courtesy Universal/InsterscopeJust a few days after announcing the release date of his new album Documentary 2, The Game has decided to promote his project by giving away $1,000 every day to a fan over the next three weeks.
In an Instagram video, the rapper reveals that the giveaway is being called the "Robin Hood" project, which will run until the release of his long-awaited album on September 25.
He wrote in the caption that he plans on "pulling up randomly at yo mothaf***in house or yo mothaf***in job & giving you a $1,000 to do whatever the f*** you WONT to do wit it." He adds, "You ain't gotta just live in Los Angeles... Cause I'm I got enough money to get my ass on a airplane & pull up anywhere in the mothaf***in world."
All fans need to do is put their postal address in the comments section of @AvanteRoseGold for the chance to win the cash prize.
K. Michelle is no stranger to reality TV. Following the success of the first season of her Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta spinoff, the singer has revealed a quick teaser for season two of her VH1 reality show, K. Michelle: My Life.
The singer posted a 15-second glimpse into her upcoming show via Instagram, in which we see that Michelle has moved to California and is working hard on her third studio album.
"Why can't I just make my own genre of music?" she asks during a studio session.
"You can do anything in L.A.," she adds.
The singer confirmed that the new season will premiere this winter on VH1.
Image Courtesy Gomillion & LeupoldTinashe may be working on a new album, but she's delivered the long-awaited video for "Bet" and "Feels Like Vegas," two singles lifted from her 2014 debut, Aquarius.
In the short film, directed by Stephen Garnett, a sweaty Tinashe shows off her seductive dance moves in a dark highway tunnel and later in a parking garage. The singer dons a gray sports bra and matching leggings as she dances throughout the entire six-minute clip, which was filmed in her hometown of Los Angeles.
The video release will help tide fans over until Tinashe drops her sophomore album, Joyride, arriving later this fall.
Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsEarlier this week, Chris Brown was sued by a college student who was shot at a California nightclub where Brown was performing back in January. However, the singer's publicists have denied Brown's involvement in the tragic incident.
"It is a poor reflection of our society that violence is so prevalent and it is always a tragedy when someone is physically harmed," Brown's rep said in a statement, quoted by HipHopWired. "However this is a completely frivolous lawsuit. We expect that the case will be dismissed."
The singer's team says it is also putting a stop to Brown being unfairly targeted in future lawsuits. "[I]n future, to avoid these reoccurring meritless lawsuits directed at Chris Brown, we plan to seek damages from all parties and their lawyers," the statement continues.
As previously reported, 22-year-old Paul Briley was shot in the foot at the Fiesta nightclub January 11 in San Jose, CA. He was one of five people who was wounded by gunfire. In his suit, he claims he suffered nerve damage. He is seeking medical expenses and damages in his suit.
Image Courtesy Lamar Taylor/Republic RecordsKanye West, Kim Kardashian, and The Weeknd are among 38 stars involved in a new charity campaign celebrating fashion designer Alexander Wang’s tenth anniversary.
According to Glamour, they are all modeling Wang T-shirts or hoodies reading “Do Something” which are being sold to raise money for DoSomething.org. The non-profit organization is dedicated to motivating young people to become involved in social change.
The list of celebrities in the campaign also includes Jhene Aiko, A$AP Rocky, Pusha T., Tyga and Taraji P. Henson from Empire.
ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna is planning her own beauty line.
While promoting her new RiRi perfume at a meet-and-greet Monday at Macy’s in Brooklyn, New York, The Barbadian singer said a line called Fenty Beauty is next in her business plan.
"That is definitely something I am going to have my hands on and would love to do,” she told Refinery29.com. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve always had so much on my hands. But, this time, I’m going to make sure it happens. I'm going to find some time between albums and fragrance to do that. I promise."
Rihanna has enjoyed great success in a variety of endorsements, including a MAC lipstick collection, a fashion line with River Island, and serving as the face of Christian Dior. As she envisions her own beauty line, she already ideas for the perfect products.
“Lashes that could just put themselves on,” she says. “Lipstick that doesn’t move, but doesn’t dry your lips out, that you don’t need a liner for."
Emma McIntyre/Getty ImagesAfter being legally banned from the United Kingdom last week, Tyler, the Creator says, “I’m being treated like a terrorist.”
The rapper tells The Guardian he was stopped at the U.K. border and a document explaining why he was being denied entrance. "The paper said I couldn't come at all, saying that I support homophobia and acts of terrorism,” he says
The rapper was forced to cancel several performances after receiving a letter from the Home Office complaining about his lyrics and accusing him of "behaviors unacceptable in the U.K.” Two previous albums were specifically cited. The Home Office wrote, "Your albums Bastard, in 2009, and Goblin, in 2011, are based on the premise of you adopting a mentally unstable alter ego who describes violent physical abuse, rape and murder in graphic terms which appears to glamorize this behavior."
After he was previously being banned from New Zealand and Australia, Tyler says U.K. officials “are just followers. Everyone is a follower, just following what other countries are doing." He also believes there are racial motives.
"I was starting to think that they did not like the fact that their children were idolizing a black man," he says, "There were Caucasian parents who were not feeling that, so yes, they're gonna sign a petition to make sure I don't come and infiltrate their child's brain."
Tyler fears that the censorship will become more widespread.
“This is only gonna open a door for other people to get banned,” he says. ”And then they’re gonna go after video games, and then they’re gonna go after movies, and we’re gonna live in such a sensitive world.”
Image Courtesy Matthew Welch/Atlantic RecordsOmarion is releasing his fifth solo reasons Reasons on October 23, and he says the title has a special Biblical significance.
“For people who are into numbers, they know what five means,” he tells XXL. “Biblically. It represents grace.” Omarion also says the name has an important meaning to him. “Reasons, it’s a reason why I’m still here. There’s a reason why I’m still creating,” he says. “There’s a reason why I’m motivated by my son. There’s a reason why ‘Post to Be’ went platinum. That’s what the album is about.”
The former B2K member is performing on Chris Brown’s One Hell of a Nite Tour, and he’s returning for the second season of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, beginning Monday, September 7. He has a one-year-old son, Megaa, and he’s becoming accustomed to juggling his career and his family life.
“Now I’m a father, so I have to make time for that,” he says.” Aside from that, having the career that I have in this time. So something is going to have to take some sacrifices. It’s going to be all of those things.”
As Monday’s season premiere of Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood approaches, Omarion feels appearing on the show been a positive step for his image.
“Definitely. I think that it changed the perspective and the point of view of me, because being a child prodigy and growing up in front of people’s eyes,” he comments. “It’s so hard for people to let go of who they think you’re supposed to be. It's like, ‘Oh, I remember him from You Got Served,’or, ‘He was in B2K.’ To be able to give people a different vision of myself without completely going crazy, doing drugs and being weird; I feel like I’ve done a good job."
In an emotional two-part Instagram post signed, “Pastor Young,” the rapper announced he will drop his next album on November 13. The first single is called “God,” and it's currently is streaming on YouTube, with the rapper declaring "I'm a god in the the 'hood" on the track.
In the letter, Jeezy writes about the wave of police violence. He also comments about how poverty and the criminal justice system often forces a man into "sacrificing his freedom and life for his family's survival."
Regarding the title of his new single, he says, "We are all Gods in our own right. We have the ability to and the power to change the things around us.” He continues. “We all have the ability to affect lives; to raise our sons and daughters to become Kings and Queens; Leaders and Prophets."
In July, Jeezy celebrated the tenth anniversary of his 2005 album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, with a concert in Atlanta featuring Kanye West, Usher, and Andre 3000 from Outkast.
UMG/Jonathan MannionRick Ross announced on Instagram that he will release a new album, Black Dollar, on Thursday.
The album will be his eighth studio album and follows his 2014 release, Hood Millionaire. The Maybach Music Group CEO also released a new single Tuesday, “Money Dance” featuring The-Dream. Ricky Rozay is continuing the financial theme of the album which began with the first single, “Foreclosures.” The songs are available to stream on Ross' SoundCloud account.
Ross is hoping to now focus on his music and not the legal troubles that have plagued him this summer. He was arrested twice in June, including a charge of kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery at his home in Fayette County, Georgia.
Image Courtesy ANDREW ZAEH/AtlanticJanelle Monae performed Monday in Atlanta to heal a community confronting police killings.
According to the website Atlanta Progressive News, Monae told the crowd at a downtown Black Lives Matter rally, “We come because we strongly believe that silence is our enemy and sound is our weapon. We come with drums not guns, all right? “ She added, “So, if you can join us in honoring those that we lost we would greatly appreciate it. This is for the families, we pray that just this little moment helps you get a little more peace of mind.”
While in Atlanta during a stop on their Eephus tour, Monae and her group Wondaland performed a song which is being called the Black Lives Matter anthem, “Hell You Talmbout.” As she sang, she was joined by families who have been victimized by police violence. She said, "As musicians and artists, we’re so moved that we recorded a song, a vessel, a tool to give, as you guys are healing, as you come into peace and understanding.”
Black Doll Inc.Janet Jackson kicked off her Unbreakable tour Monday night in Vancouver, Canada with a brand new song featuring Missy Elliott.
According to E! News, the female rapper appeared on a video screen rhyming to a track believed to be named “Burn It Up.” It was one of three unreleased songs in the set. Elliott later tweeted, "Can't front that new @JanetJackson is a clubbangger @flytetymejam & terry merked dat beat." Producer Jimmy Jam also commented on Twitter, "Hmmm... I think they enjoyed the @JanetJackson Vancouver opening night:-)#UnbreakbleVancouverr."
Jackson performed all her classics including “That’s The Way Love Goes,” “Rhythm Nation,’ “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Miss You Much.” She also included her single “No Sleeep” featuring J. Cole on video, and closed with the title tune of her upcoming album, Unbreakable.
The Vancouver crowd greeted Jackson with a thundering ovation which drove her to tears. The tour is her first since her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour in 2011.
Jackson's next date is Wednesday in Calgary, Canada, and the tour runs through March 9, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Columbia RecordsJay Z has announced the lineup for his Labor Day weekend Made in America festival in Philadelphia, and no surprise, Beyonce will headline Saturday night, September 5,
Queen Bey, who previously performed at the festival in 2013, will close the opening night on the “Rocky Stage” at 10:30 p.m. The Weeknd will be the final act of the fest, performing Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. He'll be preceded by Big Sean at 6 p.m. and J. Cole at 7:30 p.m.
Other artists performing on the five stages during the two-day festival include De La Soul, Saturday 4:45 p.m.; DJ Mustard, Saturday 6:20 p.m.; Meek Mill, Saturday 6:30 p.m.; Fabolous, Sunday 2:30 p.m.; Action Bronson, Sunday 3 p.m.; and Future, Sunday 5:15 p.m.
This will be the fifth year of the Made In America fest, which benefits United Way of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, as well as United Way of Lancaster County.