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Rihanna sulks in a bathtub in 'Stay' video: Watch it here

After performing the song with Mikky Ekko at Sunday’s Grammys, Rihanna is ready to give “Stay” a music video. Wearing nothing more than some jewelry and a frown, a visibly upset RiRi spends the entirety of the clip sitting in the bathtub naked. She looks cold, sad, lonely. At one point towards the end the song, at the line  “I want you to stay,” she sheds a tear.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Frank Ocean at the Grammys: What happened?

Last year’s Grammys really spoiled us. Though the death of Whitney Houston cast a certain somber pall over the entirety of the evening, there was a clear narrative that emerged from the show’s proceedings: Adele has arrived as a superstar who will be around for a long time and whose work is as close to bulletproof—both critically and commercially—as it can get. It was an easy story to digest, and all Adele had to do was show up and act gracious (the fact that she was singing in America for the first time since throat surgery helped the narrative, too).

Last night’s show offered no such clarity. The winners were scattershot (the Black Keys took home the most awards of the night, though they didn’t win any of the Big Three—Record, Song, or Album of the Year), and just about everybody walked out of the Staples Center roughly as big as they were when they walked in. There were no clear moments of ascendence, though Justin Timberlake, the Lumineers, and fun. are all getting iTunes sales bumps today.

In fact, this year’s Grammy Awards were perhaps most notable for something that didn’t happen: The elevation of Frank Ocean from modestly successful critical darling to full-blown superstar.

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Justin Timberlake gets reflective on 'Mirrors': Hear the new song here

After making a big splash at the Grammys last night, Justin Timberlake made another one online when he dropped “Mirrors,” the latest Timbaland-produced jam from The 20/20 Experience. If you’ve got a bit of time to spare, brace yourself for eight minutes of luscious synths, tricky hooks, and JT soulfully crooning about someone shiny enough to be a mirror.

Go ahead, we’ll wait:

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Solange on her new EP, Halloween costumes, and her son's rap career

On a recent Tuesday at the Museum of Moden Art’s branch at P.S.1 in Queens, Solange stood in front of an image of the African-American activist Angela Davis.

“I dressed up as her for Halloween last year,” she says, snapping a picture with her iPhone in the empty museum (she had the place to herself thanks to one of her curator friends). “I just threw it together at the last minute. That’s kind of how I usually do things.”

Indeed, as Knowles has demonstrated throughout her dozen-plus years in show business, she’s nothing if not resourceful.

For the younger sister of Beyoncé — that pop juggernaut for whom Super Bowls and presidential inaugurations are routine — an afternoon at a museum without crowds, guards, and pesky no-photo policies is her ideal level of excitement these days. After spending nearly half her life on the major-label payroll, Knowles moved from L.A. to Brooklyn, where her never-quite-burgeoning pop career evolved into something more interesting — and in the process, she became a nouveau-bohemian star in indie-rock and fashion circles alike.

True, her sleek new EP released on the boutique label Terrible Records, is her Solange 2.0 calling card. Produced by Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes and powered by its captivating lead single “Losing You,” the album has won her accolades and a new fan base — including Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, who used the song in the show’s season 2 premiere. Knowles, it seems, has found her element.

Her liberated new look stems from the fact that she paid for all of it — the EP, the video, even her website — out of pocket. “Every decision that’s been made behind this record, from the exact color of the album’s artwork to what record stores we put the record in, has been made by me,” she says.

Her son Julez, 8, is getting in on the act too: He’s already taking a stab at becoming a rapper. While Knowles is “terrified” that her son wants to enter the family business, she still encourages him to follow his passions. In fact, she keeps pictures of his handwritten verses on her phone, one of which she offered to read aloud: READ FULL STORY

NBA All-Star Weekend performers announced: Alicia Keys, Ellie Goulding, and more

Already looking for another fun halftime performance? The NBA’s got your back.

The baller league has announced the musician lineup slated to perform at its All-Star Weekend, which will go down in Houston on Feb. 16-17.

The schedule of artists, which is officially a part of the weekend’s Entertainment Series Presented by Sean John at Macys, includes Super Bowl visitor Alicia Keys, who’ll be playing the halftime show at the game itself on Sunday. Ne-Yo will also be there, performing during the player introductions before the match, which will air live on TNT at 8 p.m.

On the Saturday before the game, Ellie Goulding will trot out “Lights,” while Fall Out Boy will show up for its first live TV performance since their recent comeback. American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will also be performing during the day, which will include the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest, and the ever-popular Slam Dunk Contest — all of which will be hosted by Nick Cannon.

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Justin Timberlake explains new album title: 'It's music you can see'

Justin Timberlake doesn’t have much of a track record with album titles. His solo debut was a pun on his name, and the follow-up was a surreal word collage. His new record is called The 20/20 Experience, but what does it mean? Is he particularly driven by ABC news magazines? Deeply concerned about marksman-quality vision? Establishing a bar that is exactly half as awesome as Jay-Z’s 40/40? Is it a reference to the fact that the whole experience of creating the album consisted of 20 songs in 20 days?

Timberlake revealed the science behind the name this morning on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. “It more or less came out of I was playing some of the stuff for my friends and they would come in and out of the studio and I’d say, ‘What do you think of this?’” Timberlake explained. “And my best friend said, ‘This is music that you can see,’ and for some reason that stuck with me.”

So there you have it: Justin Timberlake’s new album is a concept record about synesthesia.

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Beyonce, Destiny's Child get big post-Super Bowl bumps on iTunes

Ray Lewis and Oreo weren’t the only winners to come out of Super Bowl XLVII.

After delivering a nearly universally beloved performance at the halftime show last night, Beyoncé and her fellow X-Men Destiny’s Child colleagues scored big boosts on the charts today.

At the time of this post, a bevy of Bey albums and singles, as well as a handful of Destiny’s Child releases, have rocketed up to the list of iTunes’ top downloads.

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Frank Ocean added to list of Grammy performers

The Grammys just added one red-and-white headband to its stage: It’s been confirmed today that Frank Ocean will be joining the lineup of performers at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which will go down on Sunday, Feb. 10.

That is, if he’s able to make it out of the Grammy parking lot with his fingers unharmed — Ocean has yet to make a public appearance since his altercation with fellow nominee Chris Brown last week. After that fight, Ocean, who at that point had not been confirmed to play the awards show, tweeted, “cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.”

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Beyonce releases backstage pics from Super Bowl rehearsal

How hard is Beyoncé working for her imminent Super Bowl halftime show? She can barely stand up, that’s how hard!

Bey has taken to her personal blog to release a collection of new black-and-white images of her an her crew immersed in Super Bowl rehearsals. The images show her in workout gear and sneakers, dancing, squinting, and — yes- holding a microphone.

A cynic might view these new pictures as a preemptive strike against any potential claims of taking shortcuts, an allegation many critics have lobbed her way after her inauguration controversy. Most people, though, will probably just enjoy the images as a rare sneak peak at one of the most-watched events on earth.

Take a look at some of the images below (and the rest at Beyoncé’s Instagram) and decide for yourself:

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Justin Timberlake added to Grammy performance lineup

Since Justin Timberlake is on his suit and tie s—, it’s only appropriate that he be invited to a proper formal event.

Timberlake is the latest boldface name added to the performance docket at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which take place on Sunday, February 10.

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