It looks like we weren’t the only ones watching the “Stay” music video on repeat. For a (probably brief) period of time Rihanna’s VEVO channel officially has more combined views than Justin Bieber’s, making her the most-viewed artist on YouTube. Rihanna now has 3.784 billion views for her 77 video channel, beating Bieber’s 3.783 billion (with 79 videos). She also has 8.8 million subscribers to Bieber’s 5.0 million. READ FULL STORY
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Justin Bieber emerged from a spaceship. The Band Perry banged on big drums. Bruno Mars performed in a Saturday Night Fever suit. Chris Brown fought some ninjas. Our host, Tracy Morgan, challenged Psy to a “Gangnam Style” dance-off. Oh, and some people got some awards. Taylor Swift dominated this year’s Billboard Music Awards, which were broadcast on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday night. She claimed eight statues, including Billboard artist of the year and top Billboard 200 album for Red. But she was kind enough to let Justin Bieber, One Direction, Gotye, and Rihanna have a few trophies as well. A full list of winners follows below.
Billboard artist of the year
Top female artist
Top male artist
It’s not just Chicago Bulls fans who are upset about the Brooklyn Nets forcing a seventh game of their NBA playoff series on Saturday night. Rihanna’s concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays center will now be postponed to accommodate the winner-take-all contest.
In a statement to fans, Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, said, “I want to apologize to Rihanna’s fans for the inconvenience of having to reschedule her show at Barclays Center from Saturday, May 4 to Tuesday, May 7 due to Game 7 of the Brooklyn Nets-Chicago Bulls NBA Playoffs series. I want to thank Rihanna for working with us on this new date and for understanding what a Game 7 in Brooklyn means to the borough. We are looking forward to a special concert and I hope Rihanna will be our guest at Game 7.”
Tickets for Rihanna’s show will be honored on the new night, or refunds will be given.
Rebecca Black is the latest to cover Rihanna's 'Stay' -- We round up (and rank) other notable covers
Rihanna’s “Stay” is here to stay … one way or another.
When RiRi performed the slow-burn ballad solo on SNL earlier this year, and then again with Mikky Ekko at the Grammys in February, America got to see a new, more vulnerable side to the perpetually hard-shelled pop diva.
And America has gotten to see a whole lot of “Stay” covers, too; from Vin Diesel’s indescribable basement-karaoke rendition to Rebecca Black’s latest bid for relevancy, we’ve rounded up the most memorable ones thus far:
The Chris Brown Perpetual Comeback Machine lurched back into action this morning with the release of his new single and video, “Fine China.”
The combination of the song and video is possibly his most Michael Jackson-y move yet. The track is a buzzy, bubbly bounce with yet another killer chorus, and the clip, which Brown co-directed with Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard), features an awful lot of dance fighting in the tradition of “Bad” and “You Rock My World.”
Check it out below:
Survivors of last year’s infamous Rihanna Plane will have to relive their traumatic experiences all over again. And for those who weren’t in the air with her, there’ll be a chance to get a taste of the experience when Rihanna’s one-hour special will air on Fox this May.
Titled Rihanna 777, the documentary will feature performances, behind-the-scenes and on-the-plane footage from the singer’s “seven countries in seven days” tour that promoted Rihanna’s seventh album, Unapologetic. The special, according to Fox, “provides an inside look at the singer’s ambitious and often turbulent tour, from the sound of popping champagne corks on the plane to the backstage chaos to the singer’s special worldwide appearances.”
As for that turbulence: Part of the tour’s gimmick, if you recall, was the a coterie of press members and lucky fans got to jet around all week on the same Boeing 777 as RiRi. Ultimately, though, the experience was less glamorous than promised, and Rihanna issued an apology of sorts to the journalists.
Time to send Rihanna some get-well cards.
RiRi only started her six-month Diamonds world tour last Friday, but she’s already had to cancel a date due to laryngitis. The “Stay” singer was scheduled to perform at a sold-out show at Boston’s TD Garden last night but dropped out on the advice of a doctor, according to a Live Nation statement.
“Unfortunately, following her sold out concert on Friday, Rihanna has contracted laryngitis and per doctor’s instruction is unable to perform this evening,” the statement read. READ FULL STORY
After a five-week run with the number one song in the country, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” has finally abdicated its throne — thanks partly to a whole new chart formula.
As of this week, Billboard‘s Hot 100 now includes YouTube streams in its chart calculations, which means the king of the hill this week is Baauer’s nonstop meme instigator “Harlem Shake.”
Previously, the Hot 100 had used radio airplay, sales, and various forms of streaming through services like Spotify and Rhapsody to tabulate what the biggest song in the country was. Including YouTube numbers makes perfect sense, since in a way the online video service is the biggest streaming service available.
The extra numbers will undoubtedly mean a big boost for songs that do well with sales and streaming but can’t quite break into radio. “Harlem Shake,” for example, did an impressive 262,000 downloads last week, but is barely on satellite or terrestrial radio. It only scored a handful of impressions on radio, but its 103 million spins on YouTube easily confirm the track’s ubiquity.
The new tabulations have reconfigured the chart success of other songs that have been bigger than their old chart positions would have suggested. READ FULL STORY
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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