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Rihanna selfie with endangered animal leads to arrests in Thailand

Pop star Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets and an incriminating Instagram photograph showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn’t sit well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling protected species.

On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna visited the Thai island of Phuket, where she befriended the wildlife.

An Instagram photo she also shared on Twitter showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris and was captioned: “Look who was talkin dirty to me!”

The slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, is native to Southeast Asia and is listed as a protected species.

“Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture (of Rihanna), and last night police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists,” a Phuket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon, said by telephone Sunday. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna wins case against Topshop

Pop singer Rihanna has won a court case in Britain against retailer Topshop, which was selling T-shirts bearing her image without permission.

High Court Justice Colin Birss ruled in favor of the singer on Wednesday, saying buyers were likely deceived by believing Rihanna had authorized its sale. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna calls out UK journalist in Instagram rant

RiRi is unapologetic indeed: Taking a page out of M.I.A.’s playbook, the outspoken pop star reacted to an unfavorable article written about her in the UK’s Daily Mail by taking swipes at the author via social media.

It all began when journalist Liz Jones took Rihanna to task in the Mail for being a “toxic role model,” admonishing the multiplatinum singer for, in Jones’ opinion, regularly promoting sex- and drug-laden imagery, publicly continuing her relationship with abusive beau Chris Brown, and flaunting “the sort of fashion sense on stage that surely invites rape at worst.” Hmm. READ FULL STORY

This is what happens when you irritate Rihanna in concert -- VIDEO

YouTube’s most-viewed artist was recently caught on tape whacking an overzealous fan with a microphone during a performance in Birmingham, England.

As “We Found Love” blared, the singer left the stage to interact with fans on the ground, touching their hands as she walked past the concert’s first row. When one attendee apparently refused to let go of RiRi, she responded with a quick, decisive mic hit. All the while, Rihanna’s voice continued to emerge from the venue’s speakers; perhaps she was using some sort of British wizard magic.

The video is lo-fi, to say the least — and annoyingly, an ad pops up during the money shot. Still, you can tell that Rihanna’s move was deliberate, though it’s tough to say where she hit the fan and whether the smacked one ended up being injured.

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Rihanna bests Justin Bieber in number of YouTube views

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

Taylor Swift dominates the Billboard Music Awards: See the complete winners list here

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
Taylor Swift

Top female artist
Taylor Swift

Top male artist
Justin Bieber

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Rihanna's Brooklyn concert postponed because of NBA playoffs

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.

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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:

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Chris Brown returns with 'Fine China' single and video: Watch it here!

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:

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Rihanna's '777' tour documentary to air on Fox in May

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.

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