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Chris Brown crashes car, says paparazzi to blame

Photo: Chris Brown; Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

It’s been another bad week for Chris Brown.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the singer, who’s expected at the Grammys tonight, was driving his Porsche to a charity event in Los Angeles when he said the paparazzi cut him off. “The occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his vehicle,” Brown’s representative said in a statement. “In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley, at which point he was cut off by two additional vehicles. Chris’ vehicle was totaled due to this aggressive pursuit by the paparazzi. He is okay.”

A spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department also released a statement about the accident, confirming that Brown was involved in “a solo, non-injury traffic collision” in which he “collided with a wall.” “Brown stated that he was being chased by paparazzi causing him to lose control of his vehicle,” the statement said. “Brown’s Black Porsche was towed from the scene at his request.”

It was on this same day, four years ago, that Brown attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna, who has now rekindled her relationship with him. He later pled guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service. He was back in court last week after prosecutors raised questions about his community service and ongoing anger management issues.

Rihanna will join Brown at the Grammys; she’s listed as one of the performers. Also on the bill is Frank Ocean, who was involved in an alleged altercation with Brown in January.

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Sting to perform with Bruno Mars and Rihanna at Grammys

Don’t worry, kiddos — Papa Sting is here to show you how it’s done.

The Recording Academy has announced that the 61-year-old Sting with be joining Rihanna and Bruno Mars on stage for a performance at the Grammys this Sunday.

With 16 trophies of his own at home, Sting is no stranger to the Grammys — he won his first back in 1980, when he was in the Police and Rihanna and Bruno Mars were not even people yet. (Although, judging by Mars’ recent singles, the age gap hasn’t limited Sting’s influence.)

Kelly Clarkson will be performing separately on Grammy night as well, the Academy announced, while Beyoncé, Prince, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, and Pauley Perrette were confirmed as presenters.

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Rihanna talks Chris Brown in 'Rolling Stone': 'He doesn't have the luxury of f--ing up again'

rolling-stone-rihannaRihanna’s new Rolling Stone cover may come with the headline “Crazy in Love,” but she claims her relationship with Chris Brown is anything but.

The singer unexpectedly opened up about Brown’s role in her life, reiterating the “Nobody’s Business” stance from her recent Unapologetic album.

“I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” she tells RS. “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

RiRi acknowledges that her relationship with Breezy is no Meg Ryan movie, but she’s quick to note that it’s not as twisted as people may think. “When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world,” she says.

“You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club, and you think you know. But it’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about s—. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown/Frank Ocean incident unlikely to affect Grammys

Four years ago, Chris Brown went from famous to infamous in the pre-Grammy incident heard ’round the world.

Today it felt a little like deja vu all over again. Some time last night or early this morning, Brown was involved in yet another physical altercation with yet another centerpiece of the Grammy Awards (which are just under two weeks away).

Based on various reports, the incident between Brown and Frank Ocean was not nearly as disastrous as the one with Rihanna, but it still left Ocean with a cut finger and Brown with another mark on his image. So will another violent altercation effect his presence at music’s biggest night?  READ FULL STORY

Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons added to Grammy lineup

Considering there are a total of 81 categories at the Grammy Awards and only a small fraction of those actually get handed out during the telecast, the main events of any given Grammy show are the performances. What other reason did anybody have to tune into last year’s show other than to watch Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston and Nicki Minaj’s British-accented exorcism?

This year’s batch of performers is starting to build, and it begins with some massive acts. Rihanna, Taylor Swift, fun., Mumford & Sons, and the Black Keys have all been confirmed to perform live at the 55th Grammy Awards, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Mumford, fun., and the Black Keys are among the most nominated artists at this year’s show (Mumford and fun. each have six, while the Black Keys have five plus one more Producer of the Year nod for Dan Auerbach). Rihanna and Taylor will walk into the building with three nominations each, though Swift likely would have collected more had her latest album Red come out in time for consideration (pencil her in for at least a half-dozen noms in 2014).

Now that we know some of the people who will definitely be performing, the speculation can begin about what those artists will perform and who they might invite along. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The EW music awards

It’s time for the year end accolades. Check out EW’s awards for the best in music below!

Best Son of Mumford (American Idol Edition)
Phillip Phillips, “Home”

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Sia does 'Diamonds,' which she wrote for Rihanna: Watch the video here

Rihanna is having a solid week, which means Sia Furler is too.

As you probably know, the Australian singer and songsmith actually wrote and produced Rihanna’s top Unapologetic single “Diamonds,” and now she’s actually singing the thing herself. She, along with Stargate, performed the No. 1 song at yesterday’s Norweigan-American Achievement Award ceremony in New York. (Stargate, it should be noted, was the night’s honoree.)

Sia, of course, has been on quite the streak lately, lending her talents to successful singles like Flo Rida’s “Whistle” and David Guetta’s “Titanium,” both of which also made the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Take a listen to Sia’s “Diamonds” rendition in the video below and let us know how you think it compares to Rihanna’s: READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Rihanna wins her first No. 1 with 'Unapologetic,' Adele hits 10 million

Maybe all those topless tweets are working?

The first-week sales figures for Rihanna latest record are in, and the news is good: Billboard reports that Unapologetic has landed at No. 1 this week, a career first. The album — her seventh in seven years — brought the singer her strongest sales week ever, with 238,000 copies sold.

This breaks Rihanna’s streak of having the most No. 1 hit songs without a No. 1 album. (Last week, her latest single “Diamonds” became her 12th to top the Hot 100, passing Whitney Houston to become the artist with the fourth-most top singles.)

“We are so proud and happy to deliver Rihanna her first #1 album in the U.S.,” Island Def Jam president Steve Bartels said in a statement. “Taking an unusually short runway and turning it to an advantage — like the unprecedented 777 Tour — is a testament to the teamwork, ingenuity, ethic, and belief in the legacy of this artist that showed in every single hand that touched this project.”

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Rihanna apologizes to press for her mutiny-plagued 777 'round-the-world media tour

Rihanna’s strange, eventfully eventless 777 tour — seven cities in seven days with a plane full of fans and reporters — comes to an end today, culminating with a show in New York tonight.

And as the plane unloads its unhappy hostages, horror stories from the journey are emerging at breakneck speed. Endless waits on buses and tarmacs and in windowless holding pens, nude on-board mutinies, bad food, too much alcohol and too little Rihanna. Even Third Reich detention centers came (distastefully) into play. “Bedlam,” it seems, is the most common word used to describe the experience overall.

The most notable incident, of course, was that streaker — Australian DJ Tim Dormer, willing to sacrifice his dignity for the sake of giving the bored, exhausted journalists something, anything to write about. He’ll no doubt become a mini-meme (a fake Rihanna Plane Streaker Twitter, perhaps?), and has already become the subject of press interviews. You can watch the video of the event below:

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Rihanna and Eminem get 'Numb': Hear the leak here

Let the Unapologetic era begin.

Now that Rihanna’s seventh album in seven years is hitting streets, people are getting a jump on assessing the record’s other, non-Chris Brown collaborations — particularly the Eminem track, “Numb.”

Fans expecting something in the vein of “Love the Way You Lie” will likely be disappointed. The trippy track is built around a syrupy, slowed-and-throwed beat and a distorted vocal sample from Kanye West’s oldie-but-goodie hit “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” The song trudges along for two-plus warped minutes before Eminem jumps in, spiking the cut with a quick but effectively weird verse.

Give “Numb” a listen below and let us know what you think: READ FULL STORY

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