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Rihanna explains Chris Brown collaboration: 'It's music and it's innocent'

Chris Brown is one of the hottest R&B artists out there — at least according to Rihanna.

After igniting a firestorm of criticism (and in some cases praise) for her with decision to work with Brown last month on two remixes that they dropped simultaneously, Rihanna is finally speaking out.

The singer called into On Air With Ryan Seacrest this morning to explain why she asked Brown to guest on her single “Birthday Cake.” READ FULL STORY

Rihanna feuding with Chris Brown's girlfriend? Let's examine the evidence

Is she a good Twitter girl gone bad? Rihanna has taken to the 140-character site to offer up a steamy image of herself on Wednesday — in which she strikes a strategically covered-up topless pose with the message, “Where have you been all my life?!”

The post has sent already-wagging tongues into overdrive, wondering if this is just another part of her alleged feud with Chris Brown’s current girlfriend, model Karreuche Tran.

Last week, the songstress tweeted a feasibly harmless but potentially offensive picture of a packet of rice cakes dressed up in hoop earrings and shades with the caption, “Ima make you my b****.” Rihanna’s followers made the obvious link to Tran, who is half-Vietnamese.

Then, when one of Rihanna’s followed asked her to save him some rice cakes, she responded with, “Kinda DRY.” Was it all a thinly veiled dig? Maybe. Maybe not.

On her “Birthday Cake (Remix)” single with Chris Brown, she does sing, “Come and get it / Sweeter than a rice cake / Cake worth sipping.” And anyone who has ever eaten a rice cake knows that yes, they can be dry.

While we were busy decoding Rihanna’s twitpic game, Karreuche retaliated with Nicki Minaj lyrics on her Facebook. “I win you loose!!! [sic] *nicki voice* I mean I got him, you got pictures of him” with a friend posting adding, “I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. C’mon, you see where Brad at.” Jab? Again, maybe. Maybe not.

Karreuche tweeted that she doesn’t even have a Facebook page, but that retreat didn’t seem to phase Rihanna, who fire back song lyrics from Minaj’s rival, Lil Kim: “I’m a leader, yall on some followin s—, comin in dis game on some modeling s—!”

Is this a full-on feud? It’s all still a mystery. Either way, it’s clear these two won’t be trading friendship bracelets and braiding each others’ hair anytime soon.

What do you think? Is this a war of words or is just some silly social-media back-and-forth?

Read more:
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K'Naan and Nelly Furtado's 'Is Anybody Out There' video looks lovely, tells a shoddy story: Watch it here!

Like Katy Perry’s “Firework” or Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” K’Naan’s new single “Is Anybody Out There” has a love-yourself, screw-the-haters message.

It made sense, then, that K’Naan, Furtado, and director Chris Robinson (Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life,” Jay-Z’s “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”) would tell an “It Gets Better”-style story in the video for the track, which just premiered today. Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Target takes jokey Whitney Houston greeting card off shelves

How soon is too soon?

It can be hard to tell sometimes when the joke came before the soon. Such is the case with a Whitney Houston-themed greeting card carried by Target before the diva’s Feb. 11 death and still on shelves that read:

“Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That’s all I’m going to say.”

The card has since been removed from Target’s shelves, the retail giant announced. The company also released a statement, saying:

“It is never our intent to offend guests with the products we offer, and we take feedback from guests very seriously. The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores.”

But by no longer carrying the fairly distasteful, barely humorous card, Target has actually rocketed the item’s value, indirectly creating a rare new slice of Whitney Houston memorabilia. It shouldn’t be long ’til the card shows up on eBay.

What do you think, reader? Is the card just crass enough to be pulled from Target’s shelves now, or so crass that it should never had made it into the store in the first place? Let us know where Target falls on the bullseye.

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Michael Jackson's last album featured voice impostor, according to his daughter

Since the release of Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Michael, one question persisted: is it really him?

Many have speculated that MJ soundalike Jason Malachi actually performed vocal duties on at least some parts of the record, presented as a compilation of unreleased Jackson tracks. And as it turns out, one of Michael’s own children reportedly has her doubts.

According to TMZ, Jackson’s daughter Paris expressed her misgivings during a recorded video chat she had with her friends in 2010.

“It’s not him … the whole album isn’t even him!” TMZ says Paris Jackson said when asked why the main voice on “Hold My Hand” didn’t sound exactly like the King of Pop. “Go online … go on YouTube and look up Jason Malachi. That’s him [on the song]!”

The site alleges as well that Paris insisted on tape, “I should know if it’s him or not because he would sing to me all the time.”

TMZ claims that the video chat in question “is being shopped to various media outlets,” and that offers are on the table. Until the video itself surfaces, we’ll have to examine this longstanding claim by comparing “Hold My Hand” to one of Malachi’s more well-known songs:

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Madonna vs. Joe Francis on 'Girl Gone Wild' -- title fight?

Yesterday, Madonna unleashed the lyric video for “Girl Gone Wild,” the latest single from her forthcoming  MDNA.

And there is a boy, apparently, who is not so wild about it: Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis says he threatened legal action if the single was released with its original plural title.

He appears to have been satisfied, though it’s unclear how thoroughly. In a statement, Francis said that the shift from “Girls” to “Girl” was “an immediate solution for [Madonna’s label Interscope] to thwart any injunctive relief.”

“Clearly her label was trying to avoid legal action surrounding the song,” he continues. “But this is still infringement as far as the law is concerned and we have been in touch with Madonna’s representatives in an effort to resolve this issue.”

However, according to longtime Madonna manager Guy Oseary, Francis is shoveling bull. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston biopic reportedly already in the works, Rihanna's name mentioned for lead role

Only two weeks after Whitney Houston’s passing, rumors are already circulating about a tell-all book to be penned by her ex-husband Bobby Brown and a biopic being put together by longtime mentor Clive Davis.

In fact, the U.K.’s Daily Mail thinks that Rihanna is the favorite to play Houston, with Jennifer Hudson, Vivica Fox, and Jordin Sparks also apparently on the short list.

All of those ideas remain simply rumors—and pretty flimsy ones as well; the names largely seem less like genuine casting news than an arbitrary collection of black actresses.

So let’s assume that Rihanna, whose first film role will come this May in the board-game-turned-big-screen-action-flick Battleship, is not exactly a lock for the part, despite the fact that the two women share a pop-star background and complicated relationships with guys named Brown.

However, Houston’s biography is so rich that it seems inevitable that it will end up on the big screen one of these days. Assuming that, who should take on the title role in The Whitney Houston StoryREAD FULL STORY

The-Dream says Rihanna asked to collaborate with Chris Brown

Rihanna’s got someone in her corner, and this time it’s not Miranda Lambert.

The-Dream recently spoke out in defense of Rihanna’s controversial collaboration with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown — and clears the air on how the two remixes came about.

“It was Rih’s idea,” he confirmed to Billboard.

The-Dream, who produced the “Birthday Cake (Remix)” track released on Rihanna’s birthday, says he made sure to stay supportive of her decision.

“Not only do we work together, but [Rihanna] is a friend of mine,” the producer said. “I don’t know how she got the logistics and how it happened — maybe she’ll talk about it one day. I showed up at the studio, and it was like, ‘All right, cool, let’s finish this record.'”

“For me, it’s just music,” he continued. “Two talented people doing a record together, doing two records together, and that’s what it was. It wasn’t about an incident that happened. The true thing really is to forgive, and… you want to believe in people.”

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Rihanna and Chris Brown release simultaneous remixes, guest on each others' new tracks

Most people blow out a few candles on their birthdays, but Rihanna, who turns 24 today, seems determined to start a full-on fire.

In the wake of Chris Brown’s controversial return to the Grammy stage last week (many people — like Miranda Lambertwere uncomfortable that Brown, who pled guilty to felony assault after a fight with Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammys, was welcomed back to the show and given two performance slots), the “We Found Love” singer has been playing awfully nice with her ex.

Earlier today, Chris Brown tweeted, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN” (Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty), to which she quickly replied “Thanks!” The small exchange was enough to launch a thousand blog posts asking whether Rihanna should be interacting so benevolently with her former beau, whom many feel has not demonstrated adequate or genuine remorse about his past iniquities.

But a moment ago, Rihanna took the reconciliation (and thus the controversy) a step further when she tweeted out a remixed version of Chris Brown’s single “Turn Up The Music” that features her own vocals as well. She wrote, “Turn up the music remix #RihannaNavy #Teambreezy enjoy!!!” and attached the video below: READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown's post-Grammys media maelstrom: What does it say about us?

By now, the world is well aware that Chris Brown’s two performances and televised win at Sunday night’s Grammys marked his first appearance on the show since he was forced to miss the 2009 ceremony after assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

His showing there seemed to confirm that this guy was a superstar, at least in the minds of the people curating the Grammys, and that everything he had done—from the initial assault to his various temper tantrums—was water under the bridge.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow was defensive about the amount of attention Brown’s appearance garnered: “If we’re going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that’s a slippery slope that we wouldn’t want to get into,” he said the following day. “That’s really where the judgment comes from: music professionals listening to the music of other professionals. Clearly, our voting membership rated highly Chris’ musical work this past year.”

Show producer Ken Ehrlich also defended Brown. “I just believe people deserve a second chance,” he said to ABC News Radio on Feb. 7. “The year he had this year, really brought him back into the public. If you’ll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.” (No really. He said that.) READ FULL STORY

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