Rihanna was tonight's musical guest on a new SNL hosted by Anne Hathway. Above and below are her two performances - the first for the current single "Diamonds", and the second, a premiere of a song off the upcoming album, Unapologetic, "Stay".
First, the problems with "Diamonds" begin with the 90s video game style graphics acting as the background, instead of SNL's classy set. I didn't see the connection between those graphics and the song, unless it was to detract from a lack of booming vocals from Ri-Ri. The second performance of "Stay" was better, however, as Rihanna slowed it down to sing over a simple piano melody. Not that I'm expecting huge vocals from her, but it still wasn't there til the very end of this one.
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So absolutely fitting. Rihanna performs at the 2012 Victoria Secret Fashion Show set to air December 4th, 2012. Along with teen dream machine, Justin Beiber (BTW it was the #JELENAANNIVERSARY, thanks to twitter I know Justin and Selena's exact anniversary date), and Bruno Mars fresh off his European tour and hosting spot on SNL, give performances the definitely give all of their past shows a run for the money! What does Rihanna not do? However, I often find the get ups and wings absolutely hilarious but I can't seem to stop watching the shows year after year over a bowl of buttery popcorn and gummy bears.
Rihanna is adorn with everything from jewels, lace, and lots and lots of black! She shows off her exceptionally perfect body and legs. She gave her twitter followers a glimpse of her relacing back stage in nothing but a garter!
Don't you want to just love/hate yourself after seeing these? MUST. GET. TO. GYM. NOW.
Today it was announced that A$AP Rocky will be joining Rihanna on her North American leg of the Diamonds World Tour starting next spring. Kind of an interesting mix - not sure if Rihanna fans would vibe with A$AP so we'll see the type of reaction he'll get. Great look for A$AP though - he'll be able to reach a new demographic of fans and have plenty more butt-grabbing opportunities (c'mon, you knew that was being brought up).
UPDATE: Rihannajust instagrammed the official tracklist, now including the list of features. They include: Eminem, Chris Brown (OMG!), Future, and Mikky Ekko*types name into google*. The album drops November 19th.
Rihanna is slated to return to SNL for an appropriately timed performance on November 10th - nine days before her Unapologetic album hits stores. The episode will be hosted by Anne Hathaway and rest assured, Ri Ri will be performing the new single "Diamonds" and likely another new song off the album.
Speaking of which, Rihanna gives new correlation between the album title Unapologetic and what it stands for as the news also comes out today that she'll be offering a $250 version of the album for her fans. Yup, you read that right, the extra '0' was not a typo. She better be making door-to-door visits for those who buy this. Instead, here's the list of what you do receive.
The Diamonds Executive Platinum box is a limited edition art piece for a true collector. This premium offering is numbered and includes a special edition collectible colored “Diamonds” remixes vinyl. Unapologetic Deluxe CD version with a 28-page photo and art booklet featuring Michael Muller and Melissa T. Forde photography and a 20 minute DVD featuring never-before-released footage, a First Look from Rihanna’s sold-out Loud Tour performance Live from London’s O2 arena.
Rihanna lands on the coveted new Vogue, the November 2012 edition, sporting her new look for this album (seriously, she's had a different one for every album. I know I'm not the only one who's noticed) - short black hair. Not really feelin' the short hair Ri Ri, but do your thing.