Wireless 2012: Rihanna, Jessie J and MUD!

 

Jessie J’s set was one of the festival’s highlights

I’m not one to use awful clichés, but the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits at Wireless Festival in Hyde Park yesterday. Despite being rained on and caked in mud, we had a fantastic day watching Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Pitbull, Jessie J and the Queen, Rihanna!

I was pretty impressed with all the acts but Jessie J really stood out for me. Always professional, in tune, charismatic and energetic, her performance of hits such as Do It Like a Dude and her finale Domino really got the crowd going. She even picked an audience member to sing with her on stage during Price Tag, and she stayed up there looking rather bemused for the rest of the set.

As fantastic as Jessie J was, there was only one act we had been standing in the rain for hours to see, and that was Rihanna. Despite some expectations that she would pull out after her grandmother’s funeral this week, as well as having a bit of a shaky start, after warming up she rocked the festival performing hits such as Only Girl in the World, Don’t Stop the Music, and a rather fitting tribute to the festival with Umbrella.

For me the undoubted highlight of the day was Rihanna’s closing performance of We Found Love which got the 65,000 audience wild. It would be fantastic to have a video to show you at this point, and I did think of that yesterday but I jumped too hard, dropped my camera into the mud and the video was lost. Oh well, I think that shows how great the festival was though.

I’ll definitely be looking forward to next year’s festival as well as any other performances by Jessie J and Rihanna!

The ever-beautiful Rihanna bought Wireless Festival 2012 to a spectacular close

During a brief sunny spell

Mac Attack – we came prepared for mud and rain!

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VIDEO: Rihanna Talks That Talk on SNL

I wish they showed Saturday Night Live here in the UK because Rihanna gave two great performances on it last night! Luckily, the two videos are online and here they are, via NBC 🙂 Rihanna performed Talk that Talk, as well as her new single Where Have you Been. Rihanna also released the video for the track this week, and it can be seen in YouTube.

Enjoy!

Rihanna, Talk That Talk

http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1400071
Where Have You Been
http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1400066

Update: It looks like WordPress won’t let me embed the videos but I hope the links work for you!

Beyoncé Gives Birth to Baby Girl, Blue Ivy Carter

Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the MTV Video Awards 2011 in September.

One week after rumours started spreading that Beyoncé had giveen birth to her first child, we now know that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s child was actually born last night.

According to E! Entertainment Online, Beyonc ehas given birth in a private suite in the Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side of New York last night. E! has also said that the baby girls name is Blue Ivy Carter, after the incorrect version “Ivy Blue Carter” started trending on Twitter.

Close friends of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna and Russell Simmons,  have added to confirmation of the Blue Ivy Carter’sbirth by tweeting messages of congratulations to her superstar parents.

Rihanna tweeted:  “Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih” whilst Gwyneth Paltrow confirmed the baby’s name to her followers.

There hasn’t been any comment from either Beyoncé or Jay-Z’s spokespeople, most probably to try and protect the mother and child from the inevitably intense media attention.

Congratulations to Beyoncé and Jay-Z!

Oh na na, what’s my name

Rihanna was fantastic at the O2 on Wednesday night!

Hi Guys who read my blog, how are you all?

I’m very well at the moment. I’ve had another very busy week – I’m actually can’t wait for the half-term break which starts in a weeks time!

My week started with some friend’s parties last weekend – it was my friend Alex and Jess’s (yes they are twins) 18th Birthday last week – we all had a great time celebrating it on Friday and Saturday. It’s great to have friends that can drink as well as me know, I don’t have to feel like a total alcoholic being the only one drinking on a night out anymore!

The highlight of my week has to be the Rihanna concert on Wednesday though! I went with two friends and my brother to the O2, and I have to say Ri Ri was fantastic!

She opened the concert with “Only Girl in the World” and proceeded to dance, strip and whip her way through some of her hits, including my favourite “What’s My Name?” as well as “Pon de Replay”, “Rude Boy”, “Unfaithful” and many other hits.

Her vocals were amazing, even the huge fight  in the block next to us didn’t distract us (much) from  her performance!

She of course had many costume changes, pole dancers, chains & whips as well as lots of great dancers! I also heard that she got the tube with her fans to the O2, which I think shows her sense of fun!

Calvin Harris was supporting her, and his set was just as good. He played lots of his own stuff, includung his and Rihanna’s current number one, “We Found Love” which is currently my most played song on my iPod!

Anyway, that’s my two highlights of this week, amongst others. I hope you’ve had a good week too!

 

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New Video: Rihanna’s “Man Down” sparks controversy

Rihanna‘s new promo video for her latest single “Man Down” has caused controversy over its depiction of murder and rape.

The video is set in Kingston, Jamaica, and opens with Rihanna gunning a man down in a train station, and then proceeds to show the events of the day before, which culminates with an implied rape after Rihanna leaves a club.

Personally, although the subject matter is heavy, I don’t think the video is graphic enough to cause any distress to people, although I do understand that it may be a bit uncomfortable for some people to watch. However, artists who have a lot of media attention do have a duty to highlight social and cultural issues, so I believe that it’s right for Rihanna to release this video.

On a lighter note, I really like the reggae inspired song and the slower beat makes a nice change to her up-temp0 tracks such as “S&M” and “What’s my Name?” – though of course I’ll never tire from listening to those tracks!

I’d love to know what you think, so please watch the video and comment below:

Brits are no pain in the bum for Rihanna

Rihanna rocked tonights Brit Awards show in London despite having laryngitis for the past week. Rihanna reportedly was having vitamin shots in the bum to boost her her health, as well as being advised by doctors to not use her voice for the past 24 hours, after performing at the Grammy’s in Los Angeles on Sunday.

According to The Mirror, it was “touch and go” as to whether Rihanna would perform tonight due to her illnes, but the show did go on, and Rihanna performed a medley of ‘Only Girl in the World’, her controversial ‘S&M’, as well as ‘What’s my name’.

Although it was clear she was being sensible with her voice and using a backing track, Rihanna still gave a brilliant performance.

In other Rihanna news: RiRi is being sued by photographer David LaChapelle over her ‘S&M video. The unspecifed claim for damages is thought to be because LaChappelle thinks that the imagery used in Rihanna’s raunchy video is ‘directly derived’ from his work

What do you think about both Rihanna’s Brits performance and the claim against her?

Rihanna Angry as BBC Censors “S&M” single

After the BBC announce Rihanna’s provocative new single “S&M” under the title “Come On”, Rihanna blows her top on twitter after finding out from a fan. When tweeted by a fan asking why the single’s title had changed, RiRi replied “Are you f**king kidding me???”

The Only Girl in the World replied “Absolutely NOT!!!” when another fan asked if she approved of the name change.

The re-name happened when the Sunday chart was announced on BBC Radio 1, and comes after the video for the track was banned in 11 countries. Moreover, the BBC has refused to play the track, with provacative lyrics including “Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me” before 7pm.

The song joins the list of songs banned by teh BBC at some point, including the ban of “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood” and cutting of lyrics from  “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues.

Watch Rihanna’s video to see if you agree with the its censorship (some may need to sign in):