Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 11-4-22 – 11-10-22

By Iman Lababedi | November 9, 2022

brought Burna Boy and Tems to the front

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-28-22 – 11-3-22, Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up – From Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired By” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2022

the “i need love” coda is very effective

In Pop Music, Image And Looks Have Overwhelmed Everything Else

By Alyson Camus | March 19, 2021

We are first visual animals

Why Are So Many Pop Stars Into Astrology?

By Alyson Camus | December 29, 2020

Plenty of celebrities and musicians are pushing the astrology angle

Is Ivanka Listening To Music? Do We Even Care?

By Alyson Camus | November 11, 2020

she had a punk phase in the ‘90s

The Church Of England Has Been Investing In Songs?

By Alyson Camus | October 19, 2020

Hipgnosis makes money, and so does the Church

Trump Has Failed To Get The Approval Of Any Pop Or Rock Star For The Use Of Music

By Alyson Camus | September 5, 2020

Name an iconic song and you have an illegal use of a song

Music Fuels The Internet, Doesn’t It?

By Alyson Camus | August 18, 2020

musicians are some of the most-followed people on social media,

People’s Perception Of Art And Artists Is Evolving For The Worse

By Alyson Camus | July 7, 2020

It’s all about staying in a safe place, on a safe subject

The Most Googled Artists From 2004 To 2019

By Alyson Camus | April 29, 2019

Lady Gaga is the all-time winner with 31 months at the top

UK Top Ten Singles: 7-21-17 – 7-27-17

By Iman Lababedi | July 25, 2017

She is also at # 1 in the charts

Coldplay, 2016 Most Streamed Artist On Spotify

By Alyson Camus | December 18, 2016

the band had passed 5 billion streams

UK Top 10 Singles 6-10-16 – 6-16-16

By Iman Lababedi | June 10, 2016

It will probably be a write in vote for Mitt Romney come November

Rihanna Has Spent More weeks At # 1 Than The Beatles

By admin | April 19, 2016

That’s one more week at number one than The Beatles’ overall total.

Rihanna At Barclays On Sunday Review

By admin | March 29, 2016

These didn’t feel like strategic choices so much as a result of needing literally to fill space

US Top 10 Albums 4-2-16

By Iman Lababedi | March 20, 2016

the Rihanna album is very good and in theory I’d love to see her live

US Top 10 Singles 3-12-16

By Iman Lababedi | February 29, 2016

this chart is being haunted by the one before it

US Top 10 Albums 2-20-16

By Iman Lababedi | February 8, 2016

The moral: the money is in the touring not in the recording.

Be Here Now: New Album Reviews 1-29-16 – 2-4-16

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2016

The only mistake is one of omission, “Bitch Better Have My Money” should’ve been included

Not Enough Female Artists At Coachella?

By Alyson Camus | January 7, 2016

It seems there’s no in between among female artists, they are either too superstars or second-line-on-Coachella-poster.

Not With The Band: What Is Really News?

By Alyson Camus | December 14, 2015

There are so many outlets, so many blogs, websites, magazines which need the attention in an over-saturated market, that necessarily anything, yes about anything, passes for news

Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams Sue French Company ElevenParis

By Alyson Camus | October 8, 2015

The brand was selling clothes with slogans such as ‘Kanye is my Homie’, ‘Pharrell is my Brotha’ or featuring nicknames like Jay Z’s ‘Hova’, Beyonce’s ‘Cayonce’, or even lyrics and the Hollywood Reporter is saying that The lawsuit ‘asserts a whopping 58 claims’.

Cover Art From Rihanna’s Upcoming Album “Anti”

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2015

In a recent exhibition at the MAMA Gallery, Rihanna and contemporary artist Roy Nachum have unveiled seven original oil paintings that will be used as the official artwork for her forthcoming eighth studio album titled ANTI

Dolly Cohen, The Woman Who Makes Grillz For The Stars

By Alyson Camus | July 3, 2015

She now has a Tumblr page with heavy traffic, and was discovered by A$AP, her first famous customer. Then Rihanna saw his mouthpiece, and from there, Dolly became the grill-maker for celebrities. All of her creations are customized and handmade, and are unique pieces, she said to Vogue magazine she will never make the same one again. Using her dentistry practice, she makes a mold of someone’s mouth and then sculpts the piece using chromium chromate, then 18K gold, yellow or white.

Rihanna Premieres Her New Video In An Epic Manner In Los Angeles

By Alyson Camus | July 3, 2015

Of course the story of the video, if you can say that it has a coherent story, is about Rihanna and her gang kidnapping the wife of a rich accountant, so the fans’ kidnapping story was totally making sense in this context, but isn’t it a lot of effort for a short movie? According to the participants, the whole deal, including the wait to get in the bus, lasted 4 hours, 4 hours of their life to see a 7-minute clip!…Still they got to see and meet Rihanna, which has to be priceless if you are a fan. Plus she poured dollar bills on the crowd, so it was not too shabby.

10 Songs: Friday, April 17th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | April 17, 2015

American Oxygen – Rihanna – I have this theory where Rihanna and Drake are the same person, they are both 20 something grumpie pains in the neck who can’t stop whinging how good they have it, in an irritating monotone. Do I exaggerate? Sure, some of the time – B

Jay Z Launches Tidal, His New Streaming Service

By Alyson Camus | April 1, 2015

Jay Z recently purchased the streaming service for some $56 million and he wants to make it as a competitor to Spotify, or Rdio. Alicia called it the ‘beginning of a whole new era’,… but for whom exactly? A new era for Jay Z and Madonna to make even more money? What’s new exactly? A new sound? a better listening experience?

Kanye West And Rihanna To Tour Together this Summer

By Iman Lababedi | February 24, 2015

ReeRee plays up to the competition, the only time I’ve seen her put on a good show was opening for young Eminem, where she was forced to raise her game through the roof and here is an idea if they wanna play Stadium, why not invite McCartney? Imagine that for a second, Paulie can do an hour in the middle and blow the youngsters minds.

Listen To The New McCartney-Kanye-West-Rihanna Collaboration Via Rihanna’s Website

By Alyson Camus | January 26, 2015

Is it me or this sounds a bit cheesy-folksy, a bit campfire song, part old fashioned, part Jack Johnson tune mutated with powerhouse vocals? Not disagreeable but easily forgettable.

Did You Say Offensive… T-Shirts?

By Alyson Camus | January 21, 2015

rock-pop stars have always wanted to wear stuff for shock value, decades ago many rockers found it was really cool to wear Nazi propaganda, from Sid Vicious to Scott Weiland, Lemmy, Jimmy Page,… while in the 90’s Axl Rose went on stage every night wearing a Charles Manson shirt and that was really stupid

Dr. Dre Made $20 A Second In 2014!

By Alyson Camus | January 14, 2015

Rappers are still going strong even those I haven’t heard anything from for a long time, like Diddy ($60 million and $1.90 per second)! Beside this you have Calvin Harris ($66 million and $2.09 per second), Jay Z ($60 million and $1.90 per second), and Drake ($33 million and $1.05 per second)

Stream 2015 Rihanna Song “World Peace” Here

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2015

leaked from her studio, if it isn’t a new song it sounds like it could be. the wooah wooahs sound like Riri’s signature all right, and the sentiment is kinda underplayed, it doesn’t smack you, more like an observation. she doesn’t do high octane drama now does she?

Not With The Band: Which Band Of Today Will Be Relevant In 10 Or 20 Years?

By Alyson Camus | January 5, 2015

Today, there is certainly a lot of mediocrity, any American Idol, X Factor product is an example for me! But at the same time, there is a lot of excellent music, it is just harder to find it because of the enormous amount of bands formed every year and songs released each day!

Not With The Band: Women In Music, Have We Really Made Any Progress?

By Alyson Camus | October 7, 2014

‘I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology.”

People Watching At The Eminem Concert

By admin | August 19, 2014

I am the furthest thing from a prude (nor was I innocent when I was younger) but I can be somewhat conservative as I ahem mature or maybe it has more to do with having little girls. Troubled me seeing young woman drunk or on drugs walking by themselves or throwing themselves at men (boys)

Eminem And Rihanna, Metlife Stadium, Saturday, August 16th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 17, 2014

The thing about Ree and Em is they are both cool customers, they can’t feign feelings, they work distance, and neither compromised on stage. Something else, Ree is on the record as only finding black men attractive, so quite literally there is no sparks on her part for Eminem and it shows

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks Week of August 11th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 10, 2014

I keep on looking at the date, August 16th, and the time, 7pm, and hoping there is some mistake somewhere because one of the most eagerly anticipated concerts of they year, the 15th anniversary of Okayplayer (you know, Guestloves music website thingy) at Summerstage, is happening at the same time as Eminem and Rihanna at Metlife. So I will be going to Em but my heart will be with Dev Hynes

10 Songs: Sunday, August 10th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 10, 2014

. Take Me To Church – Sinead O’Connor – Another in a long line of pretty good Sinead tracks, though the lyric is a little bit, Church rhymes with hurt (I know but I didn’t write it) which isn’t good at all apparently. I’ll give her this: her voice is in prettty good nick – B

The Eminem And Rihanna Setlist 2014 Monster Tour Spotified

By Iman Lababedi | August 9, 2014

There are other differences, though the sheer weight of hits isn’t one, there aren’t as many for Ree and Em to collaborate on and that is clear by the plethora of Rihanna tracks followed by Eminem tracks: it is clear this is two separate sets which segue at the start and end.

Spotify's Most Popular Tracks

By Iman Lababedi | July 11, 2014

Lo these many years later though the question is, is Billboard, is album an single sales, irrelevant and the answer is, if viewed in a vacuum maybe so but as part of the streaming, youtube, etc etc Itunes, so on universe they are valuable. And I bet if you compared this list of most popular Spotify tracks and Billboard sales, they would be knocking on identical

Was Cheating The Reason Of The Fight Between Solange And Jay Z?

By Alyson Camus | May 17, 2014

Is Jay Z banging Rihanna? Probably, if you believe the rumors… I usually don’t care about rumors like this one, but I have had enough of the hip hop royal couple strutting on every red carpet around, while looking as the ultimate role models

10 Songs, Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 22, 2014

Spinners – The Hold Steady – For a band I like so much, these guys are sure hit and miss, either it is the same old riff up hook up with speak sing vocals or they nail it down like it is the only song that matters. This is the former except the guitar is tastier than it was, ringing and chiming like never before – B

Eminem And Rihanna To Perform At Metlife

By Iman Lababedi | March 21, 2014

While the standard of living has dropped through the floor since 2009, concerts continue to price themselves through the roof. And for $70 you will get two assholes posing themselves to heroic extents. One of whom is a great rappe

'Can't Remember To Forget You', Shakira and Rihanna ft Their Asses

By Helen Bach | March 19, 2014

There is nothing less erotic than these two in a bed an I swear I tried to find some sort of arousal factor in their performance but instead it looked like posing for a photo shoot rather than an actual entanglement.

Gossip? We've Got Gossip

By Mahalia Dark | March 18, 2014

‘Rihanna and Drake are just having fun at the moment. Neither of them are relationship people really. But Drake has made it clear that if things are going to get serious with them, he doesn’t want her speaking with Chris.’ That was the point young Conor Oberst was making on “Make War”, how new lovers try to wipe out old lovers.

Eminem And rihanna Stadium tour: If This Is Fun, Why is Nobody Smiling?

By Iman Lababedi | March 2, 2014

the only good thing about this relationship is given the circumstances, Rihanna is forced to get on stage at a reasonable hour and not keep the world waiting –like Madonna and Lady Gaga before her, half the damn night so see her royal indifferenceness

10 Songs: What rock nyc Is Listening To 1-16-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 16, 2014

Talking Backwards – Real Estate – A consistently disappointing band who are so soft on the sides everything seems to slop over, come up with a killer melody and a tight arrangement ; it is like REM without the mushy lyrics – A

US Top 10 Singles 1-11-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 3, 2014

Not much to think about here, right? The bloody charts haven’t moved in a month and here is a question, where the heck is young Beyonce? Surely XO should have hit the charts by now? I hope they don’t think “Drunk In Love” is gonna put it just because her husband is on the track.

US Top 10 Singles 1-4-14

By Iman Lababedi | December 28, 2013

While America slept, somewhere out of sight, “Drunk And In Love” is in t #12 and Miley’s “Adore You” has a new video and here is an easy prediction, they will both spend the next two months on the charts. PS “Adore You” is a terrific song.

US Top 10 Singles 12-21-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 12, 2013

This makes it Rihanna’s 13th # 1m according to Billboard: ” Rihanna ties Michael Jackson for the third-most leaders in the Hot 100’s history… she passes Madonna and the Supremes, each with 12. Color me impressed.