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Review: Battleship

Review: Battleship

Hasbro's Transformers have made a mint; why not make a movie out of Battleship ?
Why not?
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Rihanna/Brown media roundup

Hey, remember when Chris Brown beat his beloved celebrity girlfriend to the point of hospitalization, and it looked like, thank goodness, he totally wouldn't get away with it?
Hurt so bad
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 02, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Rihanna, Killers, Cee Lo, Ke$ha, and Macca shit the bed

Not the swiftest week in the history of pop — every news story seemed to be about some almighty screw-up or another .
The week's worst ideas
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 13, 2012
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Big Hurt: Chris Brown's problematic timing

Last Tuesday was an awkward day for MTV.com and the rest of the Chris Brown promotional forgiveness machine — on the same day that his career-saving comeback album was dropped, he appeared on Good Morning America and became incensed by pre-vetted questi
Almost saved!
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2011
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Big Hurt: Chris Brown's problematic timing

Last Tuesday was an awkward day for MTV.com and the rest of the Chris Brown promotional forgiveness machine — on the same day that his career-saving comeback album was dropped, he appeared on Good Morning America and became incensed by pre-vetted questi
Almost saved!
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2011
Haters: Come one, Come All and Take a Stan

Haters: Come one, Come All and Take a Stan


The other day, I found a link from one reliable source/friend to another reliable source/friend lying ever-so-unassumingly on a facebook thread. The subject of said...
By Marianna Faynshteyn  |  February 10, 2011


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2010: The Year In Pop Music

Music may exist to express emotions, dreams, and nightmares, but beyond its loftier aims, it's a means of escape.
A schizophrenic year of rock and pop
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 24, 2010
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Rihanna | Loud

Let's be honest here: the average human doesn't care about RiRi's need to express her artistic personality through music and would be more psyched if it were just 11 versions of "Don't Stop the Music."
Def Jam (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 12, 2010
Domestic violence is so hot right now; DC Housewife takes a whoopin'; orange soda: not just for fascists!

Domestic violence is so hot right now; DC Housewife takes a whoopin'; orange soda: not just for fascists!


White House crasher/DC Housewife says Whoopi hit her. Whoopi says she just tapped her without being invited. (Atlantic Wire)  "Love the Way You Lie" video shows...
By webteam  |  August 06, 2010
Rihanna and Ke$ha at the Comcast Center

Rihanna and Ke$ha at the Comcast Center


Is there an artist more commanding of the pop-radio landscape than Rihanna? Whether she's chumming up with Hov ("Umbrella," "Run This Town") or annihilating a...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 03, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart

We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
Who Charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 23, 2010


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Championship vinyl

You have a better chance of hearing Taylor Swift songs banging out of Kanye’s tinted windows than you do of hearing either of their pop asses on the Good Life speakers during Fever.
Flavorheard, Frank White, and Mister Jason are Fever  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010
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Review: Jay-Z at TD Garden

There was something about the way Jay-Z hyped the crowd up at the start of show opener "Run This Town" that was not only emblematic of his performance style, but of his general appeal as a performer -- a key to his likability. 
Jay-Z, live at TD Garden, March 11, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 19, 2010
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Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010
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50 ways to leave 2009

We sent a team of future-thinking Predator drones all across the state of Maine, and a little ways down into Seacoast New Hampshire to sniff out any NYE happenings, from barely-off-the-couch to the Maine mountains, all the way to interstellar travel (we'
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 01, 2010
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Rihanna | Rated R

Look, it’s not as if there were a song where she says, “Chris Brown, you chicken-shit motherfucker, your ass is gonna pay.”
Def Jam (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 04, 2009


Mixtape: Fashawn, Julianne Barwick, Friendly Fires, Rickie Lee, and more music from this week's Phoenix


Behold! Samples from this week's Phoenix Music section, including rad hip-hop upstart Fashawn, the dreamy coo-scapes of Julianna Barwick, a pumpin' Aeroplane remix of a...
By Michael Brodeur  |  December 03, 2009
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Review: DJ Hero

Shortly after DJ Hero ’s release, a couple of craiglist ads popped up from gamers claiming they’ll plug in and play the game at your party for $75 — all you have to provide is the TV and the speakers.
Hit the decks in DJ Hero
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 13, 2009
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High-powered hybrid

"It's pretty much impossible for us to have a predictable sound," said Rosalind Raskin earlier this week while discussing The Friend Ship (Moose Proof Records), the full-length debut from Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes ( MySpace.com/RozRaskin ).
Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes set sail on  The Friend Ship
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 21, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Pop eroticism, faux sincerity, and sperm motility

I am a man who loves a good corporate doofus, and this week's glistening-prize-hog-doofus quote goes to TOM WELCH , Wal-Mart's senior music buyer, who manages to make Foreigner sound even squarer than Foreigner.
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 07, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Wascally wappers

Lame as Marilyn Manson may be, I wouldn't wish his fans on him if he were my worst enemy.
Plus failed massacres and reverse piracy
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 29, 2009


VIDEO: Kanye West, "Paranoid" featuring Rihanna


"Paranoid" is probably the only song on Kanye's 808s and Heartbreaks that still feels listenable six...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 28, 2009
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Interview: James Toback

"Eventually, I think Mike should work with kids who have backgrounds similar to his, because he'd be great with them. They'd look up to him."
Sparring over Tyson
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009
Boston Teens Tackle Domestic Violence, Bill O'Reilly, National Review Editor

Boston Teens Tackle Domestic Violence, Bill O'Reilly, National Review Editor


Remember the bombshell that launched from Boston’s shores last month (before we put preppy murder ba...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 24, 2009

Shia LaBeouf

The funny thing is that this drunken driving clown-boy isn't even the biggest fuck-up boyfriend that Rihanna's ever had.
The funny thing is that this drunken driving clown-boy isn't even the biggest fuck-up boyfriend that Rihanna's ever had.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

2. Chris Brown

The next time we hear that Brownie harmed so much as one hair on Rihanna's landing strip we're sending Kathy Bates to choke those mediocre vocal chords and hobble up his dancing sticks.
The next time we hear that Brownie harmed so much as one hair on Rihanna's landing strip we're sending Kathy Bates to choke those mediocre vocal chords and hobble up his dancing sticks.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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The Big Hurt: Marley pimped, Miley sorry, Kanye secure

This goes to print a week after I write it because of the damnable pre-Web technology of the printed page, but I swear to God that I was the first son of a bitch to think of it: Jackson Browne, James Brown, Bobby Brown, Chris Brown .
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2009
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An abridged history of the Roots' collabs

Collaborations
Tangled up
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008
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Year in National Pop: New attitudes


Are we fated to pretend?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 22, 2008