Rihanna is arguably one of the biggest pop stars of this generation, if not the biggest. After amassing 14 number one singles, 7 multi-platinum albums, and 30 top 10 hits, Rihanna is a living legend at the ripe age of 30. Her legend status is not up for debate. Rihanna has the third most number one singles in history and the third most top ten hits in history, putting her ahead of legends like Michael Jackson and vying to break records set by Madonna and The Beatles. With each album Rihanna transforms her image and approach, giving us a new spin on her artistry. With her ultra-inclusive Fenty makeup line breaking sales records and her ability to wear anything to rave reviews, Rihanna can do pretty much anything! Which is why the world is excited about the news of her forthcoming dancehall-inspired ninth studio album. This isn’t the first time that Rihanna has released dancehall-infused music as it is ever present in many of her biggest hits. Since her debut “Pon De Replay,” released in 2005 during a popular time for island infused music such as reggaeton and dancehall, Rihanna has sauced up every smash with her island girl swag. Artists like Sean Paul, Shaggy, and Beenie Man popularized the sounds of the islands during the early 2000s, which made the timing perfect for a 16-year old Rihanna to be signed to Def Jam by then-president Jay-Z. The Barbados native separated herself from her pop and R&B contemporaries by infusing her island style with Caribbean rhythms into pop, R&B, and even trap hip-hop.
Turn the volume up and listen to The Dd List’s Top 5ive Rihanna island-infused hits!
#5 Watch n’ Learn
Rihanna teaches someone how to love her on this dancehall album cut which became a fan favorite!
#4 Man Down
Rihanna shows her storytelling skills in this reggae hit which has been certified double-platinum!
#3 Pon de Replay
Rihanna’s dancehall rich debut was certified double platinum and reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, setting up a record-breaking career!
#2 Rude Boy
Another chart-topper from Rihanna with an uptempo dancehall beat and ragamuffin elements. Spent five weeks at #1!
Currently with over 1 billion views on YouTube, the lead single from Rihanna’s eighth album spent nine weeks at No. 1 and was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammys.
#5 Cardi hits the Grammys looking classy and classic!
#4 Co-sign after co-sign. Cardi has arrived and is here to stay!
#3 Cardi meets the Queen Bey!
#1 Cardi tops the charts...and stays on top!
Diddy and Blige go way back to when he discovered in the early 90’s and spearheaded her debut album as an A&R for Uptown Records. Blige is having a moment after her divorce made headlines when her ex-husband sought spousal support and child support for his grown children are not Blige’s children. Along with making history for being the first person to ever receive two Oscar nods in one year, Blige was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After 13 albums (8 of which are multi-platinum) and 9 Grammy Awards, many feel that Blige’s star on the walk of fame is long overdue.
According to the Academy, the best new artist grammy is "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist" I guess the Academy doesn't consider releasing two top 10 multi-platinum singles, a third platinum single, and a platinum album as establishing Alessia's public identify. It must be her featured vocals on other artist's records which established her public identity.
Nevertheless, Alessia took to instagram to play the victim for people pointing out the simple fact that Alessia, with her platinum album and platinum singles from three years ago is not a new artist. Somehow, she's making this about her prior self-esteem issues. I'll pass on feeling bad and reiterate that you are not a new artist and someone dropped the ball on this one. It's very simple #facts!
The actress and occasional singer may have a hit on her hands.
In the video for her new single, Tisha gives advice to those chasing a dream. "Embrace what you're good at, but never give up on what you love" says Campbell-Martin. It's obvious she embodies this in her career as she has not given up on her love for singing. Tisha released an album in 1993 on Capitol Records but is known for her long career in television in movies. 20 years later and Campbell-Martin is still going after that love of music and her new single sounds pretty good. She also has some pretty good dance moves. Check out the visual!
By Dennis Huffington 2.5.2018
After ongoing speculation that Justin Timberlake would bring out Janet Jackson or former *N’SYNC bandmates at the Super Bowl Halftime show in Minneapolis, neither happened. However, Timberlake did display a video of Minneapolis native Prince when he performed a cover of the late artist’s “I Would Die 4 U” during his very underwhelming performance. The entire city then lit up in purple, in tribute to the late superstar.
Timberlake’s entire performance was precluded with controversy, after Janet Jackson fans pointed out the backlash that Jackson received from her infamous 2004 Nipplegate controversy, where Timberlake removed her wardrobe and exposed her breast while performing HIS SONG "Rock Your Body". Justin being invited back for redemption and not Janet seems like a double standard. Prior to the Super Bowl, fans deemed Super Bowl Sunday as #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay, which led to Jackson outtrending the Super Bowl itself prior to the start of the game.
Timberlake’s use of a Prince video followed a controversy that arose it was revealed that a Prince hologram might be used to perform. Prince himself deemed the use of holograms as the “most demonic imaginable.” Prince and Timberlake had also traded barbs when Prince deemed “sexy never left” in response to Timberlake’s hit “Sexyback.” Timberlake jabbed back on his verse Timbaland’s “Give It To Me” and mocked Prince’s height when he accepted a Golden Globe Award on his behalf in 2007.
Overall, Timberlake’s tribute and entire performance were quite lackluster in comparison to recent affairs. Check out these 5IVE more iconic Super Bowl Performances than Justins.
Watch the Infamous 2004 Super Bowl Show featuring Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson