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Rihanna (2007)

Interview by Maureen Paton, Rock's Backpages Audio, 22 August 2007

The "Bajan Beyoncé" talks about her big hit 'Umbrella'; her upbringing in the West Indies; her mother and brothers; her discovery by Evan Rogers and signing to Def Jam; her dad's cocaine problem; her collaboration with Justin Timberlake... and her hair and make-up tips!

File format: mp3; file size: 42.4mb, interview length: 44' 12" sound quality: ***


Rihanna: A Girl Like Me (Def Jam/Mercury)

Review by Dan Gennoe,, 25 April 2006

THINGS have moved fast for Rihanna since the Caribbean club strut of her debut single, 'Pon De Replay' became the car window shaking sound of ...

Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad (Def Jam/Mercury)

Review by Dan Gennoe,, 4 June 2007

SOMEONE, somewhere is suddenly taking Rihanna a lot more seriously. Maybe it's the consistency with which her short career has delivered hits — step forward ...

Sweetness and Steel: Rihanna

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 23 May 2008

ON A HOT spring day, inside a large, airy studio in the town of Castaic, California, a group of men and women are watching paint ...

Rihanna: Rated R

Review by Jude Rogers,, November 2009

She's transformed into a revenge-hunting, firebrand diva — and it suits her. ...

Rihanna: Rated R ***

Review by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 20 November 2009

THE SHOWBIZ SCANDAL OF THE YEAR was given a public face this Spring as pictures leaked out of the injuries Robyn Rihanna Fenty had sustained ...

Rihanna: Rated R

Review by Sophie Heawood, The Times, 21 November 2009

MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T, but it's impossible to listen to Rihanna's new record without hunting for clues about her feelings towards Chris Brown, the former boyfriend ...

Rihanna: Rated R (Mercury) ***

Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 27 November 2009

IN NO OTHER field of music does the autobiographical imperative wield as much power as it does in R&B. ...

Rihanna: LG Arena, Birmingham

Live Review by Pete Paphides, The Times, 10 May 2010

IF 2008 WAS the year in which Rihanna consolidated her status as a global pop phenomenon and 2009 the year that she came back stronger ...

Rihanna: Loud

Review by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 12 November 2010

Rihanna gives Lady Gaga a run for her money with sassy new album ...

Rihanna: Talk That Talk (Mercury)

Review by Mike Diver,, November 2011

Drearily sexual lyricism over showy but shallow production dominates RiRi's sixth LP. ...

Rihanna: Talk That Talk

Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, 21 November 2011

RATED R FOUND THE Barbadian well pissed at Chris Brown and out for revenge to disappointing results. Loud seemed to find the middle ground behind the bucolic Rated ...

Rihanna: A Sorry State — Pop Marketing & Rihanna's Unapologetic

Comment by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 20 November 2012

Provocation for Profit? Assault as a Marketing Accessory? Why the Rihanna PR Machine show sad signs of our times ...

Rihanna's Victim-Diva Complex

Essay by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 27 June 2013

Six months ago Rihanna looked like she was losing it, and now she looks to be in complete control. ...


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