Michael Nelson goes long on Rihanna's botched ANTI release strategy for Stereogum, and what it means for the industry and her that it went platinum despite reportedly selling less than 500 copies total in the same timeframe it was certified in. It's a fascinating read about conflicts of interest, industry rules bending at the will of superstars, how corporations might try to game the system without being punished, and even how streaming warps the value of a "sale." If you're at all interested in the industry and how this release happened, I can't encourage you to read this enough.
On that note: How much did Samsung pay for those ANTI giveaways? That’s a mystery. It could have been $5...
Ryan Dennehy on 02/03/16 - 09:04 AM
Rihanna's ANTI is apparently RIAA-certified platinum, benefitting from the same rule change that gave Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail platinum status in 2013. Billboard still won't count those sales towards it's charts for the week, unless they also change their rules.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/29/16 - 10:29 AM
Edit: The album is now officially available through Tidal.

It looks like Tidal accidentally released Rihanna's Anti- early.
Presumably the exclusive window was to last for more than 20 minutes, which is about how long the album appeared live on the service this afternoon. Yes, TIDAL botched its own exclusive release.
Jason Tate on 01/27/16 - 06:40 PM
Rihanna has released the "first" single from her upcoming eighth album ANTI, reportedly due out this week. You can stream a radio rip of "Work" featuring Drake here or on Apple Music and Tidal.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/27/16 - 07:34 AM
Via Billboard, sources indicate that Rihanna's upcoming album Anti will be released this week.
Eric Wilson on 01/26/16 - 10:57 PM
Rihanna's forthcoming album Anti is still shrouded in mystery and nobody has heard it, but that didn't stop Yahoo! from publishing a review of the album featuring incisive criticism like "the 27 year old performer's latest album has [NUMBER OF TRACKS] and it's lyrics [HYPERLINK TO RAPGENIUS] continue the "BBHMM" storyline". Check out the whole "review" in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 11/28/15 - 04:38 PM
Rihanna has tweeted out a link to Antidiary.com. Apparently more will be announced on the American Music Awards this weekend.
Jason Tate on 11/19/15 - 04:03 PM
Rihanna's new album will be titled ANTI. No release date or track listing yet, but you can check out the cover in the replies.
Blake Solomon on 10/08/15 - 08:21 AM
Rihanna's new song, "American Oxygen," can be heard here.
Joe DeAndrea on 04/06/15 - 11:28 AM
Rihanna's new song "Bitch Better Have My Money" can be heard over at Stereogum.
Jason Tate on 03/26/15 - 10:59 AM
Rihanna is releasing her new single, "Bitch Better Have My Money," tomorrow.
Joe DeAndrea on 03/25/15 - 04:52 PM
Kanye West will be performing twice at the Grammys. First with an as-yet-unannounced new solo track and then he'll be joining Rihanna and Paul McCartney for the live world debut of Rihanna's new single "FourFiveSeconds." Hit the replies to watch the new video for that song.
Jason Tate on 02/03/15 - 12:02 PM
The highly anticipated collaboration between Kanye West, Rihanna and Paul McCartney can be heard here.
Jake Jenkins on 01/24/15 - 05:44 PM
Kanye West reportedly played a new single featuring Rihanna for some radio people today.
a duet with Rihanna (title unknown) that featured acoustic guitar and a big, soaring chorus and melody with a massive hook.
Jason Tate on 01/22/15 - 06:50 PM
In a new interview with Billboard, Ty Dolla $ign talks about what it was like working with Kanye West on "Only One" and reveals that a new song from Kanye will be dropping soon that features Rihanna, Paul McCartney, and himself.
Jake Jenkins on 01/03/15 - 12:28 PM
You can check out Mayer Hawthorne's cover of Rihanna's "Stay" over on Esquire.
Keagan Ilvonen on 10/13/14 - 08:48 AM
Hit the replies to listen to a new song from Grimes, reportedly the one she originally wrote for Rihanna.
Chris Collum on 06/26/14 - 11:46 AM
Grimes recently revealed she wrote a song for Rihanna but they turned it down.
Jason Tate on 06/04/14 - 02:18 PM
Yikes. In a recent interview with Q Magazine, Warpaint's Theresa Wayman basically slut shames Beyoncé and Rihanna.
“It just gets worse,” she adds. “Every song on Beyonce’s last album has her basically looking like a slut and she does not need to do that. She’s gorgeous and so fucking talented. And they all take it as women’s liberation!”

Update: Wayman has issued an apology/clarification on her comments via the band's Facebook.
Drew Beringer on 04/30/14 - 06:18 PM
Another new Eminem song from MMLP2 was released on Billboard. It's titled "The Monster" and features Rihanna.

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Jason Tate on 10/28/13 - 02:55 PM
You can watch Eminem's new video for "Survival" in the replies. It's off his upcoming album, MMLP2, which is in stores November 5th. The album will feature guest vocals from Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, and Nate Ruess of fun.

Track Listing:
1) Bad Guy
2) Parking Lot (Skit)
3) Rhyme Or Reason
4) So Much Better
5) Survival
6) Legacy
7) Asshole Ft. Skylar Grey
8) Berzerk
9) Rap God
10) Brainless
11) Stronger Than I Was
12) The Monster Ft. Rihanna
13) So Far…
14) Love Game Ft. Kendrick Lamar
15) Headlights Ft. Nate Ruess
16) Evil Twin
Drew Beringer on 10/10/13 - 04:16 PM
Chris Brown told a radio station that he is no longer with Rihanna. Then Rihanna tweeted, "This is terrible." One more national disaster, in the books.
Thomas Nassiff on 03/29/13 - 10:11 AM
In the replies you can listen to a remix of Rihanna's "Diamonds" featuring a lengthy opening verse from Kanye West.
Drew Beringer on 11/16/12 - 03:27 PM
You can stream Rihanna's new single "Diamonds" here.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 09/26/12 - 08:10 PM
Rihanna is reportedly releasing a new record in November with a single dropping as soon as Monday.
Joe DeAndrea on 09/13/12 - 12:34 AM
It looks like Drake and Chris Brown might have gotten into a fist fight last night. It seems as though it was about Rihanna. It seems as though Chris Brown took a champagne bottle to the chin.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/14/12 - 09:08 AM
According to Tony Blackburn, former Radio One DJ whose career started in 1967, Rihanna and other artists of today are better than The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. That musta been some good weed.
From the Qrticle"I actually think today’s artists are better than those of yesteryear", when asked if he thought the 1960s were a golden age in music, adding: “The Beatles and the Stones just stood there with guitars and sang."

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Jason Tate on 05/03/12 - 11:03 AM
Chris Brown has released a remix of Rihanna's "Birthday Cake" and Rihanna has appeared on Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music" remix. Let's not forget this guy is a piece of shit.
Jason Tate on 02/20/12 - 06:50 PM
Hit the replies to check out Black Cards' remix of Rihanna's "We Found Love."
Alex DiVincenzo on 11/11/11 - 04:07 PM
Coldplay's live lounge session for BBC Radio 1, which includes a Rihanna cover, can be seen in the replies.
Jonathan Bautts on 10/30/11 - 10:58 PM
Listen to a new Coldplay song titled "Princess of China" (feat. Rihanna) here.

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Dre Okorley on 10/16/11 - 05:56 PM
Jump to the replies to watch The Lonely Island's video for "Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde" featuring Rihanna.
Keagan Ilvonen on 05/12/11 - 01:51 PM
Blake Solomon on 03/22/11 - 02:10 PM
Head to the replies to watch Rihanna's new video for her single "S&M".

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Matthew Tsai on 02/02/11 - 12:10 AM
Head to the replies to hear Ellie Goulding cover Rihanna's, "Only Girl In The World" for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.
Kyle Huntington on 12/10/10 - 09:54 AM
Eminem and Rihanna have recorded the sequel to "Love the Way You Lie", which will be featured on Rihanna's new album, Loud. You can stream Part 2 here.
Joe DeAndrea on 11/03/10 - 09:16 AM
Rihanna's new single "Only Girl (In The World)" is streaming here.
Jonathan Bautts on 09/07/10 - 03:13 PM
Travie McCoy has been added to Rihanna and Ke$ha's summer tour.

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Blake Solomon on 06/14/10 - 06:50 PM
According to CNN, Chris Brown was denied entry to the UK this week over the felony assault charge he pleaded guilty to last year--beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Tony Pascarella on 06/08/10 - 09:35 PM
Stream Rihanna's first single "Russian Roulette" from her upcoming album, Rated R.
Lueda Alia on 10/20/09 - 01:55 PM
Jay-Z has released his new single featuring Kanye West and Rihanna.
Joe DeAndrea on 07/24/09 - 11:10 AM
Chris Brown has publicly apologized for abusing Rihanna. Check the video apology in the replies.
Anton Djamoos on 07/20/09 - 02:47 PM
Despite previous reports, Rihanna and Chris Brown did not record a duet with each other.
Joe DeAndrea on 03/13/09 - 07:27 PM
Chris Brown and Rihanna are working on a new duet.
Steve Henderson on 03/12/09 - 01:59 PM
Chris Brown says that he's sorry and saddened over what transpired with Rihanna.
Joe DeAndrea on 02/15/09 - 10:04 PM
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