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...
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
1) Bad Guy
2) Parking Lot (Skit)
3) Rhyme Or Reason
4) So Much Better
7) Asshole Ft. Skylar Grey
9) Rap God
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