Rihanna really doesn’t give a shit whether you like her or not and for better or worse, thats pretty impressive. Especially considering her superstar status. Her attitude basically gives her license to do whatever she wants – smoke blunts on instagram, get back with Chris Brown, make this ‘Pour It Up’ video. Arguably one of Rih-Rih’s hardest joints to date (to be fair her ‘big choons’ list is ridiculous at this stage) and near enough everyones favourite Fenty anthem, the songs video was always going to be exxxactly this. And why wouldn’t it be? Watch Rihanna pay homage to pole riding athletes around the world werking hard in clubs, donning a ratchet blonde wing and not much else, making it clap and rain.
Bless you Rihanna and thank you. #pouritup #pouritup.
Earlier today Willow Smith’s debut performance of her single ‘Summer Fling‘ on The Queen Latifah Show sparked a pretty interesting debate on our Facebook page. Smith’s breezy ballad is a pretty impressive offering, it’s got a sweet melody and a brilliantly catchy hook. And perhaps surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly given her gene pool) she performs it with a genuine conviction and firmly controlled, albeit limited, vocals. Everything is good until you’re reminded that Smith is 12 years and is singing about a summer fling. For some (many of whom commented on our FB post) that isn’t an issue – merely a result of Generation Cyrus. But for others it sits a little too close to an uncomfortable edge. Either way, and faux British accent aside, it’s been obvious since her ‘Whip My Hair’ debut (aged just 9) Miss Smith is out to take some spots and if I were Rihanna, I’d be keeping a close eye on her movements.
After nearly a decade at Hyde Park, Wireless Festival 2013 made the bold move to uproot to Stratford City’s Olympic Village, marking the first major event there since last years historic summer games. It was a move that had a lot of people intrigued, well that and the small fact that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z were headlining individually and as part of their Legends of the Summer tour outfit – prompting nearly 200,000 to descend onto East London.
Here’s the lastet production from mysteriously rising British producer WATER. Having already released an EP entitled Sluts(which contrary to what it’s title may sugest actually paid surprising homage pop diva’s like Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Britney Spears), he’s back and steadily releasing new material from this forthcoming EP Lune. The new project will host the lead single ‘Every Pulse’, along with his newest release ‘Float – a charismatic and serine ballad which again features the angelically toned Stone Fox. Of course WATER wouldn’t be a contemporary music producer without concealing his identity (oh Burial, what did you start) so of course very little is known of this crusading producer, but whoever he is – he’s making a nice impression. Take a listen…
Our “mysterious duo/artist” list continues to grow with ASTR, an upcoming musical outfit from NYC who have just released their first music video for their superb future-pop single ‘Operate’. If Rihanna had an awkward, slightly edgier younger sister – her music would probably sound a little like this. The infused trap-snares and R&B-tinged vocals blend well into the songs pop-drama sensibility; And like all respectable pop gems it’s armed with a killer hook that’ll be bouncing around in your head for hours.
Jessie Ware performed an emotional rendition of Rihanna’s #1 single ‘Diamonds’ for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge earlier today. And just like everything else she sings Miss Ware adds her own cool-romanticism to the song and gives it a whole new elegance. In this form, this could have very easily been a Jessie Ware song.
Music’s biggest night, the 55th annual Grammy Awards, is currently taking place in Los Angeles at the Staples Centre. With performances from Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Miguel, Alicia Keys and a whole host of others, this years show promises to be spectacular. Hosted by LL Cool J (for the second year running), we’ll be updating this post with all the nights performances. Check them after the jump.
Willow Smith takes a break from being a hair whipping tween-star and reemerges a tortured artisté… Apparently. You’re bound to make a statement (and a stir) when you’re the 12-year old progeny of Will Smith and decide to release a new single sampling… Radiohead no less. Kids today.
For what its worth ‘Sugar and Spice’ stands alone beautifully and lyrically speaking it appears to have Willow digging deep: “I sat in front of the TV screen / Sad he’s always screaming at me / they want to puncture me / and wonder why I bleed / Take a swing at me / I’ll fight till the death / My light is bright / I tried to be sugar and spice / But I’m melancholy and can’t do anything right / The monsters under my bed keep making noise at night / I just want silence”.
Given her age the fragility of her voice can be forgiven and to her credit she uses it to the best of its ability, delivering an almost Rihanna-esque performance (take that as you will). For the most part though this isn’t bad… A little far fetched perhaps, but definitely not bad.
A$AP Rocky takes a big leap into his inevitable superstardom by joining Rihanna on the official remix of her latest single ‘Cockiness (Love It)’. What’s more Rocky is also rumoured to bewill be joining Rih-Rih on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards this week – nice headway towards that debut album promo. It’s no ‘Birthday Cake’, but hey, A$AP’s verse makes up for that.
Despite the dismal British weather we took full advantage of the line-up, making sure our must-see acts were ticked off – and of course, experiencing new performers we hadn’t yet caught live.
The weekend began relatively calm on Friday – Santigold entertained us with a high octane performance of material from her new album Master of My Make-Believe, while The Roots reminded everyone about to get their brain zapped by Deadmau5 what music with melody and rhythm sounds like.
Saturday was a lot more exciting. Not only were we amped to see the like of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Deliliah, AlunaGeorge etc – all of whom put on great shows, but it was also the day we were to experience the allusive Weeknd live for the first time.
As frequenters of PinBoard will know, we’ve championed the rogue Canadian for some time – his body of work thus far has been a hot topic across many of our digital pages and so it was with a lot of excitement we trawled through the mud over to the Pepsi Max stage to see how Abel Tesfaye delivers in person…