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Rihanna Joins Madonna And Lady Gaga On Esteemed List Of Banned Videos

Posted by MTV News On November - 21 - 2011


By Henna Kathiya and Carly Kilroy

With Rihanna causing a stir in the music world with her controversial outfits and racy music videos, it comes as no surprise that her most recent hit “We Found Love” has been banned from being played in France before 10PM. But she’s not the only mainstream artist to have her video banned from television. We spent some time looking through some of other videos that have been banned over the years and came up with a list of our five favorites.

Just make sure you don’t get caught watching these videos on your work computer. They got banned for a reason, after all!

Lady Gaga, “Alejandro”
What list would be complete without resident badass chick Lady Gaga? Lady Gaga has made her fame off of being weird and raising a lot of eyebrows with her fashion and compelling videos. The video for “Alejandro” is no different. Complete with religious and political symbolism, the Grammy Award-winning artist does not make her opinions subtle. As a LBGT activist, this video pays homage to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy with the classic raunchy Gaga twist. The video features a homoerotic military theme, with shirtless boys serving as her backup dancers. The video also shows Gaga wearing a latex nun’s habit. Other than making a blatant political statement, the video shows Gaga gyrating on a bed with one of the scantily clad dancers and openly making sexual gestures while wearing the nun’s habit. The end of the video also shows Gaga ripping off her latex nun’s outfit and having all the dancers grope her body. No wonder some sectors of the public were up in arms about this video.

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Erykah Badu, “Windowseat”
While the video starts out looking fairly innocent, it quickly takes a turn in the opposite direction. The video begins with Erykah walking on Elm Street (the site of the John F. Kennedy’s assassination) during the day, before she begins stripping off her clothes in broad daylight – much to the horror (or delight) of some people. She disrobes one piece at a time, until she is down to nothing but her birthday suit. Badu is completely nude as she approaches the spot on Elm where Kennedy was shot (which is marked with an “X” on the pavement). The sound of a gunshot can be heard and Badu collapses as if she has been shot. Streaks of blue “blood” then spill from her head as she lies in the street, spelling the word “groupthink.” Even more interesting was the fact that Badu did not obtain permission to shoot this video, making it a piece of guerilla filming, so the reactions of the passersby in the film are completely real. Talk about racy.

Madonna, “Justify My Love”
In classic Madonna fashion, this video is one of the most famously banned clips. After watching the video it’s not hard to understand why. The black-and-white video features risqué hotel room antics with Madge using her co-star, model Tony Ward, as her sexual play thing. The video mixes film-noir elements with sexual fetishes (leather, latex bodysuits, and corsets) with Madonna rolling around in a bed wearing skimpy lace underwear, a garter belt and stockings while various shadowy figures come and go. The only actual nudity occurs when a topless dominatrix — suspenders partly covering her breasts — appears and roughly grabs a bound man by the hair. The sexualized, androgynous theme of the video certainly struck a nerve with the general public.

Also banned from playing during daylight hours:

Enrique Inglesias, “Tonight I’m F**king You”
Even changing the racy song title to “Tonight I’m Loving You” couldn’t save this player’s anthem from landing on the banned music video list. Within the video there are multiple sporadic clips of Enrique, um, “entertaining” a number of different women, but that isn’t all. It’s the cluster of barely dressed women all grouped on a bed behind Inglesias, grabbing at him, that pushes this video over the edge.

Ciara, “Ride”
Ciara is known for her spicy and confident choreography, but the moves in her music video “Ride” feat. Ludacris proved to be just a little too provocative for television. Not only was the choreography too much for some, but her wardrobe (which included a barely there black body suit and a wet white T-shirt) had parents up in arms about what their children were watching.

M.I.A., “Born Free”
M.I.A.’s “Born Free” was banned for its war-like graphic content. The video is based around the violent round up and transport of a group of redheaded young men and adolescent boys to a remote dessert where they are scorned, beaten and eventually killed. Every last grueling detail is played out on screen and nothing is left to the imagination. It could be interpreted that the video is in protest of brutal acts of genocide which M.I.A. witnessed as a young child growing up in Sri Lanka.

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Rihanna Gets Saucy, Sexy In New Talk That Talk Promo Pics

Posted by Jocelyn Vena On November - 16 - 2011


We’re just days away from the release of Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk album, out November 21. The album is full of NSFW lyrics, grinding beats and even some really vulnerable moments thrown in for good measure.

It shows how truly complex the singer is. Sure, she’s bawdy. She’s straight-forward and hot and sexy. And Talk That Talk embodies all those qualities. But even at her most brazen points on the album, she’s also vulnerable and sad, owning up to feeling low about love and the relationships that she sometimes has a hard time finding, sometimes on slow jams and sometimes over pulsating club beats.

In a collection of new promo pics, Rihanna embodies the sassiness of the album, rocking a number of looks that range from sleek and sizzling to grungy and gorgeous. She brings her coolest attributes to these photos, posted on sites like Aceshowbiz and Ballerstatus, donning overalls, a tux, army boots, garters, as well as stripped tank and skirt.

While the photos are highly stylized, they focus on the singer playing up just how fun she really is. You know what else is really fun? Talk That Talk.

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Rihanna’s Fixer-Upper Can Be Yours For A Cool $4.5 Million

Posted by John Mitchell On November - 10 - 2011

By fixer upper, we mean mess.

The house isn’t in the best shape and Rihanna is looking to take a (gulp!) $2.4 million loss on her one-time crib. (She bought the 8,520-square foot Beverly Hills residence for $6.9 million.)

The listing, as reported by The Real Estalker, notes that that property has “EXTENSIVE water intrusion from (but not limited to) roof, windows, doors and balconies,” is “subject to a short-sale” and “WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR BANK FINANCING” (caps courtesy of the actual listing). Wonder why Rihanna is looking to unload the joint?

With the No. 1 single in the country and a hot, hot, HOT new album about to drop, we can see why RiRi would rather just ditch the house despite the ritzy zip code and look for a new West coast jam. The bathroom is super cool-looking at least.

Check out a few more pics after the jump.

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Rihanna’s Facebook Photo Reveal Gives Us 153 More Reasons To Love Her

Posted by MTV News On November - 9 - 2011

Rihanna Facebook

Rihanna is not one to be shy. Just see her recent video for ‘We Found Love,’ one of her rawest videos filled with sex and substances. Which is why we weren’t surprised — but still thrilled — to see her recent exclusive social stunt.

Our friends at MTV Style first called our attention to Rihanna’s Facebook page. Like the page and you immediately get access to dozens of photos of Rihanna unplugged. The Daily Mail counted up to 153 pics of the R&B beauty taken from vacation in Italy, working on her new album or just being lazy or funny. See More Photos From Her Online Album >>>

The photos were part of an album entitled Ball So Hard VACA and certainly are a fresh way to drum up even more publicity for her new album Talk That Talk coming out on November 21.

News broke this week that TTT will include a cameo from her longtime champion Jay-Z. RiRi fans had another reason to be ecstatic this week as a Talk That Talk tracklist was finally revealed. Confirmed songs include “We Found Love,” “You da One,” “Watch n’ Learn,” “Ride Me Out,” “Cockiness,” “Talk That Talk,” “Drunk on Love,” “Farewell,” “We All Want Love,” “Red Lipstick,” “Fool in Love,” “Where Have You Been,” “Do Ya Thang” and “Birthday Cake.”

For More on Rihanna’s Photo Reveal, Head to MTV Style >>>

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Rihanna Expands Social Media Following In Clever App-Related Plan For World Domination

Posted by MTV News On November - 8 - 2011


By Zachary Swickey

Rihanna knows how to do a lot of things right and that includes building hype around her new album in the most technologically proficient way possible. RiRi’s UNLOCKED is a new interactive Facebook app that lets fans uncover details behind the singer’s much anticipated new album, Talk That Talk, which drops November 18.

Marketing agency AgencyNet partnered with Rihanna’s label, Island Def Jam, for the hot new app and the positive reception has been overwhelming to say the least. Mashable reports the app has led to an astounding 750,000 new Facebook followers for the singer, and an estimated 208 million Facebook impressions to boot. Not bad at all, especially considering she already had upwards of 45 million fans on the site. She’s experienced some more Twitter love as well – the app garnered her a million new followers, leading to 2.5 million tweets (a full 450 percent increase from before the app), and she now boasts 9.3 million dedicated followers.

UNLOCKED features 13 various items for users to uncover about Rihanna’s upcoming record (does this girl ever take a break?). Some of the content includes song lyrics, the album covers and various audio streams. Users must go on “missions” to help unlock the content, but previous enabled items can all be accessed.

The heavy adoption of Twitter by many musicians has dramatically changed the media landscape. Heck, even serious news such as the Osama Bin Laden assassination was live-Tweeted. Twitter has brought artists closer to their fans as they can now touch base with them whenever/wherever they want. We’ve all seen the desperate cries for a “Retweet” from fans, but plenty of artists oblige to maintain that close connection to their beloved fans.

It’s also helped several artists hook up in the studio with each other – Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne has been Twittering aplenty year-round in an attempt to create some spontaneous musical collaborations with the likes of Lykke Li and even Ke$ha. Billboard, the people behind all the fancy music charts, have been forced to create a social media chart that helps further understand an artist’s popularity in the vast commercial world. However, some artists such as Adele don’t seem to really need the help. The British songstress has an official Twitter but does not personally maintain it herself. Despite that fact, she’s still the number one recording artist in the United States this year, and is nearing two million followers on Twitter.

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