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Rihanna Focused On Career, Not Men

‘It can definitely be intimidating to guys to date someone in this industry,’ singer tells Cosmopolitan U.K.
By Jocelyn Vena

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Rihanna is like an open book when it comes to her views on the opposite sex. In the new issue of Cosmopolitan U.K., the pop star says that these days she’s all about the chase, mostly because she doesn’t have time for much else.

“I’m open to love. But guys should have to earn it. Because the minute they get it, they want something else,” Rihanna said. “Men are like hunters: they like the chase. So you have to keep ’em guessing. Actually, I’m like that too. I get bored quickly. So if someone can make me laugh, that’s the best.”

Currently on a summer tour, Rihanna says that most guys have a hard time wrapping their head around the fact that she’s a very busy person with a very bustling career. ” It can definitely be intimidating to guys to date someone in this industry,” she said. “It’s really hard to find a guy who doesn’t care about that stuff. Right now, it’s easier just having my career to focus on.”

After a string of high-profile relationships with Chris Brown, Matt Kemp and maybe even Drake, the singer is currently single. Rihanna’s relationship with Brown left her in a very vulnerable place after an assault in early 2009.

“It was a very aggressive and defensive time, and that allowed me to start not giving a sh–. I walked around with a very f— you attitude,” Rihanna said in the issue. “I’ve always been good at masking my emotions. For me, it’s tougher to be vulnerable than to be tough.”

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Beyonce’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ Video Premieres

Clip for 4 single features B in a gorgeous ornate wedding dress.
By Kara Warner

Beyoncé in her “Best Thing I Never Had” music video
Photo: Columbia

Anyone who’s heard the two first singles off Beyoncé‘s new album, 4, knows they are about as different as night and day. The same can be said for the songs’ music videos: Where “Run the World (Girls)” is fierce, upbeat and explosive, “Best Thing I Never Had” is also strong, but more subdued and slow.

The clip opens with Beyoncé in an elegant dressing room or boudoir. She is scantily, but very tastefully, clad in a fancy, lacy corset/lingerie combo, complete with garters. As she begins the song — co-written by Babyface and all about telling a former lover she was the best he’d ever have and that she no longer has any feelings for him — B plays to the camera, directing her words at the former lover via the camera’s lens.

From there, she moves from playing with a tiara, a veil and lots of tulle on a bed to various stages of getting dressed. Between her half-dressed and fully dressed stages, there is a quick cut to old video footage of who viewers are to believe is a young Beyoncé and her former high school flame at their prom. B and her date are dancing, she is spun away briefly, and her date cozies up to another girl on the dance floor.

Now that we know what ended that romance, we follow a confident Beyoncé in her final preparations before she walks down the aisle on her wedding day. There are shots of Bey singing at sunset atop a grassy hill in a beautiful princess gown, followed by the walk down the aisle and the exchange of vows.

This is followed by one final shot of the former lover at the prom deep in thought, with what looks to be his prom king crown sitting askew on his head. Perhaps he is re-thinking his philandering ways?

The last few scenes of “Best Thing I Never Had” are full of more shots of Beyoncé’s gorgeous dress, which will likely land on a few style blogs soon, given its embroidered and jeweled details, not to mention the silk bows and ruching on the sides. We see the newlyweds celebrating at a happy and well-attended reception: groom removing bride’s garter with his teeth, dancing with their younger family members.

The final shot features Beyoncé looking into the camera, with a look of total satisfaction and happiness. She then walks off confidently, probably to re-join her wedding party and new husband, and then the screen fades to black.

Share your review of the “Best Thing I Never Had” video in the comments below!

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘We Miss You’ Eerily Mirrors Cousin’s Death

But rapper reveals on Twitter that leaked song was recorded last year.
By Jocelyn Vena

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Just days after Nicki Minaj’s cousin was killed, a Nicki track called “We Miss You” leaked online with lyrics that address the murder of someone close to her. As the rapper noted online shortly after the song hit the Web, however, “We Miss You” was recorded nearly 12 months earlier.

“Tho the lyrics of ‘We Miss You’ eerily depict the circumstances surrounding my cousin’s death, I wrote & recorded that song on 5/24/2010,” she tweeted. “It was sent to Mariah Carey & Keyshia Cole over a year ago for a possible feature. It didn’t make Pink Friday due to clearance issues. It’s an unauthorized leak.”

Minaj then thanked her fans for their support in the wake of the tragic news: “Thank u ALL for your kind words and well wishes. Love.”

After announcing the news of her cousin’s death on Twitter, the rapper had stayed off the micro-blogging site until Thursday’s (July 7) leak. Minaj did receive a tweet of encouragement and love from Femme Fatale tourmate Britney Spears: “Please keep @NickiMinaj & her family in your prayers. … keep up the amazing love and support you guys have for her.”

“We Miss You” samples Prince’s “Diamonds and Pearls” (which could explain the clearance issues) and is a somber ode to a fallen friend. As the beat kicks in, Nicki spits, “Why’d you have to leave in July?/ On a peaceful and serene summer night,” eerily mirroring the events of her cousin’s death.

Although the lyrics make reference to the fact that Nicki is rapping about a lover, it seems that the references to murder are very similar to how her cousin died last weekend when he was gunned down in Brooklyn. She later says on the song, “You said that you would leave these streets, and I know you didn’t mean in a body bag/ But now we see you were not bulletproof, and I’m mad ’cause you were the best that I ever had.”

Share your condolences for Nicki and her family in the comments below.

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