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Two years, three months, and 20-odd days is a whole lot of time to wait for a new Rihanna album — and we’d know, because MTV News has endured the agonizing wait between Unapologetic and Rih’s eighth, yet-untitled studio album along with the rest of the world. However, Rihanna gave us some clues about the album’s sound during a press day for her new animated movie “Home,” where she said that — just like “FourFiveSeconds” — a lot of the songs on the new LP will be soulful, heartfelt tunes to remember.
“I’ve made a lot of songs that are really, really big songs,” she said. “From the jump, they just blow up. And I wanted to kind of get back to — not that they weren’t real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever.”
Rih then admitted that many of her beloved hits from her past seven (!!) albums haven’t aged along with the artist, which she’s hoping to avoid with number eight.
“I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years; I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years,” she concluded. “Not any songs that were burnt out. I find that when I get on stage now, I don’t want to perform a lot of my songs. They don’t feel like me. So I want to make songs that are timeless.”
Asking someone to jump in a shark tank for the sake of fashion is an exercise in insanity. But Rihanna is not just someone. When I talked to her about the concept last fall, she just thought it was “cool.” (Her team was slightly more anxious.) Cut to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, one day in December. In the tank live three sand tiger sharks, none shorter than eight feet long. The sharks are used to divers, but photographers and pop stars are another thing entirely. Photographer Norman Jean Roy donned a scuba suit and jumped in. Rihanna followed—a dozen dives, and three outfit changes, while the sharks circled her intently. When the shoot was done, she was shivering, more cold than “cool.” Then she flew to Germany. Just another day in the life of a global pop star who spends her life swimming with sharks.
LAURA BROWN: Swimming with sharks is not only scary, it’s a big metaphor. How did you learn to swim with the sharks of life?
RIHANNA: I try my best to avoid the sharks of life, but I have had my share of experiences with them, and in those cases I just have to handle them accordingly. But I do not swim with sharks … sharks swim with sharks.
LB: Did you watch Jaws as a kid? Did it scare you or thrill you?
R: Both! It freaked me out because I was a beach baby, so every time a new Jaws came out I would take months off from the beach or just sit on the sand. If I happened to get in the water, my dad would hum the theme music, and I was right back out of it. But that was really my fault because I was obsessed with Jaws. Steven Spielberg was my childhood hero.
LB: Would you say you’re adventurous? What is the greatest adventure you’ve been on, and what would you like to do?
R: Greatest adventure? Are you kidding me? I just did a photo shoot in the midst of sharks. It’s going to be pretty hard to beat that.
LB: You are fearless with your style, but in what ways are you fearless in life?
R: I think I’m like most people—we fear the unknown and the things that have yet to come to pass, which are the very things that don’t deserve to be feared. When you give God complete control, it’s very hard not to be fearless.
LB: Being famous for a decade now, you would have had to develop a thick skin. In what ways are you tough, and in what ways are you sensitive?
R: This skin has been developing since my first day at school. It didn’t happen after fame; I couldn’t survive fame if I didn’t already have it. So sometimes the toughest thing in life is to be vulnerable. I’m not generally a sensitive person, but I tend to be more sensitive toward others and what they’re going through. I don’t know if that’s the healthiest thing, but it’s the truth.
Check out this short interview from Women’s Wear Daily. Rihanna talks about her collaboration with Puma, how music relates to fashion and what we can expect from her in 2015. WWD: What’s the first thing that pops to your mind when you hear Puma?
“My childhood. Some of the first sneakers I owned were Puma, and I wore them to death, until they had holes in them. They were sleek running shoes, I had them in pink with the black Puma stripes on the side. They also made them in Jamaican colors and so in the Caribbean it was like: What? Jamaican colors? That was the it-shoe in Barbados — if you didn’t have those, [that was it]. You know how kids are.”
WWD: How many pairs of sneakers do you own, and do they outnumber your stilettos?
“I have too many [sneakers] if that’s even possible; they are mostly in storage now. [Rihanna catalogues all her performance looks in a 4,000-square-foot storage unit, of which roughly 1,000 square feet is dedicated to shoes.] They are probably on par with my stilettos. I love a heel but recently I’m tending more to sneakers. Being in the studio, traveling, touring — you cannot do that in heels, unless you are Posh Spice [she laughs]. She is in the airport with four kids and she gets it done. She is so legit’.”
WWD: How does music, your core activity, relate to fashion?
“Music and fashion go hand in hand. I think music inspires all types of arts; it inspires life, emotion, mood, and all of those things are reflected in my fashion and my style. One doesn’t go without the other.”
WWD: How serious are you about your designing career? Are you ready to take it deeper?
“I love designing. I’ve always enjoyed it. The thing I love most is the unexpected result between my brand and theirs, the combination, the marriage — it’s like having a baby, you put two things together and all of the sudden it bursts into a new thing. It’s life. At River Island I was able to see stuff come to life, draw up an idea from scratch, and that made me want to take on a bigger challenge. And MAC was an amazing experience — from creating packaging to going through textures. I would love to do cosmetics, because I love beauty: choosing colors, creating shapes. It’s like painting, you just get to play. The same way I treated MAC, I will attack Puma.”
WWD: What’s next for Rihanna in 2015?
“Releasing an album. I don’t know when exactly, but you will know when I know it.”
From front row at fashion shows to tropical locales, Rihanna has been sporting the same long curly locks for a while now — which is surprising for the star who used to rock a hair change a week. And, she confesses, that — unlike chains and whips — her long hair doesn’t really excite her.
“I miss my short hair,” the singer said at the M.A.C Cosmetics premiere of It’s Not Over in L.A. on Tuesday night. “Right now the inspiration behind the long hair is being completely bored. I don’t feel like its necessary to do something new or dope, I’m just in the studio.”
Though the didn’t go into detail about why she was spending so much time in the studio and has remained mum on details of her upcoming album [rumored to drop later this year] she hinted that a new hairdo might be on the horizon. When asked what her favorite hairstyle was, she laughed before summing it up in one word: “Short!”
Good news, Gladiators. Rihanna is a huge Scandal fan, too! Following her recent trip to the White House, which she documented on Instagram last week, the 26-year-old singer is opening up about her love of Kerry Washington‘s hit ABC drama.
“I love Scandal! Are you kidding?”
Ri-Ri gushed to us exclusively last night at the MAC Cosmetics and MAC AIDS Fund premiere of the new documentary It’s Not Over in West Hollywood. Rihanna says she would totally be down for a guest-starring role on the show.
“We’ll see—I would love that,” she smiled. “I just love Scandal, period.”
As for who she would play, we suggested an evil nemesis to Washington’s character Olivia Pope. Perhaps badass Secretary of State Ri-Ri?
“Duh!” Rihanna laughed at the idea. “That’s amazing.”
Steve Martin and Jim Parsons may be big fancy stars, but Rihanna was the main attraction at today’s footage screening and press Q&A for Dreamworks Animations’ “Home.”
Dressed in a short red dress and white sneakers (and approached by several journalists/fans as she made her way out of the theater), the pop star voices the role of middle-schooler “Tip” in the forthcoming animated adventure, which centers on the relationship between Tip and a diminutive purple-hued “Boov” alien named “Oh” (Parsons) after Earth is invaded by the the Boov race and its villainous leader Captain Smek (Martin).
But anyway, Rihanna! She looked fantastic and seemed very nice. Below are nine other things we learned at today’s press event.
1. Stars, they cry at Hollywood production meetings just like us!
“There’s one specific point in the movie that really wrecked me,” said Rihanna. “And I feel like it’s gonna kill everybody because when I was watching it for the first time, it was just stick figures. It didn’t even get to the point of animation all the way yet, so I was bawling my eyes out in this meeting and I’m like ‘Oh my god! I’m so embarrassed right now!’ I’m crying at literally these stick figures….at the end, I can’t even tell you, cause I’m [not going] to tell you the movie right now, but…it’s really emotional for me.”
2. Rihanna contributed several original songs to the film.
Ok, so we actually already knew this. Here are Rihanna’s thoughts on music and film and also music in film: “I mean, the music is such an important and crucial part to an animated film. You don’t think about it, but like you can watch ‘Tom and Jerry’ and there’s no words. And you can watch that for hours. But music dictates the emotion, it dictates where the story’s going, how you’re supposed to feel the suspense. Everything’s in the music. I worked really closely with Tim and Jeffrey Katzenberg on this, because I wanted to make sure…I can bring them songs, but if it didn’t move them…or they didn’t feel like it made sense in a certain part, we couldn’t use it.”
3. The animators may or may not have invented totally revolutionary techniques in the process of making the movie.
“To me, the animation looks brand new,” said Parsons. “I said it one of the last times we saw some of the more finished scenes. I was like…’What are they doing? It looks like they invented something! I’ve never seen animation quite like this!’ I’m not sure if that’s true, but I didn’t feel like I had.” Read the rest of this entry