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Rihanna Completes New Album

Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' coverRihanna has completed work on her new album.

The “Diamonds” hitmaker confirmed last night that Unapologetic has been completed - two weeks ahead of its release on November 19 - and she is looking forward to some time off to relax.

“Man my album is complete, and I need a f***ing drink and a roll up! It was quite the journey, but it's all part of our story! #UNAPOLOGETIC. (sic)” she wrote on Twitter.

The news comes after the 24-year-old star recently announced she will play seven gigs in seven cities to promote her seventh album.

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Rihanna Announces ‘777’ Tour

RihannaRihanna is to perform seven concerts in seven days in seven different cities.

The “Diamonds” singer has announced her 777 tour which will kick off in London on November 14 and will then stop at Paris, Toronto, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm and New York. Rihanna will travel on a special Boeing 777 jumbo jet for the shows which are being held to mark the release of her seventh album Unapologetic.

The plane will be able to carry 200 people and the 24-year-old pop superstar has invited 150 journalists from 82 countries and a lucky group of Rihanna Navy fans to join her and her entourage on the whistle-stop tour which concludes on November 19. Rihanna has also already ordered a champagne-filled rider for the plane and has promised her fans she will perform mid-air.

“Rihanna has asked for hundreds of bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne. She has pledged to get on the loudspeaker during the trip and perform on the plane. She's also asked for blankets and pillows branded with her logo,” a source told The Sun.

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Rihanna Announces ‘Unapologetic’

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Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' coverRihanna has named her new album Unapologetic.

The “Diamonds” singer unveiled the cover of her seventh full length album on Twitter, which features her posing topless. “My NEW album ''UNAPOLOGETIC'' will be released on NOVEMBER 19th WORLDWIDE #Navy (sic),” she wrote.

Covering the singer's modesty are a number of handwritten words, including “happy,” “fearles,” “chalice,” “diamonds,” and “censored.” Over her face in white writing is the word “love.”

The singer's latest tattoo of the Egyptian goddess Isis, on her midriff, is also visible. She has previously said she got the inking in tribute to her grandmother, Clara “Dolly” Braithwaite, who passed away earlier this year.

Unapologetic will be released on November 19.

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Nicki Minaj and Rihanna Lead AMA Nominations

Nicki MinajNicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs).

The two singers are each in the running for four awards, with Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher following narrowly behind with three nods apiece.

Justin, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake and Katy Perry will battle it out for the coveted Artist of the Year prize, while J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for New Artist of the Year.

Nicki's four nominations are for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist - Rap/ Hip Hop, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Rap/ Hip Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. As well as Artist of the Year, Rihanna is also up for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for Talk That Talk.

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Billboard Crowns Rihanna as Top Pop Star

RihannaRihanna has been named Billboard's Top Pop Artist of the last 20 years.

The “Diamonds” hitmaker tops the music magazine's list of the most successful artists in the history of its Pop Songs chart, which started on October 3, 1992. The magazine awarded her top spot for her achievements on the chart, which include 34 appearances with 21 top ten hits, and nine number one songs, an accolade she shares with Katy Perry, placed at sixth on the list.

The top ten was dominated by solo women singers, with Usher the only male, and Black eyed Peas the only group. Pink is in second place, followed by Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey.

Katy comes in next, and New York based radio program director Sharon Dastur, reminisced about the first time she worked with her: “Katy's very first single, 'I Kissed a Girl,' had just recently come out and we were playing it on [radio station] Z100. We started to feel an early buzz on the song, but the masses still weren't that familiar with who Katy was. We invited her to come on-stage at our Jingle Ball to help introduce one of the acts performing. We weren't sure if the crowd would be familiar with her by name, so we suggested that when she went out there, she should sing the hook of 'I Kissed a Girl' a capella. As soon as the crowd heard that, they sang every word along with her. Katy has told us that she'll always remember that moment.”

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Adele Slams Pop Stars Who Rely on Sex

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AdeleAdele has criticized pop stars who use sex to sell records.

The pregnant “Someone Like You” hitmaker has slammed her chart rivals - who include Rihanna, Madonna and Lady Gaga - who strip off in their videos to promote themselves and insists most female singers look very different in real life to how they look on screen.

“They don't look how they do in magazines or videos. I have seen them up close. Exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look. I don't find it encouraging,” she said.

Adele has always had a fuller figure but she insists she would never go on a diet or change her image to try and be more successful. The 24-year-old singer - whose last album 21 has sold over 23 million copies worldwide - prefers to just let her music define her. “I have never seen magazine covers and music videos and thought, 'I need to look like that to be a success.' To sell more records I don't need to go that. I just stand there and sing. I'm not worried that I'm a 'plus size' and so much bigger than other artists. No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself,” she is quoted as saying.

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Heidi Klum to Host MTV Europe Music Awards

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum is to host the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The German supermodel will take control of the ceremony when it takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday, November 11 and can't wait for the event to take place in her home country. “I'm honored to host the 2012 MTV EMAs in its return to my home country of Germany. The MTV EMAs are one of the biggest nights in global music, fashion and culture, and I'm thrilled to play a part in bringing this one-of-a-kind show to audiences all over the world. We're going to have a blast!” she said in a statement.

Rihanna is the most nominated artist for the ceremony with nods in six categories, including Best Pop Act, Best Look, Biggest Fans and Best Female. Taylor Swift follows with five nominations for prestigious prizes such as Best Live Act and she will battle Rihanna for the Best Female statuette as well as Katy Perry, Pink and Nicki Minaj. Justin Bieber and Katy received four nods each, while several acts picked up a hat-trick of nominations including Nicki, Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen.

The event takes place at the Festhalle Frankfurt and fans can vote for the winners by visiting www.mtvema.com.

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Kesha Single to Feature Rihanna?

Kesha's new single, Kesha has hinted her new single could feature Rihanna.

The “We R Who We R” hitmaker posted a video teaser for her track “Die Young,” which features a waffle house waitress holding a piece of paper with an “R” written on it, which looks much like Rihanna's logo. A caption then flashes on screen which reads, “What's it all mean??? (sic)”

Also in the video, Kesha sings the song's chorus to a group of confused commuters on the Tokyo metro. Another caption reads, “Getting closer. get hyped. eternal boners (sic).”

Kesha - famed for her songs about getting drunk and partying - has previously said she plans to show her “vulnerable” side on her second, as-yet-untitled, album.

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Rihanna Album Set for November Release?

RihannaRihanna's new album is reportedly set for release in November.

The 24-year-old singer's record label Def Jam Recordings tweeted the news yesterday from their French account, but have since deleted their post which also hinted a new single is likely to drop as soon as next Monday. Def Jam France has replaced it with another message which reads, “New announcement this Thursday about Rihanna on our account.”

Rihanna's last two albums have both had November release dates, so the news about her seventh studio album is in keeping with the singer's speedy work ethic.

The Bajan beauty has been back and forth to the UK this summer, most recently to perform at the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Cermony where she joined Coldplay on stage for a sizzling performance of “Princess of China.”

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Coldplay Close Paralympic Games

Coldplay closing the Paralympics

Coldplay closed the Paralympic Games last night. The “Paradise” group performed a 15 song set at the closing ceremony of the games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

The group took to the stage with “Us Against the World” before launching into one of their most recognizable anthems, “Yellow.” Later in the set the band - Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion - were joined by Rihanna for their single “Princess of China.” After her first guest spot they performed “Strawberry Swing” with The British Paraorchestra, before Rihanna returned for a rendition of her single “We Found Love.”

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