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Watch the New Trailer for Ocean’s 8 Starring Sandra Bullock and Rihanna

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Watch the New Trailer for Ocean’s 8 Starring Sandra Bullock and Rihanna

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Watch the New Trailer for Ocean’s 8 Starring Sandra Bullock and Rihanna

The new trailer for Ocean’s 8 reminds us, more than once, that committing a crime can be deliciously fun if you happen to be part of a crime syndicate composed entirely of women and that counts Sandra Bullock as its boss lady. In the film, Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean (Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, if you’re wondering), who, along with her motley crew of merry women (played by Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sara Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter), plans a heist at the annual Met Gala. Among the reported cameos in the film: Anna Wintour, Alexander Wang, Kim Kardashian, Maria Sharapova, Zayn Malik, Kendall Jenner, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Serena Williams, Kylie Jenner, and Zac Posen. Sadly, no Madonna, a staple of the Met Gala. Or Rebecca Romijn, star of Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale, which opens with what may be the most incredibly directed heist in the history of the movies. Which is to say, Ocean’s 8 director Gary Ross has a lot to live up to. Notably, the trailer for the film sees Debbie Ocean and company riding the subway, perhaps to get to the Met Gala, suggesting that they will actually not get to the event in time to rob Anne Hathaway’s Princess Diaries jewels. If you don’t live in New York: Sorry for ruining the movie, but our subways are no good. Please send help.

Grammy 2017 Winner Predictions

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Grammy 2017 Winner Predictions

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Grammy 2017 Winner Predictions

Hillary Clinton’s loss to the most unqualified presidential candidate in modern history proved once and for all that there’s no such thing as a sure bet. So while it might feel safe to assume Adele will emerge victorious at the 59th Grammy Awards, a sweep like the one she enjoyed in 2012 isn’t assured. Tempting as it might be, then, to look at the general field as a contest between Adele and another single-monikered pop titan, if the last year of alternative facts has taught us anything, it’s that up is down, black is white, and that no matter who’s in the White House, Beyoncé runs the world. With that in mind, here are our picks.

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2016

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Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2016
Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2016

So many of the highlights and lowlights of the year in singles were, for better or worse, attuned to what feels like a worldwide drift toward maintaining one’s own financial and psychological (same diff) bottom line at the expense of anyone else’s. Beyoncé, of all performers, was far from immune, though her particular brand of exceptionalism continues to dress itself up in the finery of collective consciousness raising. Far more common were the unfussy, ruthlessly entertaining likes of Fifth Harmony speaking on behalf of Melania Trumps everywhere. Or Kanye West’s epic clapback against Taylor Swift, which in turn presaged his detour into the mental hospital, which we’ve now seen firsthand more or less counts as the first step in a presidential bid in 2020.

Rihanna Premieres Heavy-Handed “Sledgehammer” Music Video from Star Trek Beyond

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Rihanna Premieres Heavy-Handed “Sledgehammer” Music Video from Star Trek Beyond
Rihanna Premieres Heavy-Handed “Sledgehammer” Music Video from Star Trek Beyond

After making its premiere in IMAX Cinemas across the country, the music video for Rihanna’s new single, “Sledgehammer,” debuted on Tidal and YouTube this morning. The song, an over-produced power ballad lifted from the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack, finds the singer successfully aping the vocal style of Sia, who co-wrote the track. The pair previously collaborated on Rihanna’s hit “Diamonds,” a far more effective blending of the two stars’ signature sounds.

Rihanna Reunites with Calvin Harris for “This Is What You Came For”

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Rihanna Reunites with Calvin Harris for “This Is What You Came For”

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Rihanna Reunites with Calvin Harris for “This Is What You Came For”

Rihanna’s latest album, Anti, is notable for its dearth of dance beats. The EDM bubble has, of course, deflated, if not burst, but some of the singer’s biggest hits have beckoned listeners to the dance floor: “Pon de Replay,” “SOS,” “Don’t Stop the Music,” “Only Girl (In the World).” Her crowning achievement in the genre is her collaboration with Scottish super-DJ/producer Calvin Harris, “We Found Love,” a song our own Eric Henderson once claimed “makes the urge to get turnt up feel like an almost religious impulse.”

Harmony Korine Directs Rihanna in Spring Breakers-Style “Needed Me” Video

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Harmony Korine Directs Rihanna in Spring Breakers-Style “Needed Me” Video
Harmony Korine Directs Rihanna in Spring Breakers-Style “Needed Me” Video

There was so much pomp and circumstance surrounding the impending release of Rihanna’s Anti—false-starter singles, months-long Samsung campaigns, a freaking global treasure hunt for fans—that the small, intimate, and insular nature of the eventual album took some getting used to. The music videos, then, have been helping that acceptance along: “Work” was just two clips of her and Drake, whining first in a club and second in someone’s pink-hued living room, while “Kiss It Better” went even more minimal, and traded up: Drake for a sheer white sheet. The brand new “Needed Me,” directed by Harmony Korine, injects some of the Oldboy-accented revenge verve of last year’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” spiked with Korine’s own Spring Breakers, but that only comes to a head in the last minute or so. Mostly the clip is concerned with how a topless Rihanna looks glowering into windows and strolling, emotionless, through a strip club thick with gyrating naked bodies. It works, in much the same way “Work” and “Kiss It Better” do: by representing the body as the most direct visual expression of the self.

Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos

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Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos
Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos

Nearly a month after the unceremonious release of Rihanna’s Anti, the album’s peculiar rollout continues with not one, but two music videos for the lead single, “Work.” The first, like the track itself, is evocative of Velvet Rope-era Janet Jackson, specifically “Got ’til It’s Gone.” Helmed by Director X and shot at Toronto’s Caribbean-themed bar and restaurant The Real Jerk, the video conjures the iconic Janet clip’s hazy, sepia-hued, slow-motion aesthetic, if not its politics. Following the in-your-face “message” videos for “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “American Oxygen,” though, the laidback, communal vibe is a welcome reprieve. It’s also incredibly sexy.

Single Review: Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work”

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Single Review: Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work”
Single Review: Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work”

After a string of underwhelming singles and several momentum-killing delays, Rihanna’s Anti, her first album in over three years, finally looks imminent. This morning the singer released a fourth single, “Work,” the follow-up to “American Oxygen,” which came and went with little fanfare last spring. If the first three duds signaled the end of RiRi’s pop reign following her departure from her longtime label home, Def Jam, the new track has the potential to at least partly justify the gold crown on the album’s cover.

The 15 Best Rihanna Singles

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The 15 Best Rihanna Singles

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The 15 Best Rihanna Singles

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of Rihanna’s debut single, “Pon De Replay,” a summer smash that unassumingly launched one of contemporary pop’s most unexpectedly enduring careers. Like Madonna before her, the Barbadian singer compensates for her lack of obvious vocal talent with a shrewd ability to sniff out percolating trends and a willingness to zig when she’s expected to zag (“Russian Roulette,” “Diamonds,” and “Four Five Seconds” were all surprising moves for an artist who could have safely preserved the status quo). Her wild success, which includes 10 solo #1 hits in the U.S. (13 total, tying her with Michael Jackson), can also be attributed to her seemingly steadfast work ethic, yielding seven albums in just the first eight years of her career. That streak ended with 2012’s Unapologetic, her final album before parting ways with her longtime record label, Def Jam, last year. (She’s now signed to Roc Nation, a deal that reunites the singer with Jay Z, who first signed her one decade ago.) To celebrate Rihanna’s 10 years in the business, we took a look back through her catalogue of hits and picked her 15 best singles to date.

Editor’s Note: Listen to our Rihanna playlist on Spotify.