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The 15 Best Rihanna Singles

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The 15 Best Rihanna Singles
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.

Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions

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Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions
Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions

Starting tomorrow, we’ll predict the winners in all four General Field categories of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, airing Sunday night on CBS. To kick things off, though, here are our thoughts on some of the smaller categories:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: If this category is indeed meant to honor performance and collaboration, it’s hard to argue with the crossover synergy of Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines,” whereby Pharrell supplies the Marvin Gaye sample (plus those all-important head-bobs), while Thicke brings the yelps, grunts, and falsetto blue-eyed R&B flourishes that critics have admired for a full decade, even as Thicke failed to drop a #1 single. That single is here, and we suspect it means Thicke will be taking home at least one tchotchke on Grammy night. Ted Scheinman

House Playlist: Rick Ross & Jay-Z, Sisyphus, Actress, & Lancelot featuring Antony & Cleopatra

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House Playlist: Rick Ross & Jay-Z, Sisyphus, Actress, & Lancelot featuring Antony & Cleopatra
House Playlist: Rick Ross & Jay-Z, Sisyphus, Actress, & Lancelot featuring Antony & Cleopatra

Rick Ross & Jay-Z, “The Devil Is a Lie”: Hip-hop titans Rick Ross and Jay-Z have joined forces for a new track from—presumably, considering the lyrics—the former’s forthcoming album, Mastermind. Rumored to drop before the end of 2013, the album is now expected sometime next year.