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George B. Meier

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Miley Cyrus knows how to keep her name in the mix.  She recently liked an IG post saying that she, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey will soon be releasing collaboration, and the internet is abuzz.  Although Ariana added to the noise when she too liked it we’ve gotten no hints from Del Rey.

Cyrus and Grande are no strangers to collaboration, they released, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” a couple years ago for charity.  Adding Lana’s soft, plaintiff voice their big voices could make for nice musical contrast, if Del Rey can punch through.  Although this whole story started from mere speculation the attention it has garnered might bring the trio into the studio anyway.

What may have started as a joke back on June 9th when Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight, may actually happen.  Cruise, who is around 15 years older than Justin’s father, hasn’t directly responded, but there are reports that his people are talking to Justin’s people who are talking to UFC president Dana White, who would love to put the two stars in the Octagon.  One hopes that there’s an adult in the room who knows that fight scenes in movies, even Tom Cruise movies, are staged.  They are more like dances than fights.  Tom doesn’t actually get hit in his pretty face.  On the other side, does Justin know that Tom Cruise is the most prepared man in Hollywood, that if he accepts the challenge, Justin’s pretty face will be in jeopardy?

Either way, we are here for this event which if it occurs could become the biggest spectacle in fighting history!

Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in February 1988, was raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, an important early influence on both her music and her style. She was still a teen when she scored with her first single, “Pon de Replay” that featured her signature Caribbean dancehall sound, a form of hip hop influenced reggae. It was hot and fresh and led to hit after hit and tour after tour.

It wasn’t until 2005 when she moved to the US that the limitations of Barbados became apparent. Rihanna’s musical world expanded beyond reggae and hip hop. At various times she has listed her influences as Madonna, Miriah Carry, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Celine Dion, Grace Jones, Lil’ Kim, Alicia Keys, Prince, Fefe Dobson and Brandy.

Rihanna’s charm comes from her ability to reinvent herself musically and stylistically. Since she’s been in the US her music has evolved well beyond what she brought from Barbados and she has grown into quite the style icon. She has said that her interest in fashion started with her mother.

Her sense of individual style has been recognized by the some of the best fashion houses in the world, which has made her not just a singer who dabbles in fashion, but a real player in the the international fashion business. She has been seen on over 70 magazine covers and has been associated with some world’s leading brands: Mac Cosmetics, Dior, Armani, Balmain, Stance, Manolo Blahnik and Puma.

In association with her personal stylist, Adam Selman, and British street fashion house River Island, Rihanna presented her first fashion collection at London’s Fashion Week in 2013. The next year she was given the prestigious Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers. That’s impressive.

In May 2019, Rihanna launched a fashion brand called Fenty (spelled FEИTY) through the luxury fashion house LVMH.

Where Beyonce parlayed her music career into a parallel movie career, Rihanna has used her music career to expand into fashion. Her movie career has been minor league so far, but her radiant personality and beauty is a good predictor of a future in that medium as well – it’s only a matter of time.

Distinctions

  • Rihanna’s resume includes: executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist.
  • She has amassed 81 million Facebook fans, 57 million Twitter & 35 million Instagram followers.
  • She’s sold more than 54 million albums, 210 million tracks worldwide and is the best selling digital artist of all time with more than 100 million RIAA gold & platinum song certifications.
  • She’s earned eight Grammy awards and 14 Billboard Music Awards
  • She’s the youngest solo artist to score 14 number 1 singles on the Billboard’s Hot 100—the fastest to do so.
  • 2016, Her hit, “Work,” became Rihanna’s 27th top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100, which tied her with Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Elton John for the fifth-most top 10s in Hot 100 history.  They are old, she is young!
  • 2014 Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers

Discography     

  • Music of the Sun (2005)

  • A Girl like Me (2006)

  • Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)

  • Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008)

  • Rated R (2009)

  • Loud (2010)

  • Talk That Talk (2011)

  • Unapologetic (2012)

  • Anti (2016)

Tours       

  • Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour (2006)
  • Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007-09)
  • A Girl’s Night Out – Charity concerts (2008)
  • Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010-11)
  • Loud Tour (2011)
  • 777 Tour (2012)
  • Diamonds World Tour (2013)
  • The Monster Tour w/ Eminem (2014)
  • Anti World Tour (2016)

Filmography   

  • Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)
  • Battleship (2012)
  • This Is the End (2013)
  • Home (2015)
  • Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
  • Ocean’s 8 (2018)
  • Guava Island (2019)

A standing ovation for more than four minutes from the sometimes snooty Cannes Film Festival audience at Rocketman’s world premier says it all. This is the second summer in a row to be dominated by a music legend biopic. Last year it was Bohemian Rhapsody about Freddie Mercury and this year it will be Rocketman about Elton John.

Early reviews make it clear that Taron Egerton, who plays Elton, carries the film on his back with his own singing – a point of contrast between him and Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury by lip syncing the songs.

Another contrast to Bohemian Rhapsody, and most other biopics, is that Rocketman’s story is driven by Elton John’s classic songs rather than by a story line in which the songs are placed. It is more a musical than a drama with music. Still the story gets told.

Like other compelling biographies, Elton John’s story is one of massive highs and equally massive lows. There is the almost instant ride up to stardom followed by the myriad of addictions – drugs and sex and food – followed by a happy ending, a clean and sober adulthood. There is the one constant through all of this, Elton’s writing partner, Bernie Taupin, played by Jamie Bell.The production is an ‘R’ rated sequin-fest that will surely produce an Oscar nomination for Taron Egerton and for production values like costumes and maybe for director Dexter Fletcher, who incidentally was brought in to save Bohemian Rhapsody. And so it goes full circle.