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2013 is off to an impressive musical start with Azealia Banks dropping the buzz single ‘BBD’ from her highly anticipated debut album ‘Broke with Expensive Taste’ – out on 12 February. BBD was produced by Apple Juicy Kid and Sup Doodle. The first official single from the album is titled “Miss Amor” with b-side “Miss Camaraderie”.

In addition to this, it is all but officially confirmed that Beyonce, Rihanna and Azealia will feature on Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album track ‘Ratchet’. The artists have all dropped various hints on social media and Azealia confirmed it in a media interview last year. The track is produced by DJ White Shadow and the video is set to be the sequel to Paparazzi and Telephone but may be directed by Steven Klein as opposed to Jonas Akerlund (who directed the previous two clips).

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In case you had missed it (unlikely) here is the music video for the incredible Sia-penned “Diamonds” – the first single from Rihanna’s 7th studio album, ‘Unapologetic’. The apocalyptic and symbolic mini-movie is directed by Anthony Mandler (Disturbia, Only Girl In the World).

‘Unapologetic’ will be available on iTunes on November 19, full track listing under the cut.

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Dressed in Tom Ford and Armani (unsurprisingly) here is Rihnna photograpehd by Camilla Akrans for the August 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this.

The Dave Meyers (Shakira, Avril, Pink, Missy and countless others) directed clip for the much teased and previewed video for Rihanna’s Where Have You Been has finally arrived. The dance sequences and cinematic production are both amazing, as are the Hindu God Kali (many arms) references.

Director du jour Yoann Lemoine (Woodkid) has just delivered another stunning piece of artistry with the video for Drake and Rihanna’s Take Care. Visually irreproachable.

This month sees the launch of Boy Couture: Inspired by Munroe Bergdorf – a collaboration between fashion clothing label BOY LONDON (Jessie J ‘Domino’, Rihanna ‘You Da One’) and Soho Princess and DJ, Munroe Bergdorf. The pieces range from one-off exclusives to made to order statement glamour pieces and are available online and stocked at SICK on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. Check out the stunning collection below photographed by Lefteris Primos with hair by Mikey Kardashian and modelled by Munroe Bergdorf herself.

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Directed by long time Rihanna collaborator Melina Matsoukas comes Ri Ri’s new video for You Da One, shot in East London. It’s a super charming mid-budget production for the second single off of Talk That Talk, mildly inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange which works really well for the track.

That Rihanna reign just won’t let up. Ok, so before you hit play below, check this post from my boy MuuMuse that details his reaction to a written preview of the album GIF by GIF. It is phenomenal. Personally, I am stoked for this album to drop and am super excited that Rihanna is working with Bangladesh (Kelis – Bossy, Beyonce – Diva) and lots of Stargate (obviously). Artwork below along with the preview (full track list under the cut). Enjoy.

If that wasn’t enough, one of the rumoured bonus tracks is set to be a reworking of Saxon – the track that Nicki Minaj wrote for Rihanna pre-“Mac, OPI and a fragrance too / kiss my ass and my an*s cos I’m finally famous”. It is called Red Lipstick and will sound something like this…(flawless fan video alert):

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In short, the Melina Matsoukas-directed clip for Rihanna’s We Found Love is by far the most beautiful piece of video content that the popstar has created to date. The major pop parallel that I can draw from this, is a comparison to Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream. The video sees Ri Ri and model Dudley O’Shaughnessy high on drugs (and the subsequent downfall) in an uber artistic narrative. The cinematography is absolutely stunning.

We Found Love is also one of the first mainstream artist videos to launch exclusively on the whosay.com platform, which may set precedent for celebrity content moving forward.

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Dubbed as a “film noir” from Steven Klein and Armani, the short stars Rihanna in a parking lot stripping in the back of her car to the soundtrack of Skin – one of the unreleased tracks from the album ‘Loud’. Massive, MASSIVE seal of approval.

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