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Chris Brown ‘mesmerised’ by Rihanna

Rihanna is reportedly still ‘obsessed’ with the idea that she’s meant to be with Chris Brown.

The two stars ended their relationship after Chris assaulted Rihanna in 2009. They were seen in the same nightclubs twice over the last few weeks and it is thought that they have grown close again.

It’s been claimed Rihanna engineered both meetings as she is still hung up on her ex.

‘Rihanna has always been obsessed with Chris,’ an insider told the British edition of Grazia. ‘She’s yet to have a proper relationship with anyone since they broke up. She just can’t let go of the idea that they’re meant to be together. It’s like he has some sort of hold over her.’

Chris is still thought to be dating Karrueche Tran, although he is also said to be considering reuniting with Rihanna. Getting over Rihanna fully is struggle for Chris.

‘Chris is in two minds over what to do,’ a source said. ‘He does have feelings for Karrueche but it’s almost like there is some sort of massive pull between him and Rihanna. They have a toxic bond that neither of them seems to be about to let go. He’s absolutely mesmerised every time he sees her.’

FULL LIST: 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS

Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne lead the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which will take place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand and be broadcast live Sunday May 20, 8/7c on ABC.

Adele takes the lead as a finalist in 18 award categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. “Rolling In The Deep,” the lead single from her blockbuster sophomore album “21,” places the U.K. singer as a contender in seven song categories.

Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, More to Perform at the Billboard Music Awards

Meanwhile, LMFAO is a finalist in 17 award categories, although the electro-pop duo actually scored 22 entries compared to Adele’s 20. LMFAO and Adele will square off in the Top Hot 100 Artist category, which also includes Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Speaking of Rihanna, the pop superstar is a finalist in 13 categories this year, after leading the pack with 18 category appearances in 2011. Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne each snagged a spot in 10 categories, and will both compete against Adele, Rihanna and Katy Perry for the prestigious Top Artist prize. And the Top New Artist category features a diverse collection of fresh talent, with Bad Meets Evil, Big Sean, Foster The People, Scotty McCreery and Wiz Khalifa serving as the 2012 finalists.

The awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards will be based on the reporting period of March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.
Music fans can also follow news about the show and related events on Twitter at @Billboard or on Facebook.

Tickets for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com and MGMGrand.com. The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will be co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media and Don Mischer Productions.



See the full list of 2012 Billboard Music Awards finalists below:

ARTIST AWARDS:

Top Artist:
Adele
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top New Artist:
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean
Foster The People
Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Drake
Lil Wayne
Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist:
Adele
Lady Gaga
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Duo/Group:
The Black Eyed Peas
Coldplay
Lady Antebellum
LMFAO
Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele
Justin Bieber
Michael Buble
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Adele
LMFAO
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Digital Songs Artist:
Adele
LMFAO
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Adele
Katy Perry
Bruno Mars
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna

Top Touring Artist:
Bon Jovi
Taylor Swift
Take That
U2
Roger Waters

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Shakira

Top Streaming Artist:
Lil Wayne
LMFAO
Nicki Minaj
Bruno Mars
Rihanna

Top Digital Media Artist:
Adele
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Rihanna

Top Pop Artist:
Adele
Lady Gaga
LMFAO
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top R&B Artist:
Beyonce
Chris Brown
Cee Lo Green
Miguel
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Lil Wayne
LMFAO
Nicki Minaj
Wiz Khalifa

Top Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:
The Black Keys
Coldplay
Foster The People
Foo Fighters
Mumford & Sons

Top Alternative Artist:
The Black Keys
Coldplay
Foster The People
Foo Fighters
Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist:
Mana
Pitbull
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos
Shakira

Top Dance Artist:
David Guetta
Lady Gaga
LMFAO
Rihanna
Britney Spears

Top Christian Artist:
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Skillet
Laura Story
Chris Tomlin

Rihanna has been named a tourism ambassador for Barbados

Rihanna

Rihanna

The ‘S&M’ singer ‘ who was born on the Caribbean island ‘ has joined forces with the country’s tourism authority because she wants people to experience the ‘spirit and warmth’ of her fellow Barbadians.

Rihanna said: “Barbados is a place like no other and one of the reasons for this is the spirit and national pride of our people. I want each and every visitor to this beautiful island to experience what makes this destination different from all others and that is the spirit and warmth of my fellow Barbadians.”

In addition to promoting Barbados worldwide, the 23-year-old singer will kick off her duties by bringing her ‘Loud’ tour to her hometown of Bridgetown in August.

The Barbados Tourism Authority said: “We are proud to announce that musical sensation and social phenomenon Rihanna has partnered with the Barbados Tourism Authority as an exclusive promotional partner for three years. Celebrate this amazing announcement today by joining us on August 5 as she brings her ‘Loud’ tour to Bridgetown, Barbados, her homeland.”

Rihanna fires back at criticism over her “Man Down” music video

Rihanna doesn’t want to parent your kids. That’s at least what she’s telling the Parents Television Council and other critics of her new “Man Down” music video.

“I’m a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wantin me to be a parent?” Rihanna said in a tweet. “I’m just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!”

The tweet comes after the PTC criticized Rihanna for her new clip, where she’s shown gunning down a man who raped her, and at BET for airing it.

“If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop,” the group said in their posting. “Rihanna should not get a pass.”

“U can’t hide your kids from society, or they’ll never learn how to adapt! This is the REAL WORLD!” Rihanna wrote.

“The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US!” she continued. “Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US.”

BET has continued to air the video following the criticism, but its yet to premiere on MTV. According to TMZ, the network said they’re still “reviewing the video” and have not set an air date.

Chris Brown’s mother says he needs to ‘deal with’ his assault on Rihanna

Chris Brown's mother says he needs to 'deal with' his assault on Rihanna

Chris Brown's mother says he needs to 'deal with' his assault on Rihanna

The ‘Kiss Kiss’ hitmaker attacked the 23-year-old singer, his then-girlfriend, in 2009, leaving her with a split lip and a multitude of facial cuts, and his mum ‘ who is a victim of domestic violence of herself ‘ thinks he needs to open up about the situation in order to “move on with his own life”.

Joyce Hawkins told Sister 2 Sister magazine: “I think he really needs to talk about the situation in itself, what actually happened to Rihanna, so that he can get that out for himself.

“He has to learn to deal with it and go on with his life. This is something that happened; it was a huge mistake, it was not good at all. But he is still a human being and we all make mistakes and we live and we go on with it. But he has to own it, deal with it and move on with his life.”

Rihanna recently admitted she doesn’t expect to ever “make up” with the 22-year-old singer but agreed to have the terms of his five-year restraining order against her relaxed as it was stopping him from attending events important to his career.

She said: “It doesn’t mean we’re gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn’t want to object to the judge. We don’t have to talk again ever in my life. I just didn’t want to make it more difficult for him professionally.

“What he did to me was a personal thing. It had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a hundred feet away from me, he can’t perform at awards shows, that definitely made it difficult for him. That was the only thing it was going to change, so I didn’t care.”

Rihanna reportedly went on a date with Usher.

Rihanna reportedly went on a date with Usher.

Rihanna reportedly went on a date with Usher.

The two singers enjoyed spending time with one another at the Coachella music festival in Los Angeles last weekend and decided to see each other again in New York a few days later.

A source close to Usher said the pair have been friendly for a long time and have shared some “passionate kisses”.

They told The Sun newspaper: “They had a really good time together last weekend and wanted to see each other again somewhere private straight after. They’ve known each other for a long time but it’s always been bad timing.

“They’ve had a few long, passionate kisses. There’s definitely a spark between them.

“It would have been too obvious to go somewhere in LA and they were both going back to New York for work commitments.”

Earlier this year the ‘OMG’ hitmaker declared his musical interest in the ‘S&M’ star, revealing he wanted to record a duet with her.

He said: “Of course I’d do a track with her – hold on! We’ve been friends and our teams work together and we’ve talked about working together in the past, but it could potentially happen.

“I would love to work with her – I think she’s an incredible artist.”

Nicki Minaj regularly gets ‘fondled’ by Rihanna

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

The 26-year-old rapper ‘ who is a close friend of the ‘Only Girl (In the World)’ hitmaker ‘ revealed the pop superstar always touches her body when they see each other. She said: “Rihanna heard my song, ‘Fly’, and loved it. She sang it beautifully, so now when I see her she of course teasingly fondles me. She fondled me at the MTV Awards and the America Music Awards. I love her.

“She’s the best fondler ever because security didn’t hem her up and she left to tell about it!”

Nicki also says she likes to compliment fellow females in her raps because she thinks it will boost their self-esteem.

In an interview with i-D magazine, she added: “The way I rap is the way I speak, it’s conversational. I try not to limit what I put in my raps. People can take from my raps whatever they want to take out of it. When I say, ‘My bad b****es’ or comment on a girl, I think I should be able to say women are beautiful and I don’t have a problem with that.

“If you want to read more into it, then that’s on you. Maybe it makes a better fantasy in your brain, but I just do what I do. That’s the way I speak. I like to compliment girls and make them feel proud and make them feel better about who they are, no matter how they look.”

Jessie J feels she can’t ‘compete’ with Rihanna and Cheryl Cole

Jessie J feels she can't 'compete' with Rihanna and Cheryl Cole

Jessie J feels she can't 'compete' with Rihanna and Cheryl Cole

The ‘Price Tag’ singer is confident about her music and the way she looks, but she feels the pressure of being physically compared to the glamorous pop stars. She said: “I try not worry about my looks, but they’re so beautiful, it’s hard to compete.” Though the 22-year-old singer can’t help but compare herself to other stars, she insists she is confident about her good parts and accepts her flaws. She explained: “I’m 5ft 9in ‘ I love being a giant, I was front of the queue for legs, but at the back for boobs and bum. “My hair is my thing. It’s always been this style.’ Jessie is obsessed with tights and is pleased she is often sent the garments for free as she goes through so many pairs. She said: ‘And people always comment on my tights. I’ve got a huge box of them under my bed. I’ve been sent thousands of pairs, which is good because I always rip them on my jewellery.” Earlier this month, Jessie admitted she doesn’t have a stylist and doesn’t worry about being fashionable. She said: “I’ve never had a stylist. I’ve just had a shopper. And that’s only been recently. “I’m one of those people that if I want to wear something out there I will, and if I don’t, I won’t.”

Amanda Seyfried, Ryan Phillippe end romance after months of dating

 

Amanda Seyfried, Ryan Phillippe end romance after months of dating

Amanda Seyfried, Ryan Phillippe end romance after months of dating

Amanda Seyfried and Ryan Phillippe are done.  After a few months of dating, the 25-year-old “Chloe” star and the 36-year-old “Flags of Our Fathers” actor allegedly decided to end their short-lived romance. The duo first sparked dating rumors in late October after they were photographed together at a Halloween party.

Our source told Us, “They are not dating anymore. And it’s not a big deal for either of them.”

Ryan was already acting very much like a single man when he was apparently spotted trying to hit on Rihanna in Los Angeles last week.

But Amanda responded to that rumor, telling photographers, “Oh, he’s a nice guy – we’re friends. And that Rihanna story is not true. That is so f****** not true!”

Justin Bieber, John Lennon named the most-searched online by kids

What do Justin Bieber and John Lennon have in common? Well, not much, other than that they’re both the top online entertainment searches by kids. According to Norton Online Family, the top searched item for kids online is current teen pop phenomenon Justin Bieber. Now, that makes sense, with the teen titan sporting millions of Twitter followers and constantly hawking new albums, toys, and even a 3D film.

But somehow at #2 is legendary Beatles frontman John Lennon, who passed away long before most kids with access to a computer were born.

Now we’re sure the Beatles might be skewering a little younger than usual. Their entire back catalog was added to iTunes recently, whose biggest customers are probably tweens and teens with plenty of extra cash.

But according to Norton Online Family, apparently kids are more interested in John Lennon then say Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Rihanna. Was there a mandatory nationwide report due on him?

The research, based on 20 million anonymous search-engine queries from kids in 20 countries, found that more than 75% of entertainment searches made by kids online were for songs or musicians.

Other than Bieber, Lennon, and Lady Gaga, other most searched queries by kids included “Dynamite,” “Waka Waka,” and “Teenage Dream.”
Norton Online Family Kids’ Top 25 Entertainment Searches

1. justin bieber

2. john lennon

3. lady gaga

4. dynamite

5. waka waka

6. teenage dream

7. love the way you lie

8. katy perry

9. airplanes

10. rihanna

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