Rihanna to release “Rated R Remixed” on May 25th

Currently amassing rave notices across the Atlantic as she moves into the second month of her “Rated R” European tour – prelude to her eagerly awaited “Last Girl On Earth” Tour of North America in July-August – world-class megastar Rihanna raises the curtain on a new album, RATED R REMIXED, set for May 25th release.

RATED R REMIXED is the sequel to Rated R, the RIAA platinum global best-seller released November 2009, now four hit singles deep in America with the release of the new album’s “Rockstar 101” Chew Fu Remix.

Rated R’s third chart hit, the runaway smash “Rude Boy” charged to #1 on a slew of charts – including Billboard’s Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay, Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic, Mainstream R&B, Dance Club Songs and Dance Airplay and MediaBase’s Pop, Rhythm, and Urban charts. With “Rude Boy’” s success, Rihanna became the first female artist of the past decade to chart six #1’s on the Hot 100 – and now ties Madonna in first place with seven #1’s on the Hot Dance Airplay chart (launched in 2003). “Rude Boy” (released November 2009) followed up “Russian Roulette” (October 2009) and the RIAA platinum “Hard” featuring Jeezy (also November 2009). “Rude Boy” is Rihanna’s 14th top 10 on the Hot 100, which ties her with Beyonce for most top 10s on the chart by a female artist since 2000.

The final track listing for RATED R REMIXED is: 1. Mad House (Chew Fu Straight Jacket Fix) * 2. Russian Roulette (Chew Fu Black Russian Fix) * 3. Rockstar 101 (Chew Fu Teachers Pet Fix) * 4. Wait Your Turn (Chew Fu Can’t Wait No More Fix) * 5. Photographs featuring will.i.am (Chew Fu 35mm Fix) * 6. Rude Boy (Chew Fu Bumbaclot Fix) * 7. Hard featuring Jeezy (Chew Fu Granite Fix) * 8. G4L (Chew Fu Guns In The Air Fix) * 9. Fire Bomb (Chew Fu Molotov Fix) * 10. Stupid In Love (Chew Fu Small Room Fix).

The release of RATED R REMIXED coincides with the “Rated R” European tour finale 11 days later at Madrid’s Rock In Rio Fest. The tour kicked off April 16th in Belgium and covers nine countries – rolling through the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Spain. The 8-week “Last Girl On Earth” Tour – produced by Live Nation and featuring Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj – opens July 2nd in Seattle at White River Amphi theatre, and hits 27 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on August 25th at United Center in Chicago.

Before starting her European tour, multi-platinum Grammy award winner Rihanna performed April 7th on FOX’s American Idol – on August 20th, the final week of the “Last Girl On Earth” Tour, she will perform on the summer concert series of ABC’s Good Morning America. A dynamic performer renowned for her cutting-edge stage looks and designs, Rihanna promises the “Last Girl On Earth” Tour will be a visual spectacle on a scale unlike anything she has accomplished in her already legendary career.

Rated R followed up the RIAA double-platinum Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007), featuring the non-stop string of hits that began with the MTV VMA and Grammy Award-winning global #1 hit “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z), then “Shut Up and Drive,” “Hate That I Love You” (featur ing Ne-Yo), and “Don’t Stop the Music.” Good Girl Gone Bad spent 98 weeks on the Soundscan chart, and earned cumulative worldwide sales over 36-times platinum in at least 18 territories. The CD+DVD package Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) continued the hits with the #1 “Take A Bow,” the #1 “Disturbia” and Top 20 “Rehab.”

Good Girl Gone Bad was the third album release in less than two years by Barbados native Rihanna, who turned 22 on February 20th. It followed-up 2006’s RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, which contained the back-to-back hits, “S.O.S.” and “Unfaithful”; and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the world-wide smash, “Pon De Replay.”

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Rihanna and Justin Bieber to Perform Live At Nickelodeon’s 23rd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards

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International superstar Rihanna and teen pop sensation Justin Bieber will pump up the volume at Nickelodeon’s 23rd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards hosted by actor/comedian Kevin James, airing live from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 27 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT). The annual award show has emerged as one of the biggest events in Hollywood, boasting a massive popular vote and sweeping audience participation. It’s the only award show that gives kids the power to vote for their favorites in movies, television, music, sports and much more – and honors their opinions with a live show filled with the stars they love.

In addition to seeing Bieber perform at the slime-filled celebration, one lucky kid will win the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to be his special guest at the show as part of Nickelodeon’s “All Access Sweepstakes with Justin Bieber.” From Wednesday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 10, kids can log onto www.Nick.com/kca10 and enter for a chance to win a trip for four to Los Angeles, which includes tickets to the show, an invitation to walk the famed Orange Carpet, exclusive access to Bieber’s pre-show rehearsal and a private meet-and-greet with the star.

“This is the biggest TV event of the year for kids and we are thrilled to have megastars Rihanna and Justin Bieber to perform for them live,” said Paula Kaplan, Executive Vice-President, Talent for Nickelodeon and an Executive Producer of the show. “It is going to get loud, and in true Kids’ Choice tradition, these performances will be something our audience will never forget.”

From her Caribbean roots to the top of the charts, the runways of Paris and Milan and some of the biggest stages in the world, the 22-year-old, Barbados-born beauty Rihanna has already earned the coveted title of international superstar. From her breakthrough multi-platinum album A Girl Like Me to her ubiquitous global smash Good Girl Gone Bad, in just a few short years, Rihanna has helped redefine the path of popular music for a new generation. Now, she continues that musical and stylistic journey on one of the most critically acclaimed new albums this year, her fourth original studio album, Rated R. Rated R debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B album chart and features the smash singles “Russian Roulette,” “Hard” and “Rude Boy.”

In less than a year, 16-year-old pop sensation Justin Bieber has become a YouTube phenomenon, signed contracts with Usher and L.A. Reid, and created nothing short of mania with his young fans, dubbed “Bieber-fever.” His debut album My World was released in November and went platinum in just four short weeks. Next up is his hotly-anticipated sophomore album, My World 2.0, due in stores March 23rd. My World 2.0 rewards Bieber fans with 10 all-new songs, including the lead single, “Baby” featuring Ludacris, which is sky-rocketing to the top of the radio and iTunes charts. Look for Justin Bieber on a worldwide tour coming this summer.

Nickelodeon’s 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards was the highest rated to date, shattering all previous records with kids, tweens and total viewers. Almost 8 million total viewers tuned in for the show, with a record-breaking 91 million votes cast across Nick’s digital platforms, leading www.Nick.com to its highest trafficked day ever in visits, uniques and page views.

Kids can currently cast their vote online at http://www.nick.com/kca10 in a total of 19 categories. Surprise awards also will be announced during the show. Kids also will be able to vote via the Nick mobile website (wap.nick.com) and through a KCA iPhone app.

Leading up to the award show, the Kids’ Choice Awards website on Nick.com will feature clips and photos from past awards shows, current promotions for the 23rd Annual Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, dedicated information pages on the host and nominees, digital Fan Kits, behind-the-scenes video of stars prepping for the KCAs and three new KCA-themed online games.

On March 27, Nick.com will serve as the interactive second-screen experience for all things Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, giving kids an insider’s look at the entire live event and from the orange carpet. Exclusive Nick.com webcams will give kids control of their viewing experience, and will be featured alongside celebrity tweets, interactive polls, and real-time updates and photos from the event. Kids can also access the webcams through the KCA 2010 iPhone app. The online experience will also feature an audience meter that tracks audience reactions throughout the webcast. After the show, kids can catch all the KCA highlights on the website.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards will be simulcast on FLO TV’s mobile streaming service, and will be available on Video On Demand beginning March 28. KCA clips and shorts will also be available on Nickelodeon’s mobile VOD and online syndication partners.

The U.S. Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards is broadcast in more than 300 million households across Nickelodeon’s international channels. For the first time ever, the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards will be simulcast on Nickelodeon in Canada, and special localized versions of the show will also be created and aired across Europe. Fans in multiple markets will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite local stars in region-specific categories.

Rihanna tops Billboard charts with “Rated R”

rihanna-rated-r-coverRolling Stone raved “one of the best pop records of the year.” The Chicago Sun Times called it “by far the best, most layered and most heartfelt effort of the 21-year-old artist’s career.” Critics and fans alike have been raving about Rihanna’s new album Rated R, which makes its debut today atop the Billboard R&B Albums chart at #1. With over 181,000 copies in its first week of release, Rated R stands as the biggest first-week Soundscan tally of Rihanna’s career.

After a whirlwind promotional tour leading up to the release of Rated R – including a London concert broadcast on MTV, BET and VH1 and performances on the American Music Awards, The Late Show with David Letterman and a Good Morning America concert in New York City’s Times Square – Rihanna’s two singles, “Russian Roulette” and “Hard” feat. Jeezy, are everywhere. Already exploding at radio, “Hard” was the #1 most added record at both the pop and urban formats, and was the greatest gainer at rhythm.

Rihanna will make two very special appearances in New York City later this week. Tomorrow, Thursday December 3rd, she will perform her first major New York area concert in over a year, with a special show at Hammerstein Ballroom sponsored by Myspace, Jetblue and radio station Hot 97. The show will stream live on Myspace.com/Rihanna at 9pm EST tomorrow night. Then, on Saturday December 5th, Rihanna will make her Saturday Night Live debut as musical guest.

Rihanna debuts video for “Russian Roulette”

As “Russian Roulette” – Rihanna’s smash first single from her hotly-anticipated new album Rated R – makes it’s Billboard Hot 100 debut inside the top 10 at #9, the superstar is set to premiere director Anthony Mandler’s dark, cinematic, and surely controversial video tonight on ABC’s “20/20” at 10:00pm EST.

Watch ABC’s promo for the video premiere:

The video premieres amidst a flurry of activity, including the online release of Rihanna’s “Wait Your Turn” video – also helmed by Mandler – and the release of “Hard feat. Jeezy,” a track that has created a frenzy of radio and club play nationwide.
According to Billboard, “Russian Roulette” earns Rihanna her 12th career top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, placing her second among female acts this decade.

As the heat surrounding the November 23rd release of Rated R continues to rise, Rihanna is set to make her return to the stage with an onslaught of appearances in the coming weeks. On Monday, November 16th, Rihanna will partner with Nokia in a first-of-its-kind concert event from a secret location in London. Fans worldwide will be able to stream the concert live from the web and on their Nokia mobile devices, and be among the first to hear material from her new album. For information on how to take part in this historic event, log onto: www.Nokia.com/rihanna.

On Sunday, November 22 –the eve of Rated R’s release – Rihanna will make her return to the national television stage with a special performance on the American Music Awards, airing live on ABC at 8pm EST. On Tuesday, November 24 she will shut down Times Square in the heart of New York City for ABC’s “Good Morning America” concert series, and that night will perform on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Stay tuned for more breaking info on Rihanna, including a special track-by-track exclusive preview on iTunes next week, as the countdown to the year’s most-anticipated album – Rated R – continues…