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Media Goes Gaga for Rihanna

It’s hard to tell from the byline, but Quinn Keaney is in fact a woman. As such, the headline and sub-headline for her MTV.com item about Rihanna’s bares-nearly-all Esquire UK spread may turn out to be the unisex one to beat.

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Out of the gate, Keaney has plenty of male, female, straight and gay company when it comes to praising the pics, which were also teased by the singer via Instagram. Perez Hilton ends his headline with “…This Is The Best Day Ever!” The Huffington Post Canada closes out their third paragraph with – (We understand if you have to take a cold shower now. We’ll wait.) And HipHollywood declares that “hell, you can almost see her areola … TWICE!”

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Dish Gets Scripps Networks Rights for Online Video Service (THR)
Pay TV company Dish Network and Scripps Networks Interactive on Tuesday announced a multi-year carriage renewal for the latter’s lifestyle cable TV networks. Deadline Hollywood HGTV, Food Network and Great American Country are among the Scripps Networks Interactive channels that will be part of the package that Dish Network is assembling for its planned broadband video service that will target young viewers who want a low-cost alternative to the full pay TV bundle that many consider to be too expensive. Re/code The service is supposed to launch this year. Like pacts Dish has previously made with Disney and A&E, the agreement is part of a larger distribution deal for the satellite TV company. Last week, Sony announced that it had made progress on its own Web TV plans by signing up Viacom. Variety In addition to the over-the-top streaming rights, the pact expands Dish’s distribution of authenticated live and VOD programming on Internet-connected devices and widens distribution of DIY and Cooking Channel to Dish’s America’s Top 200 satellite TV package. The OTT rights under the deal with Scripps Networks let Dish deliver multiple streams per household. “This first-of-its-kind OTT deal for Scripps Networks Interactive enables us to reach even more people through Dish’s innovative services,” said Ken Lowe, Scripps Networks Interactive president and CEO. New York Post Dish chairman Charlie Ergen was on the East Coast last week wooing programmers to the new platform, sources said. Dish is one of the first companies to risk cannibalizing its existing pay-TV product to be a first mover in burgeoning Internet-based TV space.

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Chris Brown Has Advice for Ray Rice: ‘It’s About How You Control Yourself’

MTV News’ Sway sat down with a very mellow Chris Brown yesterday. Brown, who in 2009 plead guilty to felony assault for hitting then-girlfriend Rihanna, has some advice for Ray Rice, who was cut from the Baltimore Ravens after video showed him knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

“Dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself, and the life I’ve been through, and where I’m headed, it’s helped me focus on what’s really important and not F-up,” said Brown. Earlier Thursday, Brown was performing at the VIP Room in the West Village, when a fight broke out. TMZ says he stayed out of it.

Gisele Bundchen Gets Naked for Mert & Marcus

How do you top a topless Rihanna flaunting nipple rings? If you’re the editors of French adult magazine Lui, the cover-answer is Madame Tom Brady.

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Rihanna Graces March Vogue Cover

Rihanna is Vogue’s March cover girl.

The accompanying cover story features the sentence “Being a bad bitch in Rihanna-land is a good thing” and RiRi explaining, “More than anything, I like a jacket.” So there’s that.

This is the third time Rihanna has graced the cover of Vogue. Our favorite is still the November 2012 front, which had Rihanna provocatively proclaiming “I love to have fun.”

Live, from New York… It’s Five New SNL Faces

For this week’s print edition, The Hollywood Reporter has the double scoop on five incoming Saturday Night Live cast members. It’s the largest performer turnover since Will Ferrell ’s 1995-96 debut season.

Reporter Seth Abramovitch touches briefly on the various audition locales and performer gambits, including this post-post-modern material from Noel Wells, who is one of the five new faces:

Wells “blew everyone away,” says one attendee, with her impression of a Vine video. (She played a screaming fan at a Rihanna concert who falls and repeats the embarrassing moment again and again.)

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Pair of Music Journalists Fundraising for UNCOOL New Outlet

From Tyler Hayes, owner of the website Next Big Thing, comes word of some hip, self-effacing potential competition. Or maybe there’s room for everybody on the endlessly elastic Word Wide Web.

UNCOOL, a new long-form music journalism site, is the brainchild of local freelance writers Daniel Siegal and David Greenwald (LA Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, etc.; Siegal also writes for LAT community newspaper La Cañada Valley Sun*). In their Kickstarter pitch, the pair promise there will be “no blog posts, no news stories about Rihanna‘s Instagram…. Just great writing about music that matters.”

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Media Critic Wades Through a Very Muddy YouTube News Story Trail

As The Guardian‘s head of media and technology Dan Sabbagh reminds at the end of his brief but very fun summary of some widely disseminated upside-down coverage of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment being stripped of billions of YouTube channel views, “partial facts + total conspiracy = extra Web traffic.”

His main target is cross-town rival The Daily Mail, but there are dozens of other outlets that also got the story wrong. This despite that fact that on December 21, Billboard reporter Alex Pham laid it all out as plain as a Rihanna-Chris Brown NBA courtside sighting. There were no “fake” YouTube channel views; rather, the reason the music labels had their counts adjusted downwards was because of something much more mundane. Per Sabbagh’s wrap-up:

Universal and Sony have, since 2009, been moving their music videos away from their YouTube channels and over to Vevo, the music industry site the two companies own with some investors from Abu Dhabi. YouTube, meanwhile, thinks that is only right to count channel video views for videos that are still actually present on the channels – which means that whenever YouTube got round to reviewing the music majors’ channels on its site, a massive cut was always going to be in order…

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Oprah on OWN: ‘I’m Not Doing the Hula Yet…’

Oprah Winfrey adorns one of four different covers for The Hollywood Reporter‘s special year-end double issue hitting newsstands today. She’s part of a compilation of 2012 “Rule Breakers,” the kind of framing and terminology that editorial director Janice Min is an expert at. The content seems just that much more compelling than if it were sitting under a “Top 11″ headline, which is the total number of profiled entities.

A year ago, media critics were writing Oprah Winfrey’s OWN obituary. But with Tyler Perry on the exclusive horizon and Rihanna in the rear-view mirror, the 58-year-old mogul’s conversation with reporters Lacey Rose and Stacey Wilson suggests this holiday season’s New Year’s resolutions will be a little less panicked:

“I’m not doing the hula yet… but compared to a year ago, it feels like a sigh of relief,” says Winfrey between sips of iced tea on her sprawling estate…

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Women Occupy Seven out of The Top 10 Spots in Most Powerful List

Forbes’Most Powerful Celebrity” list is jam packed with women. In fact, women take seven out of the top 10 spots in the magazine’s report, which ranks people according to earnings and fame. Jennifer Lopez takes the number one spot and Oprah — the highest ranking media mogul on the list — is runner-up. Other women rounding out the top 10 include Rihanna (4), Lady Gaga (5), Britney Spears (6), Kim Kardashian (7) and Katy Perry (8).

We’ve seen this “female focused” trend already, when Time’s annual Time 100 list featured 38 women, more than ever before. Does this mean that 2012 is the year of the woman? Are we even allowed to write that considering Forbes counts Kardashian as “powerful?”

Probably not.

[Pic via Essence]

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