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Is the Rihanna & J. Cole Sex Tape Just Another Larry Flynt Publicity Stunt?

If so, it seems to be working. News of the tape has been widely reported, from the celebrity blogosphere to the Washington Post. Both Rihanna and J. Cole felt the need to respond to the rumor, which they deny.

True or not, Hustler, a division of Beverly Hills-based Larry Flynt Publications, is getting plenty of free publicity out of the deal. And that’s good for any publishing company. As with mainstream media, the combination of a recession and the proliferation of free online content has hit the porn industry hard. Hustler is no doubt feeling the squeeze, and making headlines certainly couldn’t hurt the bottom line.

And if the tape is real, it’s going to rake in some serious cabbage. Maybe it’s time to ask if Larry Flynt is hiring.

Gabrielle Union Once Tried to Shoot a Rapist, Defends Rihanna

In the wake of the inexplicable outrage over Rihanna‘s “Man Down” video, which depicts a rape victim shooting her attacker, actress Gabrielle Union has stepped forward to share her own real-life experience. Union used her Twitter feed to talk about the incident:

Durin my rape I tried 2 shoot my rapist, bt I missed. Over the yrs I realized tht killin my rapist wouldve added insult 2 injury

The DESIRE 2 kill someone whose abused/raped u is understandable, bt unless its self defense n the moment 2 save ur life, just ADDS 2 ur troubles

#mandown video did a GREAT job of getting the ENTIRE world TALKING abt RAPE. I hope tht it leads 2 HEALING & PREVENTS RAPE

 

Union has spoken publicly about being raped before, but she had never before revealed that she attempted to shoot her attacker.

Rihanna’s controversial music video can be viewed here.

Rihanna’s Controversial ‘Man Down’ Video Draws Defenders from the Media

Rihanna‘s been taking plenty of heat for her new music video, in which the singer portrays a rape victim who kills her attacker. Outraged media watchdog groups have gone so far as to demand the video be banned. But media outlets remain largely unmoved by the hysteria.

BET premiered the video last week and has refused to stop airing it. The network issued a statement in response to the controversy:

BET Networks has a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines that are applied to all of our content. The Rihanna “Man Down” video complied with these guidelines and was approved for air.

MTV has not yet aired the video, but noted on the MTV.com blog that their “Facebook poll asking whether the video goes too far had the “no” votes leading the “yes” votes by a margin of three-to-one.”
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Bad Music | Songs for a Thief | Spider-Man Tangled

  • SportsNewser: In perhaps the understatement of the decade, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas says, “Some of my notes were pitchy.” Translation: I realize I am completely terrible.
  • UnBeige: Rihanna‘s music video director is being accused of stealing ideas, because no one ever takes ideas from other people ever.
  • PRNewser: The Spider-Man musical is getting assaulted by critics, especially one by the name of G. Goblin.

2010′s Best And Worst Men’s Magazine Cover Subjects

On Monday FishbowlNY reported that Lady Gaga was 2010’s leading cover girl for monthly and biweekly magazines.  Although Gaga was everywhere last year, there were some other celebs that held their own while gracing the covers of men’s magazines.  Top male titles GQ, Details, Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Men’s Health featured a smorgasbord of A-listers that went either boom or bust at newsstands in 2010.  Here’s the scorecard (all results are courtesy of the Audit Bureau of Circulations Rapid Report):

GQ’s top-selling cover went to Rihanna who posed topless for the January issue.  Funnymen Tracy Morgan, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis each had a separate GQ cover in August and sold the second most copies for the year.  Apparently GQ readers are firmly on board with Team Edward because Taylor Lautner’s July issue was the lowest seller of 2010.

Twilight leading man Robert Pattinson was plastered on the cover of Details 10th anniversary issue in March – the year’s bestseller.  Mad Men’s Jon Hamm was not as fortunate as his October cover was Details least successful issue through November.

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Lady Gaga: 2010′s Top Cover Girl

With five Grammy award nominations, a spot on Time’s 100 most influential people of the year list, and eight MTV Video Music Awards in the past 12 months, Lady Gaga had a wildly successful 2010.  One more accolade that the “Fame Monster” can add to her resume is an undisputed spot atop the 2010 print throne.  According to WWD, an Audit Bureau of Circulations report reveals that Gaga-centric issues sold better than any other celeb and the trend is not expected to slow down in 2011.

Lady Gaga’s July 8 Rolling Stone double issue sold 245,000 copies, nearly three times above the title’s January-September 2010 average.  Gaga’s April 2010 Cosmopolitan was a major hit as well, selling 1.7 million copies and making its mark as the magazine’s leading issue through October.  Lady Gaga was responsible for the year’s second most successful issue of Vanity Fair as her September cover sold 450,000 copies and trailed only Angelina Jolie’s cover.   She also opened 2010 with a bang by appearing in the January issue of Elle, one which held up as their third highest seller through October.

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Vibe Relaunches With Maybe Not The Best Cover Celebrity

VIBE_ChrisBrown_Preview.jpg When Vibe magazine shuttered back in June, there was little hope that the publication would be revived, considering the state of the magazine industry. But revived it was, acquired by a trio that included equity firm InterMedia Partners, Uptown Media Group and Blackrock Digital that together formed the new Vibe Lifestyle Network.

In late August Jermaine Hall was named editor-in-chief, a circle completed as Hall’s first job was working for the original Vibe. And he’s certainly set on making his mark: His decision to put Chris Brown on the cover for the relaunched magazine’s December issue (the new Vibe.com has already been up and running since August) is bound to stir up controversy. Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna is currently doing the talk-show circuit on the physical altercation between her and Brown before the Grammys this February, and putting the convicted R&B star on the cover of Vibe can either be seen as tone-deaf and offensive, or provocative and challenging.

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Plea Deal For Chris Brown

1cbkl.jpgA settlement has been reached between prosecutors and Chris Brown. Brown won’t do any jail time for “allegedly” beating the crap out of his former girlfriend Rihanna. From the AP:

Chris Brown has plead guilty to one count of felony assault on pop star Rihanna.

Brown entered his plea before a preliminary hearing was scheduled to start in Los Angeles on Monday. Brown is in the process of waiving his rights.

Brown’s alleged victim, Rihanna, had been on standby to testify on Monday.

Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos (GEHR’-uh-gohs), says the deal includes five years of supervised probation and six months of community labor.

Vibe Media Group Launches Tabloid

vibe05.11.09.jpgWhile most media companies are running as quickly as they can away from the print world, Vibe Media Group will embrace the medium with a print magazine covering “celebrity fashion, lifestyle, red-carpet moments, travel, and news.” The Most! hits newsstands on June 16, while its corresponding Web site, TheMostMag.com, debuts two weeks earlier.

Vibe‘s all-time best-selling cover featured Chris Brown and Rihanna, which signified that there would be space in the marketplace for a celebrity-focused version of the music mag. The Most! will be published twice a year.

“Our goal with The Most! is to give our readers ‘the most’ of what they crave,” Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of Vibe/Vice president/editorial director of Vibe Media Group, and founder of The Most!, said in a statement.

The full release is after the jump.

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Huffpo Questions LAT’s Journalistic Integrity for Publishing Rihanna’s Name as an Assault Victim – Then Publishes Photo of Her as an Assault Victim

huffporian.jpgMedia Editor at Huffington Post Danny Shea called LAT staffer Andrew Blankstein out by name questioning the ethics (stating that other publications ‘wouldn’t go there’) of naming an assault victim. Namely singer Rihanna – allegedly beat up by her boyfriend Chris Brown.

The whole saga is here.

So because Huffington Post is a stalwart of journalistic principles today they published the photo of Rihanna’s injuries. Then they took it down and just linked to the leaked photo.

When asked about why they came down so hard on the LAT for something they’re clearly guilty of too, Shea told FBLA,”We didn’t give the LA Times a hard time. We just presented the facts. We didn’t make any judgments.”

Uh huh.

Neither do we.

Previous stuff on the case. And here.

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