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by Carson Porter | May 31, 2011
Via TravelZoo's daily deals: Pop music sensation Rihanna's "Loud" tour explodes onto stage next weekend in Baltimore with tickets for $41.05 (regularly $85.20). Cee Lo Green and J. Cole will open for the superstar in her only appearance in the area.  I just got around to really listening to Cee Lo's latest and there are a couple of great songs on there besides "Forget You" (cleaned up title). Check out "Bodies", "Old Fashioned", & "I Want You" if you haven't yet. $41 is a bargain and over half off the $85 face value.
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By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
If you keep up with pop culture, Hollywood's glitterati and, particularly, the "black" blogosphere, you've probably heard of celebrity blogger "Necole Bitchie. " Necole Kane, who grew up on the Eastern Shore and lived in Baltimore for several years while attending Morgan State and Towson universities, is the visionary and CEO behind Necolebitchie.com, one of the hottest urban gossip websites in the country. The site, which debuted in 2007 and has built a cultlike fan following, dishes up a mix of celebrity entertainment news, pop culture, music and fashion via posts, photos and video interviews on "Bitchie TV," her YouTube channel.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Rihanna postponed her 1st Mariner Arena concert scheduled for Tuesday night due to the flu and laryngitis, Live Nation announced today. Baltimore fans are instructed to keep their tickets, as a rescheduled date will be announced at a later date. Rihanna canceled Sunday's Boston date of her Diamonds World Tour because of sickness as well. She plans to perform again Thursday in Philadelphia, according to Live Nation. #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
In reaction to fallout from the Ray Rice video posted Monday on TMZ, CBS Sports has pulled its scheduled opening song by Rihanna from tonight's premiere of "Thursday Night Football" featuring the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. The telecast was supposed to open each week with Jay-Z's Grammy-winning "Run This Town" performed by Rihanna. It's the CBS answer to NBC's "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" with Carrie Underwood. The opening was to also include narration from actor Don Cheadle highlighting the rivalry between the two teams and their towns.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
Rihanna, who postponed her Baltimore concert scheduled for March 12 due to illness, will now perform at 1st Mariner Arena on April 24, Live Nation announced this morning. Tickets for the March show will be honored at the door. Tickets are still on sale at ticketmaster.com . If you missed it, earlier this month I wrote a story/essay on Rihanna and why she's unlike any other pop star today. #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2011
Pundits, commentators and TV watchers were shocked a couple of weeks ago when Britney Spears and Rihanna kissed at the Billboard Music Awards. But not J. Cole, who's opening Saturday for Rihanna at 1st Mariner Arena , the first show on the Loud tour. "That's her style," he said. "Even if she's in the spotlight, it really doesn't matter what people think. " The Rihanna gig caps a successful year for the rapper, who will release his first album this year. Born Jermaine Cole, the rapper has been releasing mix tapes since 2007, slowly building his celebrity and opening gigs.
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David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
In reaction to fallout from the Ray Rice video posted Monday on TMZ, CBS Sports has pulled its scheduled opening song by Rihanna from tonight's premiere of "Thursday Night Football" featuring the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. The telecast was supposed to open each week with Jay-Z's Grammy-winning "Run This Town" performed by Rihanna. It's the CBS answer to NBC's "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" with Carrie Underwood. The opening was to also include narration from actor Don Cheadle highlighting the rivalry between the two teams and their towns.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
A little more than a month after postponing her Diamond World Tour concert in Baltimore, Rihanna delivered a stellar performance last night at 1st Mariner Arena. The rescheduled performance appeared to have little effect on her screaming fans. The pop princess pulled out all the stops, performing hit after hit. She started with a very dramatic opening scene, where she appeared to be kneeling in a black cloak. She launched into "Mother Mary," "Phresh off the Runway" and "Birthday Cake.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Last month, on the night Rihanna won her seventh Grammy award, the 25-year-old singer performed "Stay," a sparsely arranged ballad from her latest album, "Unapologetic. " Often known for bombastic performances of uptempo dance songs, Rihanna instead gambled on raw emotion and vulnerability. The lack of flash, and flesh, was uncharacteristic, but the risk paid off. It was one of the few highlights of an otherwise lackluster night. Unsurprisingly, CBS panned to Chris Brown, dressed all in white, for the first reaction.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jackson Blue | August 16, 2011
Which songs are you dying to hear - and which are played out? Z104.3's Jackson Blue weighs in with his handy Heat Meter. Gettin' hot: “I Wanna Go,” Britney Spears Britney gave DJ Pauly D, who is now opening for her tour, a lap dance last Thursday night at her Montreal date. This song is on fire. Warming up: “Cheers,” Rihanna Last week, pictures surfaced of Rihanna giving a lap dance to a 60-year-old man while in concert in Barbados. This song is catching fire.
FEATURES
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Alexis Carter decided to go the unconventional route for her prom, picking a winged-look that emulated a dress worn by her idol, singer Rihanna. Make that her former idol. The 16-year-old from Baltimore, who picked the dress for a Hollywood-themed prom, according to Fox 45 News , was immediately met with scorn for the look on social media. Carter said the dress, which features a plunging neckline and big wings, was a hit at the prom, but when she posted a photo of it on her Twitter feed, @Lexxy_Charms, it was immediately met with strong reactions, including the not-so-flattering trending hashtag #PromBat.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
Last June, R&B veteran Maysa Leak, of Gwynn Oak, was still waiting for the recognition she believed she was owed.  "The [Grammy] nomination is what I'm going after. My music has deserved that for so long. I don't know why it hasn't achieved that," she told me, not sounding angry but genuinely surprised. The wait, which began more than 20 years ago, ends on Sunday night, when Maysa will celebrate her first Grammy nomination. She's competing in the "best traditional R&B performance" category with her song "Quiet Fire" from 2013's "Blue Velvet Soul" album.  Maysa isn't the city's only connection to this year's Grammys.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
There's no such thing as sharing the spotlight with Kanye West. If you're on the same stage as the polarizing rapper, chances are you were relegated to second fiddle before any notes were even played. An exception is Charlie Wilson, the 60-year-old R&B singer and frequent West collaborator who performs Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. When West and Wilson performed their recent "Yeezus" collaboration "Bound 2" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "Later ... with Jools Holland," it was Wilson's impassioned baritone - and not the brooding Yeezus himself - that stole the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
A little more than a month after postponing her Diamond World Tour concert in Baltimore, Rihanna delivered a stellar performance last night at 1st Mariner Arena. The rescheduled performance appeared to have little effect on her screaming fans. The pop princess pulled out all the stops, performing hit after hit. She started with a very dramatic opening scene, where she appeared to be kneeling in a black cloak. She launched into "Mother Mary," "Phresh off the Runway" and "Birthday Cake.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
Rihanna, who postponed her Baltimore concert scheduled for March 12 due to illness, will now perform at 1st Mariner Arena on April 24, Live Nation announced this morning. Tickets for the March show will be honored at the door. Tickets are still on sale at ticketmaster.com . If you missed it, earlier this month I wrote a story/essay on Rihanna and why she's unlike any other pop star today. #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Last month, on the night Rihanna won her seventh Grammy award, the 25-year-old singer performed "Stay," a sparsely arranged ballad from her latest album, "Unapologetic. " Often known for bombastic performances of uptempo dance songs, Rihanna instead gambled on raw emotion and vulnerability. The lack of flash, and flesh, was uncharacteristic, but the risk paid off. It was one of the few highlights of an otherwise lackluster night. Unsurprisingly, CBS panned to Chris Brown, dressed all in white, for the first reaction.
NEWS
By From Sun news services | February 9, 2009
LOS ANGELES -Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' unorthodox musical partnership yielded rich rewards on Grammy night, as the pair won a leading five Grammys, including album of the year for the haunting Raising Sand. But the biggest shock of the night came well before the telecast began, when police announced that they were investigating teen heartthrob and double Grammy nominee Chris Brown for an alleged felony assault on his girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. Brown and Rihanna, each nominated and slated to perform, separately dropped out of the Grammys at the last minute.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Rihanna postponed her 1st Mariner Arena concert scheduled for Tuesday night due to the flu and laryngitis, Live Nation announced today. Baltimore fans are instructed to keep their tickets, as a rescheduled date will be announced at a later date. Rihanna canceled Sunday's Boston date of her Diamonds World Tour because of sickness as well. She plans to perform again Thursday in Philadelphia, according to Live Nation. #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
SPORTS
February 26, 2013
Your browser does not support iframes.   Adam Jones has some fun with the MLB Fan Cave crew, as he and Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera welcomed the return of baseball with a parody of Rihanna's "Diamonds. " Watch the video above and look out for a cameo from an Orioles Hall of Famer towards the end.
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