Talk about stealing samples! Topshop was slammed by a $5 million lawsuit by Rihanna for using her image to sell a t-shirt without her consent. A source told Page Six that, “Rihanna’s management asked Topshop a number of times to stop selling her image and were told, ‘We do what we want.’ They buy the pictures from a photographer, but they do not pay the artist licensing fees. Unfortunately, UK law does not protect the artist.”
The source continued, “What is most offensive for Rihanna is that they basically told her, ‘Go to hell. We don’t care; we are going to continue selling you.’ Topshop is now in the United States. They set up in Manhattan and Nordstrom, but they know better than to do this in the US because they would get in trouble.”
“Even though the UK laws don’t protect the artist, she has decided to move forward and sue Topshop. She has spent almost $1 million in litigation at this point. She says it’s the principle, and wants to make a statement about it. They are taking advantage of artists. It is just exploitation. What they are doing is wrong.”
Um, we can’t help but be on Team RiRi on this. The t-shirt bears her image and for Topshop to take advantage of a UK clause is very unfashionable of them. What do you guys think? Should Topshop pay up? Tell us in the comments section!
And check out Rihanna’s video for Stay here.
Rihanna is readying to air her own documentary on her infamous 777 Tour that took place over seven days and seven countries last November. Rihanna and her record company came up with the marketing plan to charter a plane full of journalists, including MUCH’s own Scott Willats, to all seven tour stops in celebration of the release of her seventh album in seven years.
Rihanna instead made headlines for the lack of accessibility to the singer during the tour, which touched down in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York. Proving that bad press is still press, Rihanna’s album Unapologetic hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 only days after the tour ended.
Rihanna is now set to tell her side of the tour story with her own 777 documentary, set to air on Fox this May…OR you could just watch MUCH’s very own doc, Rihanna: Inside 777 right now. Click here and don’t wait until May.
Victoria’s Secret used Rihanna’s hit track to get to you Stay to watch models on the beach frolic in their swim 2013 line… as if we needed more reason to check out those cute bikinis. Anyways, the video is pretty simple with the Angels on the beach stretching like they get paid to (wait, they do). I don’t know if Stay is the best track to sell swimwear but I suppose if Taco Time can use Passion Pit’s Take A Walk to sell tacos, then I guess that’s all I need to know.
Check out the video below and tell us what you think in the comments section!
The stage is almost set for Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour. With only two days to go until the latest tour by Rihanna kicks off, the singer is giving fans a sneak peek into the making of the Diamonds Stage. Involved in every step of the process, the video shows Rihanna working with her designers on the video content and lighting for the stage.
In between working hard on her upcoming tour, Rihanna took some time this week to post a picture of herself on her Instagram account, wearing a pair of thong underwear and new boots. Oh Rih Rih.
Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour begins this Friday in Buffalo and hits Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary later this month.
After delivering a moving performance with Mikky Ekko during Sunday’s broadcast of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Rihanna has now released her video for Stay. The second single from her seventh studio album Unapologetic, Stay is a huge departure from the club hits Rihanna has been pumping out in recent years, including tracks like We Found Love and Where Have You Been.
Rihanna leaked a version of the video last night on her Twitter page, which featured close up shots of the singer in a bathtub, singing only a handful of the lines from Stay.
The official video, which hit the web this morning, shows both Rihanna and her collaborator Mikky Ekko, pining for one another in the same bathroom, though they never appear together. The official video includes wider angles of a very naked Rihanna, looking natural and make-up free. Appearing on the edge of despair for the entire video, the final frames show Rihanna becoming physically upset, with tears rolling down her face as the song comes to a close.
The video was directed by Sophie Muller, who is famous for her work with No Doubt and Annie Lennox. This is the first time Rihanna has partnered with Muller and hopefully not the last.
Check out Rihanna’s official video for Stay featuring Mikky Ekko.