Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Rihanna remains an enigma onstage at the Forum

Rihanna is one of the few pop artists who has seemingly mastered multi-platform superstardom in our digital, social media-driven world. 

Since her debut more than 10 years ago, Rihanna has retained a high level of visibility in pop culture that would have long veered into overexposure if she weren't such an enigma. 

Maintaining such mystery is a bit remarkable considering she’s issued eight albums

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Radio stations will honor Prince by playing 'Nothing Compares 2 U' Wednesday afternoon

You know the lyric.

"It's been seven hours and 13 days," Prince sings to begin his ballad "Nothing Compares 2 U," describing the amount of time that's passed "since you took your love away."

Now a radio station in the legendary singer's hometown is planning to use the song to mark a different occasion.

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Um, Alicia Keys just released a new single — and it's kind of great

Oh, this is a welcome return.

After a few years away from the spotlight, Alicia Keys released a new single, "In Common," late Tuesday, and so far it's feeling like a low-key delight — certainly an improvement over the ponderous do-gooder vibe that pervaded much of her recent work.

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Prince arranged to meet addiction doctor, attorney says

In his final weeks, Prince hid signs of trouble from his fans, stonewalling reports of an overdose that required an emergency plane landing and making a brief public appearance to reassure them. But privately, the superstar was in crisis, seeking help from a prominent addiction expert that ultimately came too late.

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Radiohead releases video for 'Burn the Witch'; single out Wednesday

If Beyoncé is pop music's surprise-release avatar of empowerment, Radiohead is its messenger of realism and dread as seen and heard in the band's new video and accompanying single, "Burn the Witch."

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Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rapper Tupac, dies at 69

Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, died in her Bay Area home Monday night, sheriff’s officials said.

A family friend called 911 at 9:34 p.m. to Shakur Davis' home in Sausalito after she was experienced “physical distress,” according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

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