Saturday, 5 February 2011
I admit, I'm not a fan of Rihanna, but millions will disagree with me, and I'm ok with that. This week, the papers have been full of headlines about her new single, titled S&M, the video for which is too raunchy for the tastes of, as it stands currently, 11 countries, all of whom have banned its broadcast.
So, whilst we're all aware of the old adage that sex sells, has Rihanna gone too far this time? Bear in mind, there is also the popular phrase that "Any publicity is good publicity", and of course this is all free press for her new album, titled Loud.
At least she's standing out from the crowd, it could be argued, and in this current saturated market and these worrying times when record labels and record shops are all but gone, it takes more to get the public to part with their money and pay for music.
Also, human nature is such that when we are told "no", we instantly are more attracted to the prospect of whatever we have just been forbidden from seeing/doing/hearing/wearing, etc. Think back to (or google/wiki!) what happened over the book Lady Chatterley's Lover in the 1960s.
Love her or hate her, Rihanna is here to stay for a good while yet, and it seems controversy and her go hand in hand together.