Rihanna signed to Def Jam at the tender age of 17. Since then, we've watched her grow up before our eyes, transforming from a reggae-influenced vocalist into pop's reigning princess. She's become a versatile collaborator and -- at times -- tabloid fodder. Check out a slew of videos showing Rihanna...then and now. And watch her live on Monday, 11/19 at 1 p.m. PT on youtube.com/rihannalive.
This week the festival of lights is being observed around the world. Here are a select few music videos in the Indian classical and semi-classical genre to celebrate. They give a flavor of the different vocal styles that have developed over hundreds of years.
The Wu never went anywhere. But with Wu Block popping up and RZA doing a collabo with The Black Keys, it seems like the group has been surging back into the limelight recently. And it's about time; nobody does hip-hop like the Wu. Lyrically fearless, possessed of their own complex mythology and a sprawling, shifting stable of charismatic producers and rhyme-smiths, the group dominated hip-hop throughout the '90s and remained a formidable force in the oughts. Groups like Odd Future can only hope to approximate the Wu's innovation and influence. (Sorry, OFWGTA!) The extended clan's output is so large that any kind of overview would be laughable, but here are a few entry points into one of hip-hop's greatest discographies -- plus a few interviews.