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Rihanna to create concept album in animated film

Rihanna’s next project is a concept album for the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie Home, Variety has reported.

The Diamonds singer will also be the voice behind the movie’s lead character Gratuity Tucci, with Jenifer Lopez, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons among the supporting cast.

Rihanna to create concept album for animated movie. Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Home, which is based on Adam Rex’s book The True Meaning of Smekday, follows Gratuity's journey to find her mother whilst she attempts to save the earth from an alien invasion.

The film is directed by Tim Johnson, who helmed DreamWorks' Antz and Over The Hedge, and is set for release on 26th November.

Explicit music videos 'should not be banned completely'

Explicit music videos should be made available to the public in a responsible age-appropriate way but should not be banned completely, Gennaro Castaldo of the British Recorded Music Industry told ITV News.

Read: Five music videos banned for going too far

Gennaro Castaldo of the British Recorded Music Industry talking to ITV News. Credit: ITV News

"We have been speaking to digital service providers about whether they could introduce age-based filters. That could be one way of solving this problem," Mr Castaldo said.

"Rather than trying to stop content by banning or censoring it, it’s about how to make it available in a responsible fashion."

Mr Castaldo said the industry takes the issue extremely seriously, but pointed out that "values move" on and that "back in the 50s, people were scandalised by Elvis Presley."


Youngsters call pop videos 'a bit disturbing'

A group of 12-14 year olds have criticised sexually suggestive music videos, calling one Rihanna promo "a bit disturbing" and accusing Miley Cyrus of teaching young kids to twerk.

Pharrell and Robin Thicke's pre-watershed version of the "Blurred Lines" video also came under fire from the group for portraying women as "easy" and "having no self-respect".

Parents' fears over explicit pop music: Survey findings

Statistics from Netmums' poll of 1,522 parents:

  • 81.7% said that their child had sung or repeated sexual song lyrics without realising what they meant
  • 33.4% said their child had copied overtly provocative dance moves from pop star performances
  • 68.6% said that the message being sent was that "you need to flash your body and be sexual to get noticed"

Parents of boys:

  • 45.4% fear sexy music videos may make them grow up expecting women to be too sexually available
  • 58% said it may leave their sons expecting women to have unrealistic figures.

Parents of girls:

  • 75% worry their daughters would think they would be judged on their looks, not personality or achievement
  • 64.3% said they thought their child might be expected to be sexual too soon.


Pop music sends children 'negative message' about sex

Children as young as five are repeating sexual song lyrics and copying provocative dance moves from music by popstars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, a survey of parents has found.

Miley Cyrus was criticised for her performance at the VMA Awards where she twerked with Robin Thicke. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Parenting website NetMums found mums and dads are increasingly concerned that today's pop stars are sending their children negative messages about sex.

The research, which surveyed more than 1,500 parents, follows a warning by Jo Heywood, headmistress of Heathfield School in Ascot, that teenage girls were being "manipulated and confused" by high-profile pop stars such as former clean cut Disney star Miley Cyrus.

Rihanna scores 7 for 7 with Eminem duet

Rihanna and Eminem's new duet The Monster has reached number one - making the Barbadian songstress one of just three acts to have hit the top spot in the singles chart seven times over seven consecutive years.

Rihanna and Eminem have scored this week's number one single. Credit: PA

Only The Beatles and Elvis Presley have previously achieved the "seven for seven" feat.

The duo's single pushed British boy band One Direction out of the running, with their new release Story Of My Life left trailing at number four.

The Monster, from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, is Eminem's first number one hit since 2006, when he featured on Akon's Smack That.

Rihanna 'asked to leave Mosque during photo shoot'

Controversial singer Rihanna was reportedly asked to leave an Abu Dhabi Mosque over concerns she was posing for 'inappropriate pictures'.

A statement from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque quoted in local media referred to 'a singer' on the same day Rihanna posted several pictures of herself posing near the landmark.

The statement said:

"In the event of behaviour that violates the moral codes of access to the mosque – such as taking inappropriate pictures, posing in ways that are improper in the context of sacred place – the violators are directed in a polite manner that reflects the civilisation and tolerant attributes of Islam.

Rihanna was asked to leave the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Credit: Instagram

"Here, the Centre refers to a recent incident, involving a singer who came for a private visit to the mosque, at a gate that is not reserved for visitors, without prior coordination with the Centre's management and without identifying herself."

It is not the first time Rihanna's off-stage activities have attracted attention during her world tour.

Last month two men were arrested after she posted pictures of herself with an endangered animal and earlier this month authorities in Thailand said they arrested the owner of a sex show visited by Rihanna, after the global star Tweeted about her experience.

Singer Church slams 'male-dominated' music industry

Charlotte Church pictured performing in London in April. Credit: Empics

Singer Charlotte Church has attacked the sexism of the "juvenile" male-dominated music industry, which she said was increasingly creating and promoting "child-like" sex objects.

Delivering the John Peel Lecture at the annual Radio Festival in Salford, she said radio executives needed to take some of the responsibility for playing artists who relied on "soft porn" to boost their profile.

Church, 27, said women were being "coerced" into sexual roles to cling on to their careers and she classified women who were overtly using sexual imagery to boost their careers such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus as "unattainable sexbots".

"The culture of demeaning women in pop music is so ingrained as to become routine, from the way they are dealt with by management and labels, to the way they are presented to the public," she said.

Church's speech is to be broadcast at midnight tonight by BBC Radio 6 Music.

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