If there’s one thing Rihanna cares about in this world, it’s weed. No, wait, it’s Chris Brown. No, it’s fashion! Especially when it comes to her image being used on shirts and shit without her permission. Doing so might just cost Topshop $5 million, if Rihanna’s lawsuit against them is successful.
From The New York Post:
A source exclusively tells us the superstar’s team had tried to negotiate with Topshop owners Arcadia Group for eight months over the rights to her image, “but they offered her $5,000 and said they don’t care.”
Rihanna, 25, has hired international law firm Reed Smith to file the suit in London.
The source said, “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.
“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,” our source continued.
“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.”
We’re told the case is now in discovery. Rihanna has handed over details of her fashion deals with Armani and River Island, a competitor to Topshop in the UK.
A Topshop source told us: “This issue is related to a T-shirt provided to Topshop by a third-party supplier. We are aware it is the subject of litigation. [There are] public documents” available for inspection in the London court.
The source added, “The amount of damages sought has not been articulated anywhere in the claimant’s document.”
To be fair here, while it’s frivolous and Rihanna certainly doesn’t need the money, this is sort of a matter of principle, she’s right. If someone stuck my image on a t-shirt as a celebrity and was profiting off it and I wasn’t seeing a dime, I’d be litigious as hell and get my lawyers phoned up real quick. Whether or not Topshop will actually have to pay up is a whole other issue.
May 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Rihanna fancies herself a fashion designer as well as a singer, so she teamed up with UK-based clothing retailer River Island for her own collection late last year, the first of which was released earlier this year. Well, now there’s a new one for summer 2013 and it’s full of “pieces” just as ugly as the first time around.
RiRi seems to be a bit confused about the idea she’s going for. She’s said that her idea for the range was born out of her desire for clothes that were “a little shorter [or] have a little more sex appeal”, and also that the line will be great for your “fat days”. Well, the last time I checked, my “fat days” (every day!) don’t make me want to wear a shredded tube top or “shorts” that barely cover my ass cheeks, but whatever. Maybe she was a little distracted after her recent break-up or something.
May 15, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Chris Brown and Rihanna have more drama than a Meryl Streep movie (love you, Meryl!), so there’s always some story floating around about how they’re broken up and then back together again or they’re getting married and Rihanna’s pregnant and blah blah blah. After the couple’s recent social media bust-up, Chris Brown apparently did an interview confirming that the pair had split and that he considers himself to be single.
On Australia’s Kyle O & Jackie Show, Chris said (via DS):
“I actually have three birthday parties scheduled: one in LA, one in Vegas, and one in New York, so we can go ahead and have fun, and I’m just trying to have the best time and basically celebrate with all my fans and all the people that’s in the club and the parties.”
When asked what the best present he could receive would be, Brown said peace of mind, but added: “You know, I’m 24, I’m going to be in Las Vegas, so I really want to see as many girls as possible.”
Kyle Sandilands then asked Brown what his “status” was, and whether he would be partying alone, to which the rapper said: “Yeah, I’m gonna do it solo.”
Brown, who turned 24 on Sunday (May 5), continued: “The way I look at it is… I’m always going to love that person, but people have differences, and people have different wants and needs.”
“At the end of the day she’s a young girl. I can’t really be focused on wife-ing somebody that young… and I’m young too.”
“I just got to step forward and be a man and be the best Chris Brown I can be instead of worrying about whoever else is going to be in my side pocket.”
So, basically you want to f-ck a lot of different women (all of whom have to be dumb enough to actually want to f-ck you despite you being a total shitbag) but then maybe come back to Rihanna when her tour is over? I don’t know, I mean, whatever with these two. Listen to Chris’s whole interview (if you dare) below:
May 6, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Rihanna lost her damn mind. Someone on the Internet didn’t like her and so Rihanna took her photo and compared her to a goat. Seriously. SERIOUSLY!
Rihanna has lashed out at an Instagram user for posting a derogatory remark about her family.
The ‘Stay’ singer uploaded an image containing a picture of a goat and the user asking her followers to ‘spot the difference’.
Instagram user ms_kasharna1 responded to a picture of Rihanna and one of her relatives with”I swear everyone in Rihanna’s family looks like they’re retarded… Must be the drugs and alcohol!”
Rihanna responded by uploading a new picture on her own Instagram account of a picture taken from ms_kasharna1′s profile alongside a goat. The picture was also posted on her Twitter feed, which is nearing 29.5 million followers.
ms_kasharna1 has since deleted all of her photos from her Instagram account, though her Twitter profile also sees her previously attacking the Bajan star.
One tweet reads: “Rihanna looks so dirty!!! Like she hasn’t showered in days!”, with another saying: “@Chrisbrown would just punch @rihanna in the face again”.
Rihanna, was this person on the Internet a kind person? No. Her statements were mean, stupid, and of eye-rollingly 6th grade caliber. We all agree on this. Which is all the more reason why it makes NO F-CKING SENSE for you to respond. For so many reasons. You must be aware that thousands of people diss on you at all the time, right? So why this chick? Did you snap? Do you know her? Do you know someone who knows someone who knows her?
Even if you did, it’s still a shitty thing to do. RISE ABOVE, YOU ASSHOLE.
Anyway here’s the photo Miss Riri posted, and I’m conflicted about posting it because I don’t want to make this poor random girl’s life even worse, but you’re going to see it on the Internet somewhere regardless, so here it is.
Good job, Rihanna. Hope this makes you feel great about yourself. At least when you were fighting with Ciara you were picking on someone your own size.
May 5, 2013 at 8:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Relationships taking place on/ending because of social media is something that should be limited to the 12-16 age group, and yet grown ass adults are still obsessed with posting their every action with their significant other all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, tumblr and whatever the f-ck else is out there to share shit on. I get it – you’re proud to be with your lady/man. Live it up! But I shouldn’t have to read about how “LOL Mark is sooooo gross he just farted and put my head under the cover OMGGG nasty but I love my man <3 <3 <3″ every five seconds. Kill me now.
Anyway, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Drake haven’t got the message on this, apparently, because all this drama is unfolding over bullshit that’s not even anything and totally doesn’t matter. Here’s how it apparently went down: Rihanna decided to follow Drake on Instagram and liked one of his photos. Because Drake is Chris Brown’s mortal enemy, Chris decided to unfollow Rihanna on Twitter less than 24 hours after that. Instead, Chris is now following his ex-girfriend, Karrueche Tran. LOL to all of this.
Drake hasn’t said anything to anyone, so he’s not really part of this whole nonsense. He’s probably writing poetry by candlelight (the candle which illuminates his Rihanna shrine, natch) and thinking that it was totally worth it to steal a strand of her hair from a hotel pillowcase for his love potion. It’s working, Drake! It’s really working!
Chris Brown must be pretty insecure if he thinks an Instagram follow means anything besides “I’m too lazy to look up your profile every time I wanna creep on what you’re doing so I guess I’ll put you in my timeline”. Rihanna does seem like the type to f-ck with Chris, though, and this is one situation in which I actually support such behaviour.
May 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Chris Brown is just basically awful in every way at this point (although he still isn’t even the #1 most hated celebrity — that goes to Gwyneth), and not a good boyfriend candidate for Rihanna. Though Brown claims they’re not together, I think it’s bullshit.
Even Chris Brown’s dad, Clinton Brown, says they’re back together and that it’s a bad idea. He told The New York Daily News,
I personally really didn’t want him and Rihanna back together.
His phrasing suggests that they are in fact a couple again. He goes on to sort of explain why he is against it.
You have to have a balance in a relationship. You have to have someone who is spontaneous and whimsical but you also have to have someone who is grounded and logical. … Is that a given — that you can’t have fortune and fame without (death) being the end result?
Boy, that escalated quickly.
Not that Brown isn’t obviously capable of violence — we’ve seen he’s really adept at that — but it’s troubling when your own dad theorizes that your relationship could end you murdering the other person.
I don’t even know what to say about these two anymore.