MUSIC NEWS// Rick Ross Debuts at No. 1 For The Fourth Time, Rihanna Dropped From Nivea Campaign & Harry Belafonte Calls Beyonce and Jay-Z Socially IrresponsiblePublished by Blair Bedford on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 9:25 am.
1. Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t Debuts at No. 1
In its first week on the charts, Rick Ross’ fifth studio recording, God Forgives, I Don’t, has proven to be as unforgiving to the competition as advertised. The highly anticipated effort has nabbed the top spot on the Billboard charts with first-week sales reaching 218,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The chart-topping success of the LP — which features appearances by Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Usher and Nas, among others — makes this the fourth time Ross has had a No. 1 debut and it’s his highest first-week sales mark to date. [MORE]
2. Rihanna Dropped From Nivea Campaign
We all know sex sells, but sometimes it can go too far for certain companies. According to the Daily Mail, Nivea Cosmetics has dropped Rihanna from their campaign. Stefan Heidenreich, the new CEO of Nivea’s parent company Beiersdorf, said that the singer is a “no go” and cited the company’s family values as a reason to drop the star.
“I do not understand how to bring the core brand of Nivea in conjunction with Rihanna,” Heidenreich said. “Nivea is a company which stands for trust, family and reliability.” [MORE]
3. Harry Belafonte Calls Beyoncé and Jay-Z Socially Irresponsible
Harry Belafonte is a prominent elder in the entertainment business who has a message for two of today’s biggest stars. The 85-year-old King of Calypso, who is known for his Caribbean music influence, many films and advocacy for human rights, is still vocal as ever about social injustices and celebrities playing their part in aiding humanity. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he’s not happy with minorities in Hollywood today, and feels that Beyoncé and Jay-Z, recently listed as Forbes’ highest paid couple, are socially irresponsible. [MORE]