Rihanna Album Sales Soar Post Chris Brown Incident
While this week’s album sales were dominated by Grammy winners and big debuts by India.Arie and Lily Allen, there was one subplot playing out further down the chart: Rihanna vs. Chris Brown. In the wake of a Grammy day altercation that left her in the hospital and him under arrest, Rihanna was embraced by a clearly sympathetic public. Sales of her 2007 album, Good Girl Gone Bad, surged 33 percent, selling another 25,000 copies at No. 31. (Continue Reading…)

Black Community Bitter about Chris Brown
Monique Wright-Williams had always forbidden her three girls from watching hip-hop music videos because of the way they portray women as “hoochies or sex objects,” she said. “I don’t ever want them to think of themselves as a sex object,” she told ABCNews.com. The music of Chris Brown, though, was different. Marketed as more of a Jonas Brother than a Lil Wayne, Brown won the approval of both mother and daughters. Wright-Williams’ oldest daughter, Solange, a 17-year-old college freshman, plastered her room with pictures of the 19-year-old R&B singer and affectionately referred to him as her “husband.” (Continue Reading…)

Solange Knowles Hospitalized After Fainting Spells
Solange Knowles was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday (February 17), after fainting at an airport on her way home from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. According to updates on her official Twitter page, the younger sister of Beyonce passed out after taking a dose of Nyquil. When she woke up, she was in the hospital, where she was being treated for dehydration and low blood pressure. “Woke up to 8 random people over me, laid out on the floor in baggage claim!” she said, via Twitter early this morning. “Guess I passed out! Scary. Hooked up to IV now. Apparently I’m super dehydrated.” (Continue Reading…)

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