Talent and a dose of good luck got Barbados-born Rihanna signed to Def Jam when she was 16 years old. She was discovered by producer Evan Rogers during his island visit in 2003, and went on to impress Def Jam CEO Jay-Z so much that he grabbed her for a multi-album contract. The singer's first single, "Pon de Replay," was released in June 2005, with the full album Music of the Sun dropping a month later. But her big break came in 2006 with the release of the single "S.O.S." and the subsequent album A Girl Like Me. The single, which sampled Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," was one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially popular songs of that year. Though Rihanna had basically moved away from dancehall, she was moving toward a new aesthetic that married R&B, synth-pop and hip-hop. She continued in this direction with 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad, which featured the infectious singles "Umbrella" and "Shut Up and Drive." In early 2009, she was assaulted by then-boyfriend Chris Brown en route to a pre-Grammys party; that November, she released Rated R, a highly personal album with an unmistakable darkness. The next year, she issued her fifth album, Loud.
Rihanna Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minShe has been referred to as one of the most powerful celebrities of our time and has been characterised as one of the most influential people in the world. We are taken on a journey from humble beginnings in St. Michael in Barbados to her becoming the world class pop icon she is today. Rihanna is the first female artist from Barbados to have won a Grammy Award. She has received dozens of awards, produced songs with Ne-Yo, Stargate and Timberland and released seven albums. This film takes a look at the life of a singer from the view of the fans, industry experts and the singer herself as she talks about the heartaches and celebration of being one of the most talked about individuals in the music industry today. We also take an intimate look into her love/ hate relationship with singer Chris Brown and how this has lead to a positive change in her music, while the abuse she experiencedlead to a change that would stay with her forever. Including rare archive footage and music videos from a selection of her greatest hits including Pon de Replay, Umbrella, Rude Boy, We Found Love and more this a must see for any Rihanna fan!
Rihanna Top Tracks
Runtime: 1 hr 13 min14 time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer, actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Alicia Keys captivated audiences eleven years ago when she performed “Fallin” off her debut album, Songs in A Minor on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since releasing her first album, Keys has built an astonishing repertoire of hits with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. Over the last few years, Keys has evolved her body of work with world tours, movie deals, best-selling books, Broadway plays and philanthropic missions. Her growth as an artist has also been highlighted by numerous collaborations including Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Jack White and Jay-Z. VH1 Storytellers captures her intimate performance from November 2012 where she shares the back story of some of her biggest hits.
Live from Paris
Runtime: 1 hr 40 minFilmed in the summer of 2011, at the Palais Omnis Ports De Bercy. Shakira: Live from Paris includes Shakira's biggest hits from “Inevitable” to “Hips Don't Lie”. She also pays tribute to, Frances Cabrel, by singing “Je L'aime A Mourir”. From beginning to end, it is Shakira at her best.
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minHe is one of the most successful recording artists of the 21st century. From the Mickey Mouse Club to NSYNC, Justin Timberlake has gone on to become an international superstar as a solo artist. There have been many highs and lows throughout his well publicised and extremely high profile career, from his break up with Britney, to winning the life time achievement award at the 2013 VMA awards. There is no doubt that Justin Timberlake is the quintessential superstar of his generation. Throughout this documentary you will discover the ins and outs of his amazing career and personal life, including interviews with the man himself and with show biz experts. This is the truly remarkable story of an iconic superstar: Justin Timberlake.
Runtime: 11 minThe one and only Zara Larsson came to chat with PausePlay about writing with MNEK, growing up with a singing sister, of course, her new album So Good, and a run in with Liam Gallagher.
The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 2 hr 10 minThis musical release from mega pop star Lady Gaga captures a live performance by the diva, recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York, in honor of her Monster Ball Tour. Some of the songs featured in the concert include "Dance in the Dark," "Glitter and Grease," "Just Dance," and more.
Live in Atlanta
Runtime: 2 hr 35 minDestiny's Child's Live In Atlanta serves as a dazzling chronicle of their final tour together. See the hits-"Survivor," "Say My Name," "Lose My Breath"-alongside killer solo performances by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 27 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
Live at Wembley
Runtime: 2 hr 14 minBeyonce's London fans go crazy when the Destiny's Child beauty, on her first solo international tour, descends to a massive stage while suspended, upside down, from a wire. After a delicate landing, the star embarks on a set of recent hits immersed in complicated arrangements, including the Arabic sound of "Baby Boy" and "Naughty Girl," the chunky, hypnotic funk of "Hip Hop Star," and Beyonce: Live at Wembley's best performance, the powerful "Work It Out," in which the diva is at her clearest, jazziest, and most soulful. Not everything works. The bottom falls out of "Gift from Virgo," "Be with You" is forgettable, and Beyonce's stage patter needs polish. But a Destiny's Child medley accompanied by only a DJ is innovative and fun, "Summertime" proves a breezy dance number, and "Crazy in Love" is bolstered by what sounds like the old Stax horns.
Runtime: 1 hr 3 minAmerican rapper, singer, songwriter and entertainer Nicki Minaj was born in St James, Trinidad and raised in Jamaica. Between 2007 and 2009, she released 3 mixtapes and due to the success she was signed to Young Money Entertainment. Her debut solo album reached platinum certification a month after its release in which the single "Superbass" reached quadruple- platinum certification and sold more than four million copies. She is the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billbord Hot 100 at the same time. Her second album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" became one of the best selling albums of 2012. Minaj's fast paced rapping, alter egos and accents have made her into a world class entertainer and has been considered to be one of the most influential rappers of all time. Through her own words, video and live performance footage of some of her greatest hits including Superbass, Check it Out, Beez in the Trap, this documentary takes an intimate look into the life of Nicki Minaj.
Genie Gets Her Wish
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minYou know the hits—“Genie In A Bottle,” “What A Girl Wants,” “I Turn To You”—but on Genie Gets Her Wish, you’ll see Christina Aguilera like never before, in studio, in concert and some exclusive looks backstage!
Live at iTunes Festival 2013
Runtime: 31 minIn one of the more unlikely crossover success stories, blonde Australian beauty Iggy Azalea segued from a high-profile modeling career to become a pop-rap star. In this live music experience Iggy Azalea performs some of her most prominent and loved songs.
Runtime: 2 hr 1 minThe Confessions Tour, filmed at London's Wembley Arena during her worldwide sold-out 25-city Confessions Tour (2006's top-grossing tour world-wide), features songs from throughout the dance diva's career but largely focuses on Confessions On A Dance Floor.
Runtime: 52 minRecorded in 1992, this unforgettable performance features Mariah backed by an all-star band in the most intimate of settings. Included are the #1 hits “Emotions,” “Someday” and the Jackson 5 classic “I’ll Be There” featuring Trey Lorenz.
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minMiley Cyrus took the world by storm as she brought her Bangerz Tour to fans across the world. The highly anticipated concert film features show stopping performances along with behind-the-scenes look into the tour and her personal life.
Let's Get Real
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minHer talents go from acting, to fashion, dancing and singing. With a net worth over 250 million dollars, J.Lo has conquered the Latin American and pop music scene. From the streets of the Bronx to the red carpets of Hollywood, she has achieved more than most would dream for. Follow the story of one of the most talented and successful women in showbiz. The real Latina diva, Jennifer Lopez.