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Rihanna review: She wasn’t the only girl shedding her worries at Rogers Arena

Published in the Vancouver Sun June 24, 2011


Rihanna knows how to throw a party — a sexy, steamy, tight-and-bright bash where yesterday’s troubles are crushed beneath mile-high stilettos and drowned by intoxicating club beats.

As the Grammy Award-winning artist demonstrated to a packed Rogers Arena Friday night with the first of her two Vancouver shows, there’s nothing a bit of raunch and glam can’t cure. Except maybe the glitter hangover you’re bound to have the next day.

On stage, a pants-less Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, grinded and stripped like she didn’t have a care in the world. She gave off a “don’t worry, just dance” atmosphere from the moment she emerged in a giant ball, donning a sparkly blue jacket amid the multicoloured lights. But most importantly, the artist left her personal life backstage, giving the crowd a smoking hot and visually spectacular show filled with lingerie-and-latex pageantry.

The Barbados-born singer is one of the world’s biggest pop stars, selling in excess of 20 million records. But as can be expected from the tabloids, her personal life (most of it surrounding previous love interest Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting her) has been the primary focus rather than her music.

The public often acts as though the R&B princess, who’s a mere 23 years of age, is the only a DUI away from becoming Lindsay Lohan. In reality, her problems are just peanuts. The Chris Brown drama is like a Chernobyl cockroach that just won’t die. And in response, Rihanna is willing to flip everyone the bird while dancing, half-naked, on top of the entire situation.

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