A new year, a new you, and a new hour-long program to get you moving.
"Dancing was always part of my culture growing up in Barbados. When I shot my 1st video I worked really hard with my choreographer to perfect the routines." – Rihanna
Last year, I kicked off Black History Month with a special program, by request from a listener in Houston, TX: a program that featured an hour's worth of dance tracks to help motivate a mother to some of her wellness goals she wanted to keep for the new year. Online traffic for the show was much higher than normal, so I decided to take the same concept and apply it to another artist. This year, an hour's worth of tracks from Rihanna to help you keep your wellness goals for the year. There is a warm up and cool down at the beginning and the end of the program, and enough beats to keep you moving throughout the remainder of the it.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the youngest artist to be featured on this series of Black History Month 2018 programs. A week ago today, she celebrated her 30th birthday. Born on the Caribbean island of Barbados, she also happens to be one of the most successful recording artists in history, with over 230 million singles, downloads and albums sold currently. She also has attained 14 number one singles in the United States, putting her ahead of such luminaries as her idol, Madonna. She was just 16 years old when she signed to Def Jam Records, and her first album, Music of the Sun, spawned the first of many of her high charting hits. In addition to her music, she also has managed to release a best-selling fragrance, been given fashion icon status by numerous trade publications and has even added some interesting credits to her acting resume.
Rihanna, fall 2015. Portrait by Craig McDean. Styled by Mel Ottenberg, courtesy of the New York Times Style magazine.
It is rumoured that she is currently putting the finishing touches on her latest, yet-untitled new release. Hopes are very high, as her last release of new material, Anti-, finally gave her the very first Billboard Top 200 album of her career. It is also rumoured that it will include more than the dance music she is known for, stating publicly that she loves Rock and Roll, one of the things she discovered after moving to the United States. Regardless, most certainly there will be yet another track or two that might fit nicely in a mix like this one. After all, Rock and Roll did start out as a dance-oriented medium, lest we all forget...
Warning: Some tracks NSFW
Tracks this week are presented in a continuous sequence: Title, Source, Year of Release
1. Photographs, Rated R, 2009 (Rihanna Feat. will.i.am)
2. Right Now, Unapologetic, 2012 (Rihanna Feat. David Guetta)
3. S&M, Loud, 2010
4. Umbrella, Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes, 2009
5. S.O.S., A Girl Like Me, 2006
6. Pon De Replay, Music Of The Sun, 2005
7. Disturbia, Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes, 2009
8. Rockstar 101 (Chew Fu Teachers Pet Fix), Rated R: Remixed, 2010
9. We Found Love, Talk That Talk, 2011 (Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris)
10. Lemon, No One Ever Really Dies, 2017 (N.E.R.D. featuring Rihanna)
11. Only Girl (In The World), Loud, 2010
12. Break It Off, A Girl Like Me, 2006 (Rihanna Feat. Sean Paul)
13. Don't Stop The Music, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, 2007
14. Desperado, Anti- (Deluxe Edition), 2016
Love to you all.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
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