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Rihanna rollicks on Diamonds tour

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Photo - LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08:  Rihanna performs at Staples Center on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Rihanna performs at Staples Center on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

She tipped strippers thousands of dollars, has yet to respond to rumors that Chris Brown will make an appearance at one of her upcoming concerts, and has apparently stormed back vocally after a bout with laryngitis -- yes, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is all over the news this week.

Oh, yeah, and Billboard announced the woman known simply as Rihanna became the first artist in the 20-year history of its Pop Songs Radio Airplay Chart to log 10 No. 1 hits. She grabbed that brass ring when her song "Stay" hit No. 1 last week.

"We didn't even plan to put out an album last year," Rolling Stone quoted her as saying in a recent cover story about her latest hit album, "Unapologetic." "But after about six months, I got an itch to get back to the studio. Making music is like shopping for me. Every song is like a new pair of shoes."

That, of course, includes her much-discussed reunion with Brown, who pleaded guilty to felony assault in February 2009 after attacking her.

"He's not the monster everybody thinks," she told Rolling Stone in explaining their reconciliation. "He's a good person. He has a fantastic heart. And he's fun to be around. That's why I love him -- he always makes me laugh. All I want to do is laugh, really -- and I do that with him."

Perhaps full-out laughter isn't apparent when she's onstage, but Rihanna apparently is having a joyous time during her current "Diamonds" tour, which includes over-the-top production ranging from Roman columns to marble stairs. But even without the grandeur, just the sight of Rihanna apparently enthralls the predominantly female fans that routinely make her shows sellouts.

"[E]ven when she approached a megahit more with an obligatory shrug than authentic gusto -- yes, talking about "Umbrella" -- it was easy to see why the 25-year-old has become a supernova," wrote Melissa Ruggieri of Access Atlanta after a recent concert. "Her effortlessly digestible pop songs contain just a hint of exoticness to differentiate them from the other radio fare, and that, apparently, is enough."

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