5 Lunchtime Links: Rihanna covers Tame Impala on new album

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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, file photo, singer Rihanna poses before Christian Dior's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection to be presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris. Rihanna has released her much anticipated new album through Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service, which she co-owns. Rihanna released “ANTI” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, on the streaming service. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, file photo, singer Rihanna poses before Christian Dior's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection to be presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris. Rihanna has released her much anticipated new album through Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service, which she co-owns. Rihanna released “ANTI” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, on the streaming service. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Rihanna poses before Christian Dior’s Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection to be presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris. Rihanna has released her much anticipated new album through Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service, which she co-owns. Rihanna released “ANTI” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, on the streaming service. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

1. Rihanna makes new album available for free for 24 hours, covers Tame Impala.

Yesterday Rihanna made her highly-anticipated “ANTI” album available for free on her website for 24 hours. Bad news: Time’s up. If you didn’t score one of the limited downloads, you’re going to have to pay. But here’s one more reason (song) reaching for your wallet might be worth it — the singer covers Australian rock band Tame Impala’s “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” in a swoon-worthy, hypnotizing rendition of the psychedelic tune. The band released a statement saying they were “really happy” with how the song turned out. You can buy the album here.

2. Forbidden, stolen, inflatable love.

After police stopped a 27-year-old man riding his bicycle the wrong way down a Corpus Christi access road, they were surprised to find a life-size Miley Cyrus inflatable doll shoved into his backpack. The man also had marijuana in his pockets. Police connected the man and his strange passenger to a recent report of theft at a nearby adult video store. The man matched the description of the thief and he was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors.

3. SXSW adds nearly 150 more performers.

In what has become a weekly tradition SXSW has announced an additional 149 performers that will grace the festival with their presence come this March. As with previous name-drops the list includes a few major performers and many, many lesser-knowns. The biggest announcement of the week remains yesterday reveal that Josh Homme and Iggy Pop will join promise performances. But festival goers will also have pianist and songwriter Leon Russell to look forward to, along with Americana performer Robert Ellis.

4. “Pharma bro” threatens to destroy $2 million album in Ghostface Killah diss video.

“Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli has taken his evil ways to another level. In a video shared exclusively with TMZ (with Shkreli’s permission), the notorious CEO of Turing pharmaceuticals threatens to destroy the single copy of Wu Tang album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” which Shkreli paid $2 million for. In the video Shkreli demands a 500-word written apology from Wu Tang member Ghostface Killah who insulted both Shkreli’s nose and refusal to release the album to the public, which he was allowed to do.

5. Beyonce, Coldplay take a trip to India.

Coldplay debuted its video for “Hymn for the Weekend.” The colorful video features Beyonce and a few seconds of Indian actress Sonam Kapoor in a Bollywood-themed dream. It shows different shots of life in India and has stirred up some controversy among fans who have called Beyonce’s depiction cultural appropriation. Both Coldplay and Beyonce are set to perform during the Superbowl Hafltime Show.


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