Turning 29 this week meant also celebrating her astounding 30th top-10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Riri's Love on the Brain helped break her third-place tie with Michael Jackson, who had a total of 29 top-10 singles as a solo artist. Madonna still leads with 38, and The Beatles have 34.
If that doesn't make for a stellar week, Rihanna was also named Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year on Wednesday. The award highlights Rihanna's work to improve cancer treatments in Barbados, and her college scholarship set up for Caribbean students to be able to study in the United States.
"She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today," Harvard Foundation head Dr. S. Allen Counter said in a statement.
Not a bad birthday week.
Lifetime, known for cheesy, yet somehow addicting, but also totally crazy TV movies has done us all a disservice with its latest travesty, Britney Ever After, an unauthorized biopic of Britney Spears. It wasn't fair to Britney. It wasn't fair to the fans. Why can't we all just leave Britney alone? The iconic denim dress Spears wore to the 2001 American Music Awards? It got turned into a PANTSUIT. The songs we know and love? Replaced with unrecognizable autotuned garbage.
"The creative masterminds behind the film came up with some Britney songs even Britney didn't know existed. You know the ones I'm talking about: If You're Looking For Trouble... It's amazing for someone to make a song so forgettable, I couldn't sing it to you now. And I heard it four seconds ago," James Corden said on his late-night show.
But what was totally justifiable was the complete roasting the movie got online. Celebs and fans alike were mortified by just how bad the movie was. Here's a roundup of what people thought:
Omg is anyone else watching #britneyeverafter?? "Get out the crackers because Joey is bringing the cheese" that's a direct quote!!
When you order something online vs when it arrives #BritneyEverAfter pic.twitter.com/V5rtGSKOfO
THEY DIDN'T EVEN GET THESE OUTFITS RIGHT. I'M PISSED. THESE ARE ICONIC. THIS WAS THE ONE THING THEY SHOULD'VE GOTTEN RIGHT #britneyeverafter pic.twitter.com/Bcfo7Q8G42
Because people are really offended by this costume.
BRITNEY WORE A DENIM DRESS NOT A DENIM PANTSUIT I CANT TAKE THE HISTORICAL INACCURACY #britneyeverafter
I've lost 17 lbs watching #britneyeverafter from sheer cringe sweats. This is the worst/best thing I have ever seen in my life.
Anyone else watch #BritneyEverAfter??? I feel disrespected!! @britneyspears didn't deserve that!!
@JeffreeStar @britneyspears girl thank you. I'm so hurt that they portrayed her that way. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/udwwQmEae1
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