Talent and a dose of good luck got Barbados-born Rihanna signed to Def Jam when she was 16 years old. She was discovered by producer Evan Rogers during his island visit in 2003, and went on to impress Def Jam CEO Jay-Z so much that he grabbed her for a multi-album contract. The singer's first single, "Pon de Replay," was released in June 2005, with the full album Music of the Sun dropping a month later. But her big break came in 2006 with the release of the single "S.O.S." and the subsequent album A Girl Like Me. The single, which sampled Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," was one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially popular songs of that year. Though Rihanna had basically moved away from dancehall, she was moving toward a new aesthetic that married R&B, synth-pop and hip-hop. She continued in this direction with 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad, which featured the infectious singles "Umbrella" and "Shut Up and Drive." In early 2009, she was assaulted by then-boyfriend Chris Brown en route to a pre-Grammys party; that November, she released Rated R, a highly personal album with an unmistakable darkness. The next year, she issued her fifth album, Loud.
Rihanna Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minShe has been referred to as one of the most powerful celebrities of our time and has been characterised as one of the most influential people in the world. We are taken on a journey from humble beginnings in St. Michael in Barbados to her becoming the world class pop icon she is today. Rihanna is the first female artist from Barbados to have won a Grammy Award. She has received dozens of awards, produced songs with Ne-Yo, Stargate and Timberland and released seven albums. This film takes a look at the life of a singer from the view of the fans, industry experts and the singer herself as she talks about the heartaches and celebration of being one of the most talked about individuals in the music industry today. We also take an intimate look into her love/ hate relationship with singer Chris Brown and how this has lead to a positive change in her music, while the abuse she experiencedlead to a change that would stay with her forever. Including rare archive footage and music videos from a selection of her greatest hits including Pon de Replay, Umbrella, Rude Boy, We Found Love and more this a must see for any Rihanna fan!
Rihanna Top Tracks
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minAlicia Keys: Unplugged captures the singer performing without the benefit of electric instruments. The setlist includes "If I Was Your Woman," "If I Ain't Got You," "Heartburn," and "Unbreakable," "Wild Horses," "You Don't Know My Name," and "How Come You Don't Call Me."
Live and Off The Record
Runtime: 2 hr 25 minThis footage includes 90 minutes of electric performance from her sold out 2003 tour, Tour of The Mongoose. It also comprises of a one-hour documentary, an uncensored look behind the curtain of the tour. The camera captures Shakira's life, loves, family.
Runtime: 11 minThe one and only Zara Larsson came to chat with PausePlay about writing with MNEK, growing up with a singing sister, of course, her new album So Good, and a run in with Liam Gallagher.
Dressed to Thrill
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minJustin Timberlake is the greatest musician of his generation. With millions of album sales worldwide, and over 500 million hits on YouTube, The man from Tennessee has established himself as the biggest star of the 21st century. Having conquered the music scene, Justin Timberlake has also gone one to become one of Hollywood's hottest actors. From NSYNC to the forefront of Hollywood's fame, Justin Timberlake's career has gone from strength to strength and shows no signs of slowing down. This is the remarkable story of a true superstar.
Runtime: 23 minKeri Hilson performs live at the intimate In Session Soundcheck in 2009. The show, in support of her album In A Perfect World; features performances of Knock You Down, Slow Dance and Energy. The session concludes with an interview with Hilson.
Runtime: 10 minThe one and only Bebe Rexha sits down with PausePlay for a chat about her new album A.Y.F (All Your Fault) as well as her favourite song lyric, being proud of her thighs and how far fans will go to just be around her.
Live in Atlanta
Runtime: 2 hr 35 minDestiny's Child's Live In Atlanta serves as a dazzling chronicle of their final tour together. See the hits-"Survivor," "Say My Name," "Lose My Breath"-alongside killer solo performances by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Runtime: 59 minAn inside look at how the superstar rose to fame and why she continues to splash the headline today. Now an international sensation, Gaga's music reflects her innermost experiences and secrets. She is known for pushing the boundaries in her shows with outrageous themes and outfits and lovingly calls her fans little monsters. With rare footage of Gaga herself and interviews from industry professionals, this is her incredible story.
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 27 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
I Am...World Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 39 minBeyoncé's I AM...WORLD TOUR captures concert footage from numerous shows edited into one extraordinary concert. Weaved into this concert are highlights that give a rare glimpse into the dynamic and personal world of this multi-faceted icon.
Runtime: 1 hr 3 minAmerican rapper, singer, songwriter and entertainer Nicki Minaj was born in St James, Trinidad and raised in Jamaica. Between 2007 and 2009, she released 3 mixtapes and due to the success she was signed to Young Money Entertainment. Her debut solo album reached platinum certification a month after its release in which the single "Superbass" reached quadruple- platinum certification and sold more than four million copies. She is the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billbord Hot 100 at the same time. Her second album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" became one of the best selling albums of 2012. Minaj's fast paced rapping, alter egos and accents have made her into a world class entertainer and has been considered to be one of the most influential rappers of all time. Through her own words, video and live performance footage of some of her greatest hits including Superbass, Check it Out, Beez in the Trap, this documentary takes an intimate look into the life of Nicki Minaj.
Stripped: Live in the UK
Runtime: 1 hr 54 minStripped: Live In The U.K. is the first live release from Christina Aguilera, documenting her sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Arena during her first-ever European tour.
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minMiley Cyrus took the world by storm as she brought her Bangerz Tour to fans across the world. The highly anticipated concert film features show stopping performances along with behind-the-scenes look into the tour and her personal life.
Lets Get Loud
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minLet’s Get Loud was taped over two sold-out nights at Roberto Clemente Stadium in Puerto Rico in September of 2001. J. Lo performs her greatest hits plus a special performance of Selena’s "I Could Fall In Love."
Sticky and Sweet Tour
Runtime: 2 hr 5 minFilmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans. Sticky & Sweet Tour tour includes several hits from the multi-Grammy winner's album "Hard Candy" which debuted at No.1 in 37 countries.
Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 59 minPop music sensation Mariah Carey performs before a sold-out audience at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden. This live performance is filled with high-energy music, dancing, and stunning costumes. Many of the songs Carey performs include her top chart singles like "Fantasy," "One Sweet Day," "Make It Happen," "Open Arms," "Forever," "Without You," "I'll Be There," "Vision of Love," "Dreamlover," "Hero," and "Always Be My Baby." This concert performance also includes a special guest appearance by boy-band Boyz II Men. Also included is a bonus video of Carey's hit single "One Sweet Day."
Live at iTunes Festival 2013
Runtime: 31 minIn one of the more unlikely crossover success stories, blonde Australian beauty Iggy Azalea segued from a high-profile modeling career to become a pop-rap star. In this live music experience Iggy Azalea performs some of her most prominent and loved songs.