Two of the pop’s hottest female stars, Rihanna and Ariana Grande, dropped new music videos this week. There is much that separates the two stars. One is an eight-time GRAMMY winner from Barbados with sales of more than $200 million from her eight albums; the other is a relative newcomer, a former Broadway and TV actress from Florida who is about to release her third album. One is already a dangerous woman, while the other clearly wants to be. But their new videos reveal some striking similarities. Although one is shot in black-and-white and the other in colour, both are visually stunning and highly sensual, with their subjects sporting lingerie and posing on beds. Musically, the two have more in common than not, each adopting a slow ’n’ moody sound to suit their songs’ sultry lyrics.
Rihanna: “Kiss It Better”
The “Good Girl Gone Bad” singer is no stranger to showing some skin in her videos, including the two she shot with Drake for “Work.” Currently the world’s No. 1 single, the twerk-heavy vignettes were both characteristically explicit. For this sexy ballad, RiRi rocks a skimpy, see-through nightie and little else while writhing under sheer silk, borderline NSFW but a work of art in its own right.
Rihanna’s never been shy about her body image, regularly posting selfies in various states of undress on her official @badgalriri Instagram account.
Ariana Grande: “Dangerous Woman
Ariana’s transformation from Nickelodeon star to dangerous woman is on full display here. Forgoing her signature ponytail, the “Baby I” singer lets her hair down while clad in black lingerie and a tattoo choker. Is Ariana channeling Rihanna? Maybe more than we think. During her recent appearance on TV’s Saturday Night Live, she nailed several celebrity impressions, including one of RiRi’s Bajan accent. The new video is leaving Arianators breathless in anticipation of her forthcoming album of the same name.
And like Rihanna, Ariana loves to share selfies on Instagram, including screen grabs from her provocative new video.
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