With her new album Unapologetic hitting stores today (November 19), Rihanna covered the December 2012 issue of Billboard magazine.
The 24-year-old singer looked stunning in a black bikini top for the sexy front page shoot while her manager Jay Brown dished about the young singer's monumental success.
Manager Jay Brown from Roc Nation noted that hopes are high for Unapologetic to score the top album spot on Billboard. “It’d be great if she gets [a #1 album], but she’s broken every other record out there just about. The process is to make good music and when you make good music everything plays itself out. It’s great that people take it tastefully and piece by piece and they’re still buying. It’s about the marathon, not the sprint.”
As for sponsors for Rihanna’s 2013 Diamonds world tour, Brown noted, “We have a lot of offers but w’er not in a rush. She wants to do the right thing. If she’s going to work with a brand, it has to be something that she’s into. She won’t just do anything.”
Jay also shared that he’s excited to see how Ri-Ri’s Unapologetic enhances her status as a global artist. “She’s in a phase where she’s going from being cultural to iconic. It’s good for her to do her own thing and not do the norm and stretch a little. She knows that her fans love her being honest about who she is, and that’s why she named the album that way- she’s not going to apologize for who she is.”