04/04/2012 15:37 | By Lara Martin, Contributor, MSN Entertainment

Raunchy Rihanna says videos are "honest"

Pop star Rihanna told the Radio Times her videos are like artwork…


Rihanna's music videos have included everything from whips and chains to cavorting in the rain and shooting a man down, but she insists she doesn't do things just to be controversial.

Rihanna (© PA)

The singer-turned-actress told the Radio Times she is just being "honest" with the material she includes in her videos, but admits she can cross the line sometimes.

"I never do anything to get banned, never do it for controversy. It's always just honest and at times I just go a little too far for some," she told the magazine.

"When I make a music video, it's a piece of art. It's four minutes to make a visual, for people to understand the message in the song."

The popstar's recent video for chart-topping single We Found Love made headlines before it had even been released when she offended a farmer in Northern Ireland during the filming.
Religious farmer Alan Graham had given her permission to shoot part of the dance track's video in his fields, but put a halt to proceedings when he objected to Rihanna stripping off her clothes for the camera.

"I realised things had got to a stage which were not acceptable to me, Things became inappropriate and I asked the film crew to stop," he said at the time.

"I don't want to say what I said to Rihanna or what she said to me. We had a conversation. We shook hands and parted company on good terms."

Rihanna's next single will be Talk That Talk album track Where Have You Been, but she's kept tight-lipped so far on whether that promo will be as controversial as some of her others.

"We wanted to use a lot of natural habitat," she told Capital FM. "You know, we built a stage but everything went back to either a little bit of tribal or different cultures, and all mixed in to nature somehow, and it was fun.

"[There is] some dancing. We had to dance because that song is just dance central. You can't stop moving when you hear it."

Rihanna's currently prompting her role in the upcoming movie Battleship, which marks her big screen debut.
The sci-fi action film is loosely based on the board game of the same name, and revolves around a fleet of ships which are forced into battle against a group of aliens.

Rihanna, who recently dyed her blonde hair back to a black, attended the Japanese premiere in Tokyo last night, hitting the headlines for wearing an outfit that resembled a pair of blue pyjamas.

Battleship is released on 11 April.

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