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Rihanna, Singer

Robyn Rihanna Fenty ; born February 20, 1988), known mononymously as Rihanna, is a Barbadian recording artist. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings.[1]

In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 top-five hit single “Pon de Replay”. In less than a year, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top-five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first Hot 100 number one single, “SOS”. Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad released in May 2007, spawned the international hit singles “Umbrella”, “Don’t Stop the Music”, “Take a Bow” and “Disturbia”. The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella”. Her fourth studio album Rated R (2009), produced the top-ten singles “Russian Roulette”, “Hard” and “Rude Boy”, with the later achieving the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Loud (2010), Rihanna’s fifth studio album, spawned the number-one hits “Only Girl (In the World)”, “What’s My Name?” and “S&M”. “We Found Love” served as the lead single from Talk That Talk, Rihanna’s sixth studio album, released in November 2011. The song was international success and topped the charts in over twenty countries.

Rihanna’s work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including two Brit Awards, five American Music Awards, six Grammy Awards and 18 Billboard Music Awards. Billboard named Rihanna the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked her as the 17th Artist of the same decade.[2][3] She is the youngest solo artist in Billboard charts history to achieve eleven number-one singles on the Hot 100.[4] As of January 2012, Rihanna had sold approximately 47.6 million digital singles in the United States, making her the highest-selling digital artist in the US since 2004.[5] By September 2011 she had also shipped 7.3 million album units in the US.[6] Rihanna has sold more than 20 million albums and 60 million singles which makes her one of the best selling artists of all time.[7]

Biography1988–2004: Early life and career beginnings
Rihanna grew up in the town of Bridgetown, Barbados.[8]Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, to Monica Braithwaite, a retired accountant, and Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor for a garment factory.[9] Her mother, a native of Guyana, is Afro-Guyanese, and her father is of Barbadian and Irish descent.[10] The eldest of three siblings, Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty.[11] She also has two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father’s side, each born by different mothers before Rihanna’s father married her mother.[12][13] Rihanna grew up listening to reggae music,[14] and began singing at around the age of seven.[11] Her childhood was deeply affected by her father’s addiction to crack cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana,[15] and her parents’ turbulent marriage ended when she was 14.[9] She grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Bridgetown and sold clothes with her father on a street stall.[8] She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and then the Combermere High School, where she formed a musical trio with two of her classmates.[11] Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme that trained with the military of Barbados and fellow Barbadian and singer-songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant.[16] Although she initially wanted to graduate from high school, she chose to pursue her musical career instead.[17]

Before signing to Def Jam Recordings, Rihanna was discovered in her home country by American record producer Evan Rogers.[18] The two met in December 2003 through mutual friends of Rihanna’s and Rogers’ wife, while the couple was on vacation in Barbados, because of how Rihanna’s friend had told Rogers’ wife how the aspiring singer was always singing and performing.[18] After meeting for the first time, Rogers’ asked Rihanna to come to his hotel room, where she performed renditions of Destiny’s Child’s “Emotion” and Mariah Carey’s “Hero”.[18] Rihanna’s renditions impressed Rogers, who then took her to New York, where she was accompanied by her mother, Monica, to record some demo tapes which could be sent to record labels.[18][19] Production of the demo tapes took about a year, due to Rihanna only being able to record during school holidays.[19] At the age of 16, Rihanna was signed to Rogers’ and Carl Sturken’s production company, Syndicated Rhythm Productions, who assigned her a lawyer and manager, before the completed demo tape were distributed to various record labels around the world in late 2004.[19] The first to respond to the demo tape was Jay-Z, who had recently been appointed as president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. Rihanna auditioned for him and music mogul L.A. Reid, in his office.[19][20] Looking back on the audition and meeting Jay-Z, Rihanna explained in an interview how she felt before walking into the room, saying:

That’s when I really got nervous … I was like: ‘Oh God, he’s right there, I can’t look, I can’t look, I can’t look!’ I remember being extremely quiet. I was very shy. I was cold the entire time. I had butterflies. I’m sitting across from Jay-Z. Like, Jay-Zee. I was star-struck.[19]

During the audition, Rihanna performed Whitney Houston’s cover of “For the Love of You”, as well as her first single “Pon de Replay” and “The Last Time”, which were written and produced by Rogers and Sturken and would be included on her debut album Music of the Sun.[19] Jay-Z was initially skeptical about signing Rihanna after he felt “Pon de Replay” was too big for her, saying “when a song is that big, it’s hard [for a new artist] to come back from. I don’t sign songs, I sign artists”.[21] The audition resulted in Rihanna signing a six-album record deal with Def Jam Recordings in February 2005, on the same day of the audition, with Jay-Z saying “There’s only two ways out. Out the door after you sign this deal. Or through this window …”,[19] meaning that he was not going to let her leave with signing a record deal.[19] After signing to Def Jam Recordings, Rihanna cancelled other meetings with record labels and relocated from Barbados to New York to live with Rogers’ and his wife.[22] Rihanna explained the concept behind the title of the album to Kidzworld, saying that the sun is representative of the her native Caribbean culture as well as herself and that the album consists of music from her heritage.[23]

2005–06: Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me
Rihanna performing at the Jingle Ball in 2005After signing with Def Jam, she spent the next three months recording and completing her debut album.[1] The album featured production from Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Stargate and Poke & Tone.[24] She first collaborated with rapper Memphis Bleek on his fourth studio album 534 before her debut. She released her debut single, “Pon de Replay”, on August 22, 2005, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.[25] It became a global hit where it peaked within the top ten across fifteen countries. Her debut album, Music of the Sun, was released in August 2005[26] in the United States. The album reached number ten on the Billboard 200, selling 69,000 copies in its first week.[27] The album sold over two million copies worldwide and received a Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments to United States retailers of over 500,000 units.[28]

Her music was marketed within the reggae genres because of her Caribbean descent. The album received mixed reviews by music critics. Rolling Stone magazine rated it 2.5 out of 5 stars and described as lacking the replay value, ingenuity and rhythm of the single with “generic vocal hiccups and frills” of US R&B inflecting upon her “Caribbean charm”.[29] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine described the album as a “glut of teen R&B chanteuses ” and described her lead single “Pon de Replay” as “a dancehall-pop mixture that owes plenty of its sweat and shimmy to Beyoncé’s “Baby Boy”.[24] A reviewer for Entertainment Weekly commented that the “dancehall/R&B debut is filled with chintzy production and maudlin arrangements that block out the Music of the Sun.”[30] The albums second single, “If It’s Lovin’ that You Want”[31] was less successful than “Pon de Replay”, having managed a peak position of number thirty-six in the United States, and number eleven in the United Kingdom.[25] The single proved to be well-received in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand reaching the top ten in those countries.

A month after the release of her debut album, she began working on her second studio album.[32] The album contained production from record producers Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken who produced most of her debut album, Stargate, J. R. Rotem and label-mate singer-songwriter Ne-Yo.[33] While recording the album, Rihanna served as an opening act for Gwen Stefani to promote her debut album.[34] The lead single, “SOS”, peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first number-one in the United States.[25] A Girl Like Me was released in April 2006,[35] less than eight months after her debut. The album reached number five on the Billboard 200[27] selling 115,000 copies in its first week and has been certified platinum by the RIAA, having shipped over one million units.[28][36] Internationally, the album peaked at number one on the Top Canadian Albums, five on the UK Albums Chart and number five on the Irish Album Chart. The critical response to the album was mixed; Rolling Stone magazine commented “Like her filler-packed debut album, this similar but superior follow-up doesn’t deliver anything else as ingenious as its lead single.”[37] Critics described the album as a record that almost identically alternates between the sunny dancehall/dub-pop, hip-hop-infused club bangers and gushy, adult-oriented ballads.[38]

The second single, “Unfaithful”, became a major worldwide hit, reaching the top ten in dozen countries around the world, including the United States where it reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the charts in Canada, France and Switzerland. The album’s third single “We Ride”[39] didn’t achieve the same success. The fourth single, “Break It Off” featuring Sean Paul, reached number nine in the US Billboard Hot 100.[40][41] After the release of the album, Rihanna embarked on her first headlining tour, the Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour. She then embarked on the Rock The Block Tour and then toured with Pussycat Dolls from November 2006 to February 2007 in the United Kingdom.[42] Rihanna also made her acting debut in a cameo role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: All or Nothing, which was released on August 8, 2006.[43]

2007–08: New image and Good Girl Gone Bad
Rihanna performing at the Brisbane Entertainment CentreWith her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna wanted to head in a new direction with the help of music producers Timbaland, will.i.am and Sean Garrett, and re-imagine her album compositions[44] with fresh, uptempo dance tracks.[45] She adopted a more rebellious image while recording the album, eventually dyeing her hair black and cutting it short. Rihanna commented, “I want to keep people dancing but still be soulful at the same time […] You feel different every album, and [at] this stage I feel like I want to do a lot of uptempo [songs].”[45] The album topped the charts in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia and Ireland, and it peaked at number two in the United States and Australia. Unlike previous work, the album featured a more dance-pop sound instead of the dancehall, reggae and ballad styles. The album received positive reviews by critics, becoming her most critically acclaimed album at that time compared to her previous efforts.[46]

Good Girl Gone Bad yielded four chart-topping singles – all singles reaching the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 – including the worldwide number-one hit “Umbrella,” featuring Jay-Z. In addition to reaching number one in various countries, “Umbrella” was the number-one single in the United Kingdom for ten consecutive weeks,[47] making it the longest-running number-one single since Wet Wet Wet’s single “Love Is All Around” spent fifteen weeks at the top in 1994.[48] The song is listed number three on the 100 Best Songs of 2007 published by Rolling Stone magazine.[49] Her other singles, “Shut Up and Drive”, “Don’t Stop The Music” and “Hate That I Love You”, were released from the album and were able to mirror the success of “Umbrella,” with “Don’t Stop the Music” reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 while peaking at number one in Australia, the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Switzerland.[50] At the 2007 American Music Awards, she won the Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.

The re-issue of her third album, titled Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, which was released in June 2008, features three new songs. The first single from the re-release, “Take a Bow”,[51] topped the charts in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “If I Never See Your Face Again”, a duet with Maroon 5,[52] was also included in the re-release, alongside “Disturbia”, which reached number-one in the United States and New Zealand.[53] “Disturbia” reached to number four before reaching number one, as her previous single, “Take a Bow”, was at number two, making Rihanna the seventh female singer to have two songs in the top five. She was also featured on rapper T.I.’s “Live Your Life,” which peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Rihanna her fifth number-one single on the Hot 100 thus far (“SOS,” “Umbrella,” “Take a Bow,” “Disturbia,” and “Live Your Life”).[54] This made Rihanna one of the two female solo artists with the most number-one singles of the decade, with the other being Beyoncé Knowles. A remix of the album, Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes, was also released containing remixed versions of songs from the original album. The album has shipped over two million units in the United States, receiving a two-times-platinum certification from the RIAA; this gave Rihanna her best-selling album to date.[28]

Rihanna was nominated in four categories at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, winning Monster Single of the Year and Video of the Year.[55] At the 2008 Grammy Awards, Rihanna earned her first Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration,[56] in addition to receiving five other nominations, including Record of the Year, Best Dance Recording, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and Best R&B Song. In support of the album, she kicked off her second headlining tour, the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour on September 12, 2007, with several shows across the United States, Canada and Europe[57] and then embarked on the Glow in the Dark Tour with Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and N.E.R.D on April 16, 2008.[58][59][60] Rihanna won Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist at the 2008 American Music Awards.[61] In December 2008, Margeaux Watson of Entertainment Weekly wrote an article entitled “Rihanna: Diva of the year” which he referred to her breakout success of 2008.[62]

2009–10: Domestic violence case and Rated R
Rihanna on the AMA red carpet in 2009On February 8, 2009, Rihanna’s scheduled performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards was cancelled.[63] Reports later surfaced regarding an alleged altercation with then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, who was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.[64] On March 5, 2009, Brown was charged with assault and making criminal threats.[65] Due to a leaked photograph from the Los Angeles Police Department obtained by TMZ.com—which revealed Rihanna had sustained visible injuries—an organization known as STOParazzi has proposed a law called “Rihanna’s Law,” which, if enacted, would “deter employees of law enforcement agencies from releasing photos or information that exploits crime victims.”[66] Gil Kaufman of VH1 reported “[t]he nonstop coverage of the Rihanna/Brown case has brought up a number of issues regarding the privacy of alleged victims of domestic violence, including the decision by almost all major news outlets to divulge the identity of the victim—which is not typically done in domestic-violence cases” and the controversial distribution of the leaked photograph.[67] Rihanna was subpoenaed to testify during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles on June 22, 2009.[68] “The DA told me Rihanna will be subpoenaed. I will accept on her behalf,” Rihanna’s attorney, Donald Etra told Us Weekly.[69] On June 22, 2009, Brown pled guilty to the felony assault. In exchange for his plea Brown received five years probation and was ordered to stay fifty yards away from Rihanna, unless at public events, which then will be reduced to ten yards.[citation needed] However, in February 2011, at the request of Brown’s lawyer, Judge Patricia Schnegg modified with Rihanna’s consent the restraining order to a “level one order,” allowing both singers to appear at awards shows together in the future.[70][71]

Rihanna made an appearance as the central character in Kanye West’s music video “Paranoid”.[72] She also collaborated with Jay-Z and West on “Run This Town”[73] which peaked at number two on Billboard Hot 100 as well as reaching the top ten in ten other countries. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, bringing her total to three Grammys.[74] Her fourth studio album, Rated R, was released in November 2009.[75] Rolling Stone was favorable of the album commenting that “Rihanna has transformed her sound and made one of the best pop records of the year”.[76] The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum by the RIAA for shipment of one million copies.[28] Its first three singles: “Russian Roulette”, “Hard” and “Rude Boy” peaked within the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rude Boy” reaching number-one. The song also topped the charts in Australia, while reaching number two in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland.[77] Two other singles were released from Rated R, which included “Rockstar 101” and the final single from the album, “Te Amo”. To further promote the album, she embarked on her worldwide tour, the Last Girl on Earth Tour.

2010–present: Loud and Talk That TalkIn January 2010, Rihanna won two Barbados Music Awards for “Song of the Decade” with “Umbrella” and “Entertainer of the Decade”. She was named “International Female Artist of the Year” at the 2010 NRJ Music Awards.[78] During the summer, she collaborated with rapper Eminem on “Love the Way You Lie”, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as other countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.[79] “Love the Way You Lie” became the seventh number one Billboard Hot 100 single of her career, making her the female artist with the fifth-most number ones in the chart’s history.[80] She also lent her vocals to the hook of “All of the Lights”, the fourth single from Kanye West’s fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which features additional vocals from several other recording artists, including John Legend, The-Dream, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Kid Cudi, and Elton John.[81] In October 2010, she released a self-titled book,[82] and announced that she was parting ways with manager Marc Jordan and will henceforth be managed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Management.[83] She is also starting her own company, Rihanna Entertainment, in which she will “merge all of her businesses including music, film, fragrance, fashion and book ventures”.[83]

Rihanna performing on her Loud TourRihanna released her fifth studio album, Loud, on November 16, 2010.[84] It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it the biggest opening week sales of her career so far.[85] Its lead single, “Only Girl (In the World)”, reached number one in more than ten countries including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[86][87][88] The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd Grammy Awards.[89] The album’s second single, “What’s My Name?”, featuring Canadian rapper Drake, also reached number one in the United States and on the official UK singles chart, making Rihanna the first female solo artist to have five number one singles in the United Kingdom in consecutive years.[90][91] The song reached number one on the Hot 100 before “Only Girl (In the World)”, making it the first time in Hot 100 history that an album’s debut single reached number one after the second single.[92] With her third international single from Loud, she earned another milestone when “S&M”, featuring Britney Spears reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the youngest artist in the chart’s 52-year history to achieve ten number-one singles.[4] “Man Down” and “California King Bed” were the two subsequent singles released from the album.[93][94][95] The final single from Loud, “Cheers (Drink to That)”, reached number seven on the Hot 100.[96] In June 2011, Rihanna embarked on her worldwide concert tour, Loud Tour, to promote the album.[97][98]

In October 2011, two collaborations featuring Rihanna were released; Coldplay’s “Princess of China” from the album Mylo Xyloto and Nicki Minaj’s Fly from the album Pink Friday.[99][100] During that month she appeared in the Judges’ Houses round of the American reality TV program, The X Factor, assisting L.A. Reid as a guest mentor.[101] Rihanna’s sixth album, Talk That Talk, was released on November 21, 2011 in both deluxe and standard editions.[102] The lead single “We Found Love” premiered on September 22, 2011 and was released on the same day for digital download in the US.[103] With the ascension of “We Found Love” to number nine on the US charts, Rihanna became the fastest solo artist in the chart’s history to achieve twenty Hot 100 top-ten singles, breaking the previous record set by Madonna.[104][105] The song later became Rihanna’s eleventh number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.[106] “You Da One” was released as the second single on November 11, 2011, and a music video for the song was shot in London in November 2011.[107] Rihanna was the highest-selling singles artist of 2011 in the UK, overtaking Adele by a sales margin of 6,000 units.[108] On January 8, 2012, According to Nielsen SoundScan was elected the first artist (first female artist) all-time best-selling tracks digital with 47,571,000 million alone USA to the end of 2011.[109] Rihanna will appear in the 2012 film Battleship, which is based on the game of the same name.[110]

On February 19 2012, Rihanna tweeted that she had set up a studio in her hotel room to record new music, presumably for later projects.[111] On February 20 2012, her 24th birthday, Rihanna released the remix of her fourth single from Talk That Talk, “Birthday Cake”, featuring Chris Brown, as well Brown releasing a “Turn Up the Music” remix featuring Rihanna, both of which causing controversy following their domestic violence from 2009.[112] Rihanna also won Best International Female at the 2012 Brit Awards for the second year in a row, she also performed her number 1 smash hit, We Found Love.

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Posted February 26, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Singer

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