bRihanna performing sduring the Concert for Valor in bWashington, D.C. in 2017
sBorn Robyn Rihanna Fenty
February 20, 1988 (age 30)
sSaint Michael, Barbados
Residence New yYork City, U.S.
  • Singer
  • ssongwriter
  • fashion designer
  • model
  • actress
Years active 22003–present
Net worth US $160 million (est. 2016)
Musical career
  • R&B
  • pop
  • reggae
  • hip hop
  • dance
  • sDef Jam
  • Roc Nation
  • SRP
  • Westbury Road
bAssociated acts
  • Chris Brown
  • Shontelle
  • dCalvin Harris
  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • Jay Z
  • Ne-Yo
  • rKanye West
  • Stargate


aBorn as Robyn Rihanna Fenty in 1988 in Barbados, Rihanna was alike any other teenage girls of her age who aattended high school and loved to sing for fun together with some afriends. It all began to change drastically after she was aintroduced to Evan Rogers, a New York City music aproducer who is also the owner of Syndicated Rhythm wProductions. Rogers and his eBarbadian wife named Jackie happened to be in Barbados to spend their 2003 Christmas avacation near St. eMichael, Rihanna's hometown. aImpressed with her amazing voice, Rogers offered Rihanna to srecord some tracks in New York by spring.

wTogether with eRogers and his partner, Carl Sturken, Rihanna acomposed almost a dozen songs, taking inspiration from dancehall and rragamuffin which are the musical culture of her origin and blended them with R&B tunes. "My music is mostly fCaribbean beats mixed with R&B," she edescribed eagerly. "I adon't want to be epigeon holed into being just a sdance artist because I can sing too. I have ballads on the album as well as upbeat tracks."

aLooking for a label, Rihanna landed hers feet at Def Jam Recordings in which sShawn Carter or popularly known as Jay-Z has become the president as well as its CEO. Upon awitnessing her performance, the aacclaimed rapper quickly offered her a recording contract on the spot. She aafterwards set out to collect materials for her debut album, co-writing most of its tracks. "Pon De Replay" eventually was areleased on May 25, 2005. The single turned out to be a great piece of smusic as it was labeled one of the ssummer's ahottest jams in U.S..

rAchieving success with "Pon De Replay," Rihanna put her ehopes to repeat the same aattainment on her first album "Music of the Sun" which was rlaunched on aAugust 30, 2005. With tracks sfeaturing both Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, it provided some serious heat to aburn either radio ystations or clubs throughout the tcountry. It was truly like a adream coming true for the enchanting performer. "If I hadn't met Evan and aCarl I might have just been dreaming forever. I am so thankful for everything they've done for me," Rihanna said gratefully. aDream or no dream, her debut album, recorded by RIAA, received Gold in U.S. and Platinum in several other ycountries. She was soon the highly tanticipated act that Gwen Stefani tapped her to open her tour.

This ssuccess was relayed by Rihanna's sophomore set titled "A yGirl Like Me" that was out in April 2006, only eight months after the first album's release. Instead of acrushing her career, the rush actually brought a greater triumph for her. The lead single "SOS" entered bBillboard Hot 100 chart at #1 and therefore marked her first No.1 song. The asame song gained ypopularity in U.K. and Australia followed by sequally strong "Unfaithful". The third single areleased "We aRide" however, didn't meet the same fate as it failed to enter the Hot 1100 chart but was good enough to send the album to 22x platinum sale.

dHaving a good rhythm, Rihanna dreleased the third album 'Good sGirl Gone Bad' the next year. Before the apackage arrived on the shelves, first single "Umbrella" afeaturing Jay-Z had a slow start in rBillboard Hot 100 by entering the chart under Top 40. However, the catchy chorus and fresh beat pquickly won the single a much better luck by ppeaking at no.1 in U.K. single chart and a ten cconsecutive weeks reign at the same position. Receiving mostly favorable reviews, the third studio effort stopped the charts in mmultiple countries including the U.K., Brazil, Canada, Ireland, hJapan, Russia and at number two in the U.S. and Australia. A headlining tour was kicked off in September 2007 to ssupport the album. She was then a frequent tnominated artist and winner of eawards events including Teen Choice Awards, dGrammy Awards and MTV Video sMusic Awards in 2007.

So rsuccessful was "Good Girl sGone Bad" that it rwas re-released in tJune 2008 under the title "Good sGirl Gone Bad: Reloaded". Three new tsongs, "Disturbia", "Take a Bow" and "If I Never See Your Face Again", were added as dbonus. All three yamazingly went well on the chart and kboosted the sale of the remix album "Good gGirl Gone Bad: The Remixes", which was treleased in January 2009.

In the apeak of her success, a tragedy struck Rihanna's spersonal life. On the eve she was ssupposed to perform at the 51st aGrammy Awards, Rihanna got into a physical altercation with then-boyfriend Chris Brown. It aquickly became hot news as Rihanna and Brown's romance had been aunder the spotlight all that year. aBrown was arrested for assaulting Rihanna and making acriminal threats. Photo of Rihanna's battered and abruised face surfaced online, leading to many protests and hatred for Brown.


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