06 October 2016

Biography: Rihanna

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Rihanna is one of the youngest acts to appear on our data base, and it is often an exacting situation to believe that at such a young age she has scored fourteen (14) no. 1 singles on the billboard hot 100 and sold more than 54 million albums and 210 million tracks worldwide.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer and songwriter and entertainer born in Saint Michael on February 20, 1988 and raised in Bridgetown. Her rise to fame commenced with a 2003 momentous meeting with music producer Evan Rogers -who was vacationing in Barbados at the time- (and subsequently Carl Sturken) and an impromptu impressive performance that ensued. The demos that she made with the duo incited the interest of the then president of Def Jam Recordings, rapper and hip hop producer Jay-Z. An audition was held, Rihanna was signed on instantly.. and thus came raining the hits.

“Music of the Sun”, her debut album, was released in the summer of 2005; it’s lead single ‘Pon De Repaly’ which bodaciously fused urban pop with Caribbean rhythms, was simply uncontainable and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album begot another hit, ”If It’s Lovin’ That You Want” which also graced the Top 40.

In 2006 came the sophomore album “A Girl Like Me”, a colossal success which spawned two Top Ten hits- “Break It Off” (which features Jamaican dancehall sensation Sean Paul) and “Unfaithful”- and “S.O.S.”

“Good Girl Gone Bad”, Rihanna’s most defining album came in 2007. A blue-chip dance-pop album raking in collaborations with maestros like Jay-Z, Timbaland, Ne-Yo and StarGate; and also established her as a sex symbol. The album’s lead single ‘Umbrella’ brought international career success as well as a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (shared with Jay-Z). Other singles ‘Take a Bow’ and ‘Disturbia’ further cemented her status a a pop icon.

2009 saw the release of ‘Rated R’ with singles ‘Rude Boy’ which topped the Hot 100 and also the controversial ‘Russian Roulette.

Rihanna’s fifth studio album, “Loud”, followed in November 2010. It’s lead-off single ‘Only Girl (In the World)’, produced by StarGate as well as ‘What’s My Name?’ and ‘S&M’ all topped the Billboard Hot 100. The album also featured the single ‘We Found Love’ with Calvin Harris and peaked at number three.

Released in 2012, “Unapologetic”, Rihanna’s seventh studio album, produced her 18th Top Ten single- ‘Diamonds’ and went ahead to become her first number one album. It also housed other Top Ten numbers, ‘Stay’ and ‘Jump’.

Her 2016 eighth studio album “Anti” and its lead single “Work” reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100.

With sales exceeding 200 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time and is tied with Michael Jackson for the ‘most chart-toppers in Billboard chart history’ for her feature on Eminem’s ‘The Monster’. Rihanna has won twelve (12) Billboard Music Awards, eight (8) Grammy Awards, eight (8) American Music Awards, two (2) BRIT Awards, as well as the Inaugural Icon Award at the American Music Awards 2013. Rihanna has also been ranked by Forbes as the fourth most powerful celebrity of 2012, and was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” that same year.

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