15 Sep

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), better known as simply Rihanna (pronounced/riˈɑːnə/ ree-ah-nə or /riˈænə/ ree-an), is a Barbadian R&B recording artist.[3] 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 after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.[4]

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 hit single “Pon de Replay.” Less than a year later, 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 (2007), spawned four chart-topping singles “Umbrella“, “Take a Bow“, “Disturbia” and “Don’t Stop the Music“, and was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella,” which features Jay-Z. Her fourth studio album Rated R, released in November 2009, produced the top 10 singles “Russian Roulette“, “Hard” and “Rude Boy“, which achieved the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Loud (2010), her fifth studio album, contains the number-one hits “Only Girl (In the World)“, “What’s My Name?” and “S&M“.[5][6]

Rihanna has sold more than 20 million albums and 60 million singles[7] which makes her one of the best selling artists of all time. She is the youngest artist in Billboard charts history to achieve ten number-one singles on the Hot 100.[8] As of March 2010, Rihanna has sold approximately 5.4 million album units and over 33.7 million digital singles in the United States.[9][10] Billboard named Rihanna the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade,[11] and ranked her as the 17th Artist of the 2000s decade.[12] She has received several accolades, including the 2007 World Music Awards for World’s Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Female Solo Artist.[13]She has also amassed a total of four Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, and eighteen Billboard Music Awards. Rihanna has also been appointed the offical ambassador of youth and culture for Barbados.

2010–present: Loud, film debut and sixth album

During the summer, Rihanna 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.[87] “Love the Way You Lie” became Rihanna’s seventh number one hit single on the Hot 100 of her career, making her the female artist with the fifth-most number ones in the chart’s history.[88] 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 LegendThe-DreamElly JacksonAlicia KeysFergieKid Cudi, and Elton John.[89] In October 2010, Rihanna released a self-titled book,[90] and announced that she was parting ways with manager Marc Jordan and will henceforth be managed by Jay-Z’s Roc NationManagement.[2] 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”.[2]

Rihanna released her fifth studio album, Loud, on November 16, 2010.[91] It debuted at number three on theBillboard 200, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it the biggest opening week of sales.[92] 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.[93][94][95] The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd Grammy Awards.[96] 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.[97][98] 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.[99] With her third international single from Loud, Rihanna earned another milestone when “S&M“, featuring Britney Spearsreached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the youngest artist in the chart’s 52-year history to achieve ten number-one singles.[8] “Man Down[100] and “California King Bed[101] were the other two other singles released from the album.[102]

In June 2011, Rihanna embarked on her worldwide concert tour, Loud Tour, to promote the album.[103][104] Kevin Rudolf, Cash Money singer-songwriter and record producer, revealed in May 2011 that Rihanna has asked him to pen songs for her. He told Rap-Up “I’m writing some stuff for Rihanna right now, I hear she’s back at it.”[105] In July 2010, it was announced that Rihanna would make her feature film debut in the big-screen adaptation of the game of the same nameBattleship, scheduled for release in 2012.[106] On June 17, 2011, Ryan Seacrest spoke with her team and made the announcement on KIIS FM radio show. “We can confirm that Rihanna is currently working on material and will release a brand new album this fall”.[107] Rihanna later clarified Seacrest’s comments on her Twitter page that she was recording additional songs to add to a re-release of Loud.[108] Rihanna released the seventh single from Loud, “Cheers (Drink to That)“, which managed to peak at number eleven on the Hot 100. Despite saying she planned to re-release Loud, she confirmed through her official Twitter, that while she thought about a re-release, she has now decided to release a completely new album instead.

Public image

New York magazine described Rihanna’s early look as a cookie-cutter teen queen while stating that she has the ability to shift looks so dramatically and with such ease.[147] This was underscored when in March 2011 American Chronicle writer Arturo Tora termed her “Rihannaissance Woman.” During the release of her second album, many critics felt that Rihanna’s sound and substance was too heavily similar to that ofBeyoncé.[148][149][150] The media even made negative reviews comparing her music,[151] music videos, performances[152][153] and even her image to Beyoncé,[154] which garnered Rihanna much criticism.[155]Some media even claimed that Jay-Z fashioned her to be a replica of Beyoncé.[153][156] During the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, she adopted a more sexual image. Sonya Magett of Black Voices reported that Rihanna’s style has become quite risqué since she burst onto the scene four years ago.[157]After revealing a new image while headlining her first tour, she was likely to be criticized for her tight leather outfit during each show.[158] A review in The Times compared Rihanna’s stage wardrobe styling to that ofJanet Jackson. He described her outfit as “a vision of Ann Summers couture in thigh-high boots and a few scraps of black PVC.”[159] Stuart Derdeyn of The Province commented that “even with the whole haute couture B&D clearly firing on all points, she’s still got a ways to go to become the new Janet Jackson.”[160]

Rihanna has appeared on Maxim‘s Hot 100 list five consecutive years, listed in positions eight in 2007,[161]fifteen in 2008,[162] eight in 2009,[163] six in 2010, and twenty-two in 2011.[164] She was also listed onPeople‘s 10 Best Dressed Stars of 2008,[165] and ranked seventeenth on Glamour magazine’s list of the 50 Most Glamorous Women in 2009.[166] Tracey Lomrantz of Glamour commented, “If style risks could be measured in miles, Rihanna would have criss-crossed the globe a thousand times over already.”[167] In June 2007, Gillette named her the Venus Breeze’s Celebrity Legs of a Goddess.[168] Rihanna has threewax figures of herself at Madame Tussauds Wax Museums in Washington D.C., Vienna and Berlin.[169][170]

Rihanna’s tattoos have drawn much media attention.[171][172] Her tattoos include a music note tattoo on her ankle, a Pisces sign behind her right ear,[173][174] a Sanskrit prayer going down her hip, a star in her left ear,[175] the word love on her left middle finger,[176] an Arabic phrase meaning “Freedom in Christ” on her ribcage area,[177] a trail of stars going down the back of her neck,[178][179] a skull with a pink hair bow, the phrase “shhh…” on her right index finger,[180] the date 11.4.86 in Roman numerals on top of her left shoulder,[181] a henna-style dragon claw including hibiscus flowers,[182] a handgun under her right armpit, a six-word phrase on her chest, and the phrase “rebelle fleur” on her neck, which means “rebel/rebellious flower” in French.[183] Her gun tattoo was planned to be just below her shoulders but was ultimately located on her ribcage.[184] In answer to criticism for her violence-themed tattoo, Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, her tattoo artist, was quick to explain his opinion that the image simply “represents strength and power”.[185] Her thirteenth tattoo which she had was on her chest and reads, “Never a failure, always a lesson”. She had it tattoed backwards, McCurdy says, because she wanted to be able to read it in the mirror. When he asked why she wanted it, she said that it was her “motto in life for everything”.


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