Rihanna

Artist: Rihanna
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Rihanna established her dance-pop credentials in summer 2005 with her debut smash hit, "Pon de Replay," and continued to demonstrate such hit potential in subsequent years (e.g., "S.O.S." in 2006; "Umbrella" in 2007; "Disturbia" in 2008).

However, it was the singer's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, that made her a full-fledged international pop star with a regular presence atop the charts. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, she exhibited a certain star quality as a young child, often winning beauty and talent contests. Because she lived on the fairly remote island of Barbados in the West Indies, however, she never foresaw the sort of stardom that would later befall her.

That stardom came courtesy of a fateful meeting with Evan Rogers. The New Yorker was vacationing in Barbados with his wife, a native of the island, when he was introduced to Rihanna. Rogers had spent years producing pop hits for such superstars as *NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Laura Pausini, and Rod Stewart, and he offered the talented Rihanna a chance to record. Along with Rogers' production partner, Carl Sturken (the other half of Syndicated Rhythm Productions), Rihanna recorded several demos that sparked the interest of the Carter Administration - that is, the newly appointed Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. This led to an audition, and Rihanna both received and accepted an on-the-spot offer to sign with Def Jam.

Come summer 2005, Def Jam timely rolled out "Pon de Replay," the lively leadoff single from Music of the Sun. Produced almost entirely by Rogers and Sturken, the song synthesized Caribbean rhythms with urban-pop songwriting. "Pon de Replay" caught fire almost immediately, climbing all the way to number two on The Billboard Hot 100 and contesting the half-summer reign of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" atop the chart. The debut album spawned one other hit, "If It's Lovin' That You Want," which also broke the Top 40. Rihanna's follow-up effort, A Girl Like Me, saw even greater success and spawned three sizeable singles: a chart-topper ("S.O.S.") and two Top Ten hits ("Unfaithful," "Break It Off").

Rihanna's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), continued her success while signaling a change of direction. Whereas her past two albums had been imbalanced -- often weighed down by faceless balladry and canned Caribbean-isms -- Good Girl Gone Bad was a first-rate dance-pop album, stacked with several chart-topping singles and boasting collaborations with Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, and StarGate. The lead single, "Umbrella," shot to number one, as did "Take a Bow" and "Disturbia." Its success turned Rihanna into one of the planet's biggest pop stars. Rated R (2009) was released in the wake of a physical altercation with romantic interest Chris Brown, who pled guilty to felony assault. The album's lead single, "Russian Roulette" - written with Ne-Yo - was one of the year's most controversial singles.

Source: www.allmusic.com

Photo: Getty Images/ Getty Images Entertainment/ Pascal Le Segretain

 

Music By Rihanna

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Rihanna Photos

Hope for Haiti Now: Rihanna
Hope for Haiti Now
Hope for Haiti Now
Hope for Haiti Now: Bono, Jay-Z & Rihanna
Rihanna and her entourage in Sydney
 

Rihanna Features

2009 International Dance Music Awards - Winners and Nominees
Who has won Grammy Awards for Best Dance?
More musical help for Haiti
Rihanna to release Rated R: Remixed
Rihanna is next on David Guetta's hit list
 

Rihanna Videos

Chris Brown on Larry King Live (Sneak Peek)
DJ Earworm's Mash-Up of Top 25 Billboard Hits 2009
Highlights of 'Hope for Haiti Now' Concert
Jay Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" Video Clip
Rihanna "Rude Boy" video clip
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Comments

webminded

rihanna's awesome. and way too good for chris brown.

by webminded (02/12/2009)
heart_breaker234

heyy i love your songs especciallllyyyy te amo, rude boy and hate that i love you by neyo and you.........

by heart_breaker234 (21/05/2010)
Tish1e

i love rihanna!! she is my kind of lady!!

by Tish1e (22/05/2010)
roogirl1911

Love Rihanna cant wait to see her in March! WOOO HOOO

by roogirl1911 (20/01/2011)
monigga

one of my fav artists

by monigga (20/01/2011)
jessicayeah

loves it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

by jessicayeah (20/01/2011)
aimyma

yer cant believe what chris brown did too her... crazy

by aimyma (20/01/2011)
mixman000

Thank god she moved on from Rated R and found some more upbeat songs for Loud. "Who's That Chick" should be on her album too.

by mixman000 (20/01/2011)
yiannakaranikolas

Rihanna is AMAZING. I love her so much. she is a great inspiration

by yiannakaranikolas (20/01/2011)
monigga

love herrr

by monigga (20/01/2011)
hocking53

amazing body and face on her..

by hocking53 (20/01/2011)
monigga

shes so good live

by monigga (20/01/2011)
ceejay87

Her albums are amazing

by ceejay87 (23/01/2011)
Haley

amazing artist!

by Haley (24/01/2011)
KRIDZ

She just doesnt stop bringing out tracks LOL Its Cracking me up!!

by KRIDZ (31/01/2011)
tonysilver

baby rihana i just love ur tracks it all nice

by tonysilver (07/02/2011)
katie09

Rihanna is amazinf, love her songs. Would love to go and see her

by katie09 (07/02/2011)
andiemac

I love Rihanna.. she is smoking hot and i'm going to see her tm night! can't wait to see her sexy performance

by andiemac (24/02/2011)
zedish

WHOS THAT CHICK, OO NANA WATS MY NAME, SO JUST PULL THE TRIGGER ILOVERIHANNA SHES AWESOME WANNA SEE HER!

by zedish (03/03/2011)
kcipa

S&M me all the way........

by kcipa (03/03/2011)
jlw8891

I met her and couldnt get anything signed, she barely spoke to anyone and we pretty much lined up, got a photo and that was it!

by jlw8891 (03/03/2011)
JoMortka

I'm lovin Rude Boy and S&M ;-)

by JoMortka (04/03/2011)
thebodywall

meet n greet and photo with rihanna at aec adelaide preshow, like 5 minutes b4 she went on stage

by thebodywall (20/03/2011)
sissymarie

Hottest Girl In The World.

by sissymarie (15/04/2011)
Meatman

Average

by Meatman (16/04/2011)
quickymusiclove

Pretty good

by quickymusiclove (22/04/2011)
Tay_baby

Rhianna is just ... beyond amazing.. i seriously love her xD

by Tay_baby (12/05/2011)
 

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