Rihanna

  • 30 June 2005

Date of birth

20th February, 1988

Occupation

Musician

Sex

1st January, 1970

Height

1.74

Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty; 20.2.1988) is the first female from Barbados to have received a Grammy Award and is currently signed to the Def Jam Recordings record label. She was presented with an area of land in Appes Hill, St. James, Barbados, in a tribute to her work.

Net worth: Rihanna's earnings are $160 million according to Celebrity Net Worth as of 2016.

Rihanna's Childhood Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna is the daughter of Ronald Fenty (of African and Irish descent) and Monica Fenty, who has a Guyanese ancestry. In Combermere Schoool, she formed a musical group with two of her classmates. In 2004, she was crowned Miss Combermere in a local beauty pageant, as well as performing in the 'Colours Of Combermere' school show. She received her big break aged 15, when a friend introduced her to Evan Rogers, a music producer who was on vacation on the island. Rogers and his partner, Carl Sturken recorded Rihanna's material in the U.S. and sent it to various record companies. One of these copies reached Jay-Z, who eventually signed her to his Def Jam label.

Musical Career: Rihanna has named Beyonce, Brandy Norwood and her upbringing in the Caribbean as the major influences on her music. Music Of the Sun was Rihanna's debut album, released in 2005. 'Pon de Replay' was one of the singles released from the album. The track was co-written by Rogers, Sturken and Rihanna and reached number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK singles chart. The album itself received platinum certification for selling over 2 million units worldwide and Rihanna promoted the album by touring as Gwen Stefani's opening act. The second single from the album, 'If It's Lovin' That You Want', was significantly less successful, reaching 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 in the UK charts. A third single, 'Let Me', was released in Japan only.

Less than eight months after the release of her debut album, Rihanna launched a second album, A Girl Like Me, in 2006. The album went into the U.S. charts at number five. And the main single from the track, 'SOS', was used in a Nike advertising campaign. 'SOS' became the first number one Billboard single for Rihanna. Her third top 10 U.S. hit came with 'Unfaithful', written by the R&B singer Ne-Yo, though its follow-up, 'We Ride' was less successful, which failed to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. 'Break It Off', featuring Sean Paul, was her fourth single from the album. Digital download sales helped the song jump from 52 to number 9.

Good Girl Gone Bad, her third album, was recorded with Timbaland, Ne-Yo and Stargate and released in 2007. Jay-Z and Ne-Yo also feature on the album and Justin Timberlake co-wrote 'Rehab' and sang backing vocals for the track. The album went three times platinum on the United World Albums Chart. The first single from the album, 'Umbrella', which featured Jay-Z, was a number one hit in a number of countries. In the UK, it was the longest running number one single since Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' (1994) and the longest running number one by a female artist since Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' (1992). With 8,160,000 points on the United World Chart, it was the most successful song of 2007. 'Umbrella' was followed by the singles 'Shut Up And Drive', 'Don't Stop The Music' and 'Hate That I Love You'.

In November 2009, Rihanna released her fourth album 'Rated R', which featured guest spots from Slash, will.i.am and Jeezy. The album debuted at number four in the US Billboard 200 albums charts, selling 181,000 copies in the United States in its first week, giving Rihanna her highest first-week sales in the US at that time.

Rihanna released her fifth album 'Loud' in 2010. 'Loud' debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it her fastest selling album at the time. The album featured guests Drake and Nicki Minaj and had some of Rihanna's most popular singles, namely 'What's My Name?' and 'Only Girl (In The World)'. That year saw her first collaboration with Eminem in the smash hit 'Love the Way You Lie'.

In 2011, Rihanna followed up 'Loud' with her sixth album 'Talk That Talk', which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 198,000 copies in the United States. The album is platinum in the United States. Guest spots on this album included Jay-Z and Calvin Harris.

Rihanna's seventh album, 'Unapologetic' was released in November 2012. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 238,000 copies in its first week, giving Rihanna her first number one album in the United States and bestselling debut week of her career. Rihanna recruited previous producers, such as The-Dream, Chase & Status and David Guetta, to work with new producers such as Parker Ighile, Mike Will Made-It and Labrinth. The album has been certified platinum in the United States. The song 'Nobody's Business' caused controversy as it featured Rihanna's abusive ex-partner Chris Brown. Rihanna has received twenty-three Grammy nominations including record of the Year, Best Rap / Sung Collaboration, Best R&B performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Dance Recording. She also obtained seven Grammys including Song of the Year and Best R&B song.

Accolades attributed to Rihanna include: World's Best Selling Pop Female Artist and Entertainer of the Year at the World Music Awards, Favourite Female Artist - Soul / R&B at the American Music Awards, and best R&B song, for 'Shut Up and Drive' at the 2008 People's Choice Awards.

In 2016 Rihanna released her eighth studio album Anti in which the leading single work reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She also announced a supporting tour for the album which see's Rihanna travelling the world.

Other Ventures: Rihanna has released five different perfumes since 2011 (Reb'l Fleur,Rebelle, Nude, Rogue and RiRi). She also announced in 2014 that she was to release an aftershave for men entitled 'Rogue Man'.

Rihanna has also collaborated with MAC cosmetics on creating her own make up line called 'RiRi hearts MAC' in 2013. She also has endorsements with Nivea, Budweiser and Kodak.

Rihanna's first television program Styled to Rock premiered in the UK in August 2012 on Sky Living. This saw numerous British designers over a ten week period compete in different challenges in order to win the prize of dressing Rihanna for one of her events.

She has also collaborated with British high street fashion brand River Island on four of their collections in 2013. In 2014 Rihanna announced that she was to become the creative director of the fashion sportswear Puma overseeing the brand's women's clothing range. In the following year (2015) Rihanna was chosen to be the face of Dior which made her the first black woman to be the face for the company.

In 2016 Rihanna collaborated with Manolo Blahnik to create an all denim shoe collection.

Personal Life: In 2009 it was reported that Rihanna's partner at the time, singer Chris Brown, had violently attacked her. Brown was charged for assault and making criminal threats and later pled guilty to felony assault. He was given five years' probation and a restraining order. In 2013, Rihanna admitted that she was once again in a relationship with Brown, however Brown stated that the two had broken up again in May that year. Rihanna also had a relationship with Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp from late 2009 to 2010. Speculation also suggested she had dated rapper Drake.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2013 Rihanna confirmed that she was dating Chris Brown once again. However in May 2013 Brown stated that the couple had broken up for the second time. In 2016 rumors emerged that Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio were dating as they have been spotted together numerous times.

Rihanna Turns Down Super Bowl Half-Time Show In Solidarity With Colin Kaepernick

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 19 October 2018

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The NFL offered the Super Bowl LIII halftime show to Rihanna, but she turned it down in support of Kaepernick's 'Take A Knee' campaign.

The controversial ‘Take A Knee’ campaign to highlight systemic racism and police brutality launched by NFL star Colin Kaepernick may have received a significant boost, with reports that pop megastar Rihanna has turned down the Super Bowl LIII half-time show in solidarity with the player.

Back in 2016, Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, started kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games in protest at the treatment of black Americans and other minorities by police.

It led to many, including president Donald Trump, castigating him for his stance, and while a handful of other players joined him in his protest, 30 year old Kaepernick has been effectively banished from the game. He’s been without a team since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers in May 2017.

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Rihanna Reigns In British Vogue's All-Important September Issue

By Holly Mosley in Fashion / Beauty on 01 August 2018

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She's honoured to feature on the cover of this glossy mag.

Rihanna is super proud to appear on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue, especially given that it's the very first with the latest Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful. She looks a perfect fit for the shoot, her kooky personality shining beautifully through the daring fashion arrangements.

Image caption Rihanna at the Ocean's 8 premiere

The 30-year-old singer and beauty entrepreneur was styled by Enninful himself and shot by the world-famous photographer Nick Knight for the September issue, as we come up to Enninful's first British Vogue anniversary. He replaced Alexandra Shulman last year and launched his first isse in December 2017 with Adwoa Aboah on the cover.

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Rihanna at the European premiere of 'Ocean's 8' held at Cineworld Leicester Square in London. Directed by Gary Ross, the film is a comedy spin-off from the Steven Soderbergh's 'Ocean's' trilogy featuring an all-female ensemble cast - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 13th June 2018

Met Gala 2018: Pope Rihanna And Zendaya Of Arc Among Best Dressed

By Holly Mosley in Fashion / Beauty on 08 May 2018

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This year's best dressed stars at the Catholic-themed Met Gala.

The 2018 Costume Institute Gala was literally couture heaven. With the theme of 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination', celebrities showed up to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art with costumes inspired by angels, priests, saints and religious figures; some of which were totally breath-taking.

Here are some of the best dressed at the 2018 Met Gala:

Rihanna - Met Gala 2018

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Rihanna at the 2018 Costume Institute Gala (aka the Met Gala or the Met Ball) held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year's theme was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination' - New York, New York, United States - Monday 7th May 2018

Rihanna at the 2018 Costume Institute Gala (aka the Met Gala or the Met Ball) held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year's theme was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination' - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 8th May 2018

Rihanna Is Going Back To Her Roots With New Reggae Album

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 03 May 2018

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The singer's next album will be a Caribbean inspired masterpiece.

Rihanna is all set to start work on her ninth studio album, which apparently will be devoted to a genre she loves a lot being a Caribbean girl: reggae. The singer will pay tribute to all the best artists of the genre, including her all-time favourite Bob Marley.

Image caption Rihanna at a Fenty Beauty photocall

The 30-year-old opened up about her love of reggae and dancehall music in a recent interview with Vogue, where she also shared her favourite Bob Marley songs - needless to say, they happen to be everyone's favourite Bob Marley tunes, but there's a good reason why they're classics.

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Aaron Paul Recalls Rihanna Fangirling Over Him

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 19 March 2018

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She chased him down at a parking garage.

It must be strange to be a TV star and suddenly find that your favourite popstars are just as much fans of you as you are of them. That's what happened to Aaron Paul when he met Rihanna, and now everytime they bump into each other she goes all fangirl on him.

Image caption Aaron Paul at Vanity Fair Oscars party

The 'Breaking Bad' star couldn't believe it when he met the 30-year-old Barbadian beauty in a parking garage, and watched her leap out of her car just to get a photo with him. He's apparently got Drake to thank for that though, as the rapper was apparently responsible for getting her into the show.

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Rihanna Hits Out At Snapchat For Chris Brown Ad

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 16 March 2018

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Snapchat had provided a platform for an ad for a game, which asked if users wanted to "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown".

Rihanna has hit out at Snapchat for “intentionally” shaming victims of domestic violence, after the social media company published an ad that asked followers whether they would “slap” the singer or “punch” her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

The ad appeared in America on Monday (March 12th), promoting a game called ‘Would You Rather’. Twitter users quickly condemned the tone of the ad, with the Barbadian-born star Rihanna, who was the victim of an assault by fellow singer and ex-boyfriend Chris Brown back in 2009, sharing her disgust in an Instagram story a few days later.

Snapchat has since apologised and taken down the offending content, but not before the value of shares in Snap (the social media platform’s parent company) had tumbled by 4% in the wake of Rihanna’s comments.

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Rihanna Breaks Chart Record

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 21 February 2018

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Bajan beauty Rihanna has achieved a new record, becoming the first-ever artist to win eight number ones from one album in the history of Billboard's Dance Club chart.

Rihanna has become the first-ever artist to earn eight number ones from one album in the history of Billboard's Dance Club Song chart.

The Bajan beauty's 'Anti' was first launched in 2016, but it's still making waves in the music industry, with 'Consideration' becoming the latest track to soar to the top of the charts.

'Anti's record-breaking run actually began back on April 23, 2016, when 'Work' went to the summit.

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Sir Paul McCartney Likens Kanye West's Song-making To Cooking

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 06 December 2017

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Sir Paul McCartney has likened Kanye West's song-making process to making a bowl of spaghetti.

Sir Paul McCartney has likened Kanye West's song-making process to making a bowl of spaghetti.

The 75-year-old music legend teamed up with the 'Famous' rapper in 2005 when they released 'FourFive Seconds' alongside Rihanna, and he has revealed when the 40-year-old is working on a new track he takes ''little noodles'' of information he likes to put into the completed project.

Speaking to ABC in Australia, the 75-year-old said: ''I was sitting around with Kanye for a couple of days and I didn't think we'd written a song, because I was just playing around, noodling. I was expecting for an idea to come out there and then, but his way of working is he takes all these little noodles away and he makes spaghetti.

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Mary J Blige Loves 'unapologetic' Rihanna

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 01 December 2017

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Mary J Blige has heaped praise on Rihanna for being unapologetic about everything in her life and career.

Mary J Blige loves Rihanna for being unapologetic.

The 46-year-old singer has heaped praise on the 29-year-old star's 'Wild Thoughts' collaboration with DJ Khaled and Bryston Tiller, and revealed she is a ''huge'' supporter of the 'Don't Stop The Music' hitmaker.

Naming 'Wild Thoughts' as the song she can't get out of her head at the moment, Blige told NME: ''It's just the beat and the way Rihanna is singing and riding the beat. I am a huge Rihanna fan.

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Rihanna Shows Off Rap Skills In NERD's New Song 'Lemon'

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 03 November 2017

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She teams up with Pharrell Williams' band for this awesome track.

Pharrell Williams' olN*E*R*D band NERD makes a comeback with Rihanna in tow for their first single in seven years entitled 'Lemon'. It's a pure rap number, with no melodic vocals from the Barbadian goddess, but she proves to be just as good at spoken word as she is at singing.

Image caption Rihanna at Fenty Beauty launch

Directed by Todd Tourso and Scott Cudmore, the new video for the track, which dropped on Wednesday (November 1st 2017), has already received more than three million views and kicks off with Rihanna shaving the head of a female dancer named Mette Towley who has been part of Pharrell's dance troupe The Baes since 2014.

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Rihanna out and about in the city - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 31st August 2017

Rihanna at the European premiere of 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' held at Cineworld Empire, Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Monday 24th July 2017