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Rihanna Biography

Rihanna (born Robyn, Rihanna Fenty 20.2.1988)

Rihanna 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.

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.

Rihanna's 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'

Rihanna has received four Grammy nominations: 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 two Grammys: 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.

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Rihanna Picture Gallery

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The Latest Rihanna News

Rihanna Settles Legal Battle With Former Accountants

18th April 2014

Rihanna has agreed a settlement to end a long-running legal battle with her former accountants.The Umbrella star filed a lawsuit...

Drake Bought Rihanna $42,000 Ring

16th April 2014

Drake has bought Rihanna a $42,000 ring.The 'From Time' rapper, who is reportedly dating the 'Unapologetic' singer, has splashed out...

Eminem And Rihanna Debut 'the Monster'

14th April 2014

Eminem and Rihanna performed 'The Monster' on live television for the first time at the MTV Movie Awards last night...

Ne-yo: Chris Brown Is Unfairly Used As Example

11th April 2014

Ne-Yo thinks Chris Brown is unfairly being held up as an example.The 'Closer' hitmaker is angered by his fellow R&B...

Has The Real Slim Shady Sold Out?

11th April 2014

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Rihanna Reviews

Rihanna - Unapologetic Album Review Album Review

14th December 2012

Seven albums in for Rihanna and as each one passes you can't help but feel...

A Week in News Feat: Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Harrison Ford, Matthew Vaughn, Khloe Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Much More! Feature

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Rihanna - Loud Album Review

2nd December 2010

Multi-award winner and having sold over 60 million records worldwide, Rihanna has come far from...

Rihanna - A Girl Like Me Album Review

6th June 2006

Rihanna A Girl Like MeAlbum ReviewThe Barbados born mini superstar is back to rule the...

Rihanna - Sos Single Review

6th June 2006

Rihanna SosSingle ReviewThe summer once again belongs to Rihanna, superbly using the infectious hook from...

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Rihanna Festivals

Wireless Festival

4th July 2014

Roskilde Festival

29th June 2014

Radio 1 Big Weekend

24th May 2014

Summer Sonic Festival

16th August 2014

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11th July 2014

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Rihanna Footage Film / Movie Reviews

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The Latest Rihanna Press Releases

Rihanna Is Coming To Roskilde Festival 2013

16th January 2013

The talented superstar will deliver a sumptuous pop party....

Rihanna Reveals 777 Tour Routing Details

16th November 2012

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Rihanna Diamonds World Tour Announces UK 2013 Tour Dates

14th November 2012

Wednesday 14th November 2012 - Worldwide superstar Rihanna - the "#1 Person On...

Rihanna International Songwriting Competition (Isc) Announces 2010 Finalists And Semi-finalists

15th March 2011

Judges Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Rihanna, Kings Of Leon, Train, Ben Harper, Mccoy Tyner,...

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Kavya Pandit

hey rihanna ..i love you so much.iv heard every single song of yours..and your my inspiration..and trust me im your biggest fan ever..i myself love singing like mad! its my drug..seriously,and i really wanna meet you and make a music video with you..i just hope you read all these comments.. love you sooo much! :)

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Love you babygurl Ri-Ri, you know who you are ;) -Ryan

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Love Rihanna and LOVE this cover that Ginny Blackmore does of 'Stay'!! Have you heard it yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bydqRVtmMUs

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Hey, we just love Rihanna)) Check out our cover of her Diamonds!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOr6MZf3lGw

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Hey, we Love Rihanna... Check out our cover of her DIamonds)) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOr6MZf3lGw

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Hey Rihanna can you invite me to one of your concerts whenever you come to Kentucky? cause i really love hearing you sing. I"m your #1 fan

5 years 3 months ago
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Lucian Gyal

hey rihanna.....i admire that you are different...i have learnt to expect the unexpected when it comes to you. You are a unique artiste. Before i left this comment , i took a look at some other photos of you and i found that there is something peculiar about you. i could feel your energy .....a weird energy..not in a negative way ..by the way.....well i could go on and on but i have to go live my life...so mean while stay "blessed"!!! Much....love....

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I love Avril Lavigne

What an awful singer! She can't sing and she's not even pretty!

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