Rihanna was born, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, on the 20th February, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados.Barbadian pop and rhythm-and-blues (R&B) singer who became a worldwide star in the early 21st century, known for her distinctive and versatile voice and for her fashionable appearance. She was also known for her beauty and fashion lines. Her mother is a retired accountant, and her father a warehouse supervisor. Rihanna has 5 siblings: two brothers, two half-sisters and a half-brother.
Whilst she was growing up, her father had an addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, and Rihanna had to see doctors and receive CT scans for the headaches she was experiencing at the time.
These turned out to be mainly stress and trauma induced, as once her parents separated, her health started to improve.
Rihanna began singing at the young age of just 7 years old. She didn’t graduate high school, and instead decided to focus all of her efforts on her music career.
CareerIn 2003, Rihanna formed a musical trio with two fellow classmates. She was quickly discovered by an American record producer in Barbados, and he invited Rihanna to his home in the States to record some demo tracks.Within the same year, Rihanna was signed to Syndicated Rhythm Productions. Jay-Z heard some of the initial tracks that were sent to recording labels, and as the CEO of Def Jam Records, he was desperate to sign Rihanna to the label.
In 2003, Rihanna formed a musical trio with two fellow classmates. She was quickly discovered by an American record producer in Barbados, and he invited Rihanna to his home in the States to record some demo tracks.
Within the same year, Rihanna was signed to Syndicated Rhythm Productions. Jay-Z heard some of the initial tracks that were sent to recording labels, and as the CEO of Def Jam Records, he was desperate to sign Rihanna to the label.About the same time, she started a girl group with two friends, and in 2004 she attracted the attention of Evan Rogers, an American record producer. He helped Fenty record a demo that led to an audition with the rapper Jay-Z, who at the time headed the Def Jam record label, and he soon signed the budding vocalist. For her professional career, she adopted her middle name, Rihanna.USA 2006 – 78th Annual Academy Awards. Closeup of giant Oscar statue at the entrance of the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Hompepage blog 2009, arts and entertainment, film movie hollywoodBRITANNICA QUIZPop Culture QuizAre you a princess of Pop? The king of Culture? See if you’re an entertainment expert by answering these questions.With the effervescent dancehall-inflected single “Pon de Replay” (2005), Rihanna immediately captured an international audience. The song’s success buoyed sales for her debut full-length recording, Music of the Sun (2005), on which conventional R&B ballads shared space with Caribbean-flavoured dance-pop that showcased her melodious Barbadian lilt. Rihanna soon followed with the album A Girl like Me (2006), featuring the up-tempo club-oriented “S.O.S.” The song, which was built around a sample of Soft Cell’s 1981 new-wave hit “Tainted Love,” became Rihanna’s first to top the Billboard singles chart.For Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna sought to transform her youthful image. With the assistance of such high-profile collaborators as Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, she abandoned the tropical rhythms that had adorned her first two albums and recorded a collection of sleek R&B that presented her as a fiercely independent and rebellious woman. (She also unveiled a spiky asymmetrical hairstyle.) The gambit paid off, as the album sold several million copies worldwide, and its anthemic lead single, “Umbrella,” featuring an introductory rap from Jay-Z, became one of the year’s biggest hits and earned Rihanna a Grammy Award.In early 2009 Rihanna was beaten by her boyfriend, fellow R&B star Chris Brown, in an incident that was widely covered by tabloid news and gossip blogs. Following their separation, he was convicted of assault. The album that followed later that year, Rated R, much of which she cowrote, was marked by icily stark production and brooding lyrics that touched on revenge. Although her sales declined somewhat, she scored another major hit with “Rude Boy.” Rihanna returned to less-portentous fare on the dance-friendly Loud (2010). In early 2011 the album’s sexually provocative single “S&M” became her 10th number one Billboard hit—which made her, at age 23, the youngest artist ever to reach that milestone. Included in the total were prominent collaborations with hip-hop artists T.I. and Eminem that appeared on albums of theirs; many felt her vocals on the latter’s “Love the Way You Lie” (2010) lent resonance to the song’s depiction of an abusive relationship.Rihanna maintained a steely and seductive persona on the albums Talk That Talk (2011), which produced the infectious international hit “We Found Love,” and Unapologetic (2012), which was anchored by the starry-eyed “Diamonds.” The latter release also controversially featured a duet with Brown, with whom she rekindled her relationship for a brief time. Her eighth studio album, Anti, was released in 2016. In addition to her musical career, Rihanna acted in the movies Battleship (2012) and This Is the End (2013). She also voiced one of the main characters in the animated adventure Home (2015). Rihanna later appeared as a hacker in Ocean’s 8 (2018), a female-driven reboot of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise from the early 2000s. In 2019 she starred with Donald Glover in the musical Guava Island; it premiered at the Coachella Valley Festival before streaming on Amazon.After collaborating on several cosmetics collections in the early 2010s, Rihanna launched her own line, Fenty Beauty, in 2017. The brand was enthusiastically embraced by fans and was praised for its inclusivity in offering 40 different shades of foundation. In 2019 it was announced that Rihanna was partnering with LVMH Moët Hennessy—Louis Vuitton to create the fashion line Fenty. She thereby became the first woman of colour to head a fashion house at LVMH, which was the largest luxury-products company in the world. Fenty’s first collection was released later that year.John M. Cunningham, The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica
Signing with Def Jam paved the way to Rihanna’s success you see today; including dozens of awards and multiple platinum awarded albums. In the past couple of years, she’s also begun to diversify into the area of acting, and has played roles in several films.As of 2022, Rihanna’s net worth is estimated to be $550 million, making her one of the richest singers in the world.
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