Born20 February 1988
1988-2004: Childhood and the beginning of a career
Rihanna was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. The first is the family, her mother Monica Breitwight is an African-American retired accountant, and her father, Ronald Fenty, a warehouse inspector at the clothing factory. Her mother is of Guyanese descent, her father having Barbados and Irish roots. She has two younger brothers, Rory and Ratjada, as well as two sisters and one step-brother, born to different mothers before marrying the singer's parents. She grew up under the influence of reggae songs and started singing at age 7. Her father's addiction to crack cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana has had a profound effect on her childhood. Rihanna's parents divorced when she was 14, although her father remained a part of her life. From the age of 7 until her parents split up, she suffered from headaches. Doctors thought the girl had a brain tumor and did some research. The singer grew up in a modest three-room house in Bridgetown, where she traded clothes with her father. She studied at ‘Charles F. Broome Elementary School' in Barbados, where her classmates formed a musical duo. At first, the singer wanted to finish high school but then decided to drop out because she was too busy with her singing career.
In December 2003, she meets American producer Evan Rogers through his wife, who was coming to Barbados on weekends. Rihanna and the other girls from the group went to a hotel near Rogers. Then Evan Rogers said: "The moment Rihanna came into the room, a feeling was created as if the other two participants didn't exist." Rihanna sang the song "Emotion" by Destiny's Child. Impressive Rogers made the second appointment, inviting him to do some recording with Carl Starkenom, and he also wanted to meet the singer's mother. When she turns 16, she wins the ‘Miss Combermere’ School Beauty Contest and Creative Contest by singing Mariah Carey's "Hero". The following year, she and her mother moved to Rogers, near Stamford, Connecticut. With the help of Starken, she is releasing a 4-song demo recording that included "Last Time" ballad, a pinnacle version of Whitney Houston's "For the Love of You" song and "Pon de Replay", becoming her first hit. Because of her studies, the studio only went on summer and winter vacations, so the demo recordings took a whole year.
In 2005, Rogers began releasing various demo recordings of Rihanna. One of the duplicates is sent to Def Jam Recordings, A&R manager Jay Brown listens to it and transmits it to Jay-Z, who was then the company's director. When he heard "Pon de Replay", he was skeptical at first about Rihanna because he felt the song was too difficult for her and he confirmed: "Such a volume of the song is difficult for a new singer, and people will only remember the song, not the singer. I sign contracts with singers, not songs. " Def Jam was the first to respond and invited her to a hearing where the girl sang "For the Love of You" for Jay-Z and Antonio LA Reid from Island Def Jam Music Group. He signed a contract that very day. After the contract, he moved to the United States in February 2005 and settled with Rogers and his wife. As a stage name, she chose her second name, Rihanna, because she was simply the alias that appeared in the recording studio in 2005.
2005-2006: ‘Music of the Sun’ and ‘A Girl Like Me' albums
After signing with Def Jam, Rihanna spent the next three months in the studio recording her debut album, which was co-produced by Evan Rogers, Karl Stark, Stargate and Poke & Tone. Initially, she collaborated with rapper Memphis Bleek to create her fourth debut album, 534, which was released sooner than her debut work. In August 2005, the singer released her first song, "Pon de Replay", which reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles charts. It became a worldwide hit and was included in the top ten of the top 15 countries. In August 2005, Rihanna's debut album Music of the Sun was released in the United States. In the first week, 69,000 copies of Longeplay were sold, which topped the Billboard 200. Around 2 million copies of the album had already been sold worldwide, and it was awarded a Gold Certificate by American Record Companies.
Rihanna's Music of the Sun music album was sold at Reggae on the Caribbean descent. It received mixed reviews from music critics. Rolling Stone magazine rated it 2.5 stars out of 5, commenting: "There is insufficient material, creativity and song rhythm make the song useless, and the American R&B video is replaced by its Caribbean charm." and talked about the main song, "Pon de Replay", and Pop music, which owe their success to Beyonce's "Baby Boy". One critic from Entertainment Weekly wrote: "The debut of Dancehall and R&B is filled with cheap musical instruments that put black dots on the song." Album 2's song "If It's Lovin 'That You Want" was less successful than "Pon de Replay", ranking 36th in the United States and 11th in the UK. However, the song was well received in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, where it was able to enter the top ten.
A month later, after her debut, Rihanna began recording her second debut album with producers Evan Rogers and Carl Starker, the Stargate creative team, Jonathan Rotem and songwriter Ne-Yo. Before recording Gwen Stefani's concerts, Rihanna presented her professional quality to promote her debut album. The lead song, "SOS", reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the first hit in the United States. "A Girl Like Me" was released in April 2006, which occupied the 5th spot on the Billboard 200, selling 115,000 copies in the first month, and later received platinum certification from the American Recordings Association. A Girl Like Me reached number one on the Canadian list, fifth on the British and Irish charts. The album received mixed reviews from music critics, the Rolling Stone Journal commented. "The album looks like its debut, but it went on well thanks to the SOS main song." Music critics have described the album as a recording between Dancehall and Dub-pop, club hip-hop and overly sensitive ballads that have grown-up listeners.
The second song, "Unfaithful," became a worldwide hit, topping the list of the top ten songs in some countries around the world, including sixth on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and topping Canada, France, and Switzerland. The third song on the album, "We Ride", failed to repeat the first success, but the fourth song, "Break It Off" with Sean Paul, rose from 10th to 52nd and reached 9th in the US. Following the release of the album, Rihanna announced her solo concert, Live in Concert Tour. She then traveled to the UK with Pussycat Dolls from November 2006 to February 2007 and also starred in the Bring It On 3 movie "All or nothing" as a casual actor released on August 8, 2006.
2007-2008: New Style and ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’
Third, while working on the album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, Rihanna wanted to move to a new direction with the help of music producers Timbaland, Sean Garrett and Will.i.am, transforming some songs into new, danceable sounds. While recording the album, she opted for an outrageous style, dying her hair black and making a short cut. She commented: "I want people to continue to dance, while simultaneously penetrating the song, because everyone feels the album in its way, and I want to present a lot of rhythmic songs." The album topped the charts of countries such as Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia, and Ireland, as well as second in the US and Australia. ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ is a dance-pop style with its features. It has received positive reviews from music critics and previous programs, making it more welcoming.
Four of the songs from the album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ entered the top three on the Billboard Hot 100, including Jay-Z's world-famous hit "Umbrella", which topped the charts in the UK for 10 weeks, becoming the most successful song: After Wet Wet Wet's song "Love Is All Around", which topped the chart for 15 weeks in 1994. According to the Rolling Stone Journal, the song ranks third in the 2007 Top 100 Songs. The album's other tracks, "Shut Up and Drive," "Don't Stop the Music," and "Hate That I Love You," failed to reach Umbrella. "Don't Stop the Music" ranked No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, while it ranks No. 1 in Australia, the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Switzerland. At the 2007 American Music Awards, Rihanna won the Soul and R&B Award for Best Actress.
The updated copy of the third album was released in June 2008 and included 3 new songs. "Take a Bow", the first song of the album to be released, premiered in Canada, the UK, and the United States. The duo "If I Never See Your Face Again" with the band Maroon 5 was also reissued, as did Disturbia, which took first place in the US and New Zealand. Rihanna became the 7th singer to reach the top five in two different songs at the same time. "Disturbia" came in fourth, with the song "Take a Bow" coming in second. As a guest performer with rapper TI, she performed "Live Your Life", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Rihanna's fifth super-hit: "SOS", "Umbrella", "Take a Bow" and after "Disturbia" songs. A Remix album was later released, which included remix songs from the original album. It managed to sell more than 2 million copies of the album in the United States alone, receiving two platinum certifications from the American Recordings Association (RIAA). It was then the best-selling album in America.
The singer won four awards at the 2007 MTV and VMA ceremonies, winning both. "Best Song of the Year" and "Best Video". At the 50th Grammy Awards, Rihanna was awarded a rap award for her work, and received five other awards including "Best Record of the Year", "Best Dance Recording", "Best Vocal R&B Duet" and "Best R&B Song". To promote the album on September 12, 2007, Rihanna embarked on a concert tour of The Good Girl Gone Bad in the US, Canada, and Europe, followed by Kanye with Lupe Fiasco and NERD on April 16, 2008. West's Glow in the Dark Tour. At the 2008 American Music Awards, Rihanna won "Best Pop, Rock, and Soul | R&B Genres". On December 6, Margo Watson wrote in Entertainment Weekly an article titled "Rihanna, Wonder of the Year", reminiscent of the outbreak of the famous singer in 2008.
2009-2010: The Case of Violence and Rated R
On February 8, 2009, the planned participation in the Grammy Awards was postponed. It has become known that her ex-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, has been arrested on a criminal charge. On March 5, 2009, Brown was charged with assault and intimidation. Photos released by Los Angeles police on TMZ.com clearly showed Rihanna being injured. STOParazzi has proposed adopting a law in honor of the singer, "Rihanna's Law", according to which law enforcement agencies have no right to distribute pictures or other information related to the victim of the crime.
For the first time since the February events, Rihanna has starred in the "Paranoid" video with Kanye West. She has also collaborated with Jay Chi and Kanye West to complete the song "Run This Town", which reached the second spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and has reached top positions in dozens of countries around the world.
The fourth album, "Rated R", was released on November 23, 2009, and the Rolling Stone Journal gave positive reviews, noting that Rihanna has changed her sound, releasing one of the best albums of the year. It came in at number four on the Billboard 200 and received a platinum award from the American Recording Association for selling one million copies. The album's first three songs - "Russian Roulette", "Hard" and "Rude Boy" - entered the Billboard Hot 100.
2010 In Real-Time
In January, Rihanna attended the Barbados Music Awards and won two awards for "Umbrella" - "Artist of the Decade" and "Song of the Decade". At the NRJ Music Awards, she received the title of "International Singer of the Year". All summer Rihanna and rapper Eminem worked on the song ‘Love the Way You Lie’, which became the number one hit in the United States, as well as in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden. The song became the seventh song to celebrate the singer's career, making her the 5th singer in Hot 100's history to be a hit. In August, her candle figurine was presented at Madame Tussauds Museum in Washington. At the same time, for Kanye West's 5th album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," she was recording her "All of the Lights" song. In an interview with MTV News, she said: she "loved" the song, but also participated with other singers such as Alicia Keys, John Legend, Fergie and Elton John. On October 19, she published a book of the same name and announced that she had terminated her contract with Mark Jordan to be replaced by Roc Nation representative Jay-Z. She also founded her own company, Rihanna Entertainment, where she would combine all of her business: song, film, perfume, fashion, and book printing.
On November 16, 2010, Rihanna released her fifth album, Loud, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, thanks to sales of 207,000 copies in the first week, which is Rihanna's highest selling weekly album. The single "Only Girl (In the World)" topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts, including in Australia, Canada, and the UK. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, the song received the "Best Music Record" award. The second song, "What's My Name?" By Canadian rapper, Drake topped the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles charts. Although it was the second song on the album, it got to the top of the list rather than the first song, "Only Girl (In the World)". And it was the first time that the album's debut song topped the Hot 100 after the second. Her third international song, "S&M" featuring Britney Spears, repeated the success of the previous two songs, making Rihanna the youngest performer in the entire chart to score 10 times at the top of the chart. Subsequently, the songs "Man Down" and "California King Bed" were released. The album's latest song, "Cheers (Drink to That)", rose to No. 7 on the Hot 100. To promote the album, the singer organized the ‘Loud’ International Concert Tour in June 2011.
In October 2011, Rihanna released two songs with the collaboration of Princess of China, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto and Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday albums. Within a month, she became a member of the American jury on The X Factor. On November 21, 2011, her 6th album, Talk That Talk, was released in 2 versions: Deluxe and Standart. On September 22, 2011, the radio premiere of the main song "We Found Love" was made available on iTunes the same day. Rihanna became the fastest soloist in the Hot 100's history after We Found Love ranked ninth on the US list, with 20 songs falling into the top ten, surpassing Madonna's previous record. The song later became Rihanna's eleventh hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The second song, "You Da One", was released on November 11, and the shoot was scheduled to take place in London later this year. She was recognized as the best-selling singer of the year in the UK, surpassing Adell in her 6,000-plus-best-selling song. In April, the song "Where Have You Been" was released, which premiered on April 30, 2012, on VEVO.
Rihanna participated in the filming of Peter Berg's "Sea Fight", which was released in April 2012.
On September 26, 2012, the first song of the 7th album "Diamonds" was released. The lyrics were written by Australian singer Sia, with producers Benny Blanco and STARGATE. The following month released the 7th album, Unapologetic, which included five songs: "Diamonds", "Stay", "Pour It Up", "Right Now" and "What Now". Diamonds topped the Billboard Hot 100, Stay third, and others were lucky enough. All of the songs had video clips except "Right Now".
By the end of 2013, ‘Hate That I Love You’ had more than 100 million views, meaning that Rihanna received the 16th certification from Vevo. On November 24, 2013, the American Music Awards took place. The singer, the first in the world, received the AMA additional Icon Award for her contribution to music development. Rihanna also won the "Best R & B / Soul Singer" award.
In November it was announced that Rihanna and Eminem had recorded their fourth duo, The Monster, for which a video was released. This song topped Billboard Pop Songs. In this way, 11 of the songs of the singer appeared on the top of the chart, which is a record figure. The Monster also topped the prestigious Billboard Hot 100 chart. That allowed him to be in the same stage as Michael Jackson, as they both had 13 songs that won the chart.
In December 2013, there was news of another duet with Shakira, which is set to premiere in January 2014. This will make it the lead song for Shakira's new album.
In 2009, 19-year-old Hip-Hop performer Chris Brown, who was then dating 21-year-old Rihanna, beat his girlfriend and fled, but then voluntarily showed up to the police. At the beginning of the case, Brown denied his guilt, but the court sentenced him to five years of probation, which ended shortly after he apologized to a former girlfriend.
After this tragic episode ended, Rihanna tattooed herself: small pistols on both sides and a scrolling banner (bone connecting the two shoulders), "Never a failure, always a lesson" which means "No mistake, there is a lesson". She also has other tattoos - the fish behind the ear, the Shhh and Love inscriptions on her fingers, a buzzing heel (previously pictured with a key and a note), a little star on her ear and a star-studded back, the best friend's birthday, a gun on the right, ankle skull, wrist Maori (tattoo type), under the breast of Egyptian goddess Isida in memory of her grandmother, Clara "Dolly" Breytveyt, who passed away on July 1, 2012, from cancer. The last tattoo is a picture of Nefertiti (wife of the great king) on the left.
After splitting with Brown, Rihanna began dating Los Angeles Dodger player Matt Kemp and then basketball player JR Smith. In 2011, the media reported that her new friend, singer Asher. However, since October 2012, Brown and Rihanna have resumed their relationship. In the fall of 2013, they split again.
2005 Music of the Sun
2006 A Girl Like Me
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad
2009 Rated R
2011 Talk That Talk
Bring It On: All or Nothing
Katy Perry: Part of Me
This is the end
2006 Live in Concert Tour
2007 - 2009 Good Girl Gone Bad Tour
2010 - 2011 round
2011 Loud Tour
2013 Diamonds World Tour
Rihanna Quotes on Life
“I stand up for what I believe in, and a lot of the time that can be against people’s opinions.”
“You have to just accept your body. You may not love it all the way, but you just have to be comfortable with it, comfortable with knowing that that’s your body.”
"I love reading to people. I enjoy watching, observing, and being able to figure out a person, the reason they wore that dress, the reason they smell the way they do.”
“When it’s over and it’s gone, you almost wish that you could have all that bad stuff back so you can have the good.”
“Nobody can understand what you’re feeling unless they burn the way you burned.”
“Ask God for forgiveness, and leave your regrets in the past.”
“If I cry, it’s because I’m very angry and I can’t do anything about it because I’ve run into a dead end. That’s when the tears would come down.”
"I hate going to the gym and doing it the old-fashioned way. I hate anything too straightforward, too routine, too familiar, and I get bored quickly."