Rihanna | Biographies July 16, 2019
Rihanna is renowned music artist, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Saint Michael Parish, Barbados, on February 20, 1988. She, however, grew up in Barbados’ capital Bridgetown where she received primary and secondary school education at Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere School, respectively.
Also, Rihanna received some military training under Barbados’ sub-military programme. Her drill sergeant during the training was her friend and music artist Shontelle Layne.
Rihanna's music career began very early in 2003 at the age of just 15, when she and two classmates operating as a girl music group were offered an audition with an American music producer Evan Rogers who was on holiday in Barbados. During the audition Mr Rogers was particularly impressed with Rihanna and after two more meetings with her, he invited her to USA to record a demo tape with songs that could be sent to various recording companies in search of recording contract. Among the recording companies that received the demo tape was Def Jam Records in New York City, whose boss then was the legendary rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z.
Albeit reportedly skeptical about Rihanna after listening to the tape, Jay Z nevertheless invited her for an audition with Def Jam Records in early 2005. For the audition Rihanna delivered Whitney Houston’s cover of For The Love Of You and some other songs from the demo tape. Her performance is said to had impressed Jay Z so much that he decided to sign her instantly for a six-album record deal. According to some sources, after the audition Rihanna was not allowed to leave the recording company building until the record deal contract was written and signed, out of fear that she could have been taken by other recording companies in NYC!
After signing with Def Jam Records, great things began happening very quickly to Rihanna’s music career, releasing her debut studio album Music Of The Sun in August 2005 just three months after the signing. The album was a commercial success, selling over 2 million copies worldwide.
Later in April 2006, about eight months after delivery of the debut album, Rihanna released her second studio album A Girl like Me. The album was also commercially successful, reaching No. 1 in Canada, and No. 5 in USA and UK. Particularly, its lead single SOS performed very well, reaching No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While signing with Def Jam Records could be said to have been her discovery of the shortest possible road towards the global musical arena, and release of her debut and second studio albums as marking crucial points along that road, release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad in May 2007 was confirmation of her arrival at destination hence breakthrough into fame and subsequent enormous wealth.
More specifically, Good Girl Gone Bad presented dramatic transformation of Rihanna from the hitherto mere cute pop princess whose styles of music and dance were largely shaped by others, to an independent creative global music superstar and sex symbol with fully control of the various aspects of her music career. This was an incredibly rapid musical evolution of Rihanna, that took only about two years from delivery of her debut album.
The third studio album entailed some her greatest singles in her music career, e.g. Wet Wet Wet, Shut Up And Drive, Don’t Stop The Music, Love Is All Around, and Umbrella. The latter won her first Grammy Award at the Grammy Awards 2008. Overall, Good Girl Gone Bad became one of her bestselling albums, selling over 9 million worldwide.
The third studio album was reissued as Good girl Gone Bad: Reloaded in 2018. The new edition of the album consisted some new songs that include Take A Bow and Disturbia.
In November 2009 Rihanna released her fourth studio album Rated R. Its lead single Rude Boy was particularly successful, reaching No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the album, she and Def Jam Records called it quits.
After ditching Def Jam Records, Rihanna in 2010 signed with Roc Nation, a Jay Z recording company, and released her fifth studio album Loud the same year in November. This was a great album featuring her masterpiece singles Only Girl and SOS, among others. Only Girl won her a Grammy at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
Rihanna released her sixth studio album Talk That Talk in November 2011. The album debuted No. 1 in UK and No. 3 in USA. Its lead single We Found Love was incredibly popular worldwide, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and other similar music singles charts in 27 countries. The single’s music video won Rihanna an award at MTV Video Music Awards 2012. Other singles in the album include Talk That Talk, Where Have You Been, and You Da One.
In November 2012 Rihanna released her seventh studio album Unapologetic. The album was great success, debuting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and became Rihanna’s first No.1 album in USA. The album lead single Diamonds was awesome, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as on other similar music singles charts in over 20 countries. Another masterpiece in the album was Stay. Rihanna promoted the album with a world tour, namely, Diamonds World Tour that began in March 2013.
Rihanna’s eighth studio album Anti was released in January 2016. The album was produced by a music streaming service company co-owned by Rihanna, called Tidal. The album is therefore available only through streaming. Anti was commercially very successful, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Top singles of the album include Work, Sex With Me, Love On The Brain, and Needed Me. The album was promoted by a world tour called The Anti World Tour that entailed 74 shows in USA, Canada, Europe, and United Arab Emirates. The world tour began in Jacksonville, Florida on March 12, 2016, and culminated in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on November 27, 2016.