Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, actor, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. She is a pop and rhythm-and-blues singer from Barbados who rose to fame in the early twenty-first century and is renowned for her distinctive voice and stylish style. She was renowned for her fashion and beauty lines. American musical producer Evan Rogers, who discovered Rihanna, brought her to the country to record demo tapes. After contracting with Def Jam in 2005, she immediately shot to prominence thanks to the success of her first two album tracks, Music of the Sun as well as A Girl Like Me, which were both inspired by Caribbean music and landed in the top ten of the US Billboard 200 index.
Rihanna was born on February 20, 1988, in the city of Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados, by stockroom supervisor Ronald Fenty and accountant Monica Braithwaite. Her mom seems to be of Afro-Guyanese lineage, whereas her dad seems to be of Afro-Barbadian as well as British Isles descent. Rihanna lived the regular life of an island girl while studying at the prominent comprehensive school Combermere. In a school talent contest, Rihanna sang Mariah Carey's song, Hero, and won multiple beauty pageants. When she met producer Evan Rodgers, who was on holiday in Barbados with his native wife, thanks to the advent of a friend, her life was irrevocably changed. Rodgers set up her trip to New York so she could meet Jay-Z, the head of Def Jam Records. When he heard her sing, he had a premonition that she would be immensely popular. When she signed with Def Jam, she was 16 years old. She has experienced incredible success since then.
Ronald Fenty, a warehouse manager, and accountant Monica Fenty are the parents of singer Rihanna. Her father is a Barbadian of Irish, English, Scottish, and Afro-Guyanese ancestry, and her mother is an Afro-Guyanese. Rihanna claims two brothers, Rorrey as well as Rajad Fenty, and also two half-sisters and a half-brother who all were born during her father's prior relationships with separate women. She was raised in a Bridgetown bungalow with three bedrooms and worked with her father in a street stall selling garments. Her father's intoxication, as well as hard drug consumption, had an adverse impact on her childhood and their marital problems. Rihanna attempted to mediate conflicts between her father and mother because her father had a history of physically abusing her mother.
Rihanna recalls how she underwent numerous CT scans as a child for the awful migraines, saying, "The physicians even worried it was a tumour, because it was so intense". By 14, her parents had divorced, and her condition had begun to recover. She grew up listening to rap music. She worked alongside future global cricket stars Carlos Brathwaite and Chris Jordan at Charles FBM Primary as well as Combermere School. When Rihanna was 11 years old, Shontelle, a renowned Barbadian singer-songwriter, served as her drill teacher when she was an infantry student in a sub-military camp. She initially intended to finish high school but decided to focus on a musical career.
2003-2006: Beginnings and early releases
Rihanna and two of her friends started a musical group in 2003. She was found by American record producer Evan Rogers while attending her parents' home in Barbados. At that period, American music producer Evan Rogers and his wife were on holiday in Barbados. His wife was called by a friend of Rihanna, who informed him of her. After being persuaded by his wife, Evan invited the trio to an audition, where Rihanna outperformed her two other performers by performing Mariah Carey's song Hero and Destiny's Child's song Emotion. Then Evan Rogers scheduled a second session, but this time she went alone, and her mother was there. He invited Rihanna to record a demo in the US after hearing it, and it was then distributed to other record labels.
Rapper Jay-Z, who had recently been appointed executive chairman of the label Def Jam, was the last person to hold this device after it passed through several other hands. Even though he had his reservations, Jay-Z was only able to get pumped up after listening to Rihanna sing Pon de Replay. So he scheduled an audition for Rihanna in New York, where he persuaded Jay-Z and L.A. Reid to want her for Def Jam. Rihanna turned down her other offers after joining the label and moved in with Evan Rogers and his wife in the US. His song Pon de Replay peaked at number five on fifteen different summer music charts in 2005, including the UK Singles Chart and also the Billboard Hot 100. She even reached the summit of the Hot Night Club Songs list. By August of the same year, Rihanna had released Music of the Sun, her debut album, earning her gold certification from the American Association of the Recording Industry for having sold over 500,000 copies.
2007-2008: Breakthrough with Good Girl Gone Bad
Early in 2007, Rihanna collaborated with compatriot Barbadian singer-songwriter Shontelle and Jamaican band J-Status on the song "Roll It." The song was included on J-Status' sole album published in a few European nations, The Beginning. The third studio album by Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad, had begun production at that point. With the assistance of producers Tricky Stewart, Sean Garrett, and Timbaland, she adopted a new musical path by utilising upbeat dance compositions. After its release in May 2007, the album reached its highest position on the charts in Canada, Brazil, Ireland and the UK while peaking at #2 in Australia and the US. Of her first three albums, the album earned the most favourable reviews from critics.
2009-2011: Rated R and Loud
Rihanna started producing her fourth studio album, Rated R, in the first quarter of 2009. "Rated R" was launched in November 2009. Rolling Stone magazine said that Rihanna "updated her sound and delivered one of several greatest pop singles of the year" with the album's release. Compared to Rihanna's previous albums, Rated R has a darker and more menacing vibe. Rated R made its US Billboard 200 chart début at position No. 4. Six singles were released in support of the album, including "Rude Boy," which had the largest international success and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US for six weeks in addition to hitting the top 10 in 22 other nations. In January 2010, Rihanna sang the song "Redemption Song" for the Hope for Haiti Now initiative.
2011-2013: Talk That Talk and Unapologetic
The sixth studio album by Rihanna, Talk That Talk, was launched in November 2011. The album premiered at No. 3 with No. 1 in the US and the UK, correspondingly. The album's main single, "We Found Love," opened at the top of the heap in 27 countries, made it to the top 10 in 30, and broke multiple international chart milestones. The track was Rihanna's best No. #1 hit of 2011 in the US after taking 10 straight weeks at the peak of the Billboard Hot 100. The song finally peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Hot list of all-time biggest hits.
2014-2017: Standalone's Home soundtrack and Anti
Within the first year of commencing to write her eighth solo record, Rihanna released a song, "FourFiveSeconds," on which she teamed with Mccartney and Kanye. It was succeeded by the songs "Bitch Better Have My Money" and "American Oxygen," neither of which was listed alongside Rihanna's eighth album's final track listing. Rihanna explored other interests as she focused on the album. She played Tip in the animated film Home, which had been modeled on Adam Rex's novel The True Meaning of Smekday, alongside Jim Parsons as well as Jennifer Lopez. Rihanna's theme record for the film was also made accessible.
2018-present: Hiatus and upcoming ninth studio album
In October 2017, Shakka made known that he was working alongside Rihanna on her "totally wild" project. In 2018, she said that the album is a reggae project and it will be published in December 2019. In August 2019, the music publishing firm BMI certified the track "Private Loving" from Rihanna as well as co-writers Monique Lawrence, Collin Edwards with Alexander Ogunmokun.
Rihanna also appeared in the 2006 film Bring it On All or Nothing as an actress, despite receiving harsh criticism for the performance. She as well developed the Styled to Rock sequence in 2012. She also made appearances in This Is the End (2013) and Home (2015), and according to estimates, she may star in the Bates Motel sequel. She has appeared in advertisements for Samsung and Kodak, released her own fragrance called Rebelle, and supported numerous charitable causes.
Marriage and Lifestyle
American artist Chris Brown, as well as Rihanna, began a relationship in the year 2007. She began dating Canadian rapper Drake after their affair ended in February 2009, and the two had an on-again, off-again relationship that lasted until 2016. Although Brown was still under a suspended sentence for their 2009 spousal abuse case, Rihanna stated in a January 2013 conversation with Rolling Stone that they had restored their affair. Their reunion came after ongoing media rumours that persisted throughout 2012. Brown revealed that both he and Rihanna had separated once more in an interview in May 2013. Hassan Jameel is a Saudi businessman that Rihanna started dating in 2017. In January 2020, they broke up.
On May 19, 2021, interview with GQ, American rapper Rocky claimed that both he and Rihanna were already together. It was made public that the couple is anticipating their first child on January 31, 2022. It was revealed that Rihanna has given birth to a baby boy on May 19, 2022.
With $1.7 billion under her mattress, singer and actress Rihanna has one of the highest net worths in the music and entertainment industries, thanks in large part to the triumph of her cosmetics business, which is expected to produce over $550 million in sales in 2020.
The Barbados-born singer-songwriter is the richest female singer in the world. She ranks as one of the most well enough and prosperous musicians of all time in terms of income. Her association with luxury products firm Louis Vuitton to launch the Fenty Beauty Line is linked with vastly increasing her net worth. Each and every year, the business earns over $100 million. Rihanna reportedly controls 50% of the business and is a brand with a $2-3 billion market value. Moreover, she has a 30% share in Savage X Fenty, a clothing business with a $1 billion valuation. As if that weren't enough, the artist has more than 100 million followers on Twitter as well as Instagram.
Awards and Achievements
As of September 2018, Rihanna, one of the most popular artists of all time, had delivered over 250 million records. She has won various accolades over her career, including 8 People's Choice Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 9 Grammy Awards, and 12 Billboard Music Awards. In addition to winning the Michael Jackson Award at the 2016 Music Awards, Rihanna also won the "Icon Award" at the American Music Awards in the year of 2013. Six Guinness World Titles belong to her. With over 10 million albums sold in the US, Rihanna is the greatest digital artist in the nation, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As of 2012, she also broke the Guinness World Record for the most digital single sales, with over 58 million.
2010 witnessed Rihanna win her second and subsequent Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her work on the Jay-Z and Kanye West single "Run This Town". In the year of 2010, Rihanna launched Loud, her fifth album. Numerous awards, notably two Grammys for Record of the Year as well Best Pop Vocal Album, were listed for it. Additionally, "Only Girl (In the World)," the album's debut solo album, won Best Dance Recording, and "What's My Name?" earned consideration in the same genre. Rihanna and Eminem teamed together on the international hit song "Love the Way You Lie" in 2011. Numerous awards and nominees were given to the song, including six Billboard Awards as well as three Grammy Awards. Rihanna was listed as an artist on Kanye West's 2011 single "All of the Lights," which was shortlisted for three Grammy Awards in 2012 and ended up winning for Top Rap Song and Most Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Talk That Talk, Rihanna's sixth studio album was published in 2011, and it won the artist an American Music Award. Dozens of honours and accolades were given to the album's title track, "We Found Love," which ended up winning the 55th Grammy Award for Excellent Short Form Music Video in 2013 and the MTV Award for Clip of the Year in 2012. The album's title track, which features Jay-Z, and "Where Have You Been" were also considered for Grammy awards. The lead single, "Diamonds," from Rihanna's seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012), earned the singer multiple nominations and accolades. Rihanna has received 9 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards, the Icon Award, and 7 MTV Awards.