Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, born February 20, 1988, Saint Michael, Barbados) is a singer, actress, businesswoman, model, fashion designer, lyricist and dancer from Barbados.
It debuted in 2005 with the single “Replay Pon” which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was later included on the singer’s first album, Music of the Sun, which was released in the summer of the same year.
The album contains a mix of pop, reggae and dancehall styles, highlighted through influences taken from Caribbean music. In the spring of 2006, he began promoting a new studio album, A Girl Like Me, which would become a commercial success, selling over one million copies in the U.S. alone.
The album Good Girl Gone Bad was released in early 2007, which includes hit compositions such as “Umbrella”, “Don’t Stop the Music” or “Disturbia”. Unlike her previous recordings, the album Good Girl Gone Bad contains a predominantly dance musical style, to the detriment of the dancehall-reggae genre approached in the past.
In early 2009, the singer was involved in a major media scandal, when her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, committed acts of domestic violence against her.
Later, at the end of the same year, he started selling a new studio album, Rated R, which includes the hits “Russian Roulette” and “Rude Boy”, the latter being on the first position of the Romanian Top 100 music ranking for five weeks.
In late 2010, Rihanna released her fifth career album, “Loud”. Seven singles were released from “Loud”, including the hits “Only Girl (In the World)”, “What’s My Name”, “S&M”, “California King Bed” or “Man Down”. In 2010, Rihanna visited over twenty countries on five continents on the occasion of the Loud Tour.
The singer’s sixth music album is called “Talk That Talk” and was released in late 2011. It includes the hit “We Found Love”, as well as the songs “You Da One” or “Talk That Talk”, “Birthday Cake ”and“ Where Have You Been ”. In February 2012, Rihanna sang with the band Coldplay the song “Princess of China” at the Grammy Awards.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988 in Saint Michael Parish, Barbados, and is the first child in her family, with two younger brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty.
His father, of Irish and Barbadian ancestry, Ronald, is the keeper of a warehouse, and his mother, Monica, is an accountant of Guyanese descent. Rihanna began singing at the age of seven, inspired by Alicia Keys and Beyonce Knowles.
The singer’s childhood was affected by the faulty marriage of her parents, who divorced when she was fourteen, but also by the fact that her father was addicted to drugs.
Rihanna attended Charles F. Broome Memorial School in high school and later Combermere School, where she formed a musical group with two of her classmates. As a teenager, she enrolled in a military program, which she trained with the Barbadian military, with singer Shontelle as her instructor.
In 2003, Rihanna’s band was introduced to American producer Evan Rogers, who was on vacation in Barbados. Rogers later stated that “by the time Rihanna entered the room, the other two singers didn’t even matter.”
At the age of sixteen, Rihanna moved to the U.S.A. with her mother, and Carl Sturken helped the singer record her first demo album, which included a cover of Whitney Houston’s hit “For the Love of You.”
The recordings lasted almost a year, as Rihanna was still a student and could only work on vacation. During 2004, the demo disc reached the president of Def Jam, Jay-Z, who offered the performer a management contract.
Nick Name: Rihanna, RiRi, Caribbean Queen, The Barbados Babe
After signing a contract with Def Jam, Rihanna began recording various songs for her debut album, which lasted three months. The disc contains compositions by Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Stargate and Trackmasters.
The singer’s first single, “Pon de Replay”, was released on August 22, 2005, and soon became a hit in the U.S., gaining second place in the Billboard Hot 100.
The song has also gained popularity internationally, gaining high positions in the charts. Rihanna’s first studio album, Music of the Sun, was released in August 2005 in the U.S. through Def Jam.
The record debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200, selling 69,000 copies in the week of release. Music of the Sun later received the gold record in the U.S., which sold 500,000 copies, and the record sold more than 2.5 million copies internationally.
Originally from the Caribbean, Rihanna’s music was introduced in the raggae or soca category, and the album Music of the Sun received mixed reviews.
American magazine Rolling Stone criticized the album, calling it “devoid of ingenuity, but a record containing R&B music” marked “by Rihanna’s Caribbean charm.”
Reviewer Sal Cinquemani noted the mix of dancehall and R&B music on the singer’s album and resembles the song “Pon de Replay”, in terms of rhythm, with one of Beyoncé Knowles’ hits, “Baby Boy”.
The second promoted single, “If It’s Lovin ‘That You Want”, did not enjoy the success of its predecessor, Pon de Replay, but reached number thirty-six in the U.S. and an honorable eleventh place in the UK Singles Chart.
In Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, the record was successful, achieving high positions in the specialty charts. The third song promoted from the album Music of the Sun, entitled “Let Me”, was released only in Japan, where it won the number eight position in the charts.
Rihanna’s third studio album, entitled Good Girl Gone Bad, was released in June 2007, and the singer’s collaborators include Ne-Yo, Jay-Z and Maroon 5. The singer adopted a much more sensual image and provocative, and the lyrics of his songs reflect this.
The record’s producers include Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, the Stargate team, as well as Christopher Stewart, who would produce dance compositions.
In an interview, Rihanna stated: “I want to make people dance, but be sentimental, at the same time. A singer feels every album differently, and I, at this moment, want to record a lot The album won first place in the charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia and Ireland and reached second place in the United States and Australia.
The album received favorable reviews, and unlike its previous recordings, the album Good Girl Gone Bad contains a musical style close to dance, to the detriment of the dancehall-reggae genre approached in the past.
Eight songs were promoted from this record – all of which achieved good positions on the Billboard Hot 100 – including the world hit “Umbrella”, a collaboration with Jay-Z.
The Grammy Award-winning Rihanna recital was canceled on February 8, 2009. Subsequently, the U.S. press speculated that Rihanna had a conflict with performer Chris Brown, with whom she was involved in a love affair.
That same evening, Brown was taken to the Los Angeles Police Department, under investigation for acts of domestic violence against an unidentified female. The institution’s report did not provide the person’s name, but stated that “visible injuries were present.”
Despite this, many publications, such as the Los Angeles Times, CNN or MSNBC, claimed that the victim was Rihanna Shortly after the media scandal broke, many radio stations and companies terminated their advertising contracts with Brown.
Also, Chris Brown did not appear in public and gave up the performance that should have supported him on the stage of the 2009 Grammy Awards, where he was replaced by a duet by Justin Timberlake and Al Green. Brown later issued an official statement apologizing for what had happened.
On March 5, 2009, Brown was indicted for what happened, with the next trial date set for April 6, 2009. He soon pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months of community service. Another important aspect of the verdict was that Brown was barred from approaching Rihanna.
In the summer of 2010 Rihanna collaborated with American rapper Eminem to record a single entitled “Love the Way You Lie”, a composition that won first place in the prestigious Billboard Hot 100.
“Love the Way You Lie” was also one of the most broadcast songs on Romanian radio stations, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Spain.
At the same time, the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Statue Museum in Washington, D.C. he dedicated an exhibit to Rihanna, and the artist launched her own book and it was distributed in the science-fiction film Battleship, directed by Peter Berg.
On October 20, 2010, Rihanna stated that she would end her collaboration with her manager Marc Jordan in favor of a management contract with rapper Jay-Z Roc Nation.
Rihanna’s musical style changed with the release of her last three albums. The singer was a follower of the reggae style, being influenced by pop, R&B and dancehall music.
Later, Rihanna’s music took over elements characteristic of contemporary R&B music, dance-pop, pop-rock, but also Caribbean subgenres such as soca or dancehall.
With the release of her first album, Music of the Sun, and the promotion of her debut song, “Pon de Replay,” music critic Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic stated that Rihanna’s music synthesizes Caribbean rhythms, introducing them to dance-pop songs.
NME compares the singer to a “complicated mix of dancehall, reggae and contemporary R&B.” With the release of her second album, A Girl Like Me, Rihanna’s songs were heavily criticized. being considered too similar to the music produced by Beyoncé Knowles.
The U.S. press they gave the singer unfavorable reviews and compared Rihanna’s music, videos, performances and outfits to those promoted by Beyoncé.
The media controversy continued, and Jay-Z was accused of wanting to turn Rihanna into a new replica of Beyoncé. Rolling Stone’s Barry Walters considers the album A Girl Like Me to be “a minority dancehall, but predominantly R&B.”
The musical style approached by the singer on the album Good Girl Gone Bad was called “as pop as possible.” and the hit “Umbrella” was praised for its way of combining pop music and hip hop elements.
Music of the Sun (2005)
A Girl Like Me (2006)
Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
Rated R (2009)
Talk That Talk (2011)
List of Movies :
Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)
This Is the End (2013)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)