It’s no secret that RIHANNA is a big star but in 2012 she was ranked no. 20 on TIME MAGAZINE’S list of 100 most influential people in the world. Debuting at just 17 years old Rihanna has released a whopping 6 albums in seven years. She has more hits than even BEYONCE & LADY GAGA and is tied with megastars like JANET JACKSON, MARIAH CAREY & ELTON JOHN. Newest 8th album release ANTI was also tearing up the charts and working their way into our playlist reads not only a huge success but also a huge fashion icon. Did you know that RIHANNA has 22 tattoos. Rihanna was born in St. Michael Barbados on February 20th, 1988, her full name is ROBYN RIHANNA FENTY, In Irish the name Rihanna means Great Queen and in Arabic Rihanna with one end means a handful of sweet brail. As a teenager, Rihanna joined the BARBADOS Army Cadets and climbed to the rank of Corporal.
At school, Rihanna was bullied by peers for her lighter skin complexion, which is a result of her father barb eight and Irish heritage. Other kids sometimes even called her white a tough girl. From the start, Rihanna would actually fight back against the bullies who dared to pick on her sadly the bullying still affected her personally and eventually led her to become extremely shy. Despite her shyness, Rihanna won a beauty pageant at the age of 15 by singing the song HERO by MARIAH CAREY. Before she was gracing the covers of beauty magazines worldwide Rihanna was a reigning queen in Barbados in 2003 she won the Miss Comber mere beauty pageant at her school. Rihanna’s audition song for Def Jam & Jay Z was for the love of you by WHITNEY HUSTON. Rihanna was signed alongside two other artists NEO & TIARA MARI.
Rihanna debut album music of the sun dropped in 2005, it was a commercial success charting on the billboard 200 for 35 weeks. To promote the album Rihanna toured with GWEN STEFANI and 50 cent’s rereads next album “A GIRL LIKE ME” also performed extremely well and gave us the singles “SOS & UNFAITHFUL” it snagged her for the Billboard Music Award in 2006, one of which was a shock and she was a newcomer who won the award for FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR. Rihanna’s estimated Net worth is $ 210m.
RIHANNA’S SOCIAL ACCOUNTS
SOS was the first song rewarded for the album and was also released as the debut single. It was originally written for Rihanna’s former label mate CHRISTINA MILIAN’S but she turned it down, the song sampled the famous 80s synth-pop anthem tainted love. The 2nd single UNFAITHFUL was written by Rihanna’s label mate NEO, she decided she had to work with him after she heard another song LET ME LOVE YOU. At the end of the year, Rihanna was crowned as the next big pop diva, her home country of Barbados named her FEMALE ENTERTAINER FO THER YEAR & gave her award for best album and best song “UNFAITHFUL”.
In 2006 Rihanna also founded the “BELIEF FOUNDATION” which aim to terminally ill children, Rihanna told People magazine when I was young and I would watch television and I would see all the children suffering, I always said when I grew up I want to help. “GOOD GIRL GONE BAD” was the 3rd album and showed a significant change in her persona. The pop star transformed her good girl image into an edgier one with hit singles “UMBRELLA” topping the Billboard charts and cementing her image as BADGIRLRIRI.
The singer made her debut at the Grammy’s at 2008 singing Umbrella & Don’t stop the music later that night she won her 1st Grammy for best rap/song collaboration with JAY-Z for UMBRELLA. “LIVE YOU LIFE” became Rihanna’s no. 1 hit, Rihanna became the 1st female artist in the 21st century to have 5 separate no. 1 hits by the end of 2008. Rihanna was a Bonafide icon Entertainment weekly named her diva of the year RIT.
Rihanna reached no. 1 again in the summer if 2010 as a featured artist on EMINEM’S smash hit “LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE” this song helped Rihanna achieve a new record the most number wants by any artist in the shortest time frame. Since their 1st appearance which for Rihanna started with pon de reply. Later that year Rihanna made another fierce footprint in the music scene with her 5th album “LOUD” and November of 2010 it featured the chart-topping singles “WHAT’S MY NAME” & “ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD”. The album was even praised by Entertainment weekly. The song “ONLY GIRL” also gave Rihanna the honor of being the 1st female artist to hit the top of the charts that many times in a single calendar year and also the artist with the most no. 1 hit in the new millennium.
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Rihanna had 9 No. 1 hits in the 2000s. In 2011 the pop princess was named Esquire magazine’s sexiest woman alive, but Rihanna admitted that she doesn’t consciously try to be sexy saying at the end of the concert I don’t feel like I’ve been really thinking about it. Rihanna’s 2011 studio album top that top featured her 11th no. 1 hit “WE FOUND LOVE”, she became the 7th artist in the chart’s entire history with that mini no. 1 singles.
Music video WE FOUND LOVE won the MTV video music award for the music video of the year. Her victory made her the 2nd artist in history to win the award twice and 1st woman GO RiRi. Rihanna also became the solo artist with the fastest 10 limbs to the top of the hot 100s in the history of charts only two acts got there fastest the Beatles and Supremes. Rihanna made a splash in the big screen literally with a starring role in the movie “BATTLESHIP” in 2012.
Rihanna’s 7th studio album “UNAPOLOGETIC” was released in 2012 and debuted at no. 1 on the billboard 200 through she’s had numerous no. 1 singles it was the 1st time one of her albums reached the top of the charts and of course to her next single of the album “DIAMONDS” flew to the top of the charts as well. Rihanna continuous to dominate the pop charts with her 2016 album “ANTI” featuring her 14th no. 1 single “WORK”. She also just passed MICHAEL JACKSON on the all-time no. 1 singles list.