Barbadian-born Rihanna singer broke into the music business after a portentous meeting with music maker Evan Rogers. The next year, at 16 years old, she tried out for Def Jam Records president Jay-Z. He in a split second remembered her crude ability and remarkable business advance, marking her to his record name. Her first single 'Pon de Replay' is a snappy mix of pop and reggae and it appeared in the board main 10. In any case, it was with the arrival of the widely praised album 'Great Girl, Gone Bad' that Rihanna hardened her position as a worldwide hotshot.
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Rihanna (born February 20, 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados as Robyn Rihanna Fenty) is a Barbadian R & B and pop singer, designer and model.
She sold so far 180 million singles and 50 million albums and is one of the most successful artists of all time and is the most commercially successful artist in digital downloads ever. (End 2014) She is the youngest solo artist who managed to place 13 number-one singles in the US Billboard Hot 100th Billboard magazine named the Artist of the Decade. She has won seven Grammy Awards. In 2012 she was included by Forbes and the TIME magazine in the list of most influential people. 2013, it was honored at the American Music Awards as music icon. 2014, it was officially recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as a style icon for her distinctive style.
Rihanna was born in Barbados in the town of Saint Michael and grew up in Bridgetown. Her mother Monica Fenty (formerly Braithwaite) is an accountant from Guyana, her father Ronald Fenty is warehouse worker in a garment factory and of Irish and Barbadian descent. She has with Rorrey (* 1990) and Rajad (* 1996), two younger brothers and three half-siblings paternal: Kandy (* 1979), Samantha (* 1981) and Jake (* 1984), which originate from different relations of her father.
Rihanna visited Barbados initially the Charles F. Broome Memorial School, and later further Combermere School. In 2004 she participated in a beauty contest at school and became the Miss Combermere School selected. As a teenager she took part in a military program in which she trained with the military of Barbados. Your training officer was the singer Shontelle.
Relationship with the Father
As a toddler, saw Rihanna that her father consumed drugs. Then her mother handed after 14 years of marriage, a divorce, which was completed in the year of 2004. By his own admission Rihanna’s father was now but clean. Rihanna broke repeatedly contact with her father from, for example, in 2008, when he drunk appeared on one of her concerts and rioted. Once in the press about the violent confrontation of his daughter he was talking with her then-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009, she broke off contact again. 2012 Rihanna told American Vogue that she had given up trying to improve the relationship with her father.
Confrontation with Chris Brown
From winter 2007 to February 2009 Rihanna was romantically involved with singer Chris Brown. The relationship ended by a violent confrontation after the joint visit a pre-Grammy party in February 2009. On 5 March 2009 Brown was charged with assault and threat. During the trial itself Brown pleaded guilty after a deal with the judge in charge assault and thus escaped a prison sentence. He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, he also had to take part in an anti-aggression program and serve 190 hours of community service. In addition, he was allowed until further notice not contact Rihanna and approach it only up to a maximum of 45 meters – at public events nine meters.
In 2003 she founded with two classmates, a girl band that was presented to the producer Evan Rogers in the same year. After the band had sung, Rihanna was again alone into the room and asked sang the song Emotion by Destiny’s Child. With the help of Carl Sturken and Rogers a demo CD of four songs originated. These included the ballad Last Time, a cover of Whitney Houston’s hit Saving All My Love for You and Rihanna’s first single Pon de Replay. After the CD to various record companies had been sent, they took the label Def Jam after an audition in New York City under contract. The audition took place against the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, Jay-Z, instead.
2005 – 2006: Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me
After she had signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings, she recorded her debut album Music of the Sun in the next three months. As producers and songwriters have included Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Stargate and Poke & Tone worked. The international pre-release on 26 July 2005 Single Pon de Replay reached # 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart and was a great success worldwide.
In October 2005, work on their second album A Girl Like Me, the single was SOS Rihanna’s first number-one hit in the United States began. As second single Unfaithful was released and again became a worldwide hit. The single reached in 18 countries, the top 10 of the charts and in Canada and Switzerland, the number-one. In summer 2006, Rihanna began her first major US tour, the Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour, followed by the rock-the-block tour of Jay-Z, in which Rihanna was in collaboration with Ne-Yo guest at three concerts in Australia ,
2007 – 2008: Good Girl Gone Bad
On 5 June 2007 the album Good Girl Gone Bad, which was an international Top 10 hit appeared. With more than eight million albums sold worldwide, it is their most successful album. The first single Umbrella has sold over ten million copies, making it one of the most successful hits of all time. She got on her first Grammy. It further singles like Shut Up And Drive, Hate That I Love You and Do not Stop The Music were released. The latter was Rihanna’s second number-one hit in Germany. There was Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad Tour, which lasted until January of 2009. The album June, 2008 Added more songs to him. Take A Bow and Disturbia shot in America to the chart peak and sold worldwide with great success. In November 2008, published Rapper T.I. the Single Live Your Life from his album Paper Trail. The song on which he collaborated with Rihanna, reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rihanna’s fifth number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the breakthrough of T.I. in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
2009 – 2010: Rated R
In December 2008, Rihanna demo songs recorded for their fourth album. The original concept was rejected in February 2009 after a violent confrontation with her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, the incident and the relationship with Brown had subsequently impact on the making of the album. They collaborated in this album with Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Chase & Status, Stargate, The-Dream, Brian Kennedy and James Fauntleroy II. For the first time Rihanna wrote himself with texts, served as co-producer on some songs and she was allowed to determine the concept of the album itself. The lyrics are personal and mature in his own words, she had grown up.
On November 23, the fourth album Rated R. appeared It sold so far more than 4.5 million times, but could not keep up with the sales figures of Good Girl Gone Bad with it. Rihanna got for their fourth studio album consistently good to very good reviews since it “a more serious, grown-up Rihanna shows that has something to say”.
The third single release, Rude Boy, was published on March 5, 2010 in Germany. Then, the song immediately in Germany rose to number. 4 In England managed Rude Boy already one month before the official release in the charts, and shortly afterwards in the top 3 in the US managed the song into the top ten, which he as a singer with the most top ten hits since Rihanna 2000 did, and two weeks later at # 1, making Rihanna ended her sixth number-one hit and the artist with the most number 1 singles since 2000 was. On 16 April 2010 Rihanna launched in Europe its second world tour, the Last Girl on Earth Tour. The first part of the tour went to 28 August 2010 and consisted of 64 performances in Europe and North America. The second part was launched in 2011 in Australia. They played songs from all four albums. During this tour she was four times in Germany. She is accompanied by different support acts of each country, such. As in the UK by Pixie Lott and in the US by the singer Ke $ ha and rapper Travie McCoy.
In July 2010, the song Love the Way You Lie, a collaboration with rapper Eminem, which can be found on his album Recovery rose, after two weeks from the second to first place on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Rihanna’s seventh number-1 hit. In the UK charts he reached the second place. In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Germany, he also reached # 1 on the singles charts.
2010 – 2011: Loud
On 12 November 2010 appeared Rihanna’s fifth album Loud in Germany and on November 16 in the US. The album was able to reach number one in the UK and the Swiss Album Charts and stayed in numerous international top 10 lists. It sold more than 6 million units. The singles Only Girl (In the World), What’s My Name? and S & M was a worldwide success and was number one hits in the US. On June 4, 2011 Rihanna launched her fourth world tour, the Loud Tour. The tour leads from North America to their country of origin Barbados and some concerts in South America ultimately to Europe.
2011 – 2012: Talk That Talk
Rihanna’s sixth studio album Talk That Talk appeared on 18 November 2011. The first single We Found Love was also placed in Germany, Switzerland, the UK charts and the United States ranked first It is one of the most successful songs in 2011 worldwide. She won her sixth Grammy with this song.
2012 – 2013: Unapologetic
The first single of her seventh album Unapologetic appeared on 19 November 2012, and is Diamonds. The song reached in more than 20 countries as Germany, Austria, France and Great Britain the top of the singles charts. With No. 1 in Germany Rihanna presented there to a new record; it is the first non-German artist who was able to reach a total of five singles No. 1 on the singles charts. The second single Stay, singing along with the singer Mikky Ekko Rihanna, released on February 15, 2013, and reached in all countries, the top 5 of the charts. Both songs were recorded among the most-verkaufendsten singles of all time.
Unapologetic reached in Switzerland, the UK and the US space 1. In Germany, managed the album at # 3 and in Austria at No. 5. The album sold in its first week better than any other albums by Rihanna previously. For the album Rihanna got her seventh Grammy Award.
In March 2013 Rihanna could design 4 fashion collections for the British clothing manufacturer River Iceland. It co-tabled with the cosmetics company MAC Cosmetics ago cosmetic products. The cosmetics were sold out within hours.
Musical Style and song
Rihanna mixed R & B music with elements of Caribbean music such as reggae and dancehall. Here her style merge Caribbean rhythms with ordinary elements of dance-pop.
Their debut album included productions by the discoverers Rihanna, Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, such as shaped by traditional reggae and dance pop debut single Pon de Replay. The same musical styles can be found on her second music album. Rihanna then climbed into the pop and R & B music. The music production team Stargate and Ne-Yo produced, among other things their hit Unfaithful. With songs like Kisses Do not Lie and Shut Up and Drive, the music style based more on the skirt. The third album Good Girl Gone Bad is more attributable to the dance-pop as the dancehall and reggae style of previous albums.
Most of their produced by Stargate and written by Ne-Yo love ballads contain a pop-oriented sound with R & B influences with delicate beaten acoustic guitars. Some of their more rapid dance pop songs of Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, Christopher Stewart and J. R. Rotem produced. Rihanna’s pieces also contain samples of other items such as Soft Cells Tainted Love in SOS, New Orders Blue Monday in Shut Up and Drive and a native of the 1970s piece Soul Makossa Manu Dibango in Do not Stop the Music, which also has a part of the chorus from Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin ‘somethin’ contains.
One of Rihanna’s major influences on their music is Mariah Carey. Rihanna said: “I am constantly looking to Carey. I adore them as an artist. to meet Carey was for me the most beautiful moment in my life, this moment I will never forget “Rihanna also referred to Madonna as one of her idols and strong influence participant, she said:”. Madonna has reinvented itself time and again in their careers. . I want to be the black Madonna “About Janet Jackson told Rihanna:” She was one of the first pop icons, with whom I could compare myself … She has so much energy and power. I have seen them on stage, she can stand there for 20 minutes, and the whole arena screaming for her. You have to love Janet easy. “Beyoncé Knowles has also a strong influence on Rihanna’s music. According Rihanna herself she began singing after having Beyonce Knowles seen during an appearance with Destiny’s Child. Other musical influences come from Bob Marley (for him built Rihanna in her home in Los Angeles a shrine), Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Celine Dion, Brandy and Gwen Stefani. Her friend and former Iceland Def Jam label artist Fefe Dobson is someone she admires and looks up to the them. Rihanna loves to write with other artists and especially with Dobson, sing and make music.
Rihanna’s music contains strong influences of Caribbean music that includes reggae and dancehall. In an interview, she explained that she grew up in Barbados with reggae music. But when they came to the United States, she was overwhelmed by the many different kinds of music. During the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour Rihanna sang among others a cover of Bob Marley’s Is This Love. The song was played in honor of Marley. Later Rihanna sang a cover version of Redemption Song by Bob Marley & The Wailers. Rihanna explained that Marilyn Monroe and vintage clothing for the visual inspiration of the music videos of Hate That I Love You and Rehab served; In contrast, the dark and somewhat creepy scenes from Disturbia by Michael Jackson’s Thriller is inspired. commented Jon Bream of the Star Tribune: “. In the tradition of Madonna and Janet Jackson Rihanna has become the video Beast 2000s … Rihanna has perfected the pout, the long legs and style-setting hairstyles” George Epaminondas from the magazine InStyle finds Rihanna’s music video ” cinematically, “because of their” mix of island rhythms and swinging pop and … mischievous sensuality. “
At the beginning of her career had Rihanna’s image a reggae musician. In addition, it has been compared frequently with Beyoncé Knowles, what Rihanna itself felt as negative as it was often referred to as “copy” of Knowles. According to former media reports were similar, especially appearance and musical style of the two artists.
With the release of their third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad is the public image of the artist changed. This change of image was reflected both in their music and in their public appearances. From now on, the style of dress of the singer daring and sexier was. 2009 took Tracey Lomrantz, author at Glamour, Rihanna’s style as follows: “If style risks would be measured in miles, Rihanna would the world have encircled a thousand times.” Because of their style of dress she landed in 2008 on the list of 10 Best Dressed Stars of 2008 of the magazine People. In October 2011, she was voted by readers of the US magazine Esquire Sexiest Woman Alive for. In August 2010 a wax figure of Rihanna Madame Tussauds in Washington DC was published.
Rihanna put on several records in the German Media Control Charts and entered the Billboard Hot 100th So in November 2008 were eight songs of her album Good Girl Gone Bad simultaneously in the Hot 100 charts what Shania Twain had managed previously only. From 8 June 2007 to 15 May 2009 she was represented on 100 consecutive weeks in the German single charts, as long as no other artist. This puts it in third place behind Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys. With the No. 1 position of Only Girl (In the World) in the Hot 100 Rihanna also made the record as the first artist whose second album single (What’s My Name?) Has reached even before the first No. 1 on the Hot 100th She is also the first artist who ever had four number-one singles in a year in the US. In the British charts she keeps with Umbrella record with the longest place-one placement. In addition, she is the only artist with eight space-one rankings on the Billboard Pop Songs in the USA. Rihanna was the youngest singer who could land 10 number-one singles in the age of 23. 2010 Rihanna was “Female Artist in the U.K. Best-Selling Download” place in the Guinness Book of Records with the success of her single Umbrella as.
Thanks to the space-one positioning of What’s My Name? 2011 Rihanna secured another record. She is the artist who has managed five consecutive years to place a number 1 hit in the UK charts. Rihanna is the first female artist in 50 years, who had three top ten hits in the UK charts, previously managed this only Vera Lynn with numerous hits in 1952. On February 25, 2011 confirmed Rihanna’s label Def Jam Recordings, that it has achieved a new record in the UK. She is the first artist who was able to achieve a record turnover of over 10 million records. Your launching in June 2011 Loud Tour broke a record; she made it as a first female artist to sell ten concerts at London O₂ Arena. After Rihanna was able to place in the Guinness World Records in 2010, they also managed in the 2012 edition, with its four number-one hits, Rude Boy, Love the Way You Lie, What’s My Name? and Only Girl (In the World), be able to place as “Female artist with the most number-one singles in a year” in the Billboard Hot 100 in the year of 2010.
After in 2006 in the Direct-to-DVD production Girls United – is played all or nothing in a guest role itself, she gave in 2012 her movie debut in the film Battleship, which won the Golden Raspberry 2013 as the worst supporting actress. 2013 she played herself in a cameo in the film This is the end with James Franco. 2014, it was another guest role as a sea monster in the movie Annie.
Rihanna joined 2006 Believe Foundation to, a charity organization that works for children with cancer. July 7, 2007 Rihanna appeared in the Japanese city of Chiba in the context of the Live Earth concerts. In 2008 she participated in the charity project Stand Up to Cancer and sang with many other singers the charity song Just Stand Up! on.
Since 2008 Rihanna supported along with the Believe Foundation international offshoot DKMS Americas the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) and could contribute to 2009, to save the life of 41-year-old mother Lisa Gershowitz Flynn, by calling for, to register with the DKMS whereupon reported over 5,000 new bone marrow donors and 2,000 potential new donors could be found.
After the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Rihanna joined the organization Hope for Haiti Now and appeared at the corresponding fundraiser among many other stars. They sang the song Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour). The proceeds also went to Hope for Haiti Now.
In March 2011, Rihanna part of the UNICEF campaign Celebrity Tap Water, with the Stars their own tap water bottle out and auctioned on the internet. The money is for people in countries which have problems with the water supply, used. After the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan in March 2011, Rihanna participated in a charity album, whose proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Rihanna presented her single “Only Girl (In the World)” is available.
On 28 April 2011 she participated in New York City at the fifth DKMS Gala. The annual gala supports leukemia sufferers and fighting against this disease. In an interview she said that her leukemia topic is very important because children in particular suffer from this disease. She held among others a speech and got a price for their commitment. Total donations totaling around 1.5 million dollars were taken.
On 11 July 2011 Rihanna stepped under its Loud Tour in Birmingham (Alabama). The proceeds of this concert were intended for the victims of the tornado disaster in April 2011 in Alabama. There were taken to the $ 175,000. In March 2012, Rihanna also continued to ensure that the campaign Kony 2012 gained attention around the world, so that the campaign gets as much support as possible.
Awards and nominations
Rihanna won in their far year career, among other seven Grammy Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, two BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and two MTV Europe Music Awards. She was also with several American Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards, awarded People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. In her native Barbados Rihanna has been able to secure over 30 Barbados Music Awards.
In honor of Rihanna was chosen to Barbados 21 February on holiday, called “Rihanna Day”.