Rihanna,a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988, in St. Michael Parish on the Caribbean island of Barbados.She is the daughter to Monica Braithwaite who is a retired accountant and of Afro-Guyanese background and on the other hand her father, Ronald Fenty is a warehouse supervisor of Afro-Barbadian and Irish descent.
Riri attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere High School where she studied alongside future England cricketer Chris Jordan and future West Indies cricketer Carlos Brathwaite.
Riri grew up listening to reggae music and began singing at around the age of seven.
Rihanna Music Career
Rihanna turned to singing as a teenager so as to release her from the troubles at home. She formed a girl group with two classmates and when they were 15 years old, they scored an audition with music producer Evan Rodgers who was visiting the island with his Barbadian wife. Rogers was awed by the beautiful and talented Rihanna as he admitted, “The minute she walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist.”
Less than a year later and at only 16 years of age Rihanna left Barbados to move in with Rogers and his wife in Connecticut and work on recording a demo album.
In the year 2005 she was taken to Def Jam Records by Rogers for an audition.She was supposed to audition for Def Jam Records’ president, the legendary rapper Jay-Z who in his own words said,“I signed her in one day.”. “It took me two minutes to see she was a star.” The hip-hop icon was as wowed by her stunning voice as Rogers had been two years earlier and he signed her on the spot. “We made a little Godfather joke,” Jay-Z remembered. “We said the only way she could leave was through the window.”
After only 8 months,in August 2005, she released her first single ‘Pon de Replay’, a reggae-influenced club track that reached No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart and also announced her as the next up-and-coming pop star.Later in the same month she released her album Music of the Sun which reached No. 10 on the Billboard albums chart.
Rihanna then in the next year released her second album, A Girl Like Me which featured two major hits : ‘Unfaithful’ and ‘SOS’, Rihanna’s first No. 1 single.Later in 207 she releases the single ‘Umbrella’, which reaches the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 in June and paves way for her upcoming third album, Good GirlGone Bad which was well recepted.
In 2009 she released her album,Rated R which featured hit songs What’s My Name,Only Girl In the World and S&M.She then released her sixth album, Talk That Talk in November 2011. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with sales of 198,000 copies and number one in the UK, selling 163,000 copies. The lead single, “We Found Love”, topped charts in twenty-seven countries worldwide.
Rihanna then released the Grammy-winning 2012 album Unapologetic which hits as the No. 1 Sia Furler tune, Diamonds and Stay which featuring Mikky Ekko.Unapologetic turned out to be her first album to hit No. 1 on the pop charts.
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Around this time Rihanna also began to do movie work, co-starring in the sci-fi flick Battleship (2012) and later lending her voice to the lead character in the animated blockbuster Home (2015).That same year (2015), she contributed vocals to the single, FourFiveSeconds which was a collaboration with West and famed Beatle Paul McCartney .Her hit single B**** Better Have My Money was also released the same year.
In January 2916 Rihanna released her next album,Anti,The album was a hit having featured hit track ‘work’ which she did alongside prominent singer Drake.In 2017 she collaborated with record producer DJ Khaled on his single, ‘Wild Thoughts’, which also featured Bryson Tiller, from his tenth studio album, Grateful.
Rihanna dated singer Chris Brown to the year 2009 when Chris assaulted her and he was charged in court,later that same year from December 2009 to 2010, Rihanna dated Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp.The singer has also dated the Canadian rapper Drake . In a January 2013 during an interview with Rolling Stone, Rihanna confirmed that she had rekindled her relationship with Chris Brown though he remained under probation for the 2009 domestic violence incident.
The confirmation followed persistent media speculation throughout 2012 regarding the pair’s reunion. In a May 2013 interview, Brown stated that he and Rihanna had broken up again. In 2015, she briefly dated Travis Scott, a rapper from Missouri City, Texas.
Currently Rihanna does not have any children neither has she mentioned plans of having them anytime soon.
Rihanna’s talent has led her to receiving many awards which include: ‘Umbrella’ earned her first Grammy Award in 2008, a Barbados Music Award, second and third Grammy awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, an MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year and many others.In general,Riri has won 12 Billboard Music Awards, 6 NRJ Music Awards, 8 People’s Choice Awards and 2 BRIT Awards, 8 Grammy Awards, 12 American Music Award, and 4 MTV Video Music Awards.