Rihanna was born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Barbados on February 20, 1988. Her interest in music began at an early age and she left high school to pursue a career in the United States.
In 2004, she auditioned for Jay Z and L.A. Reid, and they signed her to Def Jam Recordings. Her debut single, “Pon de Replay,” came out the following year, along with her first album, “Music of the Sun.” Rihanna’s second album, “A Girl Like Me,” was released in 2006, featuring the single “Unfaithful.”
It wasn’t until her third record, 2007’s “Good Girl Gone Bad,” that Rihanna truly broke out as one of the top stars of her time with the songs “Shut Up And Drive,” “Don’t Stop The Music, and “Umbrella,” which featured Jay Z, and won them a Grammy Award.
In 2009, Rihanna went on to collaborate with Jay Z and Kanye West on their song “Run This Town,” which garnered another Grammy win. That same year, she released her fourth album, “Rated R,” with the hit, “Rude Boy.” In 2010, she and Eminem had a smash with “Love The Way You Lie,” and Rihanna dropped her fifth record, “Loud.” That album included the successful singles “Only Girl (In The World),” “S&M,” and “What’s My Name?,” featuring Drake.
Rihanna continued her rapid output with 2011’s “Talk That Talk” (and the song “We Found Love”) and 2012’s “Unapologetic,” with the hits “Diamonds” and “Stay.” Naturally, more Grammy wins piled up, bringing her count to six, along with a total of 13 number one songs. As of early 2015, she is still working on what will be her eighth studio album.
In addition to music, Rihanna has also explored an interest in acting, making her film debut in “Battleship.” She also voices the lead character in the upcoming animated movie, “Home,” which is slated to be released in March. Additionally, Rihanna has worked on a number of fashion lines. And in late 2014, she hosted her first Diamond Ball, benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation, which was named after her grandparents, and supports education and the arts.
In 2009, Rihanna’s personal life made headlines worldwide when then-boyfriend Chris Brown was arrested for brutally beating her after a pre-Grammys party. Brown ultimately pled guilty to felony assault, and she was granted a restraining order against him. It was later modified, and the stars briefly resumed a romantic relationship in 2012-2013, even though he still remained on probation. Aside from Brown, Rihanna has also dated Drake and baseball player Matt Kemp.
July 2nd, 2015PHOTOS
Rihanna “kidnapped” 80 of her most loyal fans for an epic four-hour adventure that ended with her premiering the music video for “B*tch Better Have My Money.” As Gossip Cop reported, the singer debuted the video at midnight on Wednesday, but several fans were able to hang out with the pop star, and watch the video before its worldwide release. See photos and video here!Read more...
July 2nd, 2015VIDEO
Rihanna premiered the full music video for her new single “B*tch Better Have My Money” on VEVO at midnight on Thursday. The singer teased a clip from the video during this past Sunday’s BET Awards, then released a nearly two-minute trailer on Monday, but now you can watch the entire thing! See Rihanna’s new video here.Read more...
June 28th, 2015VIDEO
Rihanna’s night of partying at 1OAK nightclub in Los Angeles on Saturday ended with the pop star taking home a puppy after supposedly finding him in the club’s bathroom. Rihanna’s friends documented the incident on Snapchat videos, noting the singer has since named the cute dog Pepe. Watch the videos here!Read more...
Rihanna Clara Lionel Foundation Video: Fighting Cancer, Funding Education In Grandmother’s Memory — WATCH!
May 25th, 2015VIDEO
Drake is firing back at Madonna after she said kissing him was like kissing a girl. On Sunday, the rapper, who was performing a “Jungle Tour” concert at Houston’s Toyota Center, changed the lyrics to his song “Madonna” to “Rihanna.” Swapping out Madonna’s name for his ex-girlfriend’s, Drake rapped, “You could be as Rihanna, just get in the car and then let’s touch the road.” Watch the video here.Read more...