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Rihanna, 2011  (photo: Eva Rinaldi)

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Rihanna, 2013  (photo: Suran)

Rihanna (Fenty)

Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados
School: Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary, Combermere High
Work: Syndicated Rhythm Productions, Def Jam, Music of the SunA Girl Like MeGood Girl Gone BadRated RLoudTalk That TalkUnapologeticBattleship
Links: Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, www.rihannanow.com


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Born February 20, 1988, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a professional singer, actress and businesswoman from Bridgetown, Barbados. Discovered by vacationing music producer Evan Rogers in late 2003, Rihanna would travel to the U.S. to first audition for Jay Z and Antonio “L.A.” Reid. She was offered a record contract and immediately signed with the Def Jam label.
 
Rihanna’s 2005, debut album Music of the Sun, which featured the song “Pon de Replay”, would peak at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Her second album A Girl Like Me, featured #1 singles “Unfaithful” and “SOS”. In the span of six years and four months, Rihanna would earn 20, Top 10 singles (fastest by any artist less the Beatles). The 7-time Grammy Award winner has sold over 50 million albums and is the top-selling digial artist in history with over 190 million downloads.
 
The eldest of 3 (excluding 2 half sisters and 1 half brother), Fenty is also known for her image, style, hair and 19-tattoos. She was named by People Magazine  as one of the “10 Best Dressed Stars of 2008” and in 2011 she created a fashion line with Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans. In 2009, her then boyfriend Chris Brown,  was charged with assaulting Rihanna and making criminal threats, hours before the two were scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards. She has also been romantically tied to professional baseball player, Matt Kemp and rap artist Drake.
 
The Barbadian entertainer, who was once a military cadet with singer Shontelle, has supported numerous charities, including American Cancer Society, City of Hope, Kids Wish Network, Red Cross, Shriners Hospitals for Children and UNICEF. In 2012, Rihanna donated $1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown and in 2013, she donated $100,000 to UNICEF to help the children of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

“I used to sing at home, in the shower and in front of the mirror, but I wasn’t a known singer in Barbados…My sound is really a fusion of reggae, hip-hop and R&B, with a little something different thrown in.”

Rihanna Biography References: “Rihanna”, www.mtv.com, September 30, 2014 (retrieved); “Rihanna has her day in the sun” by Steve Jones, www.usatoday.com, August 1, 2005; “Rihanna’s secret family: two half-sisters, a half-brother — and two nieces”, latimes.com, April 18, 2011; “Rihanna Biography”, www.people.com, September 2014 (retrieved); “Rihanna”, rocnation.com; September 30, 2014 (retrieved); “Talking Shop: Shontelle”, www.bbc.co.uk, February 24, 2009; “PEOPLE’S 10 Best Dressed Stars of 2008”, by Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, www.peoplestylewatch.com, “How many tattoos does Rihanna have? — Nineteen!”, by Shantée, fashionista101.com, September 2014 (retrieved); “Rihanna Designs”, by Ella Alexander, www.vogue.co.uk, November 22, 2011; “Chris Brown Charged with Two Felonies in Rihanna Beating”, by Ken Lee, www.people.com, March 3, 2009; “Rihanna Charity Work, Events and Causes”, www.looktothestars.org, September 2014 (retrieved); “Rihanna Donates $1.75 Million to Barbados Hospital in Honor of Her Late Grandma”, by Sierra Marquina, www.eonline.com, December 22, 2012; “Rihanna donates money to Philippines relief effort”, www.express.co.uk, November 27, 2013

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