Rihanna, 2010 (photo: Noble Monrose)
Rihanna, 2012 (photo: Jørund Føreland Pedersen)
Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados
School: Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary, Combermere High
Work: Syndicated Rhythm Productions, Def Jam, Music of the Sun, A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rated R, Loud, Talk That Talk, Unapologetic, Battleship
Links: Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, www.rihannanow.com
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.”