Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988) is a Bajan singer with musical influences from R&B, pop, reggae and dancehall. Rihanna became worldwide known with chart hits such as "Pon de Replay", "If It's Lovin' That You Want", "SOS", "Unfaithful", and "Break It Off".
Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados to Ronald and Monica Fenty. Her mother is Guyanese and her father is Barbadian. She has two younger brothers named Rorrey and Rajad. Rihanna went to Charles F. Broome Memorial School, a primary school in Barbados, and then on to one of Barbados' older secondary schools, the Combermere School, where she formed a musical trio with two of her classmates. In 2004, she won the Miss Combermere Beauty Pageant and performed in the Colours of Combermere School Show, singing Mariah Carey's "Hero". At the age of 15, Rihanna received her big break when one of her friends introduced her to music producer Evan Rogers, who was vacationing in Barbados with his wife. Rogers, along with his partner, Carl Sturken, helped Rihanna record material in the US which was sent to various recording companies. One copy of Rihanna's work was sent to Jay-Z, who eventually signed her to Def Jam Records.
Rihanna's debut album Music Of The Sun, which she co-wrote, was released in August 2005. The first single released from the album was the track "Pon De Replay", which peaked at number 2 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart due to considerable airplay. The second single, "If It's Lovin' That You Want", was less successful than its predecessor, climaxing on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 36, and number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. The album itself peaked within the top ten in Canada, and the US, and within the top forty in the UK. It has received platinum certifications in several countries, and received a Gold certification in the US by the RIAA. To further promote the album, Rihanna toured as an open act for American pop singer Gwen Stefani. The album itself sold over 500,000 units in the US and over 2 million worldwide. The album features many dancehall songs that harth to her island upcoming. Because her second album, "A Girl Like Me" was released so soon after "Music Of the Sun", no more singles were released. However, a third single, "Let Me" was unofficially released in Japan, and peaked at #8 there.
In 2006, Rihanna participated in several endorsement deals, including for Nike and J.C. Penney. She released her second album, A Girl Like Me, in April 2006 less than eight months after the release of her first album. The album debuted at number five in the US and number four in the UK. The lead single, "SOS", was used in her endorsement deal with Nike. The song became Rihanna's first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it also debuted at number one on the Hot Digital Songs chart. "SOS" peaked at number one in Australia and number two in the UK. The second single, entitled "Unfaithful", was written by R&B singer Ne-Yo, and addresses the feelings of guilt that the protagonist of the song faces as she cheats on her former boyfriend. The song became her third top ten hit in the US and in the UK. The third single "We Ride" wasn't as successful as her previous releases, failing to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, however, it has managed to seal her 5th UK top 20 single, where it peaked at number 17 on that chart and peaked #1 at Hot Dance Club Play. Rihanna's fourth single from the album "Break It Off" featuring Sean Paul had already managed peak at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 based soley on airplay. It was released as a digital download on February 19, 2007, which made the song jump from #52 to #10 and then eventually peaking at #9.
In total Rihanna has had 11 different number ones on the Billboard Charts and has had major success on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with four number ones (Pon De Replay, SOS, Unfaithful (Remix) and We Ride). When Rihanna got the Clinique endorsement, she recorded a song written by Ne-Yo entitled Just Be Happy as part of the deal to promote their Happy fragrance. The song can be heard on her Myspace page. Rihanna also recently recorded a song call Winning Women with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger for P&G’s female deodorant Secret.
Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role in Bring It On: All or Nothing, which was released on August 8, 2006, she also appeared on an episode of American soap opera All My Children and drama Las Vegas.
Rihanna has been in the studio with Ne-Yo, her usual producers Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, as well as new producers, Will.i.am, Stargate, Timbaland, Sean Garrett, and Cee-Lo Green, among others recording for her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad. The album is set to be released on June 5, 2007.
The first single "Umbrella", featuring Jay-Z, was released on March 29, 2007. It was produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Terius "The Dream" Nash.
* Rihanna had military training with the Barbados Cadet Corps.
* She is the oldest of 3 children and the only girl.
* Rihanna recently got a tattoo behind her ear of a star.
* Rihanna never travels anywhere without her Hello Kitty blanket.
* Rihanna is currently looking into more acting roles.