It’s the stuff of a fairy tale. A teenage Barbadian beauty sings Mariah Carey’s “Hero” in a school show. A music producer on a Barbados vacation brings her to the United States, her voice catching the ear of music mogul Jay-Z, who quickly signs her with Def Jam Records. Her first single reaches #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Within a couple years, she would record and release three albums, and by 19 become one of the richest teenagers in America. This is the story of Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known simply the world over as Rihanna.
The music producer’s name is Evan Rogers, and he co-wrote Rihanna’s smash debut single “Pon de Replay” with his partner Carl Sturken and Rihanna herself. Her first two albums were meant to reflect her own story – a once simple girl is thrust into a world she never thought existed – but by her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna intended to showcase the huge difference from her Barbados days to modern times. The single “Umbrella” became the longest running number one single in years.
She’s a growing phenomenon capturing celebrity status in an instant and has reportedly had her fair share of romantic exploits including Bow Wow, Jay-Z and even Shia Lebeouf. This will certainly be an interesting career to watch and we’ll undoubtedly be hearing all about it.
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To date, Rihanna has recorded and released three albums: Music of the Son in October 2005 featuring “Pon de Replay.” Less than a year later came A Girl Like Me with “SOS” and “Unfaithful, and in June 2007 came Good Girl Gone Bad with “Umbrella” reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “Pon de Replay” has been utilized in a number of TV and movie projects in the last couple of years. Rihanna’s acting debut is a cameo in the third “Bring It On” film.
She was one of the big winners at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, winning the Monster Single of the Year Award for “Umbrella,” as well as the Video of the Year Award for the same song.
On her album Good Girl Gone Bad:
“Bad means cool, bad means funky, bad means having an attitude, bad means being edgy. This album is definitely a great representation of who I am now, and where I am in my career.”