Robyn Rihanna Fenty , better known as simply Rihanna, is a Barbadian pop and R&B recording artist and songwriter.Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.
In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Pon de Replay.” Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first US number one hit single, “SOS”, as well as Billboard Hot 100 top ten entries “Unfaithful” and “Break It Off”.
Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, featured five top ten hits including three US number one hit singles “Umbrella”, “Take a Bow” and “Disturbia” and the worldwide hit “Don’t Stop the Music”.
The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella,” which features Jay-Z. Her fourth studio album, Rated R, was released in November 2009, and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.
Its first three singles, “Russian Roulette”, “Hard” and “Rude Boy” peaked within the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, with “Rude Boy” peaking at number one. She released her fifth studio album, Loud, in November 2010, that features the US and UK number one singles, “Only Girl (In the World)” and “What’s My Name?”.
Rihanna has sold more than 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. She has achieved nine number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since first appearing on the chart on June 11, 2005, which is the most by any artist during that time span. As of July 23, 2010, Rihanna has sold approximately 5,563,000 album units in the US.
Billboard named Rihanna the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade.She has received several accolades, including the 2007 World Music Awards for World’s Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, as well as the 2008 American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.She serves as one of Barbados’s honorary cultural ambassadors.In January 2010, Rihanna received two Grammy Awards for Jay-Z’s 2009 single “Run This Town”.
Rihanna released her fifth studio album, Loud, on November 16, 2010.The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, becoming the fifth top-ten album of Rihanna’s career in the US, with her best week of sales.
Its lead single, “Only Girl (In the World)”, was digitally released in the United States in September 2010.After many weeks, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “Only Girl” also reached number one in many other countries including Australia, Canada, and the UK.
The album’s second single, “What’s My Name?”, featuring rapper Drake, also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.Although it was the second single from Loud, it reached the top spot before the first single, “Only Girl (In the World)” making it the first time in Hot 100 history that an album’s debut single reached number one after the second single.
On January 9, 2011, “What’s My Name?” hit the top spot on the official UK singles chart, giving Rihanna the record of being the first female solo artist to have 5 number one singles in the UK in consecutive years.
In 2007, “Umbrella” gave Rihanna her first UK number one single; in 2008, “Take A Bow” gave her her second; in 2009, “Run This Town” was the third; in 2010, “Only Girl (In the World)” gave her her fourth UK number one single.
Rihanna will embark on her fourth concert tour, the Loud Tour, later this year, in support of the album.
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