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Robyn Rihanna Fenty [riˈænə] (born February 20, 1988 in Saint Michael) is a Barbadian R&B and pop singer, actress, fashion designer and entrepreneur.

She sold more than 250 million records, making her one of the most successful artists in the world. She is also the youngest solo artist to have 14 number one hits on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, 2013, and 2017 she was the most-streamed artist on Spotify. She was dated in 2019 with assets of around $ 600 million Forbes Magazine declared the richest musician in the world.

Rihanna was born in 2012 by Forbes and Time Named in the list of Most Influential People, 2012 by Billboard Named Artist of the Decade and named "Music Icon" at the American Music Awards in 2013. She received nine Grammys and the 2016 MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her influence in the music industry.

She is also the founder and owner of the cosmetics company Fenty Beauty, her own lingerie line Savage X Fenty and the fashion label Fenty.


Rihanna was born in 1988 in the Parish Saint Michael, Barbados, and grew up in the capital Bridgetown. Her mother, Monica Braithwaite, is an accountant from Guyana, her father, Ronald Fenty, works as a warehouse worker in a clothing factory and is of Irish and Barbadian descent. She has two younger brothers and three half-siblings on her father's side who come from different relationships of her father. Rihanna first attended the Charles F. Broome Memorial School in Barbados and later the Combermere School. In 2004 she entered a school beauty pageant and became Miss Combermere School elected. As a teenager, she participated in a military program where she trained with the Barbados military. Her training manager was the singer Shontelle. During her childhood, her father used drugs and beat up the mother. In 2004 the parents divorced after 14 years.

From 2007 to 2009 Rihanna was in a relationship with singer Chris Brown. The relationship ended after a violent altercation in February 2009. In March 2009, Brown was charged with assault and threats. During the trial, Brown pleaded guilty to the assault charge, following a consultation with the judge, and avoided serving a prison sentence. Among other things, he was sentenced to five years suspended prison sentence.

From 2017 to January 2020, Rihanna was in a relationship with the Saudi Arabian entrepreneur Hassan Jameel.

In 2019, she sued her father because of her brand name Fenty allegedly used improperly by pretending that his company was linked to Rihanna. But it sells cosmetics and fashion itself under the brand name Fenty Beauty and Fenty.


Musical discovery

In 2003, Rihanna formed a girls band with two classmates, which was introduced to producer Evan Rogers that same year. After the band had sung, Rihanna was asked into the room alone and sang the song emotion from Destiny’s Child. With the help of Carl Sturken and Rogers, a demo CD was created with four songs. That included the ballad Last time, a cover version of Whitney Houston's hit Saving All My Love for You and Rihanna's first single Pon de Replay. After the CD was sent to various record labels, she signed the Def Jam label after an audition in New York City. The audition took place in front of the then CEO of Def Jam Recordings, Jay-Z.

2005–2008: career start and worldwide breakthrough

After signing a deal with Def Jam Recordings, she recorded her debut album over the next three months Music of the Sun on. Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Stargate and Poke & Tone, among others, were active as producers and songwriters. The single, internationally pre-released on July 26, 2005 Pon de Replay reached number 2 on the American Billboard Hot 100 and the British singles charts and became a worldwide success. In October 2005, work began on their second album A girl like me, whose single SOS Rihanna's first number one hit in the US was. The second single was Unfaithful published, which was also successful worldwide. The single reached the top 10 of the charts in 18 countries and number one in Canada and Switzerland.

The album was released on June 5, 2007 Good Girl Gone Bad, which became a top 10 international hit. With over nine million records sold worldwide, it is her most successful album to date. The first single Umbrella sold over six million copies and is one of the most successful hits worldwide. She received her first Grammy for this. There were more singles like Shut up and drive, Hate That I Love You and Don't stop the music decoupled. The latter became Rihanna's second number one hit in Germany. This was followed by Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad Tour, which lasted until January 2009. Take a bow and Disturbia shot to the top of the charts in America and sold very successfully worldwide. In November 2008, rapper T.I. the single Live your life from his album Paper trail. The song, on which he worked with Rihanna, reached number 1 on the US singles chart.

2009–2011: Annual Publications

In December 2008, Rihanna recorded demo songs for her fourth album. The original concept was discarded after a violent argument with her then boyfriend Chris Brown in February 2009, the incident and the relationship with Brown subsequently influenced the creation of the album. On this album she worked with Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Chase & Status, Stargate, The-Dream, Brian Kennedy and James Fauntleroy II. For the first time Rihanna wrote lyrics herself, co-produced some songs, and she was allowed to determine the concept of the album herself. The fourth album was released on November 23rd Rated R. It sold over three million times but couldn't match the sales of Good Girl Gone Bad keep up. Rihanna received consistently good to very good reviews for her fourth studio album, as it "shows a more serious, more adult Rihanna who has something to say".

The third single, Rude boy, was released on March 5, 2010 in Germany and took 4th place in England Rude boy A month before its official release in the charts, shortly afterwards in the top 3. In the US, the song reached the top ten, and two weeks later at number 1, making Rihanna her sixth number 1 hit. On April 16, 2010 Rihanna started her second world tour in Europe, the Last Girl on Earth Tour. In July 2010 the song rose Love the way you lie, a collaboration with rapper Eminem on his album Recovery can be found in two weeks from second to first place on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Rihanna's seventh number 1 hit. He reached second place in the UK charts. In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Germany he also reached number 1 in the singles charts.

Rihanna's fifth album was released on November 12, 2010 Loud in Germany and on November 16 in the USA. The album reached number one in the UK and Swiss album charts and was represented in numerous top 10 lists internationally. It sold over eight million units. The singles Only Girl (In the World), What's my name? and S&M were a worldwide success and became number one hits in the US. On June 4, 2011 Rihanna started her fourth world tour, the Loud Tour, which took her from North America to her home country Barbados and with some concerts in South America to Europe. Filming of the action film Battleship began in late August 2010. Rihanna played a supporting role as Petty Officer Raines in this film, for which she received the 2013 Golden Raspberry for Worst Supporting Actress. The film was released in April 2012.

Rihanna's sixth studio album Talk that talk was released on November 18, 2011. The first release We found love was able to place itself at number 1 in Germany, Switzerland, the UK charts and in the USA. It is one of the most successful songs in 2011 worldwide. She won her sixth Grammy with this song.

Since 2017: fashion and cosmetics company Fenty

In February 2017, the 5th season of Bates Motel aired in which Rihanna played a supporting role. Likewise, she had in the movie Valerian - The City of a Thousand Planets next to Cara Delevingne a small role.

In September, Rihanna founded her cosmetics company Fenty Beauty, which offers makeup for different skin tones. In May, she introduced an underwear label called Savage X Fenty. Her first fashion show followed in September at New York Fashion Week, where she presented pregnant models.

In June 2018 she starred in the Heist film Ocean’s 8th alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway a gangster named Nine Ball. Rihanna has been in the thriller alongside actor Donald Glover since April 2019 Guava Island on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video. The film premiered at the Coachella Festival.

Together with the French luxury goods group LVMH, Rihanna founded her own fashion label in Paris in May 2019 Fenty. The first collection includes sunglasses, jewelry and shoes. She is the first woman to develop a brand for LVMH and the first black female chief designer to head a fashion house.

In September became the second Savage X Fenty Show shown at New York Fashion Week, the show has aired on Amazon Prime Video since September 20, and the underwear is on sale on Amazon. Her autobiography with the title was published by Phaidon Verlag in October Rihanna.

In December she was nominated for her fashion label by the British Fashion Council at the British Fashion Awards in London Fenty awarded a prize.


Musical style and singing

Rihanna mixes R&B music with elements from Caribbean music such as reggae and dancehall. In doing so, “her style fuses Caribbean rhythms with common elements of dance pop”.

Her debut album included productions by the explorers Rihannas, Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, such as the debut single, which was characterized by traditional reggae and dance-pop Pon de Replay. The same styles of music can be found on her second music album. Rihanna then got into pop and R&B music. The music production team Stargate and Ne-Yo produced, among other things, their hit Unfaithful. With songs like Kisses don't lie and Shut up and drive the style of music was oriented more towards rock. The third album Good Girl Gone Bad is more to be assigned to dance pop than to the dancehall and reggae style of the previous albums.

Most of their love ballads, produced by Stargate and written by Ne-Yo, feature a pop-oriented sound with R&B influences with gently pounded acoustic guitars. Some of their faster dance-pop songs produced by Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, Christopher Stewart and J. R. Rotem. Rihanna's pieces also contain samples from other pieces such as Soft Cells Tainted love in SOS, New orders Blue Monday in Shut up and drive and the one from the 1970s Soul Makossa by Manu Dibango in Don't stop the music, that's part of the Michael Jacksons chorus Wanna Be Startin 'Somethin' contains.

Influences and reception

Rihanna names Mariah Carey, Madonna and Janet Jackson as her role models. Beyoncé also has a strong influence on Rihanna's music. According to Rihanna, she started singing after seeing Beyoncé performing with Destiny’s Child. Other musical influences come from Bob Marley (Rihanna built a shrine for him in her Los Angeles home), Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Celine Dion, Brandy and Gwen Stefani.

Jon Bream from the Star Tribune comments: "In the tradition of Madonna and Janet Jackson, Rihanna became the video beast of the 2000s ... Rihanna perfected the pout, long legs and style-defining hairstyles." George Epaminondas of the magazine InStyle finds Rihanna's music videos "cinematic" because of their "mixture of island rhythms and swinging pop and ... mischievous sensuality."

A street in Barbados was named after her in 2017.

public perception

At the beginning of her career, Rihanna had the image of a reggae musician. In addition, she was often compared with Beyoncé Knowles, which Rihanna herself found negative, as she was often referred to as a "copy" of Knowles. According to media reports at the time, the appearance and music style of the two artists were particularly similar.

With the release of their third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad changed the public image of the artist. This change of image was reflected in both her music and her public appearance. From now on, the singer's style of dress became more daring. In 2009, Tracey Lomrantz, an author at Glamor, Rihanna's style summarized as follows: "If style risks were measured in miles, Rihanna would have circled the globe a thousand times." Because of her clothing style, she landed on the 2008 list 10 Best Dressed Stars of 2008 of the magazine People. In October 2011 she was accepted by readers of the US magazine esquire to Sexiest Woman Alive elected. In August 2010, a wax figure of Rihanna was found at Madame Tussauds in Washington, D.C. released.

Successes and Records

Rihanna set several records in the German single charts and on the Billboard Hot 100. So in November 2008 there were eight songs on their album Good Girl Gone Bad at the same time in the Hot 100 charts, which previously only Shania Twain had achieved. From June 8, 2007 to May 15, 2009 she was represented in the German single charts for 100 weeks uninterruptedly, longer than any other artist. This puts her in third place behind Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys. She keeps up in the British charts Umbrella the record with the longest first place finish. In addition, she is the only artist with a total of eight number one placements in Billboard Pop Songs in the United States. 2010 Rihanna was in the Guinness Book of Records with the success of her single Umbrella place as "Best-Selling Download Female Artist in the U.K.". After Rihanna was placed in the Guinness Book of Records in 2010, she also managed to be named "Artist with the most number-one" in the 2012 issue with her four number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010. To be able to place hits in a year ”.

social commitment

Rihanna joined the Believe Foundation to, a donation organization that supports children with cancer. On July 7, 2007, Rihanna performed as part of the Live Earth concerts in the Japanese city of Chiba. In 2008 she took part in the charity project Stand Up to Cancer and sang the benefit song with many other singers Just Stand Up! a.

Rihanna has been supporting the Believe Foundation the international offshoot DKMS Americas of the German bone marrow donor database (DKMS) and in 2009 was able to help save the life of 41-year-old mother Lisa Gershowitz Flynn by appealing to the DKMS to register, whereupon over 5000 new bone marrow donors registered and 2000 potential new donors could be found.

After the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Rihanna joined the aid organization Hope for Haiti Now and appeared at the associated donation gala alongside many other stars. They sang the song together Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour). The proceeds also went to Hope for Haiti Now.

In March 2011, Rihanna became part of the UNICEF campaign Celebrity Tap Water, where stars bottle their own tap water and auction it on the Internet. The money raised will be used for people in countries that have problems with the water supply. After the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan in March 2011, Rihanna participated in a benefit album, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Rihanna made her single "Only Girl (In the World)" available.

On April 28, 2011, she attended the 5th DKMS Gala Supporting Leukemia Sufferers in New York City. In an interview, she said that the subject of leukemia is very important to her because children in particular suffer from this disease. She received an award for her commitment.

On July 11, 2011, Rihanna performed as part of her Loud Tour in Birmingham, Alabama. The proceeds from this concert were intended for the victims of the April 2011 tornado disaster in Alabama. About $ 175,000 was raised. In March 2012, Rihanna also campaigned for the campaign Kony 2012 Attracts attention.

In October 2012 she founded the Clara Lionel Foundation for socially disadvantaged people in the name of and in memory of her maternal grandparents.The foundation focuses particularly on the areas of health, education, art and culture.

On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2016, Rihanna supported Prince Harry in his commitment to AIDS sufferers by publicly taking a blood test with him.

In February 2017 she was named "Humanitarian of the Year 2017" by the Harvard Foundation at Harvard University. Because of their social commitment, their Clara Lionel Foundation and she was awarded this prize for building a breast cancer treatment center in Bridgetown, Barbados.

In solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the protests against racism, Rihanna canceled an appearance at the 2019 Super Bowl.


Main article: Rihanna / concerts and tours
  • Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour (2006)
  • Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007-09)
  • Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010-11)
  • Loud Tour (2011)
  • 777 Tour (2012)
  • Diamonds World Tour (2013)
  • The Monster Tour (with Eminem) (2014)
  • Anti World Tour (2016)

Music videos

Main article: Rihanna / Music Videos


Main article: List of Singer Rihanna and Rihanna Awards / Music Sales Awards

Rihanna has won eight Grammy Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards, among others. She has also received multiple MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, American Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. In 2016 she received an honorary award from MTV, the "Michael Jackson Vanguard Award". In her native Barbados, Rihanna won over 30 Barbados Music Awards. February 21st has been named "Rihanna Day".