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  1. 1. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robyn Rihanna Fenty ( /ri n / ree-AH-n or /ri æn / ree-AN- ; born February 20, 1988), known mononymously as Rihanna Rihanna, is a Barbadian recording artist and actress. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna began her career when she met record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003. At age 16, she came to the United States to pursue a recording career and began recording demo tapes under Rogers guidance. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for Jay-Z.[1] Rihanna rose to fame following the release of her debut album Music of the Sun (2005), which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 top five hit single "Pon de Replay". In less than a year, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top-five in the United States, and produced her first Hot 100 number one single, "SOS". Rihannas third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad released Rihanna at the premiere of Battleship in April 2012 in May 2007, spawned the international hit singles "Umbrella", "Dont Stop the Music", "Take a Bow" and Background information "Disturbia", with an additional four singles being released. Birth name Robyn Rihanna Fenty The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Born February 20, 1988 Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella". Her fourth studio album Rated R (2009), produced the top-ten singles Saint Michael, Barbados "Russian Roulette", "Hard" and "Rude Boy", with the latter Genres R&B, pop, dancehall, reggae fusion, achieving the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. hip hop, dance Loud (2010), Rihannas fifth studio album, spawned the Occupations Actress, recording artist number-one hits "Only Girl (In the World)", "Whats My Name?" and "S&M". Rihannas sixth studio album, Talk That Years active 2005–present Talk (2011) served number-one hit "We Found Love" and Labels Def Jam, SRP top-five single "Where Have You Been". Unapologetic, her seventh studio album, is set to be released in November 2012, Associated Chris Brown, Coldplay, Drake, with "Diamonds" released as the albums lead single. acts Eminem, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo Website ( Rihannas work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including five American Music Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, two BRIT Awards and five Grammy Awards. She has achieved a total of eleven number one Rihannas signature singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the youngest solo artist to achieve the feat.[2] Billboard named Rihanna the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked her as the seventeenth artist of the same decade.[3][4] She is the highest-selling digital artist in US history, having sold 47,571,000 singles as of 2012.[5] Furthermore, she has also shipped 7.3 million album units in the United States as of September 2011.[6] Some of her singles have earned their place on the list of best-selling singles worldwide. Rihanna has sold more than 25 million albums and 60 million digital singles worldwide since the beginning of her career in 2005, which makes her one of the best selling artists of all1 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  2. 2. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia time.[7] In June 2011, Forbes reported that Rihanna had earned $29 million between May 2010 and May 2011.[8] In 2012, American magazine Time named Rihanna one of the most influential people in the world.[9] Rihanna was also ranked the fourth most powerful celebrity in 2012 with earnings of $53 million between May 2011 and May 2012, according to Forbes.[10] In 2012, Rihanna was named the top artist of Billboards Pop Songs of 1992–2012 by Billboard.[11] 1 Biography 1.1 1988–2004: Early life and career beginnings 1.2 2005–06: Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me 1.3 2007–09: Good Girl Gone Bad and subsequent re-release 1.4 2009–10: Domestic violence case and Rated R 1.5 2010–12: Loud and Talk That Talk 1.6 2012–present: Battleship, Styled to Rock and Unapologetic 2 Artistry 2.1 Music and voice 2.2 Influences 2.3 Music videos and performances 2.4 Public image 3 Discography 4 Filmography 5 Tours 6 See also 7 References 8 External links 1988–2004: Early life and career beginnings Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. Her mother is Monica Braithwaite, a retired Afro-Guyanese accountant, and her father is Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor of Barbadian and Irish descent.[13][14] Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her fathers side, each born by different mothers from his previous relationships. [15][16][17] Growing up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Bridgetown and selling clothes with her father on a street stall, Rihannas childhood was deeply affected by her fathers addiction to crack cocaine, alcohol, and Rihanna grew up in the town of marijuana, and her parents turbulent marriage ended when she Bridgetown, Barbados.[12] was 14.[12][14][18] Rihanna grew up listening to reggae music and began singing at around the age of seven.[15][19] She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and then the Combermere High School, where she formed a musical trio with two of her classmates.[15] Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme; the singer-songwriter2 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  3. 3. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Shontelle was her drill sergeant.[20] Although she initially wanted to graduate from high school, she chose to g pursue a musical career instead.[21] [ Rihannas career began through her association with American record producer Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers; she met Rogers through mutual friends in Barbados in December 2003.[22] Rogers soon asked Rihanna to come to his hotel room, where she performed renditions of the songs "Emotion" and "Hero".[22] This impressed Rogers, who then took her on various trips to New York, where she was accompanied by her mother, Monica, to record some demo tapes which could be sent to record labels.[22][23] Rihanna was signed to Rogers and Sturkens production company, Syndicated Rhythm Productions, who assigned her a lawyer and manager before the completed demo tape was distributed to various record labels around the world in late 2004.[23] In February 2005, the president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings Jay-Z requested to meet Rihanna and she auditioned for him and industry executive L.A. Reid, performing Whitney Houston s version of "For the Love of You" as well as the original songs "Pon de Replay" and "The Last Time".[23][24] On the same day of the audition, Rihanna signed a six-album record deal with Def Jam Recordings, later relocating from Barbados to New York to live with Rogers and his wife.[23][25] 2005–06: Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me Following her signing, Rihanna spent three months recording and completing her debut album and collaborated with rapper Memphis Bleek on his fourth studio album 534.[1] The album featured production from Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Stargate and Poke & Tone.[26] Her debut single, "Pon de Replay", was released on August 22, 2005 and charted highly across the world, peaking at number two on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.[27] Her debut album, Music of the Sun, was first released later that month and went on to sell over two million copies worldwide and received a Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of over 500,000 units to retailers in the United States.[28] The album received mixed reviews by music critics. Rolling Stone magazine gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars and described as lacking the replay value, ingenuity and rhythm of the single with "generic vocal hiccups and frills" of US R&B inflecting upon her "Caribbean charm".[29] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine described the album as a "glut of teen R&B Rihanna performing at the chanteuses " and described her lead single "Pon de Replay" as "a dancehall-pop Jingle Ball in 2005 mixture that owes plenty of its sweat and shimmy to Beyoncés "Baby Boy".[26] A second single, "If Its Lovin that You Want", was not as successful as its [30] predecessor. In October 2005, Rihanna struck an endorsement deal with Secret Body Spray; her first of [31] many. A month after the release of her debut album, she began working on her second studio album.[32] The album contained production from Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Stargate, J. R. Rotem and label-mate singer-songwriter Ne-Yo.[33] A Girl Like Me was released in April 2006, less than eight months after its predecessor.[34] Its lead single, "SOS", was an international success following its March 2006 release as it charted in the top five in Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and reached number one in the U.S. and Australia.[35] Critical response to the album was mixed; Rolling Stone magazine commented "Like her filler- packed debut album, this similar but superior follow-up doesnt deliver anything else as ingenious as its lead single."[36] The album entered charts across the world, peaking at number one in Canada and at number five in3 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  4. 4. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia both the UK and the U.S., where it sold 115,000 copies in its first week.[28][37] "Unfaithful", the albums second single release, charted in various territories, reaching number one in Portugal, Canada and Switzerland.[38] "We Ride" and "Break It Off", which featured Sean Paul, were also released as singles.[39][40] Following the release of the album, Rihanna embarked on her first headlining tour, the Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour, as well as supporting The Pussycat Dolls on the PCD World Tour and performing alongside Jay-Z and Ne-Yo on the Rock Tha Block Tour. Rihanna created her Believe Foundation in 2006 to help terminally ill children.[41][42] She also made her acting debut in a cameo role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: All or Nothing, which was released on August 8, 2006.[43] 2007–09: Good Girl Gone Bad and subsequent re-release For her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna embraced a new musical direction through uptempo dance tracks produced by the likes of Timbaland, and Sean Garrett.[44][45] First released in May 2007, the album topped the charts in multiple countries including the UK, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Russia and at number two in the US and Australia.[46] The album received positive reviews by critics, becoming the most critically acclaimed of her first three albums.[47] The albums lead single, "Umbrella", topped the charts in thirteen countries and stayed at number one in the UK for ten consecutive weeks; this made it the longest-running number one single since Wet Wet Wets single "Love Is All Around" spent fifteen weeks at the top in 1994.[48][49] It became Rihannas first single to be named one of the best-selling singles worldwide, having sold over 6.6 million singles since being released.[50][51] The songs "Shut Up and Drive", "Hate That I Love You" and "Dont Stop The Music" Rihanna performing at the were also released as singles from the album. In support of the album, she kicked Brisbane Entertainment off her second headlining tour, the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour in September 2007, Centre in 2008 [52] with a total of 80 shows across the US, Canada and Europe. The same month, Rihanna became the official face of tourism for Barbados and subsequently featured in many of their advertising campaigns; she holds the honorary title of Ambassador for Culture and Youth in Barbados.[53] The 50th Grammy Awards saw Rihanna nominated for a string of awards, winning for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella" alongside Jay-Z.[54] Throughout 2008, Rihanna performed on the Glow in the Dark Tour alongside Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D.[55] On February 20, 2008, Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson presented the singer with several gifts at a national concert in an event named "Rihanna Day".[56][57] To help raise awareness and combat HIV/AIDS, Rihanna and other public figures designed clothing for the February 2008 H&M Fashion Against AIDS line.[58][59] Her third albums reissue, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, was released in June 2008 with three new songs; Disturbia, Take a Bow and the Maroon 5 duet "If I Never See Your Face Again". All three were released as singles and charted highly, reaching peak positions across the world.[60][61][62] In August 2008, Rihanna and Beyoncé Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and a host of other female singers recorded the charity single, "Just Stand Up!", the theme song to the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer.[63] "Live Your Life", Rihannas duet with the rapper T.I., was first released in November 2008 and peaked in the top five in Austria, the Netherlands, Canada, Ireland, the UK and Australia, reaching number one in New Zealand and the U.S.[64] A remix album, Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes, was released in January 2009. Good Girl Gone Bad has shipped over 2.7 million units in the United States alone, receiving a two-times-platinum certification from the RIAA and marking Rihannas best-selling album to date in the country.[28][65] Since its release, Good4 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  5. 5. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Girl Gone Bad has sold over seven million copies worldwide.[66] 2009–10: Domestic violence case and Rated R On February 8, 2009, Rihannas scheduled performance at the 51st Grammy Awards was cancelled.[67] Reports later surfaced regarding an altercation with then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, who was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.[68] On March 5, 2009, Brown was charged with assault and making criminal threats.[69] Due to a leaked photograph from the Los Angeles Police Department obtained by — which revealed that Rihanna had sustained visible injuries — an organization known as STOParazzi proposed a law called "Rihannas Law," which, if enacted, would "deter employees of law enforcement agencies from releasing photos or information that exploits crime victims."[70] Gil Kaufman of VH1 reported the "nonstop coverage of the Rihanna/Brown case has brought up a number of issues regarding the privacy of alleged victims of domestic violence, including the decision by almost all major Rihanna in Paris in April news outlets to divulge the identity of the victim — which is not typically done 2010 in domestic-violence cases" and the controversial distribution of the leaked photograph.[71] Rihanna was subpoenaed to testify during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles on June 22, 2009.[72] On June 22, 2009, Brown pled guilty to the g p g y felony assault. In exchange for his plea Brown received five years probation and was ordered to stay fifty yards away from Rihanna, unless at p y public events, which then would be reduced to ten y yards.[73] However, in [73] February 2011, at the request of Browns lawyer, Judge Patricia Schnegg modified with Rihannas consent the y q y g gg restraining order to a "level one order," allowing both singers to appear at awards shows together in the future. [74][75] Returning to music after the assault, Rihanna collaborated with Jay-Z and Kanye West on "Run This Town", which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, number one in the UK, and reached the top ten in ten other countries after its July 2009 release.[76] Her fourth studio album, Rated R, was released in November 2009.[77] Critical response was favorable; Rolling Stone claimed that Rihanna "transformed her sound and made one of the best pop records of the year".[78] The albums lead single, "Russian Roulette", received commercial success, reaching number one in Norway and Switzerland and making the top ten in sixteen other countries.[79] This was followed by the release of "Hard" with Young Jeezy and "Rude Boy"; the latter became the biggest worldwide success from the album, topping the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, as well as claiming top ten positions in twenty-two other countries.[80][81] Two other singles were released from Rated R; "Rockstar 101" with Slash and "Te Amo".[82][83] Rated R: Remixed was released in the spring of 2010 and featured ten tracks from the album remixed by Chew Fu.[84] To further promote the album, she embarked on her second worldwide tour, the Last Girl on Earth Tour.[85] At the 52nd Grammy Awards, "Run This Town" won Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.[86] 2010–12: Loud and Talk That Talk During the summer of 2010, Rihanna collaborated with rapper Eminem on "Love the Way You Lie", which was a major worldwide success, reaching number one in over twenty countries worldwide.[87] The song became Rihannas seventh U.S. number one of her career, making her the female artist with the fifth-most number ones in the charts history.[88] Despite reaching number two, the song became the biggest-selling song of 2010 in the5 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  6. 6. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia UK, and the first Rihannas singles to sell over one million copies in the country.[89][90] With sales of over nine million to date, it is one of the best-selling singles worldwide and Rihannas biggest-selling single worldwide.[91] She also lent her vocals to "All of the Lights", a single from Kanye Wests album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, alongside John Legend, The-Dream, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Kid Cudi, and Elton John.[92] In October 2010, she released an eponymous book and announced that she was parting ways with manager Marc Jordan and would henceforth be managed by Jay-Zs Roc Nation.[93][94] The following month saw the release of Loud, Rihannas fifth studio album.[95] Its lead single, "Only Girl (In the World)", reached number one in fourteen countries including Australia, Canada, the UK and US.[96][97][98] The albums second single, Rihanna performing on her Loud "Whats My Name?", featuring Drake, also reached number one in both the Tour U.S. and UK, making Rihanna the first female solo artist to have five number one singles in the United Kingdom in consecutive years.[99] The song reached number one on the U.S. Hot 100 before "Only Girl (In the World)", making it the first time in the charts history that an albums lead single reached number one after the second.[100] "S&M", featuring Britney Spears, "Man Down", "California King Bed" and "Cheers (Drink to That)" were also released as singles.[2][101] [102][103] January 2011 saw the release of Rihannas first fragrance; "Rebl Fleur".[104] The following month, "Only Girl (In the World)" won the award for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd Grammy Awards.[105] In June 2011, Rihanna embarked on the Loud Tour and broke the record for selling out ten nights at the The O2 Arena in London, the most sold out shows for a female artist in the venues history.[106][107][108] In October 2011, Nicki Minaj released the collaboration "Fly" featuring Rihanna from her album Pink Friday which peaked within the top twenty in both the US and UK.[109][110] Rihannas sixth album, Talk That Talk, was released in November 2011 in both deluxe and standard editions.[111] The lead single, "We Found Love", topped charts in eighteen countries worldwide, peaking in the top ten in thirty countries and breaking a string of records worldwide.[112] It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks and became Rihannas longest-running number-one single as well as the longest-running number-one Rihanna performing at the V single of 2011.[113][114] Later the music video won the award for Video of Festival in 2012 the Year at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards making Rihanna the first women ever to win this award more than once.[115] "You Da One" was released as the second single from the album and was a moderate success, reaching the top twenty in both the UK and US.[116][117] "Talk That Talk", a single featuring Jay-Z, was followed by the simultaneous release of two collaborations between Rihanna and her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown; remixes of her "Birthday Cake" and his "Turn Up the Music" that received negative responses because of the pairs history of domestic violence.[118] "Where Have You Been", the albums most recent single, has so far peaked in the top twenty of various countries.[119] "Cockiness (Love It)" was released as the albums sixth single in a remixed form featuring ASAP Rocky.[120] Her first fashion range, for Armani,6 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  7. 7. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia became available in November 2011.[121] In early 2012, two collaborations featuring Rihanna were released; Coldplays "Princess of China" from the album Mylo Xyloto and Drakes "Take Care" from his album of the same name.[122][123] 2012–present: Battleship, Styled to Rock and Unapologetic February 2012 saw the release of "Rebelle", Rihannas second fragrance.[124] In the same month, Rihanna won the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 54th Grammy Awards the third time and she also won the award for Best International Female Solo Artist at the 2012 BRIT Awards the second time in running.[125][126] Her first theatrical feature film, Rihanna appeared as Petty Officer (GM2) Cora Raikes in the 2012 film Battleship from director Peter Berg.[127] Loosely based on the game of the same name, both the film and Rihannas performance received mixed-to-negative reviews; The New York Times claimed she was "just fine in the rather generic role".[128] Her performance earned her a Teen Choice Award for "Choice Breakout in a Film".[129] She appeared in Katy Perry: Part of Me, a 3D documentary-concert film centering on singer Katy Perry, and is scheduled to play herself in the apocalyptic comedy End of the World. Rihannas first TV program, Styled to Rock, premiered in the UK in August 2012 on Sky Living. The ten-week series sees Rihanna, Nicola Roberts, Lysa Cooper and Henry Holland assisting up-and-coming British designers with their own clothing lines.[130] On August 19, 2012, Rihanna appeared in the first episode of the second season of Oprah Winfreys American primetime television show Oprahs Next Chapter.[131] The episode scores the second highest telecast in the history of the Oprah Winfrey Network.[132] In an interview with iHeartRadio, Rihanna confirmed that the lead single from the upcoming album is called "Diamonds" and will premiere the song on September 26, 2012. She described the track as "happy and hippy" and that its "different to what people would expect".[133] "Diamonds" was released on the same day on iTunes.[134] Rihannas seventh studio album, is scheduled for a November 2012 release.[135] Rihannas fifth tour, the Diamonds World Tour, is set to begin in March 2013.[136] In 2012, Rihanna was named number one pop artist of 1992–2012 by Billboard.[137] On October 11, 2012, Rihanna revealed her seventh albums title to be Unapologetic over Twitter.[138] Further information: List of awards and nominations received by Rihanna Music and voice Rihanna possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range, that spans nearly three octaves. (C#3-B5)[139][140] While recoding tracks for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna took vocal lessons from Ne-Yo stating, "Ive never had vocal training, so when Im in the studio, hell tell me how to breathe and stuff. ... hell call out these big fancy words: OK, I want you to do staccato. And Im like, OK, I dont know what that is."[45] Originally marketed as a reggae singer, Rihannas musical genre has changed throughout the course of her career, which includes pop, R&B, hip hop, dance-pop and dancehall.[141] Volume 65 of the Contemporary Black Biography book series notes that "Rihanna is the rare rhythm and blues (R&B) diva to emerge from the Caribbean world."[142] Becoming an international sensation, Rihanna is known for blending R&B with Caribbean music, such as reggae and dancehall.[143] At the time of her debut, reviewers referred to her as a "bubblegum queen"[144] and her music to "teen pop."[145] Some of her music is also inspired through sampling: "SOS",[146] "Shut Up and Drive", "Dont Stop the Music", "Cheers (Drink to That)", and "Talk That Talk" all contain samples from other artist.[147] With the release of her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005), Kelefa7 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  8. 8. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sanneh of The New York Times complemented the combination of dancehall and reggae genres stating, "Dancehall reggae sometimes seems like a furiously insular form of music, but ... Rihanna is only the latest singer to discover how versatile the genres spring-loaded electronic rhythms can be".[148] Her debut album featured production from Stargate and, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, who discovered her and and helped launch her career with her debut single "Pon de Replay".[45] A Girl Like Me (2006) saw Rihanna infuse a bit of rock music on the track "Kisses Dont Lie",[149] a sound she would later use on "Shut Up and Drive" and "Rockstar 101". She enlisted into pop and R&B working again with production duo Sturken and Rogers, J.R. Rotem and label-mate Ne-Yo.[146][150] The ballads on the album were described as elegant, mature, and that it displays her artistic growth.[151] With Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), she took a different direction from the dancehall influence of her previous efforts with uptempo songs.[152] stating that "[at] this stage I feel like I want to do a lot of uptempo [songs] ... but still be soulful at the same time."[45] She worked with new producers on the album, including Timbaland, Sean Garrett, and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart who produced the international hit "Umbrella", which was a major breakthrough in her career.[153] Rihanna again entered a new musical and lyrical direction with Rated R, departing from her previous up-tempo and dance-pop style with elements of hip hop, rock, dubstep and dancehall.[154] Recorded after the assault by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown, the album had a much darker tone and was filled with different emotions she experienced throughout 2009.[154] Loud (2010) differed from her previous release, which featured an angry tone with dark themes, whereas Loud reflects on the sassy, fun, flirty, and energetic attitude she had while recording the album.[155] The album is a mixture of ballads, party anthems and empowering love songs with elements of up-tempo and pop genres, ranging from dance-pop to R&B.[156] Described as "a sexy, sexual record", Talk That Talk (2011) was similar to Rated R, both containing hip hop, R&B, dancehall and dubstep genres.[157] Loud and Talk That Talk also saw her return to her dancehall roots, evident in the tracks like "Man Down" and "Watch n Learn".[158] Influences Rihanna has named Madonna as her idol and biggest influence, and said she wants to be the "black Madonna".[159][160] She said: "I think that Madonna was a great inspiration for me, especially on my earlier work. If I had to examine her evolution through time, I think she reinvented her clothing style and music with success every single time. And at the same time remained a real force in entertainment in the whole world."[159] She also cites Whitney Houston as a major influence and idol[161] Mariah Carey has also been cited as one of Rihannas influence and idol, whose song "Hero" she covered while performing at a school talent show.[162] Of Janet Jackson, Rihanna has commented that "[s]he was one of the first female pop icons that I could relate to ... You have to love Janet."[163] Beyoncé Knowles has been named as a major influence, [164][165] citing that she was inspired to start her career after watching Knowles on television as part of a Destinys Child performance.[166] Rihanna commented that Marilyn Monroe and vintage clothing served for visual inspiration for the music video "Hate That I Love You" and "Rehab"; in contrast, the "dark, creepy" scenes of "Disturbia" have drawn comparison to Michael Jacksons Thriller.[167][168] Her other Rihannas breakthrough album Good musical influences include Alicia Keys,[169] Fefe Dobson,[170][171]8 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  9. 9. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Celine Dion,[172] Brandy[173] and Gwen Stefani.[174] Jon Bream of the Girl Gone Bad has been mainly Star Tribune commented "[i]n the tradition of Madonna and Janet influenced by Brandys work on Jackson, Rihanna has become the video vixen of the 00s ... Rihanna has Afrodisiac. Also Rihanna refers to perfected the pout, the long-legged strut and trend-setting hairdos that Brandy as her favourite singer. keep women and men alike checking her out on YouTube."[167] George Epaminondas of InStyle considers Rihannas music videos to be "cinematic" due to her "blend of lush island rhythms and swinging pop and ... mischievous sensuality."[175] Rihannas music contains strong influences of Caribbean music which include reggae and dancehall.[176] In an interview, she stated that while growing up in Barbados she grew up listening to reggae music and when she came to the United States she was exposed to many different types of music.[177] The video for "Rude Boy" was inspired by her Caribbean roots.[176] Rihanna is heavily influenced by the Jamaican singer- Rihanna has been heavily influenced by songwriter Bob Marley and stated "[h]es one of my favorite artists of all Bob Marley time [...] he really paved the way for every other artist out of the Caribbean".[178] She also built a shrine in her Los Angeles home dedicated to Marley.[179] Rihanna has covered Marleys "Is This Love" and Bob Marley & The Wailers "Redemption Song".[180] Rihanna herself has influenced the singers Rita Ora and Justin Bieber.[181][182] Music videos and performances Rihanna has often worked with music video director Anthony Mandler on more than a dozen music videos throughout her career, the first being "Unfaithful" (2006).[183] "Weve done 16 videos together; theyre not all tough, [...] Yeah, I mean, Im known for the Disturbias and the Russian Roulettes and things like that, but Only Girl (In the World) is certainly an ethereal kind of empowering, beauty-filled video," Mandler said.[183] Jocelyn Vena of MTV wrote, "Rihanna, like Madonna, also has a tendency to make truly thought-provoking music videos that fit the songs they represent. Smattered in between glitzier, more glamorous clips, Madge and Ri want us to think about bigger issues".[184] "Unfaithful", "Love The Way You Lie", "Man Down" and "We Found Love" were shot resembling a short film with issues about love triangles, abusive, and substance abuse romance.[184] In the accompanying music video for "Umbrella", directed by Chris Applebaum, Rihanna is shown covered in silver paint and doing a ballet technique.[185] Tamar Anitai from MTV Buzzworthy listed "Disturbia" at number five on the "Buzzworthys Top 5 Most Paranoid Music Videos" stating that "Paranoia never looked so supernaturally sexy!".[186] The Caribbean inspired music video for "Rude Boy" was compared to rapper M.I.A.s video "Boyz" by many critics for its colorful aesthetics similarities.[176] In 2011, Rihanna released three music videos that caused major controversy; the video for her single "S&M" was banned in eleven countries for its sexual content,[187] "Man Down" was criticized by the Parents Television Council (PTC), which features Rihanna shooting a man in a train station,[188] and "We Found Love" sparked controversy from The Rape Crisis Centre for its inappropriate message,[189] which shows Rihanna and her love interest in a drug-filled unhealthy relationship.[190] Commenting on Rihannas controversial music videos, Charne Graham of the Houston Press stated, "Why should Rihannas music videos get everyone riled up when others equally sexual and controversial videos are in rotation?" and that "she just like to make music videos that give us something to talk about".[191] Her music video for "Where Have You Been" broke the VEVO record for the most views in a 24-hour period, with 4.93 million views, surpassing the previous record held by Nicki Minajs "Stupid Hoe" with 4.8 million.[192] A few days later the record was broken again by Justin Biebers9 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  10. 10. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Boyfriend", which gained over 8 million views.[193] Rihanna is also the first woman to pass 2 billion views on the website YouTube.[194] While performing at the Ottawa Bluesfest, Denis Armstrong of Canadian Online Explorer commented on her performance saying "her show was a Disney-esque choreographed fantasy of non-stop hip-swiveling, sassy attitude and personal endearments and a string of funky, sugar-free hits."[144] Her performance of "Disturbia" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards was ranked tenth best ever on the MTV Video Music Awards, according to poll by Billboard.[195] Her revealing leather costumes during her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour were highly criticized when Malaysias conservative Islamic party recommended that her concert tour should be banned from performing due to her skimpy outfits during each show.[196] Whilst commenting on her third albums accompanying tour, The Times compared Rihannas stage wardrobe styling to that of Janet Jackson and "a vision of Ann Summers couture in thigh-high boots and a few scraps of black PVC."[197] In the October 2011 issue of British Vogue, Rihanna claimed that her performance outfits and appearances are all an act; "[t]hat’s not me. That’s a part I play. You know, like it’s a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with".[198] Public image New York magazine described Rihannas early look as that of a cookie-cutter teen queen while stating that she has the ability to shift looks dramatically and with great ease.[199] Around the time of the release of her second album, many critics felt that Rihannas sound and musical material were too similar to those of Beyoncé.[200][201][202] Negative reviews appeared, in which her music,[203] music videos, performances[204][205] and her image were compared to those of Beyoncé,[206] garnering Rihanna much criticism.[207] Some media even claimed that Jay-Z fashioned her to be a replica of Beyoncé.[205][208] Rihanna went on to state in an interview with Look magazine that "Beyoncé is a great artist and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence, but were different performers with different styles".[209] With her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), she revealed a new image because "it shows people Im not Rihanna performing "Hard" trying to look or be anybody else."[44] Larry Meyler of The Sun stated that on her Last Girl on Earth "Rihanna going bad is very good" and that she had "[shaken] off any teen pop Tour image."[145] Sonya Magett of Black Voices reported that Rihannas style has become quite risqué since she burst onto the scene four years ago.[210] Commenting on the cultural expectation for pop stars to be role models, she said "I just want to make music. Thats it".[198] Rihannas appearance has won her many notable plaudits; she has appeared on Maxims Hot 100 list five consecutive years, listed in positions eight in 2007,[211] fifteen in 2008,[212] eight in 2009,[213] six in 2010, and twenty-two in 2011.[214] She was also listed on Peoples 10 Best Dressed Stars of 2008,[215] and ranked seventeenth on Glamour magazines list of the 50 Most Glamorous Women in 2009.[216] Tracey Lomrantz of Glamour commented, "If style risks could be measured in miles, Rihanna would have criss-crossed the globe a thousand times over already."[217] Rihanna was also declared as Woman of the Year 2009 by Glamour.[218] In June 2007, Gillette named her the Venus Breezes Celebrity Legs of a Goddess.[219] In October 2011, Esquire declared Rihanna as the Sexiest Woman Alive for 2011.[220] Rihanna has four wax figures of herself at Madame Tussauds Wax Museums in Washington D.C., Vienna, Berlin and London.[221][222][223] Rihanna was at number twenty of the most influential people of 2011 voted by Time readers.[224] Rihanna was also ranked the fourth10 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
  11. 11. Rihanna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia most powerful celebrity in 2012 with earnings of $53 million between May 2011 and May 2012, according to Forbes.[10] The singer is the female with the most "likes" on the social network Facebook.[225] She has won multiple records in the Guinness World Records, noting titles as the first woman in the UK to have five number one singles in five consecutive years, the singer with most number one singles in a year and the artist with most digital number one singles in the United States.[226][227] Rihanna has been named the best-selling digital artist of all time in the United States, having sold 47,571,000 million singles and albums.[228] Main articles: Rihanna discography and List of songs recorded by Rihanna Music of the Sun (2005) A Girl like Me (2006) Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) Rated R (2009) Loud (2010) Talk That Talk (2011) Unapologetic (2012) Main article: Rihanna videography Film Year Title Role Notes Bring It On: All or 2006 Herself Cameo appearance Nothing Theatrical film debut Petty Officer (GM2) Cora Battleship Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: 2012 Raikes Breakout Katy Perry: Part of Me Herself Cameo appearance 2013 End of the World[229] Rihanna 2014 Happy Smekday![230] Voice-over debut Main article: List of Rihanna concert tours Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour (2006) Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007–2009) Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–2011) Loud Tour (2011) Diamonds World Tour (2013)11 of 25 10/14/2012 4:10 PM
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