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For other uses, see Rihanna (disambiguation). Rihanna_sentence_1


Barbadian Ambassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryRihanna_header_cell_0_1_0
BornRihanna_header_cell_0_2_0 Robyn Rihanna Fenty
(1988-02-20) 20 February 1988 (age 32)

Saint Michael, BarbadosRihanna_cell_0_2_1

OccupationRihanna_header_cell_0_3_0 Rihanna_cell_0_3_1
Years activeRihanna_header_cell_0_4_0 2003–presentRihanna_cell_0_4_1
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Net worthRihanna_header_cell_0_6_0 US$600 million (2019 estimate)Rihanna_cell_0_6_1
AwardsRihanna_header_cell_0_7_0 Full listRihanna_cell_0_7_1
OriginRihanna_header_cell_0_8_0 Bridgetown, BarbadosRihanna_cell_0_8_1
GenresRihanna_header_cell_0_9_0 Rihanna_cell_0_9_1
InstrumentsRihanna_header_cell_0_10_0 VocalsRihanna_cell_0_10_1
LabelsRihanna_header_cell_0_11_0 Rihanna_cell_0_11_1
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WebsiteRihanna_header_cell_0_13_0 Rihanna_cell_0_13_1

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (/riˈænə/ ree-AN-ə; born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman. Rihanna_sentence_2

She has reinvented her artistry throughout her career, undergoing a process of rebirth with each creative endeavor. Rihanna_sentence_3

Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers who invited her to the United States to record demo tapes. Rihanna_sentence_4

After signing with Def Jam in 2005, she soon gained recognition with the release of her first two studio albums, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart. Rihanna_sentence_5

Rihanna's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), incorporated elements of dance-pop and established her status as a sex symbol in the music industry. Rihanna_sentence_6

Its chart-topping single "Umbrella" earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award and catapulted her to global stardom. Rihanna_sentence_7

She continued to mix pop, dance, and R&B genres on her next back-to-back studio albums, Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and Unapologetic (2012), which became her first Billboard 200 number one. Rihanna_sentence_8

The albums spawned a string of chart-topping singles, including "Rude Boy", "Only Girl (In the World)", "What's My Name? Rihanna_sentence_9 ", "S&M", "We Found Love", "Diamonds", and "Stay". Rihanna_sentence_10

Her eighth album, Anti (2016), showcased a new creative control following her departure from Def Jam. Rihanna_sentence_11

It became her second US number-one album and featured the chart-topping single "Work". Rihanna_sentence_12

Rihanna has released collaborative hit singles with artists such as Drake, Eminem, and Calvin Harris. Rihanna_sentence_13

With sales of over 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Rihanna_sentence_14

She has earned 14 number-ones and 31 top-ten singles in the US and 30 top-ten entries in the UK. Rihanna_sentence_15

Her accolades include nine Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and six Guinness World Records. Rihanna_sentence_16

Forbes ranked her among the top ten highest-paid celebrities in 2012 and 2014; as of 2019, she is the wealthiest female musician, with an estimated net worth of $600 million. Rihanna_sentence_17

Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2018. Rihanna_sentence_18

Aside from music, Rihanna is known for her involvement in humanitarian causes, entrepreneurial ventures, and the fashion industry. Rihanna_sentence_19

She is the founder of the nonprofit organisation Clara Lionel Foundation, cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty, and fashion house Fenty under LVMH. Rihanna_sentence_20

Rihanna has also ventured into acting, appearing in major roles in Battleship (2012), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), and Ocean's 8 (2018). Rihanna_sentence_21

She was appointed as an ambassador of education, tourism, and investment by the Government of Barbados in 2018. Rihanna_sentence_22

Life and music career Rihanna_section_0

1988–2003: Early life Rihanna_section_1

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on 20 February 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados. Rihanna_sentence_23

She is the daughter of accountant Monica (née Braithwaite) and warehouse supervisor Ronald Fenty. Rihanna_sentence_24

Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father's side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships. Rihanna_sentence_25

She grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Bridgetown and sold clothes with her father in a stall on the street. Rihanna_sentence_26

Her childhood was deeply affected by her father's alcoholism and crack cocaine addiction, which contributed to her parents' strained marriage. Rihanna_sentence_27

Rihanna's father used to physically abuse her mother, and Rihanna would try to get in between them to break up fights. Rihanna_sentence_28

As a child, Rihanna had many CT scans for the excruciating headaches she suffered, recalling, "The doctors even thought it was a tumor, because it was that intense." Rihanna_sentence_29

By the time she was 14, her parents had divorced, and her health began to improve. Rihanna_sentence_30

She grew up listening to reggae music. Rihanna_sentence_31

She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere School, where she studied alongside future international cricketers Chris Jordan and Carlos Brathwaite. Rihanna_sentence_32

Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme, where the later Barbadian singer-songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant. Rihanna_sentence_33

Although she initially wanted to graduate from high school, she chose to pursue a musical career instead. Rihanna_sentence_34

In 2003, Rihanna formed a musical trio with two of her classmates. Rihanna_sentence_35

She was discovered in her home country of Barbados by American record producer Evan Rogers. Rihanna_sentence_36

Without a name or any material, the girl group managed to land an audition with Rogers who commented, "The minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn't exist." Rihanna_sentence_37

Rihanna went to Rogers's hotel room, where she performed renditions of Destiny's Child's "Emotion" and Mariah Carey's "Hero". Rihanna_sentence_38

Impressed, Rogers scheduled a second meeting with Rihanna's mother present and then invited Rihanna to his hometown in the United States to record some demo tapes that could be sent to record labels. Rihanna_sentence_39

Recordings were intermittent, taking about a year, because she was only able to record during school holidays. Rihanna_sentence_40

"Pon de Replay" and "The Last Time" were two tracks recorded for the demo tape, which were eventually included on her debut album Music of the Sun. Rihanna_sentence_41

That same year, Rihanna was signed to Rogers's and Carl Sturken's production company, Syndicated Rhythm Productions. Rihanna_sentence_42

2004–2006: Beginnings and early releases Rihanna_section_2

Rihanna's demo was shipped out to Def Jam Recordings, where Jay Brown, an A&R executive at the record label, was one of the first to hear the demo. Rihanna_sentence_43

Brown played the demo tape for rapper Jay-Z, who had recently been appointed as president and CEO of Def Jam. Rihanna_sentence_44

When Jay-Z first heard the track "Pon de Replay", he felt the song was too big for her. Rihanna_sentence_45

Despite being skeptical, he invited Rihanna to audition for the label. Rihanna_sentence_46

In early 2005, Rihanna auditioned for Def Jam in New York City, where Jay-Z introduced her to music mogul Antonio "L.A." Reid. Rihanna_sentence_47

At the audition, she sang Whitney Houston's cover of "For the Love of You", as well as the demo tracks "Pon de Replay" and "The Last Time". Rihanna_sentence_48

Jay-Z was absolutely certain about signing her after she performed her future hit single "Pon de Replay". Rihanna_sentence_49

His boss, L.A. Reid, was also impressed with her audition, telling Jay-Z not to let Rihanna leave the building until the contract was signed. Rihanna_sentence_50

Reid left it to Jay-Z and his team to close the deal which resulted in a six-album record deal with Def Jam. Rihanna_sentence_51

She waited in Jay-Z's office until 3:00 in the morning to get lawyers to draft up a contract because he wanted to prevent her from signing with another label. Rihanna_sentence_52

Rihanna canceled other meetings with record labels and relocated from Barbados to the United States to live with Rogers and his wife. Rihanna_sentence_53

After signing with Def Jam, Jay-Z and his team did the A&R for Rihanna's debut album and spent the next three months recording and completing her debut album. Rihanna_sentence_54

She worked with different producers to complete her debut studio album, primarily Rogers and his production partner Carl Sturken. Rihanna_sentence_55

With several songs to pick as a lead single, "Pon de Replay" was chosen because it seemed like the best song suited for a summer release. Rihanna_sentence_56

In May 2005, her debut single, "Pon de Replay", was released under her mononym "Rihanna". Rihanna_sentence_57

It charted successfully worldwide, peaking in the top five in fifteen countries, including at No. Rihanna_sentence_58

2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart. Rihanna_sentence_59

The song became a club hit in the United States, peaking at No. Rihanna_sentence_60

1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs. Rihanna_sentence_61

Music of the Sun was released in August 2005. Rihanna_sentence_62

It debuted at No. Rihanna_sentence_63

10 on the Billboard 200 and received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of over 500,000 units. Rihanna_sentence_64

The album sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Rihanna_sentence_65

A second single, "If It's Lovin' that You Want", was not as successful as its predecessor, but reached the top 10 in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. Rihanna_sentence_66

Aside from her work in music, Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role in the successful straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: All or Nothing, released in August 2006. Rihanna_sentence_67

A month after the release of her debut album, Rihanna began working on her second studio album. Rihanna_sentence_68

A Girl like Me was released in April 2006. Rihanna_sentence_69

Rolling Stone felt that "the burning rock guitar" and haunted strings of some of the album's tracks made "A Girl like Me [...] likable." Rihanna_sentence_70

The album was a commercial success, charting in the top 10 in 13 countries. Rihanna_sentence_71

The album reached No. Rihanna_sentence_72

1 in Canada and No. Rihanna_sentence_73

5 in the United Kingdom and the United States, where it sold 115,000 copies in its first week. Rihanna_sentence_74

The album became Rihanna's first to be certified Platinum by the RIAA, after selling over 1,000,000 units. Rihanna_sentence_75

Its lead single, "SOS", was an international success, charting in the top five in 11 countries. Rihanna_sentence_76

The song reached No. Rihanna_sentence_77

1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and in Australia, her first to reach this chart position. Rihanna_sentence_78

"Unfaithful", the album's second single, reached the top 10 in 18 countries, including No. Rihanna_sentence_79

1 in Canada and Switzerland. Rihanna_sentence_80

Two more singles were released from the album: "We Ride" and "Break It Off". Rihanna_sentence_81

2007–2008: Breakthrough with Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna_section_3

In early 2007, Rihanna appeared on the single "Roll It" with Jamaican band J-Status and fellow Barbadian singer-songwriter Shontelle. Rihanna_sentence_82

The song appeared on J-Status' debut album The Beginning, released in several European countries only. Rihanna_sentence_83

Around that time, Rihanna had already begun work on her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad. Rihanna_sentence_84

With the help of producers Timbaland, Tricky Stewart and Sean Garrett she embraced a new musical direction through uptempo dance tracks. Rihanna_sentence_85

Released in May 2007, the album charted at No. Rihanna_sentence_86

2 in Australia and the US and topped the charts in multiple countries, including Brazil, Canada, Ireland and the UK. Rihanna_sentence_87

The album received the most positive critical reviews of her first three albums. Rihanna_sentence_88

The lead single, "Umbrella", topped the charts in 13 countries and remained at No. Rihanna_sentence_89

1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest-running No. Rihanna_sentence_90

1 single there since Wet Wet Wet's single "Love Is All Around" spent 15 weeks at the top in 1994. Rihanna_sentence_91

It was Rihanna's first single to be named one of the best-selling singles worldwide, with sales of over 8 million copies. Rihanna_sentence_92

The songs "Shut Up and Drive", "Hate That I Love You" (featuring Ne-Yo) and "Don't Stop the Music" were also released as singles, with the latter becoming an international hit. Rihanna_sentence_93

In support of the album, Rihanna began the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour in September 2007, with 80 shows across the US, Canada and Europe. Rihanna_sentence_94

Rihanna was nominated for several 2008 Grammy Awards for Good Girl Gone Bad, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella" alongside Jay-Z, her first Grammy Award. Rihanna_sentence_95

On 9 June 2008, Rihanna released Good Girl Gone Bad Live, her first live long-form video. Rihanna_sentence_96

The DVD and Blu-ray release featured Rihanna's concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom, held on 6 December 2007 as part of the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour. Rihanna_sentence_97

The release also contained a special documentary that presented Rihanna discussing her experiences during the tour. Rihanna_sentence_98

By late 2008, Rihanna still remained on the charts with the release of the fifth single from Good Girl Gone Bad, "Rehab", and was named "Diva of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly for her "newfound staying power". Rihanna_sentence_99

Good Girl Gone Bad has sold over 2.8 million units in the United States alone, receiving a two-times-Platinum certification from the RIAA. Rihanna_sentence_100

It is Rihanna's best-selling album in the country to date. Rihanna_sentence_101

The album has sold 9 million units worldwide. Rihanna_sentence_102

During the late 2000s, Rihanna experimented further with pop, dubstep and rock music, officially shifting her musical style and image away from the Barbados island girl. Rihanna_sentence_103

Throughout 2008, Rihanna performed on the Glow in the Dark Tour alongside Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D. Rihanna_sentence_104

Her third studio album's 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", plus a Spanglish version of "Hate That I Love You" featuring Spanish pop singer David Bisbal. Rihanna_sentence_105

All four were released as singles and charted highly, reaching peak positions worldwide. Rihanna_sentence_106

In August 2008, Rihanna and a host of other female singers recorded the charity single "Just Stand Up! Rihanna_sentence_107 ", the theme song to the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer. Rihanna_sentence_108

"Live Your Life", a duet between T.I. Rihanna_sentence_109

and Rihanna, was released that November and topped the Billboard Hot 100. Rihanna_sentence_110

2009–2011: Rated R and Loud Rihanna_section_4

On 8 February 2009, Rihanna's scheduled performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards was cancelled. Rihanna_sentence_111

Reports surfaced that then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, had physically assaulted her. Rihanna_sentence_112

He was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats. Rihanna_sentence_113

On 5 March 2009, Brown was charged with assault and for making criminal threats. Rihanna_sentence_114

A leaked photograph from the police department obtained by TMZ.com revealed that Rihanna had sustained visible injuries. Rihanna_sentence_115

A few months after the incident, Rihanna was featured on the single "Run This Town" by Jay-Z, which also featured Kanye West and was released as the second single from Jay-Z's eleventh studio album The Blueprint 3. Rihanna_sentence_116

In early 2009, Rihanna began working on her fourth studio album, Rated R. Rated R was released in November 2009. Rihanna_sentence_117

The album had Rolling Stone magazine stating that Rihanna "transformed her sound and made one of the best pop records of the year". Rihanna_sentence_118

Rated R featured a darker and more foreboding tone than Rihanna's previous albums. Rihanna_sentence_119

Rated R debuted at No. Rihanna_sentence_120

4 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Rihanna_sentence_121

The album was supported by six singles, including "Rude Boy", which was the biggest worldwide success from the album, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks and reaching top 10 positions in 22 other countries. Rihanna_sentence_122

In January 2010, Rihanna released her charity cover version of "Redemption Song" for the Hope for Haiti Now campaign. Rihanna_sentence_123

She also recorded the song "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" together with Jay-Z, Bono and The Edge for the same campaign to alleviate the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Rihanna_sentence_124

In summer 2010, Rihanna collaborated with rapper Eminem on "Love the Way You Lie", which was a major worldwide success, reaching No. Rihanna_sentence_125

1 in over 20 countries. Rihanna_sentence_126

Reaching number 2, the song became the biggest-selling song of 2010 in the UK and the first of Rihanna's singles to sell over a million copies in the country. Rihanna_sentence_127

In October 2010, Rihanna switched managers, joining Jay-Z's Roc Nation Management. Rihanna_sentence_128

In late 2010, she was featured on three singles: Kanye West's "All of the Lights", from the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010), Nicki Minaj's "Fly", from her debut studio album Pink Friday (2010) and David Guetta's "Who's That Chick? Rihanna_sentence_129 ", from the album One More Love (2010). Rihanna_sentence_130

Loud, Rihanna's fifth studio album, was released in November 2010. Rihanna_sentence_131

The album produced three US Billboard Hot 100s. Rihanna_sentence_132

Its lead single, "Only Girl (In the World)", "What's My Name? Rihanna_sentence_133 ", featuring rapper Drake and "S&M", following the release of its official remix featuring Britney Spears. Rihanna_sentence_134

Rihanna set a record as the solo artist with the fastest accumulation of 10 chart toppers in the Hot 100s history. Rihanna_sentence_135

At the 53rd Grammy Awards, "Only Girl (In the World)" won the award for Best Dance Recording. Rihanna_sentence_136

"Man Down" and "California King Bed" were released as singles in May 2011 with moderate success. Rihanna_sentence_137

"Cheers (Drink to That)", which interpolates Avril Lavigne's 2002 single "I'm with You", was released as the seventh and final single from the album. Rihanna_sentence_138

To promote the album, Rihanna embarked on her Loud Tour in June 2011, which sold out 10 nights at The O2 Arena in London, the most sold-out shows for a female artist in the venue's history. Rihanna_sentence_139

The tour was the seventh highest-grossing tour worldwide of 2011. Rihanna_sentence_140

2011–2013: Talk That Talk and Unapologetic Rihanna_section_5

Rihanna's sixth album, Talk That Talk, was released in November 2011. Rihanna_sentence_141

The album debuted at No. Rihanna_sentence_142

3 in the U.S and number No. Rihanna_sentence_143

1 in the UK The album's lead single, "We Found Love", topped charts in twenty-seven countries, peaked in the top 10 in 30 countries and broke many chart records worldwide. Rihanna_sentence_144

The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 non-consecutive weeks, becoming Rihanna's longest-running No. Rihanna_sentence_145

1 single on the chart and the longest-running No. Rihanna_sentence_146

1 single of 2011 in the US. Rihanna_sentence_147

The song was later named the 24th biggest hit of all time on the Billboard Hot 100. Rihanna_sentence_148

"You Da One" and the album's title track, featuring Jay-Z, were released as the second and third singles, to moderate success. Rihanna_sentence_149

"Where Have You Been", the fifth single, successfully charted worldwide, reaching No. Rihanna_sentence_150

5 in the US and No. Rihanna_sentence_151

6 in the UK. Rihanna_sentence_152

"Cockiness (Love It)" was released as the album's sixth and final single in a remixed form featuring rapper ASAP Rocky. Rihanna_sentence_153

In early 2012, two collaborations featuring Rihanna were released: Coldplay's "Princess of China", from their album Mylo Xyloto, and Drake's "Take Care", from his album of the same name. Rihanna_sentence_154

In February 2012, Rihanna won her third Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2012 Grammy Awards for her Kanye West collaboration "All of the Lights" and was voted the Best International Female Solo Artist at the 2012 BRIT Awards for the second consecutive year. Rihanna_sentence_155

March 2012 saw the simultaneous releases of two collaborations between Rihanna and Chris Brown: remixes of her song "Birthday Cake" and his "Turn Up the Music". Rihanna_sentence_156

The recordings received mainly negative responses due to the pair's history of domestic violence. Rihanna_sentence_157

In September 2012, "We Found Love" won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, making Rihanna the first woman to receive the accolade more than once. Rihanna_sentence_158

Rihanna's seventh studio album, Unapologetic, was released in November 2012. Rihanna_sentence_159

In the United States, the album debuted at No. Rihanna_sentence_160

1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking Rihanna's first No. Rihanna_sentence_161

1 album in the country. Rihanna_sentence_162

The lead single from the album, "Diamonds", reached No. Rihanna_sentence_163

1 in more than 20 countries worldwide, including on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it became Rihanna's 12 No. Rihanna_sentence_164

1 on the chart. Rihanna_sentence_165

The album's second single, "Stay", featuring Mikky Ekko, reached the top five in over twenty countries, including No. Rihanna_sentence_166

3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rihanna_sentence_167

As promotion prior to the album's release, Rihanna embarked on the 777 Tour, a mini tour of seven shows in seven countries in seven days. Rihanna_sentence_168

On 6 May 2013, Fox aired a documentary about the tour, with a documentary DVD being released the following day as Rihanna's third live long-form video release. Rihanna_sentence_169

In February 2013, at the 55th Grammy Awards, Rihanna won her sixth Grammy Award, in the category Best Short Form Music Video for "We Found Love" (2011). Rihanna_sentence_170

Also that month, the United Kingdom's Official Charts Company announced that Rihanna had sold 3,868,000 records in the past year in the country, ranking at No. Rihanna_sentence_171

1 in the list of 2013 BRIT Awards artist nominees. Rihanna_sentence_172

Rihanna's fifth headlining concert tour, the Diamonds World Tour, began in March 2013, in support of Unapologetic. Rihanna_sentence_173

Rihanna then appeared in the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy film This Is the End, which was released in June 2013. Rihanna_sentence_174

That same month, American hip hop artist Wale released a remixed version of his single "Bad" featuring Rihanna. Rihanna_sentence_175

In October 2013, Eminem released his Rihanna-assisted single, "The Monster", as the fourth release from his eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013). Rihanna_sentence_176

2014–2017: Standalone releases, Home soundtrack and Anti Rihanna_section_6

In 2014, Rihanna appeared on Shakira's single, "Can't Remember to Forget You". Rihanna_sentence_177

Following the release of Unapologetic and its accompanying tour, Rihanna aimed to take a hiatus from recording music, stating: "I wanted to have a year to just do whatever I want artistically, creatively." Rihanna_sentence_178

In May 2014, Rihanna left Def Jam Recordings to sign fully with Roc Nation, the record label that had managed her career since October 2010. Rihanna_sentence_179

A year after Rihanna began working on her eighth studio album, the single "FourFiveSeconds" was released, which featured Rihanna paired up with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. Rihanna_sentence_180

Two further singles followed its release: "Bitch Better Have My Money" and "American Oxygen"; neither made the final track listing for Rihanna's eighth studio album. Rihanna_sentence_181

During the creation of the album, Rihanna ventured into other endeavors and appeared in the voice role of Tip in the animated feature film Home alongside Jim Parsons and Jennifer Lopez, the film was based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. Rihanna_sentence_182

Rihanna also released a concept album soundtrack for the film. Rihanna_sentence_183

In late 2015, Rihanna inked a $25 million contract with Samsung that would see her promoting Samsung's Galaxy line of products whilst Samsung would sponsor the release of her eighth studio album and its supporting tour. Rihanna_sentence_184

The Anti World Tour was announced in November 2015 and began in March 2016, with Travis Scott supporting in North America and Big Sean supporting at selected European dates. Rihanna_sentence_185

The Weeknd had also initially planned to support at certain European sites, but he backed out citing "unforeseen changes in upcoming projects". Rihanna_sentence_186

On 28 January 2016, Rihanna released her eighth studio album, Anti, exclusively through streaming service Tidal. Rihanna_sentence_187

The album peaked at No. Rihanna_sentence_188

1 on the US Billboard 200, becoming Rihanna's second No. Rihanna_sentence_189

1 and eighth top 10 album on the chart. Rihanna_sentence_190

The album was supported by the release of four singles, including the lead single "Work", featuring Drake, which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rihanna_sentence_191

Further Platinum-certified singles "Needed Me" and "Love on the Brain" both peaked inside the top 10 of the US Hot 100. Rihanna_sentence_192

In 2016, Rihanna was featured on several singles. Rihanna_sentence_193

The first collaboration single was Kanye West's "Famous", where Rihanna provided uncredited guest vocals. Rihanna_sentence_194

She was then officially featured on Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For", which was a success. Rihanna_sentence_195

Rihanna was also featured on Drake's "Too Good" and on Mike Will Made It's "Nothing Is Promised". Rihanna_sentence_196

In June 2016, Rihanna released "Sledgehammer", a single from the Star Trek Beyond movie soundtrack. Rihanna_sentence_197

On 28 August 2016, Rihanna was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards after performing various medleys of her hit songs. Rihanna_sentence_198

Rihanna released several collaborations in 2017. Rihanna_sentence_199

First she was the featured part in Future's "Selfish", the lead single from the rapper's sixth studio album, Hndrxx. Rihanna_sentence_200

Summer 2017 saw the release of Rihanna's collaborations with record producer DJ Khaled, "Wild Thoughts", which also featured Bryson Tiller and was a worldwide success, and Kendrick Lamar's single, "Loyalty", which earned Rihanna her ninth Grammy Award at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Rihanna_sentence_201

In November 2017, Rihanna was part of N.E.R.D's comeback single "Lemon" from the band's album No One Ever Really Dies. Rihanna_sentence_202

2018–present: Upcoming ninth studio album Rihanna_section_7

In October 2017, Shakka revealed that he was working with Rihanna on her "absolutely insane" album. Rihanna_sentence_203

In December 2018, Rihanna confirmed that the album would be released in 2019, and later announced that it is a reggae project. Rihanna_sentence_204

In August 2019, fans noticed that Rihanna and co-songwriters Collin Edwards, Monique Lawrence, and Alexander Ogunmokun registered a song titled "Private Loving" with the music publishing organization BMI. Rihanna_sentence_205

In September 2019, it was announced she had signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Rihanna_sentence_206

In December 2019, Rihanna alluded to her album being complete and indefinitely withholding the release date in an Instagram post. Rihanna_sentence_207

She was next featured on Canadian singer PartyNextDoor's song "Believe It", which was released on 27 March 2020. Rihanna_sentence_208

Artistry Rihanna_section_8

Music and voice Rihanna_section_9

Rihanna is a mezzo-soprano with a range spanning from B2 to C#6. Rihanna_sentence_209

While recording tracks for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna took vocal lessons from Ne-Yo. Rihanna_sentence_210

Speaking of the experience she stated, "I've never had vocal training, so when I'm in the studio, he'll tell me how to breathe and stuff... Rihanna_sentence_211

He'll call out these big fancy words: 'OK, I want you to do staccato.' Rihanna_sentence_212

And I'm like, 'OK, I don't know what that is.'" Rihanna_sentence_213

Her vocal performance on Loud (2010) received positive reviews from music critics. Rihanna_sentence_214

James Skinner from BBC praised Rihanna's vocals on the song "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" and wrote that her voice is powerful and that "it is Rihanna's vocal – at once commanding, soulful and vulnerable – that anchors the song, and Loud itself". Rihanna_sentence_215

Andy Gill from The Independent feels that "California King Bed" features her best vocal performance. Rihanna_sentence_216

In a review of Unapologetic, Billboard magazine wrote, "Diamonds finds Rihanna doing one of her throatiest, most impassioned vocals to date, on this inspirational pop ballad." Rihanna_sentence_217

Jon Caramanica of the New York Times stated, "over the years, as her game face froze in place, her voice cured into a weapon of emotional chill and strategic indifference. Rihanna_sentence_218

It's decidedly unfriendly, made to give orders". Rihanna_sentence_219

Growing up in Barbados, she mainly listened to reggae, hip-hop and soca music. Rihanna_sentence_220

When she first came to the US, she was exposed to different types of music with "rock being one of them, and I fell in love with it. Rihanna_sentence_221

[Now] I love rock music." Rihanna_sentence_222

During her debut, she recorded songs that were inspired by her Caribbean roots and described her early sound as "a fusion of reggae, hip-hop and R&B, with a little something different thrown in". Rihanna_sentence_223

Her early dancehall roots can be found on her debut album, Music of the Sun, and its follow-up, A Girl like Me. Rihanna_sentence_224

Her debut album demonstrates the influence of Rihanna's musical heritage of the Caribbean. Rihanna_sentence_225

Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times complimented its combination of dancehall and reggae, who said, "Dancehall reggae sometimes seems like a furiously insular form of music, but ... Rihanna is only the latest singer to discover how versatile the genre's spring-loaded electronic rhythms can be". Rihanna_sentence_226

Her debut single, "Pon de Replay" features a dancehall-pop mixture that infuses a reggae style, while "If It's Lovin' that You Want" talks about a girl seducing a guy to be her boyfriend. Rihanna_sentence_227

Aiming for artistic growth, A Girl like Me expresses personal experiences that typical 18-year-old girls go through with ballads that were described as elegant and mature. Rihanna_sentence_228

After her second album, she slowly dismissed her dancehall and reggae roots. Rihanna_sentence_229

Rihanna's musical career has been an experiment with new musical ideas and stated that she wants "to make music that could be heard in parts of the world that I'd never been to". Rihanna_sentence_230

With its provocative subject matter and lyrics, she began incorporating a wide range of genres including, pop, R&B, reggae, dubstep, hip hop and EDM. Rihanna_sentence_231

During a review for Good Girl Gone Bad, Slant Magazine to write that Rihanna "finally figured out that she's a dance artist and the majority of the album is comprised of uptempo dance-pop [songs like]" "Push Up on Me" and "Don't Stop the Music". Rihanna_sentence_232

It represents a departure from the Caribbean sound of her previous albums and is described as a turning point in her career. Rihanna_sentence_233

While the first half of the record shares many 1980s pop influences with songs like "Don't Stop the Music" and "Shut Up and Drive", the second half retreats into standard R&B. Rihanna_sentence_234

Recorded after the assault by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown, Rated R had a much darker tone and was filled with various emotions she experienced throughout 2009. Rihanna_sentence_235

In her fifth album Loud, Rihanna reflects on the fun and energetic vibe she had while recording the album. Rihanna_sentence_236

The album is a mixture of ballads, party anthems and empowering love songs. Rihanna_sentence_237

Talk That Talk was similar to Rated R, as both contain hip hop, R&B, dancehall and dubstep genres. Rihanna_sentence_238

Loud and Talk That Talk saw her explore sexuality in her work ("S&M" and "Birthday Cake") and return to her dancehall roots ("Man Down" and "Watch n' Learn"). Rihanna_sentence_239

She also branched out into house music with tracks like "We Found Love", "Only Girl (In the World)" and "Complicated." Rihanna_sentence_240

Her songs are also inspired through record sampling from other artists. Rihanna_sentence_241

Influences Rihanna_section_10

Rihanna has named Madonna as her idol and biggest influence. Rihanna_sentence_242

She said that she wanted to be the "black Madonna" and praised the singer for being able to constantly reinvent herself successfully throughout her career. Rihanna_sentence_243

She noted, "I think that Madonna was a great inspiration for me, especially on my earlier work. Rihanna_sentence_244

If I had to examine her evolution through time, I think she reinvented her clothing style and music with success every single time. Rihanna_sentence_245

And at the same time remained a real force in entertainment in the whole world." Rihanna_sentence_246

Another major influence on Rihanna's music and career has been Mariah Carey, whose song "Hero" she performed when Rihanna was still a teenager at her high school talent show. Rihanna_sentence_247

She revealed that Carey's song "Vision of Love" "was the song that made [her] want to do music." Rihanna_sentence_248

In her youth, she would see Bob Marley on television because of his fame in the Caribbean. Rihanna_sentence_249

She stated, "He's one of my favourite artists of all time – he really paved the way for every other artist out of the Caribbean". Rihanna_sentence_250

She built a shrine in her home dedicated to the reggae legend and has covered Marley's "Is This Love" and Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Redemption Song" during her concert tours. Rihanna_sentence_251

During her childhood, she would go around singing Whitney Houston songs and "A Whole New World" into her hairbrush so much that her neighbors started calling her "Robyn Redbreast". Rihanna_sentence_252

She also stated that one of the first songs she remembers falling in love with was Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" and that it "was really inspiring, and it made me develop a passion for music, so really, she's partly responsible for me being here in this industry." Rihanna_sentence_253

Rihanna was also influenced by Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Beyoncé and Destiny's Child. Rihanna_sentence_254

Other musical influences and idols include Celine Dion, Grace Jones, Lil' Kim, Alicia Keys, Prince, Fefe Dobson, and Brandy. Rihanna_sentence_255

Rihanna takes influence from the different types of music she discovered when she came to America and revealed that rock music was one of the first genres she fell in love with. Rihanna_sentence_256

She commented, "as I grow older, I want to know more about music. Rihanna_sentence_257

I want to discover more types of music". Rihanna_sentence_258

She cited Brandy's fourth studio album, Afrodisiac (2004), as her main inspiration for her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). Rihanna_sentence_259

In her early career, her music contained strong influences of Caribbean music, including reggae and dancehall. Rihanna_sentence_260

The music video of the song "Rude Boy" featured images inspired by her Caribbean roots. Rihanna_sentence_261

Videos and stage Rihanna_section_11

Rihanna has worked with music video director Anthony Mandler on more than a dozen music videos, the first being "Unfaithful" (2006). Rihanna_sentence_262

"We've done 16 videos together; they're not all tough, [...] Yeah, I mean, I'm known for the 'Disturbia's and the 'Russian Roulette's and things like that, but 'Only Girl (In the World)' is certainly an ethereal kind of empowering, beauty-filled video," Mandler said. Rihanna_sentence_263

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. Rihanna_sentence_264

Smattered in between glitzier, more glamorous clips, Madge and Ri want us to think about bigger issues". Rihanna_sentence_265

Jon Bream of the Star Tribune commented "[i]n the tradition of Madonna and Janet Jackson, Rihanna has become the video vixen of the '00s ... Rihanna has perfected the pout, the long-legged strut and trend-setting hairdos that keep women and men alike checking her out on YouTube." Rihanna_sentence_266

George Epaminondas of InStyle considers Rihanna's music videos to be "cinematic" due to her "blend of lush island rhythms and swinging pop and ... mischievous sensuality." Rihanna_sentence_267

Many of her music videos were shot as short films exploring issues such as love triangles, abuse and substance abuse romance, including "We Found Love" and "Man Down". Rihanna_sentence_268

Her music video for "Umbrella" shows Rihanna's transition into adulthood and her newly adopted image. Rihanna_sentence_269

The "dark, creepy" scenes of "Disturbia" have been compared to Michael Jackson's Thriller. Rihanna_sentence_270

The video for "Russian Roulette" features Rihanna in a padded room playing a game of russian roulette with her partner. Rihanna_sentence_271

A scene of Rihanna being approached by a speeding car at night was compared to the altercation with Chris Brown. Rihanna_sentence_272

In 2011, Rihanna released three controversial music videos about sadomasochism, rape and domestic violence. Rihanna_sentence_273

"Man Down", which features Rihanna shooting a man in a train station, was criticized by the Parents Television Council. Rihanna_sentence_274

"We Found Love", which shows Rihanna and her love interest in a drug-filled unhealthy relationship, sparked criticism from the Rape Crisis Centre for its inappropriate message. Rihanna_sentence_275

But Charne Graham of the Houston Press defended the singer, asking, "Why should Rihanna's music videos get everyone riled up when others' equally sexual and controversial videos are in rotation? Rihanna_sentence_276

[...] she just like[s] to make music videos that give us something to talk about." Rihanna_sentence_277

She is the first woman to pass 2 billion cumulative views on the music video website Vevo. Rihanna_sentence_278

As of December 2016, she has accumulated over 10 billion views on the site. Rihanna_sentence_279

Denis Armstrong of Canadian Online Explorer commented on her performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, 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." Rihanna_sentence_280

Her performance of "Disturbia" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards was ranked tenth best on the MTV Video Music Awards, according to a Billboard poll. Rihanna_sentence_281

Her revealing leather costumes during her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour were highly criticized by Malaysia's conservative Islamic party, who recommended that her concert tour should be banned. Rihanna_sentence_282

Whilst commenting on her third album's accompanying tour, The Times compared Rihanna's stage wardrobe styling to that of Janet Jackson and called her "a vision of Ann Summers couture in thigh-high boots and a few scraps of black PVC." Rihanna_sentence_283

In the October 2011 issue of British Vogue, Rihanna said her performance outfits and appearances are all an act; "[t]hat's not me. Rihanna_sentence_284

That's a part I play. Rihanna_sentence_285

You know, like it's a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with". Rihanna_sentence_286

Public image Rihanna_section_12

Known for her style and image, the evolution of Rihanna's music and fashion sense have been constantly followed by the media. Rihanna_sentence_287

In 2009, New York magazine described Rihanna's early look as that of "a cookie-cutter teen queen", noting she has the ability "to shift looks dramatically and with such ease". Rihanna_sentence_288

Around the time of the release of her second studio album, A Girl like Me (2006), many critics felt that Rihanna's style, sound and musical material were too similar to those of Beyoncé. Rihanna_sentence_289

In an interview with Look magazine, Rihanna spoke about comparisons to Beyoncé: "Beyoncé is a great artist and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence, but we're different performers with different styles". Rihanna_sentence_290

She revealed during Oprah's Next Chapter that Def Jam's pop-princess blueprint made her feel claustrophobic during her early years with the label. Rihanna_sentence_291

According to Rihanna, "I felt like they were giving me a blueprint. Rihanna_sentence_292

[...] They had a brand, they had an idea of what they wanted me to be without figuring out who I was." Rihanna_sentence_293

With the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna dismissed her innocent image for an edgier look with a new hairstyle, which was inspired by Charlize Theron's bob cut in the science fiction thriller Æon Flux (2005). Rihanna_sentence_294

She followed the likes of recording artists Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera who also shed their innocent image for an edgier look and sound. Rihanna_sentence_295

Nico Amarca of Highsnobiety magazine wrote "over the course of her now 10-year career, [Rihanna] has undergone one of the most significant aesthetic metamorphoses the world has ever seen". Rihanna_sentence_296

Her image and fashion has changed several times with different hairstyles since the release of her third album. Rihanna_sentence_297

She commented that as a child she "used to watch her [mother] get dressed" and that her love and admiration for fashion started with her mom. Rihanna_sentence_298

When putting together her own wardrobe she stated, "It's become more about taking a risk ... Rihanna_sentence_299

I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that's a little off." Rihanna_sentence_300

Jess Cartner-Morley of The Guardian wrote that "Rihanna's wardrobe is the most talked-about, influential and dissected in pop right now" and that whatever she wears "is immediately reproduced on the high street, because it sells". Rihanna_sentence_301

Country singer Miranda Lambert admires Rihanna's fashion and style stating, "I don't necessarily get inspired by the whole no-bra thing, but I love that you never know what she's going to wear. Rihanna_sentence_302

It always keeps you guessing, which makes her sassy and interesting." Rihanna_sentence_303

In an interview with Alexa Chung during Vogue Festival 2015, Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing praised Rihanna by stylistically comparing her to some of the biggest fashion icons in music history, such as Madonna, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Prince. Rihanna_sentence_304

Commenting on the cultural expectation for pop stars to be role models, Rihanna said "[being a role model] became more of my job than I wanted it to be. Rihanna_sentence_305

But no, I just want to make music. Rihanna_sentence_306

That's it". Rihanna_sentence_307

In a May 2013 interview with MTV, The Vagina Monologues writer and feminist Eve Ensler praised the singer, saying, "I'm a huge Rihanna fan, I think she has a kind of agency over her sexuality and she's open about her sexuality, she has enormous grace and she's immensely talented." Rihanna_sentence_308

Described as one of the sexiest women of her generation, she revealed that being a sex symbol is not a priority and that "it's definitely flattering, but also uncomfortable." Rihanna_sentence_309

Her appearance has landed her on the cover of magazines such as Maxim, FHM, Rolling Stone, and in December 2012, Rihanna became the first woman to be featured on the cover of GQ magazine's "Men of the Year" issue. Rihanna_sentence_310

Rihanna made her first appearance at the Met Gala in 2007. Rihanna_sentence_311

She has made eight appearances in the years since; notably in 2015, for China: Through the Looking Glass, her Guo Pei-designed yellow dress garnered the most attention of the event, accruing a billion impressions on social media. Rihanna_sentence_312

The dress, which had taken two years to make before Rihanna came across it, became the subject of a documentary by Pietra Brettkelly, entitled Yellow Is Forbidden. Rihanna_sentence_313

She co-chaired the 2018 Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination themed event, wearing Maison Margiela. Rihanna_sentence_314

Legacy Rihanna_section_13

Rihanna is regarded by the media as a pop and fashion icon, particularly since her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). Rihanna_sentence_315

Nick Levine of Digital Spy described Good Girl Gone Bad as "the closest thing to a Thriller that 2007/08 is likely to produce". Rihanna_sentence_316

According to Rolling Stone, her single "Umbrella" and her eighth album Anti are regarded as among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, respectively. Rihanna_sentence_317

Her single "We Found Love" was ranked by Billboard as the 24th biggest US Billboard Hot 100 hit of all time and her single "Work" has been credited by a Billboard editor for bringing the dancehall genre to the forefront of mainstream American music. Rihanna_sentence_318

Music critic Jayson Greene of Pitchfork described Rihanna as the most influential singer of the past decade, writing: Rihanna_sentence_319

Time magazine included Rihanna on its 100 Most Influential People in the World issue in 2012 and 2018, with Stella McCartney writing: "She's one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today, but she does it in her own stride. Rihanna_sentence_320

She works hard, very hard. Rihanna_sentence_321

She gives to her fans, friends and foundation not just herself but her energy and spirit." Rihanna_sentence_322

On 2 June 2014, Rihanna was presented with the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a special prize reserved for "an individual whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage". Rihanna_sentence_323

In August 2018, Billboard ranked Rihanna as the tenth biggest Hot 100 artist of all time, as well as the fifth biggest female act of all time. Rihanna_sentence_324

Billboard also ranked Rihanna the top Hot 100 artist of the 2010s decade. Rihanna_sentence_325

In 2014, Time magazine's pop stardom ranking metric ranked Rihanna second in history, based on all-time chart performance and contemporary significance. Rihanna_sentence_326

Rihanna has become a dominating figure on social media and internet streaming, ranking at No. Rihanna_sentence_327

1 on Forbes' 2012 list of Social Networking Superstars. Rihanna_sentence_328

In 2013, Rihanna was also named the most influential pop star in the United Kingdom by UK channel 4Music. Rihanna_sentence_329

Rihanna's work has directly influenced numerous artists such as Lorde, Sam Smith, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Ellie Goulding, Jennie from Blackpink, Marilyn Manson, Jessie J, SZA, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, Alexandra Stan, Grimes, Sleater-Kinney, Tegan and Sara, Cover Drive, and Cher Lloyd. Rihanna_sentence_330

Rihanna has an honorary title of Ambassador for Culture and Youth in Barbados. Rihanna_sentence_331

On 22 February 2008, former Barbados Prime Minister, David Thompson, launched the national "Rihanna Day" in their country. Rihanna_sentence_332

Although it is not a bank holiday, Barbadians celebrate it every year in honour of Rihanna. Rihanna_sentence_333

In February 2017, Rihanna was named Harvard University's "Humanitarian of the Year" by the Harvard Foundation. Rihanna_sentence_334

During Rihanna's third annual "Diamond Ball", former U.S. Rihanna_sentence_335 president Barack Obama, praised Rihanna's work and stated: "[She's] become a powerful force in the fight to give people dignity." Rihanna_sentence_336

On 21 September 2018, Rihanna was appointed by the government of Barbados to be an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with special duties of promoting "education, tourism and investment for the island." Rihanna_sentence_337

As of 2019, Rihanna is the world's wealthiest female musician with an estimated net worth of $600 million. Rihanna_sentence_338

She was also listed among Forbes' Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2019. Rihanna_sentence_339

In 2020, she debuted on the Sunday Times Rich List, claiming third place on the list of Britain's richest musicians. Rihanna_sentence_340

At the 2020 NAACP Image Awards, hosted by BET, Rhianna accepted the President's Award from Derrick Johnson. Rihanna_sentence_341

Johnson stated that "Rihanna has not only enjoyed a groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant. Rihanna_sentence_342

From her business achievements through Fenty, to her tremendous record as an activist and philanthropist, Rihanna epitomizes the type of character, grace, and devotion to justice that we seek to highlight in our President's Award." Rihanna_sentence_343

Awards and achievements Rihanna_section_14

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Rihanna Rihanna_sentence_344

As of September 2018, Rihanna has sold over 250 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Rihanna_sentence_345

Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards and honours, including 9 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, among others. Rihanna_sentence_346

Rihanna received the "Icon Award" at the 2013 American Music Awards and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Rihanna_sentence_347

She currently holds six Guinness World Records. Rihanna_sentence_348

In the United States, Rihanna has sold over 10 million albums, while Nielsen SoundScan ranked her as the best-selling digital artist in the country, breaking a Guinness World Record for digital single sales of over 58 million as of 2012. Rihanna_sentence_349

On 1 July 2015, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Rihanna had surpassed more than 100 million Gold and Platinum song certifications. Rihanna_sentence_350

In doing so, Rihanna has the most digital single awards and is the first and only artist to surpass RIAA's 100 million cumulative singles award threshold. Rihanna_sentence_351

In the United Kingdom, she has sold over 7 million albums, making her the third best-selling female artist this century. Rihanna_sentence_352

According to Billboard, her total album sales stand at 54 million copies sold worldwide. Rihanna_sentence_353

Rihanna has accumulated 14 No. Rihanna_sentence_354

1 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for the third most No. Rihanna_sentence_355

1 songs in the chart's history. Rihanna_sentence_356

She has been named the top Mainstream Top 40 chart artist of the past twenty years by Billboard; she ranks first with most entries (36), most top tens (23) and most No. Rihanna_sentence_357

1 songs (10). Rihanna_sentence_358

As of March 2014, Rihanna has sold over 18 million singles and 6 million albums in the United Kingdom. Rihanna_sentence_359

She is the tenth best-selling and the second best-selling female singles artist in the country, only behind Madonna and is second only to the Beatles for the most million-selling singles in the UK of all time. Rihanna_sentence_360

Her collaboration with Eminem, "Love the Way You Lie", along with "Umbrella", "Disturbia", "Only Girl (In the World)", "We Found Love" and "Diamonds", are among the best-selling singles of all time. Rihanna_sentence_361

Rihanna has seven No. Rihanna_sentence_362

1 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and Airplay chart, as well as sixteen No. Rihanna_sentence_363

1 singles on the Rhythmic chart. Rihanna_sentence_364

She has also earned over 30 top-ten songs in the UK and Australia, making her the only artist in the 21st century to achieve this feat so far. Rihanna_sentence_365

Business career Rihanna_section_15

Rihanna's first fragrance, Reb'l Fleur, was released in January 2011. Rihanna_sentence_366

According to Rolling Stone, Reb'l Fleur was a financial success and was expected to gross US$80 million at retail by the end of 2011. Rihanna_sentence_367

Rihanna's second fragrance, Rebelle, was released in February 2012. Rihanna_sentence_368

The promotional campaign for Rebelle, was shot by director, Anthony Mandler, who also shot the promotional campaign for Reb'l Fleur. Rihanna_sentence_369

In November 2012, Rihanna released her third fragrance, Nude. Rihanna_sentence_370

Rihanna's fourth women's fragrance, titled Rogue was released on 14 September 2013, followed by a male version entitled Rogue Men which was released in 2014. Rihanna_sentence_371

On 30 March 2015, it was announced that Rihanna is a co-owner, with various other music artists, in the music streaming service Tidal. Rihanna_sentence_372

The service specialises in lossless audio and high definition music videos. Rihanna_sentence_373

Jay-Z acquired the parent company of Tidal, Aspiro, in the first quarter of 2015. Rihanna_sentence_374

Including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, sixteen artist stakeholders (such as Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna, Chris Martin, Nicki Minaj and more) co-own Tidal, with the majority owning a 3% equity stake. Rihanna_sentence_375

"The challenge is to get everyone to respect music again, to recognize its value", stated Jay-Z on the release of Tidal. Rihanna_sentence_376

In 2016, it was revealed that Rihanna would be releasing her music through her own label Westbury Road Entertainment, which was established in 2005. Rihanna_sentence_377

Westbury Road is the name of her Barbados residence. Rihanna_sentence_378

The music would be distributed through Universal Music Group. Rihanna_sentence_379

Westbury Road Entertainment's artist roster includes Melissa Forde as the label's photographer, and KazeLoon. Rihanna_sentence_380

In November 2015, Rihanna and Benoit Demouy launched a beauty and stylist agency named Fr8me. Rihanna_sentence_381

The business based in Los Angeles was set up in order to assist artists in booking commercials, editorial shoots, ad campaigns and red-carpet appearances. Rihanna_sentence_382

Rihanna stated, "Hair, makeup, and styling play an important role in creativity, I am very involved with that part of my process, so this agency was an organic thing for me to do." Rihanna_sentence_383

The roster includes Rihanna's makeup artist Mylah Morales, wardrobe stylist Jason Bolden, hairstylist Patricia Morales and Marcia Hamilton. Rihanna_sentence_384

In addition to Fr8me, Rihanna opened a photo agency called "A Dog Ate My Homework", which represents photographers Erik Asla and Deborah Anderson. Rihanna_sentence_385

Fenty Rihanna_section_16

Rihanna exclusively uses her surname for business endeavors not related to her music career so not as to conflate the two. Rihanna_sentence_386

In January 2019, Rihanna filed a lawsuit against her father, Ronald Fenty, over the use of the Fenty name for commercial purposes. Rihanna_sentence_387

The lawsuit alleges Rihanna's cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty, was damaged commercially by her father's company, Fenty Entertainment, through misrepresentation of his company being affiliated with her. Rihanna_sentence_388

Fenty Beauty Rihanna_section_17

See also: Fenty Beauty Rihanna_sentence_389

In 2017, Rihanna launched her critically acclaimed cosmetics company Fenty Beauty under LVMH's Kendo Brands. Rihanna_sentence_390

The partnership was worth $10 million and would see Rihanna release various beauty products. Rihanna_sentence_391

The first installment of Fenty Beauty was released on 8 September 2017 in stores and online, available in over 150 countries. Rihanna_sentence_392

It included an array of products including foundations, highlighters, bronzers, blush compacts, lip glosses and blotting sheets and was praised for its diverse range for all skin colours. Rihanna_sentence_393

Time magazine named Fenty Beauty as one of "The 25 Best Inventions of 2017", citing the breadth of its range. Rihanna_sentence_394

In what has been dubbed the "Fenty Effect", the brand revolutionized the way other cosmetic brands approached diversity in marketing and product formulation: "Suddenly beauty houses – niche, establishment and those in between – began extending their shade ranges to accommodate a wider variety of skin tones. Rihanna_sentence_395

Forty shades became the new standard." Rihanna_sentence_396

Fenty Skin Rihanna_section_18

In July 2020, Rihanna announced that she was launching a skin care brand called "Fenty Skin". Rihanna_sentence_397

Fenty fashion brands Rihanna_section_19

Main articles: Savage X Fenty and Fenty (fashion house) Rihanna_sentence_398

In 2018, Rihanna launched a lingerie brand named Savage X Fenty. Rihanna_sentence_399

The line was born from Rihanna's vision creating an inclusive brand. Rihanna_sentence_400

Products come in a variety of shades to match all skin tones and a range of sizes. Rihanna_sentence_401

She showcased the brand at the New York Fashion Week in September 2018. Rihanna_sentence_402

The brand has been positively reviewed by the public for including plus size models in their promotion, though some fans argued there were not enough plus sizes. Rihanna_sentence_403

In September 2019 Rihanna promoted the brand in a show again during the New York Fashion Week held at the Barclays Center with modeling appearances from models Alex Wek, Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne, actress Laverne Cox, and musicians Normani and 21 Savage. Rihanna_sentence_404

And featured performances by DJ Khaled, Halsey, A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Migos, Fat Joe, Fabolous and Tierra Whack. Rihanna_sentence_405

The show premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 20 September 2019 as Savage X Fenty Show. Rihanna_sentence_406

The show was renewed for a third time in 2020, with appearances from musicians such as Travis Scott, Rosalía, Bad Bunny, Ella Mai, Lizzo, Big Sean, Miguel, Roddy Ricch and Rico Nasty. Rihanna_sentence_407

This version also premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 2 October 2020. Rihanna_sentence_408

Fenty is a fashion brand by Rihanna under luxury fashion group LVMH which launched in May 2019. Rihanna_sentence_409

She is the first woman and also the first of color to achieve this. Rihanna_sentence_410

The house launched in a pop-up store on 22 May 2019 in Paris, before launching worldwide online on 29 May and includes clothing, accessories such as sunglasses and footwear etc., it will also be the first that LVMH have launched since 1987. Rihanna_sentence_411

The fashion brand has been described as groundbreaking and in a statement regarding the launch, Rihanna said that she had been given a "unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits." Rihanna_sentence_412

Other ventures Rihanna_section_20

Rihanna has ventured into other businesses and industries. Rihanna_sentence_413

In October 2005, Rihanna struck an endorsement deal with Secret Body Spray. Rihanna_sentence_414

In 2010, Rihanna featured in the Optus commercial, in conjunction with Optus supporting Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth. Rihanna_sentence_415

The same year Rihanna also featured in the Kodak commercial along with rapper Pitbull. Rihanna_sentence_416

In October 2010, the singer released an eponymous book. Rihanna_sentence_417

The book, featured photos from Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth and served as an accompaniment to her fourth studio album Rated R (2009). Rihanna_sentence_418

In 2011, Rihanna was the face of Nivea and Vita Coco. Rihanna_sentence_419

Her first television program, Styled to Rock, premiered in the UK in August 2012 on Sky Living. Rihanna_sentence_420

In the 10-week series, Rihanna, Nicola Roberts, Lysa Cooper and Henry Holland assist up-and-coming British designers with their clothing lines. Rihanna_sentence_421

Meanwhile, the US version of Styled to Rock premiered on 25 October 2013 on Bravo. Rihanna_sentence_422

In 2013, the singer collaborated with MAC Cosmetics and released her own summer, fall and holiday lines of makeup called "RiRi hearts MAC". Rihanna_sentence_423

In July 2013, lager production company Budweiser announced that Rihanna had become a part of their global "Made For Music" campaign, also co-starring Jay-Z. Rihanna_sentence_424

Early in her career, Rihanna made clear her interest in fashion and desire to work in the clothing design industry. Rihanna_sentence_425

Regarding this, she said, "Fashion has always been my defense mechanism". Rihanna_sentence_426

In November 2011, Rihanna announced her first fashion venture with Armani. Rihanna_sentence_427

In February 2013, Rihanna presented her first women's fashion collection at London Fashion Week for British brand River Island, collaborating with her personal stylist Adam Selman. Rihanna_sentence_428

They published three more collections for the brand. Rihanna_sentence_429

Rihanna then collaborated with numerous fashion house's including Dior, Stance and Manolo Blahnik. Rihanna_sentence_430

In March 2015, Rihanna was chosen as the new face of Dior; making her the first black woman to be the face of the brand. Rihanna_sentence_431

In 2014, Rihanna became the creative director of the fashion sportswear Puma, overseeing the brand's women's line which will include collaborations in apparel and footwear. Rihanna_sentence_432

The following year, Rihanna released her first trainer with Puma and it sold out online with three hours of its pre-sale launch. Rihanna_sentence_433

Over the next two years, Rihanna released various other footwear in different colorways and styles, which were all met positively by both critics and buyers. Rihanna_sentence_434

2016 saw Rihanna debut her first clothing line in collaboration with Puma at New York Fashion Week; the collection was met with rave reviews from fashion critics. Rihanna_sentence_435

Rihanna was ranked one of the best dressed women in 2018, by luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. Rihanna_sentence_436

On 2 June 2014, Rihanna received the Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Rihanna_sentence_437

A Pete Berg directed documentary following “the past four years of Rihanna’s life” will be released in July 2021 on Amazon Prime Video. Rihanna_sentence_438

The documentary which has been in the making since 2016 will follow the build-up to Rihanna's business venture launches and behind-the-scenes footage of the recording of her upcoming ninth studio album. Rihanna_sentence_439

Acting career Rihanna_section_21

See also: Rihanna videography Rihanna_sentence_440

Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: All or Nothing, released in August 2006. Rihanna_sentence_441

Rihanna starred as Petty Officer (GM2) Cora Raikes in her first theatrical feature film Battleship, which was released on 18 May 2012. Rihanna_sentence_442

Loosely based on the game of the same name, both the film and Rihanna's performance received mixed-to-negative reviews; the New York Times said she was "just fine in the rather generic role". Rihanna_sentence_443

In 2015, Rihanna appeared in the voice role of Tip in the animated feature film Home alongside Jim Parsons and Jennifer Lopez, the film was based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. Rihanna_sentence_444

Rihanna played the recurring role of Marion Crane in the fifth and final season of Bates Motel. Rihanna_sentence_445

The show received universal acclaim from critics. Rihanna_sentence_446

Rihanna also had a major role in the Luc Besson film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaptation of the comic book series Valérian and Laureline. Rihanna_sentence_447

Also starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, the film was released by STX Entertainment on 21 July 2017 in the US Rihanna was one of the all-female cast in the heist film Ocean's 8, directed by Gary Ross and released by Warner Bros. on 8 June 2018. Rihanna_sentence_448

The movie grossed $300 million worldwide and became a major box office success. Rihanna_sentence_449

In August 2018, it had been reported that Rihanna had been filming a secret project in Cuba titled Guava Island throughout that summer alongside Donald Glover. Rihanna_sentence_450

Glover's Atlanta collaborator Hiro Murai was directing, with Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie also involved. Rihanna_sentence_451

The trailer for the full-length movie premiered on 24 November at the PHAROS festival in New Zealand. Rihanna_sentence_452

The exact details project were not announced until April 2019 when advertisements for Guava Island appeared on Spotify indicating something happening on "Saturday Night | April 13". Rihanna_sentence_453

It was later revealed Amazon Studios would distribute the film and Regency Enterprises had financed the film, with it being released on 13 April. Rihanna_sentence_454

Activism Rihanna_section_22

Philanthropy Rihanna_section_23

Main article: Clara Lionel Foundation Rihanna_sentence_455

In 2006, she created her Believe Foundation to help terminally ill children. Rihanna_sentence_456

In 2007, Rihanna was named as one of the Cartier Love Charity Bracelet Ambassadors, with each celebrity representing a different global charity. Rihanna_sentence_457

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. Rihanna_sentence_458

In 2008, Rihanna performed a series of charity concerts entitled A Girl's Night Out to benefit the Believe Foundation. Rihanna_sentence_459

The concerts were made free for the public. Rihanna_sentence_460

Money from sponsors and advertisers were to be donated to provide medical supplies, school supplies and toys to children in need. Rihanna_sentence_461

In September 2008, Rihanna contributed to the song "Just Stand Up!" Rihanna_sentence_462

with fifteen other female artists, who shared the stage to perform the song live on 5 September 2008, during the "Stand Up to Cancer" television special. Rihanna_sentence_463

The proceeds from the single were given to the fundraiser. Rihanna_sentence_464

The television special helped raise $100 million for cancer research. Rihanna_sentence_465

Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) in 2012, in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Rihanna_sentence_466

Current programs include the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, and education programs. Rihanna_sentence_467

The CLF hosts an annual Diamond Ball charity fundraiser event. Rihanna_sentence_468

The inaugural event in 2014 raised over $2 million and the second raised over $3 million. Rihanna_sentence_469

On 12 February 2012, Rihanna performed a benefit show at the House of Blues to raise money for the Children's Orthopaedic Center and the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children's Hospital. Rihanna_sentence_470

In November 2012, Rihanna gave $100,000 to food bank donation for Hurricane Sandy. Rihanna_sentence_471

On 3 January 2014 Rihanna was part of the MAC Viva Glam campaign, which benefits women, men and children living with HIV/AIDS. Rihanna_sentence_472

In March 2020, Rihanna donated $5,000,000 to COVID-19 relief and followed that up with additional donations of personal protective equipment to the state of New York and an offer of $700,000 worth of ventilators to her home country Barbados. Rihanna_sentence_473

In April 2020, Rihanna further donated an additional $2,100,000, matching Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for a total of $4,200,000, to provide support and resources to individuals and children suffering from domestic violence amid the lockdown. Rihanna_sentence_474

Advocacy Rihanna_section_24

During her performance at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival, Rihanna expressed her disagreement with Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows companies and individuals to use their religious beliefs as protection, in case of being accused of discrimination against LGBT people. Rihanna_sentence_475

Rihanna along with numerous other high-profile celebrities featured in an online video titled "23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America". Rihanna_sentence_476

The video was released in partnership with the We Are Here Movement and called for action against police brutality. Rihanna_sentence_477

In January 2017, Rihanna participated in the 2017 Women's March, which took place in New York among protests the day after US President Donald Trump's inauguration. Rihanna_sentence_478

She has also criticized President Trump's immigration policies–including Executive Order 13769, which sought to ban citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States–and his response to the 2019 shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Rihanna_sentence_479

In October 2019, she stated that she declined to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick following the controversy surrounding his role in the national anthem protests. Rihanna_sentence_480

Personal life Rihanna_section_25

Rihanna currently owns a $14 million penthouse in Manhattan, New York. Rihanna_sentence_481

She also purchased a house in West London for £7 million in June 2018, in order to be closer to her work with her FENTY fashion label. Rihanna_sentence_482

In December 2018, Rihanna put her Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale after a break-in six months before. Rihanna_sentence_483

The mansion was reported to have been selling for $10.4m. Rihanna_sentence_484

According to the New York Post, Rihanna filed a lawsuit against Peter Gunis and the firm Berdon LLP for $35 million in 2012, on account of alleged fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty, but settled out of court for more than $10 million in 2014. Rihanna_sentence_485

Forbes began reporting on Rihanna's earnings in 2012. Rihanna_sentence_486

In 2007, Rihanna began dating fellow singer Chris Brown. Rihanna_sentence_487

Their relationship ended in February 2009, after which Rihanna dated Drake on-and-off from 2009 to 2016. Rihanna_sentence_488

In a January 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Rihanna confirmed that she had rekindled her relationship with Chris Brown, though he remained under probation for the 2009 domestic violence incident. Rihanna_sentence_489

The confirmation followed persistent media speculation throughout 2012, regarding the pair's reunion. Rihanna_sentence_490

In a May 2013 interview, Brown stated that he and Rihanna had broken up again. Rihanna_sentence_491

Rihanna began a relationship with Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel in 2017. Rihanna_sentence_492

The couple reportedly split in January 2020. Rihanna_sentence_493

Rihanna is well known for her tattoos, the most famous of which (such as the tribal design on her hand, the gun on her ribcage, and the "shhh..." on her finger) have been done by New York tattoo artist Bang Bang. Rihanna_sentence_494

She has a large tattoo of the Egyptian goddess Isis on her sternum, dedicated to her late grandmother. Rihanna_sentence_495

Domestic violence case Rihanna_section_26

On 8 February 2009, Rihanna's scheduled performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards was canceled. Rihanna_sentence_496

Reports surfaced that Brown had physically assaulted her. Rihanna_sentence_497

He turned himself in to police and was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats. Rihanna_sentence_498

On 5 March 2009, Brown was charged with assault and making criminal threats. Rihanna_sentence_499

Due to a leaked photograph from the police department obtained by TMZ.com—which revealed that Rihanna had sustained visible injuries—an organization known as STOParazzi proposed "Rihanna's Law", which, if enacted, would "deter employees of law enforcement agencies from releasing photos or information that exploits crime victims." Rihanna_sentence_500

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 news outlets to divulge the identity of the victim—which is not typically done in domestic-violence cases" and discussed the controversial distribution of the leaked photograph. Rihanna_sentence_501

Rihanna was subpoenaed to testify during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles on 22 June 2009. Rihanna_sentence_502

On 22 June 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault. Rihanna_sentence_503

Brown received five years of probation and was ordered to stay 50 yards (46 m) away from Rihanna, unless at public events, which then would be reduced to 10 yards (9 m). Rihanna_sentence_504

On 2 September 2009, Brown spoke about the domestic violence case in a pre-recorded Larry King Live interview, his first public interview about the matter. Rihanna_sentence_505

He was accompanied to the interview by his mother, Joyce Hawkins, and attorney Mark Geragos, as he discussed growing up in a household with his mother being repeatedly assaulted by his stepfather. Rihanna_sentence_506

Brown said of hearing details of his assault of Rihanna, "I'm in shock, because, first of all, that's not who I am as a person, and that's not who I promise I want to be." Rihanna_sentence_507

In March 2018, Rihanna posted a statement shaming Snapchat for mocking her domestic violence situation. Rihanna_sentence_508

The ad put out by Snapchat asked if users would rather "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown" in a "Would you rather" format. Rihanna_sentence_509

Snapchat issued an apology statement. Rihanna_sentence_510

Discography Rihanna_section_27

Main articles: Rihanna albums discography, Rihanna singles discography, and List of songs recorded by Rihanna Rihanna_sentence_511


Selected filmography Rihanna_section_28

See also: Rihanna videography Rihanna_sentence_512


Tours Rihanna_section_29

Main article: List of Rihanna live performances Rihanna_sentence_513

As a headliner Rihanna_sentence_514


As a co-headliner Rihanna_sentence_515


Promotional tours Rihanna_sentence_516


  • A Girl's Night Out (2008; a series of charity concerts to benefit the "Believe Foundation")Rihanna_item_4_22
  • 777 Tour (2012; in support of her seventh studio album Unapologetic)Rihanna_item_4_23

See also Rihanna_section_30


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