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Rihanna in English!

Rihanna in English!

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Background informationBirth name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty
February 20,1988(age 20)
Years active
Robyn Rihanna Fenty
; February 20, 1988) is aBarbadian singer , model,fashion designer . She is the second artist, and first female, fromBarbadosto have received aGrammy Award (the first beingJimmy Senya Haynes). Rihanna is currently signed to theDef Jam Recordingslabel. She has attained four 
 Hot100number ones thus far ("SOS", "Umbrella", "Take a Bow", and "Disturbia"), tying her withMariah Careyand Beyonceas the female solo artist with the most number ones this decade.Rihanna came to fame in 2005 with the release of her debut album
,which featured her breakthrough single "Pon de Replay". Less than a year later, Rihannareleased 
and gave her first number one single, "SOS". In 2007, Rihannareleased her third studio album,
. The album has yielded six hitsingles including three worldwide number one singles "Umbrella", "Don't Stop theMusic" and "Take A Bow". Since the release of her debut album, Rihanna has amassedeleven top 40 hit singles in the U.S.
Rihanna was born inSaint Michael,Barbadosto Ronald Fenty of Barbados and Monica Fenty, who is of Guyanesedescent. She has two younger brothers, Rorrey and RajadFenty.Rihanna went to Charles F. Broome Memorial School, a primary school in Barbados,and then on to theCombermere School, where she formed a musical trio with two of her classmates. In 2004, she won the Miss Combermere Beauty Pageant and performed inthe Colours of Combermere School Show.
In 2003, at the age of 15, Rihanna received her big break when one of her friendsintroduced her tomusic producer  Evan Rogers, who was vacationing in Barbados with his wife. Rogers, along with his partner,Carl Sturken, helped Rihanna record material inthe U.S. which was sent to various recording companies. One copy of Rihanna's work was sent toJay-Z, who eventually signed her toDef Jam Recordings. Rihanna citesBrandy,Beyoncé Knowles,Whitney Houston,Mariah Carey, Bob Marley,Madonnaand her Caribbeanbackground as major musical influences. Rihanna also stated in a recent interview that former Island Def Jam record label artistFefeDobsonwas someone whom she admired and looked up to, having a fellow artistwriting, singing, and performing the music she truly loves.
Music career
 Music of the Sun
Rihanna's debut album, 
, was released on August 30, 2005, yieldingtwosingles, the first being "Pon de Replay" which was released on August 22, 2005. This single became a huge success upon its release peaking at number 2 in the US onBillboard Hot 100charts.
It also became a global hit where it peaked within the top10 across 15 countries as well as achieving top 20 chartings on 20 charts around theworld.
The single written byCarl SturkenandEvan Rogerswas described by
magazine as a
"poppy piece of dancehall reggae with slapping, syncopated beatsrecalling big-band jazz." 
However, despite "Pon de Replays" commercial chartsuccess, the album itself was rated 2.5 out of 5 stars by
Magazine anddescribed as lacking the replay value, ingenuity and rhythm of the single with "genericvocal hiccups and frills" of USR&B inflecting upon her "caribbean charm". Since its release, the album reached the top 10 in both US and Canadian charts, gaining goldcertification from the RIAA from selling 500,000 units and subsequent platinumcertifications for selling 2 million units in various other countries.The second single "If It's Lovin' That You Want" was less successful than "Pon de Replay", but it became a hit nonetheless by managing to achieve a top 40 charting in theUSA reaching a high of number 36. In Australia,Irelandand New Zealandthe single  proved to be well-received reaching the top 10 in those countries. Overall the single became a top 40 hit on 11 charts around the globe. Despite the album not having huge promotion and only releasing two singles
managed to sell over 500,000 copies in the United States and 2 million worldwide.
When asked about the nature of the album by
about the album itself,Rihanna noted that it was released quickly after she was discovered in her home as ameans of portraying her image as a girl from a small area who had moved to a largecountry in line with her debut, and that her second album was released somewhatshortly thereafter to illustrate that in her time in the country she had grown up quicklyenough to release another album.
 A Girl like Me
Rihanna second album, 
, was released in April 2006; less than eightmonths after the release of her first album. The lead single, "SOS", was used in anendorsement deal with Nike. The song became Rihanna's first number-one on theBillboard Hot 100 chart; it also debuted at number one on theHot Digital Songschart."SOS" peaked at number one in Australia and number two in the UK. The secondsingle, entitled "Unfaithful", was written by R&B singer  Ne-Yo.The song became her  third top ten hit in the U.S. and in the UK. The third single, "We Ride", wasn't assuccessful as her previous releases, failing to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,however, it became her fifth UK top 20 single, where it peaked at number 17 on thatchart and peaked at number one on the U.S.Hot Dance Club Playchart. Rihanna'sfourth single from the album, "Break It Off " featuringSean Paul,had already climbed to number 45 on the
Hot 100 based solely on airplay. It was released as a digitaldownload on February 19, 2007, which made the song jump from number fifty-two tonumber ten and then eventually peak at number nine.
s sales weresignificantly stronger, selling over 1 million in the U.S and over 3.5 millionworldwide.
In total, Rihanna has had eleven number-ones on the
charts and has had major success on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with four number-ones ("Pon De Replay","SOS", "Unfaithful", and "We Ride"). When Rihanna received an endorsement deal fromClinique, she recorded a song written by Ne-Yoentitled "Just Be Happy" as part of  the deal to promote their Happy fragrance. Rihanna also recorded a song called"Winning Women" with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger for P&G’s female deodorant Secret.During this time Rihanna also made her acting debut in acameorole in
, which was released on August 8, 2006.
Good Girl Gone Bad 
Rihanna went into the studio in early 2007 with Ne-Yo,Stargate,andTimbalandamong others to record her third album, 
. The album was released on June5, 2007, featuresJay-Zand Ne-Yo.Rihanna worked withTimbalandon three songs in the album.Justin Timberlakeco-wrote and provides background vocals on "Rehab".
The album so far has yielded five hit singles, including the world-wide number one hit"Umbrella", featuringJay-Z. In addition to reaching number one in various countries, "Umbrella" was the number one single in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks, making itthe longest running UK number one single sinceWet Wet Wet's single "Love Is All Around", back in 1994, and the longest running number one by a female artist sinceWhitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", which also topped the chart for 10 weeks in 1992. By the end of the year, "Umbrella" was ranked second on theBillboard Hot 100year-end chart in the United States;
however, due to the song's world-wide chartdominance it was named the most successful song in the world for 2007, getting8,160,000 points on the United World Chart.
Her other singles, "Shut Up and Drive" and "Don't Stop The Music" were able to mirror  the success of "Umbrella", with "Don't Stop the Music" reaching number three on the

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