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Stylish, bright, recognizable from the first notes and at first glance. When it comes to Rihanna, any characteristic is accompanied by the word itself. The youngest singer, who took the top of the Billboard charts, is now the best-selling, and, accordingly, the richest among colleagues. And although of the $ 600 million she earned by 2019, the lion’s share came under advertising contracts, but fashion authorities — Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, Guerlain, Chaumet, and Moët & Chandon — cooperate with the “Princess R’n’B”.
Childhood and youth
Robin Rihanna Fenty (this is the full name of the star) was born in Barbados in February 1988, according to the zodiac sign Pisces. The meaning of the name Rihanna, under which the actress performs on stage, is still discussed by historians, earlier it was used by the British, Arabs, and Muslims. Some claim that this name is exclusively Arabic and means “soul from God”, “pleasure” or “bliss”, while others say that it is an abbreviated form on behalf of Marianne.
She owes her exotic appearance to Father Ronald, whose veins flowed Barbados and Irish blood, and to her mother Monica with Afro-Guyanese roots.
The singer has two siblings and a brother and two sisters from her father’s previous marriages. When Rihanna turned 14, her parents divorced. It was both a relief and new material problems. From childhood, Robin knew what hard work was — helping her father trade in a tent. Until the age of 15, the girl was tormented by terrible headaches, doctors suspected oncology.
The only outlet was music and singing. The singer grew up under reggae, very popular on the island. At school, she created a music group, attended amateur clubs, various contests, and festivals, participated in musicals and beauty contests.
The girl with an unusual voice was noticed by producer Evan Rogers, who worked with Christina Aguilera and Rod Stewart. He recognized considerable talent in the Barbados performer and invited him to America to record a demo disc. One fell into the hands of rapper Jay-Z, who played a key role in the development of Rihanna’s stellar biography
Rihanna’s personal life is constantly under the watch of the paparazzi. She had a short affair with rapper Sean Combs, known under the pseudonym Puff Daddy. Then a romantic relationship began with Chris Brown , which ended sadly: a common-law husband beat the girl, for which he received 5 years in prison on probation.
Later, he announced his desire to renew relations with his ex-girlfriend and even made a tattoo on the neck of Rihanna’s face. In the spring of 2012, the couple recorded the song “Birthday Cake”, but their old feelings did not return.
During the breakup with Chris, Rihanna tried to build a relationship with singer Asher, all the newspapers were full of such headlines in 2011. But both denied the novel and explained their meetings in front of the public by working on a joint song.
In 2005, the vocalist’s debut song, “Pon de Replay,” became a hit right away. The listeners were captivated by an unusual mix of Caribbean motifs and fashionable pop sound. The song was in second place on the Billboard Hot 100. Soon, the single “If It’s Lovin ‘That You Want” appeared, which had the same success.
The end of summer 2005 becomes special for Rihanna: her first album, “Music of the Sun”, is released. The disc immediately falls into the top ten in the world, in America sold half a million copies. This allowed the singer to begin the first concert tour. True, not yet solo: she sang in the pauses between the performances of Gwen Stefani. But in her youth, Rihanna was quite happy with it, then the girl did not suspect that she would achieve stunning success.
Studio girl “A Girl Like Me” is in the top 5 in the UK. Musical critics consider the SOS promotion single the best in Rihanna’s creative career. Here she used the electric cell of the Soft Cell group of the 80s. The single Unfaithful that entered it was released digitally in Canada and a week later sent to radio stations in the United States. In a month, seven digital remixes were released for this song in Spain, Italy, Germany, America, and France.
In 2011, the Talk Studio Talk studio was released; the working title of the record sounded like GangstaR. The main song, We Found Love, reached number 9 on the Hot 100, allowing Rihanna to break Madonna’s record and become the fastest solo artist, with 20 singles in the top ten of the charts.
In 2013, a significant event in Rihanna’s music career was the recording of a joint song with the Colombian singer Shakira. The track Can’t Remember to Forget You entered the 10th album of Shakira, the single was presented only in January 2014, and soon the premiere of the music video took place.
In January 2015, the single FourFiveSeconds was released, which Rihanna recorded with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. The following year, the eighth studio album Anti, the single Love On The Brain and a clip for this composition were released. And the Work clip was watched by over a billion people.
A year later, Rihanna tried collaborating with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, recording the song This Is What You Came For. The single debuted from the 2nd line of the British chart and reached 4th place on the Billboard Hot 100. Previously, the artists had already worked together, recording a song for the sixth “studio” singer.