Rihanna: Biography and music career

Published At: 09 February 2020 , 08:44 AM


Stylish, bright, recognizable from the first notes and at first glance. When it comes to Rihanna, any characteristic 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 — are collaborating with the "Princess R'n'B".

Childhood and youth

Robin Rihanna Fenty was born in Barbados. She owes her exotic appearance to Father Ronald, in whose veins Barbados and Irish blood flowed, and to Monica's mother with Afro-Guyanese roots.

Rihanna in childhood

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 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 musical group, attended amateur clubs, various contests, and festivals, participated in musicals and beauty contests.

The girl with an incredible 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.


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" 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.

Studio girl, "A Girl Like Me", is in the top 5 in the UK. Musical critics consider the SOS promotion single to be the best in Rihanna's creative career. Here she used the electric cell of the Soft Cell group of the 80s.

The beauty of the famous singer also does not go unnoticed. Rihanna advertises NIKE clothing and becomes the face of the Miss Bisou brand. In 2006, the girl made her debut as an actress in the comedy "Achieve Success", the films "Las Vegas" and "Settling."

In 2007, Rihanna announced a change in musical direction and appearance. The singer refused a touching romantic look, did short haircuts, dyed her hair black and red. Black clothes with rivets and tight-fitting outfits began to prevail in the wardrobe.

The star will change its appearance more than once, but it will remain constant in one thing - replenishment of the discography with new songs that "blow up" the dance floors. The hit of the album "Good Girl Gone Bad" is "Umbrella", which led the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks and lasted ten weeks at the top of the UK charts. Justin Timberlake helps Rihanna write "Rehab" as a backing vocalist.

Caribbean performer recognized as the best at the prestigious Barbados Music Awards. 2008 brings Rihanna the first long-awaited Grammy.

In 2011, Studio Talk That Talk released. 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 charts.

Unapologetic received a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. The single "Diamonds" reached the first line in the Billboard Hot 100, and the third took the track "Stay". The composition "Monster" is also the leader of the Billboard Pop Songs and Billboard Hot 100. Thus, 13 singles of Rihanna took 1st place in the "Hot 100", only Michael Jackson previously achieved this result.

In January 2015, the single "FourFiveSeconds" was released, which Rihanna recorded with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. The following year saw the release of the eighth studio album "Anti", the single "Love On The Brain" and a clip for this composition. And the "Work" video was watched by over 1 billion people.

Personal life

Rihanna's own life is always under the watch of the paparazzi. She had a short affair with rapper Puff Daddy. Then a romantic relationship began with Chris Brown, which ended sadly: a common-law husband beat the girl, for which he received five years in prison on probation.

In 2010, 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.

The singer made tattoos reminiscent of what happened - small pistols and the inscription "Never a failure, always a lesson" ("Not a mistake, but a lesson"). Also, Rihanna filled with Starfall, a Maori tribal pattern, the Egyptian goddess Isis and Nefertiti, phrases in Arabic and Sanskrit and the date of birth of her best friend.

The girl also met Hassan Jamil, a billionaire from Saudi Arabia, the owner of the country's leading car dealership, and even dreamed of children. The man caused a quarrel between Rihanna and girlfriend Naomi Campbell: the supermodel is Jamil's former passion. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2018, the couple broke up.

Rihanna and Hassan Jamil / Hollywood Life

Overweight celebrity wrestling is another media guide. At Grammy-2018, the singer's height of 173 cm is noticeable by the extra 15 kg, but in the latest photos on Instagram, she again shows a full figure.

Rihanna now

In 2018, Rihanna moved to the UK, where she rented an island on which she recorded a new album.

Recently, she worked on a line of cosmetics, collections of underwear and clothes and did not think about the record, although she said that there was plenty of musical material. To preserve inspiration, the singer chose a secluded place where you can get only at low tide.

Nevertheless, the star got out at the BET Awards 2019 ceremony, where she presented the award to colleague Mary J. Blige. Also, she starred for the covers of famous tabloids and started a lawsuit with her father, whom she accuses of illegally using her brand Fenty.