Biography of Rihanna

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Early Life

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, in St. Michael, Barbados, to Monica and Ronald Fenty. Her childhood in Barbados was deeply affected by her father’s addiction to crack cocaine and a rocky marriage between her parents which ended when she was only 14 years old. As an outlet, Rihanna turned to singing and formed a girl group with two classmates. By the time she was 15, Rihanna auditioned for veteran producer Evan Rogers, who took her in to live with himself and his wife, while Rihanna cut a four-song demo. In 2004, her demo made its way to Def Jam and the Rihanna is invited to audition for rapper turned Def Jam president Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, who signed her to the label on the same day of audition.

Career

On August 30, 2005, Rihanna’s first single, Pon de Replay, is released kicking off the debut of her first album, Music of the Sun, which peaked at number 2 on Billboards Hot 100. To promote her album which sold over 2 million copies worldwide, Rihanna went on tour with Gwen Stefani and gained rave reviews from prominent entities like the Rolling Stone. Rihanna’s sophomore album was released eight months after the release of her debut, on April 25, 2006. Titled, A Girl Like Me, her sophomore effort boasted Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, S.O.S and Unfaithful, earning her four Billboard Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year. However, her success was rivalled by gossip of a romantic relationship between herself and her mentor Jay Z, who was at the time dating R&B sensation Beyoncé Knowles.

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