Rihanna Robyn Fenty is a Barbadian singer, businesswoman, and actress. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers in her home country in 2003. Throughout 2004, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of Rogers; this led to her securing a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after she auditioned for its then-president, Jay-Z. Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sun (2005) and its follow-up A Girl like Me (2006). Both albums peaked within the top 10 of the U.S. Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles “Pon de Replay”, “SOS”, and “Unfaithful”.
With the release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna developed a public image as a sex symbol and incorporated more elements of dance-pop into her music. It became a major breakthrough in her career and earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award at the 2008 ceremony. Recorded after her assault at the hands of her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009), is distinguished for its dark themes and lyrical content.
Her pop-influenced fifth studio album, Loud (2010) achieved widespread success, producing three Billboard Hot 100 number one singles: “Only Girl (In the World)”, “What's My Name?”, and “S&M”. She followed this success with her dance-oriented sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011) and her R&B-focused seventh album Unapologetic (2012), which won a Grammy Award. Her critically acclaimed dancehall and hip-hop soul-inspired eighth studio album, Anti (2016), became her second Billboard 200 No. 1 album and was one of the most streamed albums of the year.
Recognized as a pop icon, Rihanna is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with over 270 million records sold worldwide and Rihanna is the highest-selling individual artist based on certified units. Many of her songs rank among the world's best-selling singles of all time, including the singles “Umbrella”, “We Found Love”, “Stay” and “Work”, as well as her collaboration “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem. Rihanna is the youngest solo artist to earn 14 No. 1 singles and has a total of 31 top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She also has over 30 top 10 songs in the United Kingdom and Australia, making her the only artist in the 21st century to achieve this feat. She was named the Top Digital Songs Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist of this century, as well as the all-time Top Pop Songs artist by Billboard.
Additionally, she is Spotify and Apple Music's most streamed female artist of all time. Among numerous awards and accolades, Rihanna has won 9 Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards, and 12 Billboard Music Awards. She currently holds 6 Guinness World Records. Furthermore, she was awarded with the inaugural American Music Award for Icon in 2013 and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 2016. Rihanna received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2014.
In 2012, Forbes ranked her the fourth most powerful celebrity, while Time included her on the annual list of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2018. Rihanna was named Harvard University's “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Harvard Foundation in early 2017. She was appointed as an Ambassador on behalf of the government of Barbados in 2018, with her duties involving the promotion of education, tourism and investment.
Aside from a successful singing career and business endeavours, Rihanna has delved into acting, appearing in films Bring It On: All or Nothing in a cameo role (2006), Battleship as Petty Officer Cora Raikes (2012), the voice role of Tip in the animated feature film Home (2015), a major role in the Luc Besson film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) and in Ocean's 8 as Nine Ball (2018). She is set to appear in upcoming film Guava Island directed by Hiro Murai. It is scheduled to be released on April 13, 2019, by Amazon Studios.[ Rihanna also played the recurring role of Marion Crane in the fifth and final season of Bates Motel. The show received universal acclaim from critics.
Rihanna has received numerous awards throughout her career such as 9 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, among others. 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. She currently holds six Guinness World Records. 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 has ventured into other businesses and industries. In October 2005, Rihanna struck an endorsement deal with Secret Body Spray. In 2010, Rihanna featured in the Optus commercial, in conjunction with Optus supporting Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth. The same year Rihanna also featured in the Kodak commercial along with rapper Pitbull. In October 2010, the singer released an eponymous book. The book, featured photos from Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth and served as an accompaniment to her fourth studio album Rated R (2009).
In 2011, Nivea celebrated its “100 Years of Skincare” festivities which featured several performances from Rihanna. Rihanna also became the face of Vita Coco in 2011. In 2013, the singer collaborated with MAC Cosmetics and released her own summer, fall and holiday lines of makeup called “RiRi hearts MAC”. 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 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 starred as Petty Officer (GM2) Cora Raikes in her first theatrical feature film Battleship, which was released on 18 May 2012. 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”. 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's first fragrance, Reb'l Fleur, was released in January 2011. The product became highly successful, 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's second fragrance, Rebelle, was released in February 2012. The promotional campaign for Rebelle, was shot by director, Anthony Mandler, who also shot the promotional campaign for Reb'l Fleur. In November 2012, Rihanna released her third fragrance, Nude. 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.
On 30 March 2015, it was announced that Rihanna is a co-owner, with various other music artists, in the music streaming service Tidal. The service specialises in lossless audio and high definition music videos. Jay-Z acquired the parent company of Tidal, Aspiro, in the first quarter of 2015. 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. “The challenge is to get everyone to respect music again, to recognize its value”, stated Jay-Z on the release of Tidal.
Early in her career, Rihanna made clear her interest in fashion and desire to work in the clothing design industry. In November 2011, Rihanna announced her first fashion venture with Armani. In February 2013, Rihanna presented her first women's spring fashion collection at London Fashion Week for British street fashion brand River Island, collaborating with her personal stylist Adam Selman. They published two more collections for the brand, a summer edition released on 25 May 2013 and an autumn edition released on 10 September 2013.
In September 2017 singer Rihanna launched a cosmetics brand called Fenty Beauty. Popular for its broad inclusivity across skin tones and gender, especially its Pro Filt'R foundation. The original foundation launch included 40 shades, since expanded to 50. Fenty Beauty was named one of Time magazine's best inventions of 2017.
Rihanna and Donald Glover's Guava Island
Hype around the film, in which Glover stars alongside Rihanna, started to build when a trailer was captured by an audience member at New Zealand's Pharos Festival in November. It was a tad jittery and really rather minuscule, but enough to get the gist of the project.