Rihanna: History and Career of Music

Rihanna: Early life and Career Beginnings

Robyn Rihanna Fenty "rihanna" was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. Her mother is Monica Braithwaite, a retired Afro-Guyanese accountant, and her father is Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor of Barbadian and Irish descent. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father's side, each born by different mothers from his previous relationships. Growing up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Bridgetown and selling clothes with her father on a street stall, Rihanna's childhood was deeply affected by her father's addiction to crack cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana, and her parents' turbulent marriage ended when she was 14.Rihanna grew up listening to reggae music and began singing at around the age of seven. She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and then the Combermere High School, where she formed a musical trio with two of her classmates. Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme; the singer-songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant. Although she initially wanted to graduate from high school, she chose to pursue a musical career instead.

Rihanna's career began through her association with American record producer Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers; she met Rogers through mutual friends in Barbados in December 2003.Rogers soon asked Rihanna to come to his hotel room, where she performed renditions of the songs "Emotion" and "Hero". This impressed Rogers, who then took her on various trips to New York, where she was accompanied by her mother, Monica, to record some demo tapes which could be sent to record labels. Rihanna was signed to Rogers' and Sturken's production company, Syndicated Rhythm Productions, who assigned her a lawyer and manager before the completed demo tape was distributed to various record labels around the world in late 2004. In February 2005, the president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings

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On which Rihanna came off like Beyonce with a deeper voice and Caribbean accent. The album's success was propelled by the dancehall-fueled "Pon de Replay" (Number Two, 2005) and, to a lesser degree, "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Number 36, 2005).

A mere eight months after Music of the Sun, Rihanna returned with A Girl Like Me (Number Five, 2006), a noticeable artistic step up and a bigger hit. The album included her first Number One single, "SOS," which turned on a buffed-and-shined-up chunk of Soft Cell's new-wave dance classic "Tainted Love." The Ne-Yo-penned "Unfaithful" (Number Six, 2006) and the Sean Paul duet "Break It Off" (Number Nine, 2006) continued Rihanna's hot streak.

Still, those hits were just a warm-up, both commercially and in terms qualitatively, for Good Girl Gone Bad (Number Two, 2007) and its smash lead single "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z. The song, was nominated for three Grammys including Record and Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, which it won. "Umbrella" dominated the summer of 2007, settling at Number One for seven weeks in the U.S. and for 10 weeks in the U.K.

The hits kept coming with "Shut Up and Drive" (Number 15, 2007) and "Hate That I Love You," featuring Ne-Yo (Number Nine, 2007). "Don't Stop the Music," which, like "SOS," married a fearsome digital 4/4 stomp to an old favorite (in this case, Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"), had been a club favorite in 2007 (it was Number One on the Hot Dance Club Play chart) before being plugged to pop radio (it reached Number Two on the pop chart).

With the 2008 release of a remix album Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, the hits kept coming, including "Take a Bow" and "Disturbia"¬ — which both went to Number One—and "If I Never See Your Face Again," with Maroon 5's Adam Levine, which went to Number Seven.

On the night of the Grammys in February, 2009, Rihanna was assaulted by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, resulted in a media storm of controversy, especially when police photos of the battered singer appeared on gossip website TMZ.com. Brown ultimately plead guilty to felony assault charges and was given five years probation and ordered to stay 50 yards away from Rihanna.

Rihanna re-emerged in September, 2009 on "Run This Town," with Jay-Z, which peaked at Number Two. In November, she released her fourth studio album Rated R, which debuted at Number Four and selling 185,000 copies in its first week — the singer's best debut yet.

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