Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Born on February 20, 1988
Robyn Rihanna Fenty , who performs under the mononym Rihanna (pronounced /riːˈɑːnə/), is a Barbadian singer, model, and beauty queen. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados Rihanna relocated to the United States at the age of sixteen to pursue a recording career, under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.

What's not to love about this island beauty? Her face is stunning, her eyes are entrancing and her complexion is exquisite. Her body is voluptuous, and her dance skills demonstrate how flexible and limber she can be. Rihanna was ranked No. 20 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2007, No. 8 iof 2008 and No. 8 of 2009. Slender but very trim, Rihanna's youth is reflected in a beauty that is still in that transition phase between girlishness and full-blown femininity. But her caffe latte complexion and pleasing features already lend her an aura of attractiveness, like a young Thandie Newton. The next few years will only see Rihanna's beauty ripen. Is Rihanna sexy? Do you even have to ask?

At the age of fifteen she formed a girl group with two of her classmates. In 2003, friends introduced Rihanna and her two bandmates to record producer Evan Rogers, who was vacationing in Barbados with his wife. The group auditioned for Rogers, who said that "the minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn't exist." While auditioning for Rogers, Rihanna sang Destiny's Child's cover of "Emotion". Over the next year, Rihanna and her mom shuttled back and forth to Rogers home in Stamford, Connecticut. Then, shortly after turning 16, she relocated to the U.S. and moved in with Rogers and his wife. Carl Sturken, helped Rihanna record a four-song demo, which included what would become her first hit, "Pon de Replay" to send to various recording companies. Rihanna's demo made its way to Def Jam, which invited her to audition for the label's then-president, Jay-Z, who quickly signed her.

Rihanna released her debut album, Music of the Sun, on August 30, 2005 in the United States. The album reached number 10 on the Billboard 200. As of 2009, the album is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting shipments to US retailers of over 500,000 units. The album received mixed reviews by music critics. Rolling Stone magazine rated it 2.5 out of 5 stars and described as lacking the replay value, ingenuity and rhythm of the single with "generic vocal hiccups and frills" of US R&B inflecting upon her "caribbean charm".

Music of the Sun yielded two singles, the first being "Pon de Replay", which was peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became a global hit where it peaked within the top 10 across 15 countries. The second single, "If It's Lovin' That You Want" was less successful than "Pon de Replay", having managed a peak position of number 36 in the United States. In Australia, Ireland and New Zealand the single proved to be well-received reaching the top 10 in those countries.

Less than eight months after the release of Music of the Sun, Rihanna released her second album, A Girl Like Me, in April 2006. The album reached number five on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum by the RIAA, having shipped over one million units. The lead single, "SOS," peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first number-one in the United States. The second single, "Unfaithful," was a worldwide hit. In 2006, before the release, Rihanna served as an opening act for Gwen Stefani to promote the album. Rihanna then started touring with Pussycat Dolls from November to February 2007 in the United Kingdom.

When Rihanna received an endorsement deal from Clinique, she recorded a song written by Ne-Yo entitled "Just Be Happy" as part of the deal to promote their Happy fragrance. Rihanna also recorded a song called "Winning Women" with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger for P&G's female deodorant Secret. During this time Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role to the film Bring It On: All or Nothing, released on August 8, 2006.

Starting September 12, 2007, Rihanna toured Canada and the United States in support of the album with several shows and then crossed to Europe. The tour was called the The Good Girl Gone Bad Tour, and was the first tour headlined by her alone. A documented performance at Manchester Evening News Arena on December 6, 2007 was released as a DVD on June 17, 2008. Rihanna won Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist at the 2008 American Music Award

In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked within the top ten of the Billboard 200 and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single "Pon de Replay". Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me, peaking within the top five of the Billboard albums chart and produced her first number one single, "SOS". Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, released three number one hit singles—"Umbrella", "Take a Bow", and "Disturbia". The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella", which features Jay-Z.

Rihanna had sold over eleven million albums worldwide and has received several allocates, including the 2007 World Music Awards for World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Yea
r, as well as the 2008 American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. She also serves as the cultural ambassador for Barbados.

Charity work
Rihanna created her Believe Foundation in 2006 to help terminally ill children. Rihanna has performed a number of concerts to raise funds for both charities and the Foundation. She is also a 2008 Cartier LOVECHARITY Bracelet Ambassador, performed at Madonna’s Raising Malawi fundraiser, and helped a woman find a bone marrow donor.

In September 2008, Rihanna joined other female pop, rock, R&B & country singers such as Carrie Underwood, Ciara, Beyoncé Knowles, Leona Lewis, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and Fergie to record "Just Stand Up!", the theme song to the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer and its theme song.

Rihanna has teamed up with H&M and other celebrities like Timbaland and Good Charlotte for "Fashion against AIDS." The collection is designed to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS. It was released at H&M in early February 2008. She went on the Glow in the Dark Tour with Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and N.E.R.D.

Rihanna was also selected as the spokesmodel for Gucci’s first UNICEF ad campaign. She will appear in the fashion house’s Tattoo Heart campaign, premiering in December. Rihanna will be photographed in series of special edition print ads with UNICEF items, twenty-five percent of sales will benefit the children’s charity.

In New York, Rihanna was then enlisted by Gucci's Frida Giannini along with Madonna to light the UNICEF Christmas snowflake. Rihanna, is now the face of the fourth annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF, which aims to raise funds for children in Africa through the sale of its Tattoo Heart collection of bags.

Rihanna Quotes
"That was a moment f
or me because I used to be in that position. I would see a star and just beg for their autograph. And then for people to be asking me, I felt honored."

"Beyonce just put the level of female entertainment all the way up there. She does acting, she has a beautiful voice and that's really the person I look up to... that type of entertainer."

"It is one thing to record an album but it's a huge difference when people play it and
listen to it and embrace it the way that I do. It has always been my dream to get my music out to the world and have people hear it."

"Success for me isn't a destination it's a journey. Everybody's working to get to the top but where is the top? It's all about working harder and getting better and moving up and up."

"I want to give people a taste of the Caribbean, and show them the fun side of me."

"People think, because we're young, we aren't complex, but that's not true. We deal with life and love and broken hearts in the same way a woman a few years older might."

"I did one talent show at my high school, and I won it singing Mariah Carey's Hero."

- Rihanna


2007 : Barbados Music Award
category Entertainer of the Year
Barbados Music Award
category Female Entertainer of the Year
Barbados Music Award
category Song of the Year - Female for "Unfaithful"
Barbados Music Award
category Album of the Year for "A Girl Like Me"
Barbados Music Award
category Best Soul/R&B Single - Female for "Unfaithful"
Barbados Music Award
category Best Selling Recording Artiste - Worldwide
NRJ Music Award
category Best International Song of the Year for "Unfaithful"

2006 : Teen Choice Award
category Choice Music - R&B Artist
MTV Video Music Award Japan
category Best New Artist Video for "Pon De Replay"
MuchMusic Video Award
category Best International Artist for "S.O.S."
Billboard Music Award
category Pop 100 Artist of the Year
Billboard Music Award
category Female Hot 100 Artist of the Year
Billboard Music Award
category Female Artist of the Year
MOBO Award
category Best R&B
MTV Europe Music Award
category Best R&B
Teen Choice Award
category Choice Music - Breakout (Female)
TMF Award - Belgium
category Best Urban International for "SOS"

Below you can find Rihanna discography and lyrics from her different albums and singles.
Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
A Girl Like Me (2006)
Music of the Sun (2005)

Break It Off (2007)
Roll It (2007)
Umbrella (2007)
Shut Up and Drive (2007)
Let Me (2006)
SOS (2006)
Unfaithfull (2006)
We Ride (2006)
Pon de Replay (2005)
If It's Lovin' That You Want (2005)

Birth name Robyn Rihanna Fenty
Born February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
Origin Saint Michael, Barbados
Genre(s) R&B, reggae, pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2005–present
Label(s) Def Jam Recordings
Rihanna doesn't smoke.
#86 on AIM's 100 Hottest Brunettes
#57 on AIM's Celebs Under 25
#15 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women in 2008
#8 in Maxim's 2007 Hot 100 List
#1 in a poll conducted by AntiBloat to find the "Sexiest Celebrity Stomachs" in July of 2008
She is the new face of Cover Girl.
Website www.rihannanow.com

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