Beginnings: Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael, Barbados and grew up listening to reggae music. She chose to pursue a career in music after originally signing up as an army cadet in a sub-military programme. She met music producer Evan Rogers who was holidaying in Barbados in 2003 and was so impressed with her, he recorded demos with the singer. Jay Z came across her music nearly a year later and signed her on the spot following an audition in February 2005.
Her debut album, Music of the Sun, was released in August 2005 and sold over two million copies worldwide. Her follow-up album, A Girl Like Me, was released in April 2006 and featured the international hit SOS which was a success in countries including Britain, Canada, Germany and New Zealand. The album also signaled Rihanna’s first headline tour with Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour in summer 2006.
2005: Music of the Sun
2006: A Girl like Me
2007: Good Girl Gone Bad
2009: Rated R
2011: Talk That Talk
Career highlights: The singer followed up her earlier albums with Good Girl Gone Bad, released in May 2007, and remains her best-selling album in the country to date with over seven million copies sold worldwide. The 2010 Love the Way You Lie hit with Eminem made her the female artist with the fifth-most number ones in the chart’s history and the song would became the biggest-selling song of 2010 in the UK. It was also her first to sell over one million copies.
What’s My Name? featuring Drake, from 2009 album Loud, made Rihanna the first female solo artist to have five number one singles in the UK Singles Chart in consecutive years. The Loud Tour in June 2011 went on to sell out The O2 Arena in London for ten nights, making it the most sold out show for a female artist in its history. Talk That Talk, the singer’s sixth album, was released in November 2011 and featured We Found Love, the singer’s biggest hit to date. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks making it her longest-running number one single and the longest-running number one of the year.
Her most recent album, Unapologetic, was released in November 2012 was her first number one album in the US and best-selling debut week of her career. She later embarked on the 777 Tour, a short tour of seven shows in seven countries in seven days, to celebrate the album’s release.
The singer has won seven Grammy awards. Her first came in 2008 with Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Umbrella featuring Jay Z. Her most recent was earlier this year with her Unapologetic album winning Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Wealth: She made over £30 million pounds in the twelve months up to June 2014, Forbes revealed. This included co-headlining the Monster Tour with Eminem. The singer has a host of other ventures including a host of fragrances, a MAC Cosmetics range, fashion ranges including Armani and River Island. There’s also her recently announced creative director role at PUMA that signals another multi-million pound deal.
What next? The singer is currently working on her eighth studio album with producers including DJ Mustard and David Guetta and Nicky Romero. She has spent lot of her time on the aforementioned fashion projects. She will also play the voice of teenage girl Tip Tucci in Home, an upcoming animated comedy film due for release next year. Rihanna left Def Jam in May to sign with Roc Nation who have managed her since October 2010.