Rihanna was born
on February 20, 1988, in a county in Barbados called St.
Michael. She lived the life of a normal island girl going to
Combermere, a top sixth form school, similar to grammar schools
in the UK. Rihanna won a beauty pageant and performed Mariah
Carey's "Hero" in a school talent show. Her life changed forever
when one of her friends introduced her to Evan Rodgers, a
producer from New York who was in Barbados for vacation with his
wife, who is a native. Rodgers arranged for her to go to New
York to meet Jay-Z, CEO of Def Jam Records. He heard her sing
and knew she was going to be big and for more than just one
song. She was 16 when she was signed to Def Jam. Rihnanna's
debut album is out now. It's called "Music of the Sun". Was
signed to Def Jam Records.
Her musical inspirations include Alicia Keys, Beyoncé Knowles,
and Mariah Carey.
Attended Combermere which is a sixth form school similar to
technical school in America.
Performed Mariah Carey's "Hero" at her school's talent show.
Won a beauty pageant at her school.
Born to a black Barbadian father Ronald Fenty and a black
Guyanese mother Monica Fenty.
She has two younger brothers Rorrey and Rajad.
Stated in an interview that her friend and former Island Def Jam
record label artist Fefe Dobson was someone that she admired and
looked up to. Having a fellow black artist writing, singing, and
performing the music she truly loves.
Ranked #8 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Sampled "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' " by Michael Jackson from
his " Thriller" album in her song "Please Don't Stop the Music".
Ranked #15 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
According to Fashion Lifestyle she's had over 150 hairstyles
since her music career took off in 2005. Her trademarks are her
Long Straight Brown (2006), Medium Length Black Bob (2007) and
Short Cropped look (2008).
Made an estimated $15,000,000 in 2008. (Source) - Forbes
Was tagged "The Digital Download Queen" due to her songs being
downloaded over 75,000,000 times combined.
Has sold over 12 million albums worldwide in under 4 years.
Her 3rd studio album 'Good Girl Gone Bad' (2007) was the 3rd
highest selling album in the world in 2007 and was the 8th
highest 2008. It has sold just under 8 million copies worldwide
and has spawned 3 number one Hot 100 hits and 2 worldwide number
Appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue for there "Extreme
Couture" edition. [September 2009].