Rihanna was born in the parish of St. Michael, on the
Caribbean island nation of Barbados as the first of three
children to Ronald Fenty, a Barbadian father, who is of African
American and Creole descent, and Monica Fenty, a Guyanese mother
of Bajan origin. She pursued her primary education at Charles F.
Broome Memorial School and her secondary education at one of
Barbados' grammar schools, the prestigious Combermere School,
where she formed a musical trio with two of her classmates. She
won the Miss Combermere Pageant in 2004; her talent was singing.
In November 2004, she performed at the Colours of Combermere
School show, singing Mariah Carey's "Hero".
Rihanna's two close best friends are Leandra Goodridge and Melissa Forte. Rihanna received her big break at the age of fifteen when one of her friends introduced her to music producer Evan Rogers while he was vacationing in Barbados with his Barbadian wife Jackie. Rogers, along with his partner Carl Sturken, helped Rihanna record demo material in the United States that was sent to various recording companies including Def Jam, where Rihanna auditioned for CEO Jay-Z and was signed on the spot at the age of sixteen.
Rihanna's debut album Music of the Sun, which she co-wrote, was released in August 2005, led by the single "Pon de Replay", which peaked at number two on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The second single, "If It's Lovin' That You Want", was less successful than its predecessor but reached the top twenty in several countries. The album itself peaked within the top ten in Canada, and the U.S., and within the top forty in the UK. It has received platinum certifications in several countries and a Gold certification in the U.S. To further promote the album, Rihanna toured with Gwen Stefani. The album itself sold just under 500,000 copies in the US and 2 million worldwide.
In 2006, Rihanna participated in several endorsement deals, including Nike and J.C. Penney. She released her second album, A Girl Like Me, in April 2006 less than eight months after the release of her debut album. The album debuted at number five in the U.S. and number six in the UK. The lead single, "SOS", was used in her endorsement deal with Nike. The song became Rihanna's first number one on the Hot 100 chart; it also debuted at number one on the Hot Digital Songs chart where it became the second biggest first week digital single ever. "SOS" peaked at number one in Australia and number two in the UK. The second single, a slow ballad which addresses the feelings of guilt a girl faces as she cheats on her boyfriend titled "Unfaithful", became her third top ten hit in the U.S & the U.K. (becoming her third #2 single in the latter, held off by "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira) The third single has been confirmed and will be "We Ride". "A Girl Like Me" is Rihanna's biggest selling album to date and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
On July 25, 2006, Rihanna appeared on the American soap opera All My Children, performing "S.O.S" and "Kisses Don't Lie."
On July 31, 2006 Rihanna received two MTV Video Music Award Nominations for the categories- Best New Artist & Viewer's Choice for her video "SOS (Rescue Me)".
Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role in Bring It On: All or Nothing, which was released on August 8, 2006.
August 26: The Barbadian-born Rihanna said that she was honored to represent a Caribbean telecommunication network and considered Trinidad her second home. Rihanna revealed to the media that her music was inspired by her own experiences and the experiences of her close friends.
Awards and Nominations
This Rihanna Biography Page is Copyright Biography World © 2004 - 2010