- Early life and musical beginnings
- Breakthrough with “Music of the Sun”
- Mainstream success with “Good Girl Gone Bad”
- Critical and commercial acclaim with “Rated R”
- “Talk That Talk” and continued success
- “Unapologetic” and international superstardom
- “Anti” and chart-topping singles
- Recent years and upcoming projects
It’s been almost three years since Rihanna’s last album, “Anti,” was released, and fans are wondering when new music from the singer will drop.
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Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip hop producer and rapper Jay-Z. In 2005, Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sun and its follow-up A Girl like Me (2006), which charted on the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles “Pon de Replay” and “SOS”. She assumed creative control for her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) and adopted a public image as a sex symbol while reinventing her music. Its successful lead single “Umbrella” became an international breakthrough in her career, as she won her first Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Jay-Z in 2008. After releasing four consecutive platinum studio albums, including the Grammy Award winner Unapologetic (2012), she was recognized as Billboard’s fourth artist of the 2000s decade. Besides solo materials, Rihanna is a featured artist on successful singles such as “Live Your Life” (2008) by T.I., “Run This Town” (2009) by Jay-Z, “Sexy Can I” (2008) by Ray J, and “Take Care” (2011) by Drake; successfully collaborating with other artists such as Eminem and Calvin Harris; and has also contributed to charitable singles such as “Everybody Hurts” (2011), “$1000000″‘ (2015), during times of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Throughout her career spanning 11 years, she has sold over 250 million records worldwide making her one of best-selling music artists of all time.
Early life and musical beginnings
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. Her mother, Monica (Braithwaite), is a retired accountant of Afro-Guyanese background, and her father, Ronald Fenty, is a warehouse supervisor of Afro-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 to different mothers from his previous relationships. She grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Bridgetown and sold clothes with her father in a stall on the street. Her childhood was deeply affected by her father’s addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol which contributed to her parents’ strained marriage. As a child she went through a lot of CT scans for the excruciating headaches she suffered: “The doctors even thought it was a tumor, because it was that intense.” By the time she was fourteen she realized that her parents would never be together again.
Breakthrough with “Music of the Sun”
Rihanna’s debut album, “Music of the Sun,” was released in August 2005. The album peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured the hit singles “Pon de Replay” and “If It’s Lovin’ that You Want.” Rihanna’s second album, “A Girl like Me,” was released in April 2006 and debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. The album featured the hit singles “SOS” and “Unfaithful.”
Mainstream success with “Good Girl Gone Bad”
Rihanna found mainstream success with her 2007 album “Good Girl Gone Bad.” The album included the hit singles “Umbrella,” “Don’t Stop the Music,” and “Take a Bow.” Rihanna has released seven studio albums since then, including her most recent, “Anti,” in 2016.
Critical and commercial acclaim with “Rated R”
Rihanna’s fourth studio album, Rated R, was released in 2009 to critical and commercial acclaim. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold 181,000 copies in its first week. Generally well received by contemporary music critics, the album received an average score of 78 out of 100 on review aggregate website Metacritic, which signifies “generally favorable reviews.”
“Talk That Talk” and continued success
In November 2011, less than a year after the release of her last album, “Loud,” Rihanna released her sixth studio album, “Talk That Talk.” The album was a commercial success, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and selling more than one million copies in the United States. The lead single from the album, “We Found Love,” was a huge success, topping the charts in more than 20 countries and becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Rihanna has continued to release new music since “Talk That Talk,” including the 2013 single “Stay” and the 2014 song “FourFiveSeconds” (which also featured Kanye West and Paul McCartney). She is rumored to be working on a new album, which would be her seventh studio album.
“Unapologetic” and international superstardom
It’s been almost four years since Rihanna last released an album, but in that time she’s become an international superstar. Her seventh studio album, “Unapologetic,” was released in November 2012 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for best urban contemporary album.
Rihanna has released several singles since “Unapologetic,” including “Diamonds,” “Stay,” and “The Monster.” She has also collaborated with other artists, such as Eminem, Calvin Harris, and Drake. In 2016, she released the single “Work,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has sold more than 230 million records and has won numerous awards, including eight Grammy Awards and 27 Billboard Music Awards.
“Anti” and chart-topping singles
Rihanna’s eighth studio album “Anti” was released on January 28, 2016. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 166,000 equivalent copies in its first week and becoming Rihanna’s sixth album to do so. The lead single from “Anti”, “Work”, featuring Drake, peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Rihanna her fourteenth number-one single on the chart and tying her with Madonna and The Supremes for the fourth most number-one singles in the chart’s history.
Recent years and upcoming projects
Rihanna’s last album, Anti, was released in 2016. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and received critical acclaim. Her next album is rumored to be released in 2019.
Rihanna’s last album, Anti, was released in 2016. Since then, she has released several singles, including “Wild Thoughts” with DJ Khaled and “This Is What You Came For” with Calvin Harris. She has also been featured on songs by other artists, such as N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon.” Rihanna’s most recent release is the single “Beautiful People,” which came out in April 2018.