Rihanna Biography: Career, Business, Albums, Awards, and Net Worth

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Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman. Rihanna’s first two studio albums, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl Like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart, helped her quickly gain notoriety after she signed with Def Jam in 2005.

Early Life

Rihanna was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, but raised in Bridgetown. She was born in Guyanese territory to a Guyanese mother and a Barbadian father. She grew up listening to reggae and other Caribbean music, as well as American R&B and hip-hop. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, as well as two half-sisters and a half-brother, all of whom were conceived by different mothers during her mother’s previous relationships. She grew up in a Bridgetown bungalow with three bedrooms and worked with her father in a street stall selling clothes.


Music Career

Rihanna formed a girl trio with two friends, and in 2004, she piqued the interest of American record producer Evan Rogers. He helped Fenty record a demo, which led to an interview with rapper Jay-Z, who was the chairman of the Def Jam record label at the time. Jay-Z quickly signed the rising vocalist. For her professional career, she chose Rihanna as her stage name. Rihanna gained a large global fan base with her bubbly, dancehall-influenced hit “Pon de Replay” in 2005.

The success of the song aided the sales of her debut full-length album, Music of the Sun (2005). Traditional R&B ballads coexisted with Caribbean-inspired dance-pop on the album, which highlighted her melodic Barbadian lilt. Soon after, Rihanna released A Girl Like Me (2006), an upbeat club-oriented album that included “S.O.S.” The song, which featured a sample of Soft Cell’s 1981 new-wave smash “Tainted Love,” became Rihanna’s first Billboard number-one single.

Rihanna attempted to reinvent herself for Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). She abandoned the tropical rhythms that had adorned her first two albums in favor of a collection of sleek R&B that portrayed her as a fiercely independent and rebellious woman, with the help of such high-profile collaborators as Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. The gamble paid off, as the album sold several million copies worldwide, and the album’s anthemic lead single, “Umbrella,” which featured an introductory rap from Jay-Z, became one of the year’s biggest hits, earning Rihanna a Grammy Award.

Rihanna was beaten by her boyfriend, fellow R&B star Chris Brown, in early 2009, in an incident widely covered by tabloid news and gossip blogs. Following their divorce, he was charged with assault. Later that year, she co-wrote much of the album Rated R, which featured icily stark production and brooding lyrics about vengeance. Despite a slight drop in sales, “Rude Boy” was another huge hit for her. Rihanna made a comeback with the upbeat Loud single, which featured less ominous music (2010).

The album’s sexually explicit single “S&M,” released in early 2011, earned her 10th number-one Billboard hit, making her the youngest artist to do so at the age of 23. Her well-known collaborations with hip-hop artists T.I. and Eminem, which appeared on their respective albums, were factored in. Many people thought her vocals on the latter’s song “Love the Way You Lie” (2010), which depicted an abusive relationship, added depth to the song.

On her albums Talk That Talk (2011), which produced the infectious global hit “We Found Love,” and Unapologetic (2012), which featured the starry-eyed “Diamonds,” Rihanna maintained a steely and seductive persona. That edition also included the contentious duet from the latter album with Brown, with whom she briefly rekindled her romance. Anti, her eighth studio album, was released in 2016. Later, it was revealed that Rihanna would perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2023.

Acting Career

Rihanna has appeared in the films This Is the End and Battleship, in addition to her music career (2012). She also voiced one of the main characters in the animated film Home (2015). Later, Rihanna appeared as a hacker in Ocean’s 8 (2018), a female-driven remake of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise from the early 2000s. She and Donald Glover co-starred in the Coachella Valley Festival premiere of Guava Island in 2019, which was later streamed on Amazon.

Fenty Beauty & Fashion

Early in the 2010s, Rihanna and other artists worked together on numerous cosmetics lines before launching her own line, Fenty Beauty, in 2017. Fans of the brand embraced it with fervor and commended it for being inclusive by providing 40 various foundation tones. The fashion label Fenty will be produced by Rihanna in collaboration with LVMH Mot Hennessy—Louis Vuitton, it was revealed in 2019. As a result, she made history by becoming the first woman of color to lead a fashion house at LVMH, the biggest manufacturer of luxury goods in the world. Later that year, Fenty’s debut collection was unveiled.

Personal Life

In 2007, Chris Brown, an American singer, and Rihanna started dating. She began dating Canadian rapper Drake after their romance ended in February 2009, and the two had an on-again, off-again relationship that lasted until 2016.

Rihanna started dating Saudi entrepreneur Hassan Jameel in 2017. In January 2020, they broke up. ASAP Rocky, an American rapper, announced on May 19, 2021, that he and Rihanna are presently dating. The couple announced they were expecting their first child on January 31, 2022. It was confirmed that Rihanna has given birth to a son on May 19, 2022.


  • 2016: Anti
  • 2012: Unapologetic
  • 2011: Talk That Talk
  • 2010: Loud
  • 2009: Rated R
  • 2007: Good Girl Gone Bad
  • 2006: A Girl Like Me
  • 2005: Music of the Sun

Selected filmography

  • 2019: Guava Island
  • 2018: Ocean’s 8
  • 2017: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • 2015: Home
  • 2013: This Is the End
  • 2012: Battleship
  • 2006: Bring It On: All or Nothing

Influence and Impact

She established the Believe Foundation in 2006 to aid children with terminal illnesses. As one of the 2007 Cartier Love Charity Bracelet Ambassadors, Rihanna represented one of the many international charities. Rihanna and other well-known people created garments for the H&M Fashion Against AIDS collection in February 2008 to help spread awareness and fight HIV/AIDS. Rihanna raised money for the Believe Foundation in 2008 by performing a string of benefit shows dubbed “A Girl’s Night Out.” The public was given free admission to the concerts. Toys, educational supplies, and medical supplies were to be distributed to children in need with money from sponsors and marketers.

Together with fifteen other female singers, Rihanna contributed to the song “Just Stand Up!” in September 2008. The song was performed live on September 5, 2008, as part of the “Stand Up to Cancer” television program. The single’s sales were donated to the charity event. For cancer research, the television spectacular raised $100 million.

In 2012, Rihanna established the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) in memory of her paternal grandparents, Lionel and Clara Braithwaite. Rihanna participated in the MAC Viva Glam campaign on January 3, 2014, which supports people living with HIV/AIDS, including men, women, and kids.

Rihanna contributed $5,000,000 to COVID-19 assistance in March 2020. She then gave the state of New York extra donations of PPE and offered to provide $700,000 worth of ventilators to her own Barbados. For a total donation of $4,200,000 in April 2020, Rihanna matched Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s donation of $2,100,000. She did this to help those experiencing domestic violence and their children during the lockdown by giving an additional $2,100,000.


Rihanna’s anticipated appearance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards was postponed on February 8, 2009. According to reports, she had been physically abused by her boyfriend at the time, Chris Brown. He surrendered to the authorities and was taken into custody on a criminal threat charge. Brown was accused of assault and making a criminal threat on March 5, 2009.


As of September 2018, Rihanna was one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with over 250 million records sold worldwide. She has won various accolades over her career, including 8 People’s Choice Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 9 Grammy Awards, and 12 Billboard Music Awards. At the 2013 American Music Awards, Rihanna won the “Icon Award,” and at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, she won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Six Guinness World Records belong to her. Rihanna has sold more than 10 million albums in the US, and Nielsen SoundScan named her the best-selling digital artist in the nation. As of 2012, she broke the Guinness World Record for the most digital single sales with more than 58 million.

Rihanna passed 100 million Gold and Platinum song certifications on July 1, 2015, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Rihanna is the first and only artist to achieve the RIAA’s cumulative 100 million single award threshold and holds the record for most digital single awards. She has sold more than 7 million albums in the UK, making her the third-best-selling female artist of the 20th century. Her album has sold 54 million copies worldwide, according to Billboard.

With 14 No. 1 singles, Rihanna ranks third all-time in the history of the US Billboard Hot 100 list in terms of the number of No. 1 singles. Billboard has declared her the best Mainstream Top 40 chart performer of the last 20 years; she holds the record for most entries (36), top tens (23), and No. 1 hits (60). In the UK, Rihanna has sold over 6 million albums and over 18 million singles as of March 2014. She is the country’s second-best-selling female singles artist, just behind Madonna, and the artist with the most million-selling singles overall in the UK, trailing only the Beatles. She is also the tenth best-selling artist overall.

One of the best-selling singles of all time is her duet with Eminem, “Love the Way You Lie,” which is included among “Umbrella,” “Disturbia,” “Only Girl (In the World”),” “We Found Love,” and “Diamonds.” In addition to sixteen No. 1 singles on the Rhythmic chart, Rihanna has seven No. 1 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list, the Airplay chart, and both. She is the only artist in the twenty-first century to have so far scored over 30 top-ten singles in the UK and Australia.

Net Worth

According to Forbes, as of October 2022, Rihanna’s net worth was $1.7 billion, making her the wealthiest female musician and one of the richest singers globally.


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