Born Today: Rihanna


Born on 20th February, 1988 as Robyn Rihanna Fenty in the Caribbean island of Barbados, Rihanna who turns 27 today is a famous singer and actress.

Her mother Monica was an accountant whereas her father Ronald Fenty was a warehouse supervisor. Rihanna did not have the most ideal childhood since her father was an addict and her parents reached a divorce in the early years of her teenage.

Around the same time, the 5′ 8″ Rihanna formed an all-girls band with two of her fellow classmates. To her good luck, she got the opportunity to sing in front of the music producer, Even Rodgers at the tender age of fifteen. Rodgers was impressed so much that he decided Rihanna should record demo tapes in the US, which she did over the course of the next year.

In the year, 2005, after her demo tapes were distributed among various record companies, Rihanna got to audition in front of Jay-Z who was the newly appointed CEO and president of “Def Jam Recordings”. What followed was that Rihanna signed a deal with Def Jam Records.

Then in August 2005, she released “Pon de Replay”, her first single. The song ended up at the second spot on the Billboard chart. “Music of the Sun” which was Rihanna’s first album was also released later on, in August and it landed at Number 10 on the Billboard’s album charts. In April, 2006 Rihanna released her second album “A girl like me” which is also a major success and wins her many awards.

In 2007, Rihanna released her third album “Good Girl gone bad” which also says a lot about her transformation from a cute teen girl to a chic artist. The song “Umbrella” from the album is a major hit toping charts all over the world and also bagged Rihanna’s first Grammy for her.

In the upcoming years, she did some major collaboration with popular artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ne-Yo and gave even more blockbuster songs. She released her fourth album in 2009 “Rated R”, fifth album “Loud” in 2010, sixth album in 2011, and seventh album “Unapologetic” in 2012, each one bringing more success and awards for the young artist.

A career that has seen nothing but fame and success, Rihanna has so far bagged more than 400 nominations. She has won eight Grammys till date and she ranks on number five for the most total wins in Billboard Music Awards history.

Apart from her singing career, Rihanna has also acted in a few movies including “Battleship” (2012), “This is the End” (2013) and “Annie” (2014).

To date, Rihanna has released many successful signature perfumes as well, she also collaborated with the famous cosmetics brand “MAC” to release her own line of products. Rihanna has also been active in some fashion designing ventures and is also a philanthropist.

She has two brothers and has been in a much talked about relationship with singer Chris Brown. She later on dated baseball star Matt Kemp and Musician Drake.

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Mariyum Iftikhar

Mariyum Iftikhar is a Web Producer & Blog Coordinator at She covers Lifestyle, Health and other social issues for the fastest growing news website in Pakistan, US, UK and Middle East.

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