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Rihanna Height 5' 8" Born February 18 1988 in St. Michael, Barbados
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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, which is a sixth form school similar to technical school in America. 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".
Music of the Sun
Rihanna's debut album Music Of The Sun, which she co-wrote, was released in August 2005. The first single released from the album was the track "Pon De Replay", which peaked at number 2 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart due to considerable airplay. The second single, "If It's Lovin' That You Want", was less successful than its predecessor, climaxing on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 36, and number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. The album itself peaked within the top ten in Canada, and the US, and within the top forty in the UK. It has received platinum certifications in several countries, and received a Gold certification in the US by the RIAA. To further promote the album, Rihanna toured as an open act for American pop singer Gwen Stefani. The album itself sold over 500,000 units in the US and over 2 million worldwide. The album features many dancehall songs that harken to her island upbringing. Because her second album, "A Girl Like Me" was released so soon after "Music Of the Sun", no more singles were released. However, a third single, "Let Me" was unofficially released in Japan, and peaked at #8 there.
A Girl Like Me
In 2006, Rihanna participated in several endorsement deals, including for 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 first album. The album debuted at number five in the US and number four 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 Billboard Hot 100 chart; it also debuted at number one on the Hot Digital Songs chart. "SOS" peaked at number one in Australia and number two in the UK. The second single, entitled "Unfaithful", was written by R&B singer Ne-Yo, and addresses the feelings of guilt that the protagonist of the song faces as she cheats on her former boyfriend. The song became her third top ten hit in the US and in the UK. The third single "We Ride" wasn't as successful as her previous releases, failing to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, however, it has managed to seal her 5th UK top 20 single, where it peaked at number 17 on that chart and peaked #1 at Hot Dance Club Play. Rihanna's fourth single from the album "Break It Off" featuring Sean Paul had already managed peak at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 based soley on airplay. It was released as a digital download on February 19, 2007, which made the song jump from #52 to #10 and then eventually peaking at #9.
In total Rihanna has had 11 different number ones on the Billboard Charts and has had major success on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with four number ones (Pon De Replay, SOS, Unfaithful (Remix) and We Ride). When Rihanna got the Clinique endorsement, she recorded a song written by Ne-Yo entitled Just Be Happy as part of the deal to promote their Happy fragrance. The song can be heard on her Myspace page. Rihanna also recently recorded a song called Winning Women with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger for P&G’s female deodorant Secret.
Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role in Bring It On: All or Nothing, which was released on August 8, 2006, she also appeared on an episode of American soap opera All My Children and drama Las Vegas.
Good Girl Gone Bad
Rihanna has been in the studio with Ne-Yo, Stargate, Timbaland among others recording for her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad. The album is set to be released on June 5, 2007. It is set to feature Jay-Z and Ne-Yo as featured artists. A track listing has been confirmed, a duet with Chris Brown and Cassie is a bonus track on the album.
The first single "Umbrella", featuring Jay-Z, was released on March 29, 2007 and is currently climbing the charts, reaching No. 1 in the UK. It was produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Terius "The Dream" Nash. Second single, expected to be "Shut Up and Drive", will be sent to radio stations in June.
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