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Rihanna in 2014

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (/riˈænə/; born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados and raised in Bridgetown, during 2003, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers and 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", "SOS" and "Unfaithful".

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 lead single "Umbrella" became an international breakthrough in her career, as she won her first Grammy Award at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008. She then annually released four consecutive RIAA multi-platinum certified studio albums, including the Grammy Award winner Unapologetic (2012). Her eighth studio album Anti (2016) topped the US Billboard 200 and became one of the most streamed albums of the year. Many of her songs rank among the world's best-selling singles of all time, including the singles "Umbrella", "Take a Bow", "Disturbia", "Only Girl (In the World)", "S&M", "We Found Love", "Diamonds", "Stay" and "Work" in which she is the lead artist, and her collaborations "Live Your Life" (with T.I.), "Love the Way You Lie" and "The Monster" (both with Eminem).

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The Glow In The Dark Tour is a critically acclaimed world concert tour by Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna, N.E.R.D and Nas. It began on April 16, 2008 in Seattle and travelled to Latin America, Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia through to early December. The tour featured some surprise special guest artists, including Girls Aloud, Gnarls Barkley and Jay-Z. Chris Brown also appeared at some shows to perform his remix of "Umbrella" with Rihanna, and as a dancer for N.E.R.D. For the New Zealand and Australian leg of the tour special guests Nas and New Zealand rapper Scribe have replaced Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D, as N.E.R.D is touring these countries separately. For the Asia leg, Taiwanese American singer Vanness Wu performed as the opening act on the Asian leg of the tour and performed "Good Life" with West during the show.

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Rihanna at AMA in 2009


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Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief was a charity telethon held on January 22, 2010 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (January 23, 2010 from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. UTC). The telethon was the most widely distributed telethon in history.[1] The event was broadcast from Studio 36 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York and a private club, The Hospital, in London.[2][3] There were also live reports from Haiti.

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"Only Girl (In the World)" is a song performed by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The song was written by Crystal Johnson, Stargate and Sandy Vee, and it was produced by the latter two. The song was released on September 10, 2010, and serves as the lead single from Rihanna's fifth studio album, Loud. The song is an up-tempo dominant dance-pop song that incorporates elements of Eurodance in its production and beats.

Critical reception of the song has been largely positive. It has been praised by critics for its dance-pop and Europop feel to the song and for having a strong chorus. The song's overall production has been praised, largely complementing the choice and vocal work of Rihanna. The song became an international hit and has reached number one in fifteen countries and the top five of six others. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making it the ninth Rihanna song to top the chart. The track is also the first song in the Hot 100's history when an album's debut single reached number one after the second single has.

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Rated R is the fourth studio album by Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna, released November 20, 2009 on Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place during March to November 2009 at Milk Studios and Germano Studios in Manhattan, New York, Studios Davout in Paris, France, and Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. Conceived after Rihanna's assault by her then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, Rated R features a foreboding and angry tone, in terms of musical and lyrical direction, and incorporates elements of hip hop, rock, and dubstep.

The album debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 181,000 copies in its first week, making it Rihanna's highest-selling debut in the United States. It became her third consecutive platinum album in the United States and spawned three singles, "Russian Roulette", "Hard", and "Rude Boy", that attained chart success. Upon its release, Rated R received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 76/100 from Metacritic.

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  1. ^ Knox, David (22 January 2010). "Airdate: Hope for Haiti Now". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Davies, Rodrigo and Rogers, Georgie, "U2, Jay Z and Rihanna team up to perform a special benefit track", BBC 6 Music, January 22, 2010
  3. ^ Chittenden, Maurice and Hastings, Chris, "Haiti earthquake concert raises £35m", The Sunday Times, January 24,2010
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