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Rihanna

Born 20 February 1988.

Barbadian R&B/pop singer

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Rihanna - Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend

A highlights compilation of Rihanna's set at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend.

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Biography

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), better known by her stage name Rihanna ( ree-AN-ə ), is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began when she met record producer Evan Rogers through mutual friends in late 2003 and recorded demo tapes under Rogers's guidance. Her tape was sent to several record labels, and she subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip-hop producer and rapper Jay-Z. Both her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005) and its follow-up A Girl Like Me (2006) peaked in the top ten on the US Billboard 200 chart. The albums spawned the US Billboard Hot 100 top two hit single "Pon de Replay" and her first Hot 100 number-one on the chart, "SOS".

Her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), and its chart-topping lead single "Umbrella" were major breakthroughs in her career that brought her to widespread prominence. The album and its 2008 Reloaded version further produced the worldwide hit singles "Don't Stop the Music", "Take a Bow", and "Disturbia". The record was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella". Following a highly publicized altercation with then-boyfriend, entertainer Chris Brown, she released her fourth studio album, Rated R, in November 2009. It was followed by three more albums: Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and her first Billboard 200 number one album Unapologetic (2012). That same year, she appeared in her first theatrical feature film, Battleship.

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  1. Review of Unapologetic

    Unapologetic 2012

    Reviewed by Natalie Shaw
    The sound of a human dragged headfirst into a breakdown, and somehow surviving it.
  2. Review of Take Care

    Take Care 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Drake is here for the long run – and he’s already outrunning most.
  3. Review of Loud

    Loud 2010

    Reviewed by James Skinner
    An arresting fifth collection featuring turns from Eminem and Drake.
  4. Review of Rated R

    Rated R 2009

    Reviewed by Jude Rogers
    She’s transformed into a revenge-hunting, firebrand diva – and it suits her.
  5. Review of Good Girl Gone Bad

    Good Girl Gone Bad 2007

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    Rihanna goes bad. This is a good thing.
  6. Review of Talk That Talk

    Talk That Talk

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Drearily sexual lyricism over showy but shallow production dominates RiRi’s sixth LP.
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