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it’s hard to believe that rihanna is only 36 years old. yet within the 10 years since the start of her musical career, she’s become the youngest solo artist to score 14 no. 1 singles on the billboard hot 100—the fastest to do so—she’s sold more than 54 million albums and 210 million tracks worldwide.
rihanna is the “best selling digital artist of all time… with more than 100 million [riaa] gold & platinum song certifications” and an eight-time grammy award winner who also counts 14 billboard music awards among other countless music accolades.
aside from her musical achievements, rihanna is bona fide business woman with multiple entrepreneurial ventures. however, most importantly, her undeniable cultural influence has forever imprinted her in history as a global icon despite her young age.
it all began with an impromptu performance for vacationing New York City music producers Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken in 2003 which helped jumpstart 15-year-old Rihanna’s multi faceted career. Def Jam released Rihanna's dynamic debut album, Music of the Sun, which garnered much attention due to the popularity of her highly addictive dancehall-flavored first single. Its popularity was propelled by the highly addictive dancehall-flavored lead single, “Pon de Replay.” A year later, Rihanna delivered the platinum-selling sophomore set, A Girl Like Me, featuring the No. 1 singles “SOS” and “Unfaithful.”
“Robyn Rihanna Fenty began honing her throaty, arresting vocals at an early age.”
Born in the Barbados parish of Saint Michael in 1988, Robyn Rihanna Fenty began honing her throaty, arresting vocals at an early age, influenced by such iconic talents as Madonna, Bob Marley, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.
moving away from her caribbean music roots, the singer displayed her knack for reinvention by shifting to more up tempo dance tracks. leading the charge was the album’s first single, “umbrella.” the track became the undisputed no. 1 pop song of the summer, dominating the u.s. pop, urban and crossover billboard charts for 52 weeks in a row. "umbrella" earned rihanna her first grammy in 2008 for best rap/sung collaboration.
from there, rihanna released a new top-selling album each year. with 2010’s loud, rihanna became the youngest artist to achieve ten number one singles when “s&m” reached number one on the billboard hot 100. in 2011, talk that talk spawned the global hit “we found love” which garnered her second mtv video music award for video of the year and her sixth grammy award for best short form music video.
rihanna embarked on the 777 tour in nov. 2012 where she performed in 7 countries in 7 days leading up to the release of her 7th studio album unapologetic. the album was the singer’s first no. 1 on the billboard 200. that same year found the singer making her acting debut in the theatrical film “battleship.” most recently, rihanna voiced her first animated character, tip, in the dreamworks' film "home." in addition to providing three singles to the film's soundtrack, rihanna curated the entire compilation.
Rihanna made chart history with her brand new album ANTI, released January 28, 2016, as she achieves her second consecutive #1 album with 166,000 first week sales.
Rihanna recently kicked off THE ANTI WORLD TOUR in on March 12 in Jacksonville, FL with nearly 40 shows lined up in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Washington DC & more. The European leg of the tour will then follow in Summer 2016.
despite all of these distinguished achievements, rihanna is just getting started. she is busy adding more credits to her burgeoning resume: executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist.