Robyn Rihanna Fenty , or Rihanna, was born on the island of Barbados on February 20, 1988 . Her mother is Afro-Guyanese, her father is Barbadian of Irish descent. She has two brothers, a half-brother, and two half-sisters.
Passionate about music from an early age , Rihanna was part of a band in high school, then dropped out of school to focus on her artistic career . A risky choice that has left many apprentice singers on the chopping block, but which pays off for Riri, since she quickly catches the eye of producers and then record companies, and ends up auditioning for Jay-Z in the greatest calm.
Immediately launched into the deep end, his first album, in 2005, was a success , thanks in particular to the popularity of the single Pon the Replay. With one album per year on average until 2012, Rihanna quickly solidified her success, accumulating several million sales with each release , and each time placing at least one number 1 title on the top Billboard (SOS, Umbrella, Take a Bow, Rude Boy…)
Less productive thereafter, devoting herself to extra-musical activities, particularly in the world of fashion, she is content with a single album in 2016, Anti, which despite a triple-platinum in the United States, does not reply the monstrous international success of previous records.With this new album, “Unapologetic”, Rihanna wants to respond to her detractors and her fans follow her with ever more fervor. This album has sold no less than 3.2 million copies worldwide. Carried by a first single, “Diamonds”, and a second, “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko, it won all the votes.
The clip for “Stay” was unveiled on February 12, 2013. The singer appeared naked in her bathtub. Directly ranked number of singles sales in the United States and in many other countries, this title does not please everyone. Upon its release, it was banned for those under 18 on the YouTube platform, before being visible again to everyone a few days later.For Rihanna and her fans, it doesn’t matter. The singer becomes, on April 22, 2013, the first and only artist totaling 10 number one in the Billboard Pop Songs ranking in the United States and the total sale of her singles on legal download platforms amounts to 60 million.If on the career side everything is going well for Rihanna, her love life continues to experience ups and downs. According to some, “Stay” would be directly addressed to her ex, Chris Brown.At the end of 2012, Rihanna confirmed to be with Chris Brown again through her Instagram account. She posts several intimate photos of them together. Their reunion will only be short-lived, since in the spring of 2013, Chris Brown officially announces their separation during an interview with an Australian media.Single again, Rihanna immerses herself in work. Her tour over, she is working on a new line of clothing with the British brand River Islands and is preparing her next clip.
The “For It Up” Scandal
Released on April 15, 2013, “Pour It Up” is the fourth single from his seventh studio album “Unapologetic”. It was not until October 2 of the same year that Rihanna unveiled the clip for this song.
Sold at 1.2 million copies in the United States alone, the title deserved a video worthy of its success. Rihanna didn’t disappoint and gave her audience a video that many called pornographic. For others, she proves by this video that she controls her body and her sexuality. The singer starts twerking dressed as a gogo dancer in a strip club.
The Monster Tour
At the end of 2013, Rihanna appeared featuring on the title “The Monster” recorded with Eminem. The title becomes the thirteenth number one of the singer in the United States. Rihanna also collaborated with Shakira on the hit “Can’t Remember to Forget You” which was released in January 2014. In the process, the superstar announced the preparation of her 8th solo album, entitled “R8”. Back in the studio, Rihanna does not stop there! She will participate in a concept album for the soundtrack of the next animated film from Dreamworks studios, “Home”.In the summer of 2014, Rihanna joined Eminem on stage for a joint tour called “The Monster Tour” in the United States.
The R8 project
Fans will have to wait nearly a year before they can hear the singer’s new hits. In January 2015, Rihanna unveiled the single “FourFiveSeconds”, the first extract from her future album then called “R8”. For her big comeback, RiRi surrounded herself with two other industry superstars since this title is a featuring with rapper Kanye West and ex-Beatles Paul McCartney. A hit that she performs for the first time live on the stage of the Grammy Awards.
On February 25, Rihanna unveiled the hit “Towards The Sun”, the first extract from the soundtrack of the film “Home”, which was a hit at the box office.Once again the star caused a stir at the iHeart Awards ceremony in Los Angeles with the live of her new hit “Bitch Better Have My Money”, for which Rihanna comes out of a helicopter dressed in a huge green fur that marks all minds. The singer also releases the track “American Oxygen”.Throughout 2015, fans are watching for the slightest sign of the new album which is long overdue. It is only in October that Rihanna reveals the cover and the title of the opus “Anti”. The following month, she indirectly confirmed an imminent release by announcing a major tour that would begin in February 2016 with Travis Scott, Big Sean and The Weeknd opening for it.
Rihanna, Dior muse
Besides being a successful singer, Rihanna is also a true fashion icon. After posing for Armani and Balmain, the star became the new face of the Dior fashion house in 2015! Rihanna thus becomes the first black muse of the luxury brand, in 69 years of history!
The Barbadian beauty joins the ranks of Isabelle Adjani, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Marion Cotillard.
The “Anti” moment
After four years of absence in stores, Rihanna released her new album on January 28, 2016, finally entitled “Anti”.
Contrary to what fans thought, the album does not contain the tracks “FourFiveSonces”, “American Oxygen” and “Bitch Better Have My Money”.The day before the album’s release, Rihanna unveiled the first single, “Work” featuring Drake. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Despite an initial release of the album as a free download, “Anti” broke all records by being crowned gold and platinum! Unbeatable, Rihanna also received the prize of the 100 Million Song Awards. This trophy was awarded to him by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and crowns the number of singles sold since his debut. These include the hits “We Found Love”, nine times platinum, “Stay”, “What’s My Name” and “Only Girl (In The World)”, six times platinum, or the duet with Paul Mc Cartney and Kanye West, “FourFiveSeconds”, certified double platinum. The artist made history by becoming the first woman to hold this award.
The Anti-World Tour
The release of “Anti” is an opportunity for Rihanna to go back on stage for an international tour. The first concert took place in Jacksonville, Florida in March 2016. This show inaugurates a series of 71 dates planned in North America and Europe. That the French fans are reassured, the pop star will also ensure the show in Paris, Lyon, Nice and Lille in July 2016.
In September 2016 Rihanna is part of the list of nominees for the NRJ Music Awards 2016. The singer is in the running in the categories “Female Artist of the Year”, “Group / International Duo of the Year” for her featuring with Calvin Harris and “Clip of the Year” for “Work”.
Many projects for Rihanna
In the summer of 2017, Rihanna experienced new musical success, collaborating with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller for the song “Wild Thoughts”. The song is a cover of the title “Maria Maria” by Carlos Santana, released in 1999.
On the fashion side, at the end of 2017, Riri launched “Fenty Beauty by Rihanna”, a make-up brand that “speaks to all women”, thanks to products for all skin tones. In May 2018, the Barbadian created her own lingerie brand, called Savage x Fenty.
Another project of the artist: the cinema. After a few notable appearances in the films Battleship or Valerian , in 2018 we find Rihanna in the film Ocean’s 8, alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett or even Anna Hathaway.
The same year she announced a new musical project: a double album, one with reggae and dancehall sounds, the other more pop oriented.
Fenty, brand of freedom and empowerment
In the spring of 2019, after make-up and lingerie, the young entrepreneur integrated the ready-to-wear and luxury leather goods sector into her Fenty brand. This new brand, based in Paris, “embodies Rihanna ‘s vision of fashion both in her ready-to-wear creations, shoes and accessories, and in her choices in terms of distribution and communication”, underlined the luxury giant . In a statement released at the time.
For Fenty, Rihanna decided to opt for the drop system,a kind of collection without a limited time.In other words, the house allows itself the freedom to release products whenever it sees fit.Fenty thus remains the synonym of freedom and empowerment conferred by the make-up line and Savage x Fenty, the lingerie line. But then, what do we find at Fenty? Pieces with balanced volume such as its cotton or poplin shirts with puff sleeves. There are also impeccably tailored suits, dresses and t-shirts. Skirts and corseted tops – a Rihanna signature that play with the feminine-masculine. Jewelery and accessory enthusiasts will also find what they are looking for with precious earrings, elaborately designed sunglasses or monochrome cotton bananas…
For her new collection launched on December 6, the singer and designer pushes her stylistic statement to a new level by reflecting on the idea of the ideal wardrobe for today’s woman. A dress code which, instead of corresponding to a certain social straitjacket, would be versatile and could follow women in their various daily activities. The classic white shirt to go to the office? Ok, but over-size, which can be transformed into a dress, worn cool with sneakers or chic with pumps. The tuxedo ? Yes, but with a cutout in the back… then come the tulle and satin pieces, jewelry and “Scandal”, the new stilettos designed by Bad Gal Riri. As usual, impossible to declare that Rihanna does streetwear. In her collections, she affirms that she is unclassifiable. Rihanna can be whoever she wants… And us too. About this brand extension, the designer said in May 2019: “Women are the forces of our world. We are multi-faceted, complex, both vulnerable and invincible. Fenty addresses all these subtleties. Some days, I want to let go, often I take it all in, and most of the time I feel both at the same time, which is why it was essential for me to create a brand that was versatile enough to include and sublimate all our temperaments. can be easily worn together, and are especially made to become essential pieces of our wardrobe. I am excited to see my clothes worn”.
The collaboration of the singer with the French luxury group is not surprising. The Fenty Beauty project, which shook up the world of cosmetics in 2016, was indeed developed with Kendo, a beauty incubator attached to the LVMH group and specializing in the manufacture of beauty products. However, this new project appeared as a risk-taking for LVMH, which has not launched a new house since that of Christian Lacroix in 1987. Challenge met.
Rihanna net worth
At the age of 34, Rihanna has just won the honorary title of youngest billionaire woman in America according to the latest ranking of Forbes magazine (of the richest self-made women in the country, editor’s note). After having made the whole planet dance thanks to dozens of hits, the beauty has turned into a real businesswoman by attacking other universes: cosmetics but also lingerie.
The young mother is at the head of three entities known to all, namely Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin and Savage X Fenty . The Work singer ranked 21st overall and is the only billionaire under 40 on the list. RiRi is now worth $1.4 billion.
Rihanna’s private life
Rihanna ‘s most publicized and chaotic relationship is of course that with Chris Brown , which ended in 2009 with the terrible beating of the singer by her boyfriend. The two would get back together for a short time in 2013, to general misunderstanding.
In the meantime, she has known some relationships, notably with Matt Kemp , baseball player, with Travis Scott , with Drake , the Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel and more recent with ASAP ROCKY who is having a baby with.
Longtime friends, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky formalized their romance in June 2021. Now happy parents, the two artists must now face a test, this time legal. Indeed, the American rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has been charged with a shooting.
Their arrival was eagerly awaited by the press, eager to discover the face of the infant.
A few months after giving birth, singer Rihanna is increasing her public appearances this summer. Back in Los Angeles, the Barbadian was spotted on Sunday August 14 by photographers and some fans on the airport tarmac, in the company of her partner, rapper A$AP Rocky, their bodyguard and for the first time in public, their 3-month-old baby.