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Barbados is now included in the map of global music, thanks to the many Rihanna songs from the Barbadian-born American music artist. She is now one of the biggest selling recording artists. She is also an effective product endorser and occasionally, a movie actress. Her numerous accolades include awards from the Grammy’s, American Music Awards, BRIT Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael, Barbados on February 20, 1988. She has two brothers, two half-sisters, and a half brother. As a child, she grew up deeply affected by the turbulent marriage of her parents. Her father was addicted to alcohol, marijuana, and crack cocaine. She had to sell clothes with him on a street stall so her family would earn a living.

When she was 7 years old, Rihanna started singing reggae songs. She organized a musical trio with her classmates when she was in high school. She entered a sub-military program, where Shontelle, the singer-songwriter, became her drill sergeant. She chose to pursue her musical career instead of graduating from high school.

In December 2003, she met American record producers Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken through common friends in Barbados. The two took her to New York where she recorded several demo tapes that were distributed to various record labels. In February 2005, she personally auditioned for Def Jam Recordings president and CEO Jay-Z and record executive L.A. Reid. The label instantly signed her to a six-album record deal.

In August 2005, her debut CD ‘Music of the Sun’ was released. It sold more than 2 million copies globally. The debut single ‘Pon de Replay’ peaked at No. 2 on both the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100. That album drew mixed reactions and reviews from music critics, who have always been interested about Rihanna songs.

The second album was more phenomenal. ‘A Girl Like Me’ was launched in April 2006. The carrier single ‘SOS’ became an international success and reached the top spots of various music charts worldwide. The same year, she embarked on her first ever headlining concert tour, the Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour. She also backed concert tours of The Pussycat Dolls and Rock Tha Block of Jay-Z and Ne-Yo. At the same time, she appeared in a movie cameo role and founded the Believe Foundation, which aims to give help to terminally sick children.

Her third album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ was more massive than the two predecessors after selling more than 7 million copies globally. Released in May 2007, the album quickly climbed the charts and gained raves from music critics. ‘Umbrella,’ the album’s lead single was so huge that it spent many weeks on top of charts. That same album also released other hits like ‘Shut Up and Drive,’ ‘Don’t Stop the Music,’ and ‘Hate that I Love You So.’

The fourth album ‘Rated R’ was released in November 2009 after her well publicized altercation with former lover Chris Brown. To most music critics, the CD with all its Rihanna songs were a transformation. In November 2010, she released her fifth studio album ‘Loud.’ In November 2011, her sixth CD ‘Talk That Talk’ was released followed by her seventh album ‘Unapologetic’ a year after.

Most Popular Rihanna Songs

Diamonds
Roc Me Out
Drunk On Love
We All Want Love
Cockiness (Love it)
Skin
Complicated
Raining Men (ft. Nicki Minaj)
California King Bed
Fading
Te Amo
Russian Roulette
Stupid In Love
Hard
Wait Your Turn
Rehab
Hate that I Love you (ft. Ne-Yo)
Shut Up and Drive
Don’t Stop the Music
Umbrella (ft. Jay-Z)
Where Have you Been
Birthday Cake
Talk That Talk
Rude Boy
We Found Love (ft. Calvin Harris)
What’s My Name
You da One
Cheers (Drink to That)
Man Down

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