A pop superstar with a beautiful voice and a face to match, Rihanna was discovered in her native Barbados when she was just 15. She'd been singing practically from birth, and the young musician often formed musical groups with other girls at school. Rihanna was harmonizing with some friends when her vocal stylings were overheard by producer Evan Rogers while he was on vacation with his wife. Rogers was positive the girl had star potential, and this soon led the young artist to move to the States, where she recorded a demo with Rogers and soon scored a record deal with Def Jam. She released her debut album, Music of the Sun, in 2005, and soon became a major fixture in the pop music world, with regular rotation on radio and MTV. Her second album, A Girl Like Me, came in 2006, and a third, Good Girl Gone Bad, came in 2007. All proved to be major hits, both critically and commercially, and Rihanna soon found that she'd become a bonafide star and an icon of music, fashion, and media. She was splashed across the tabloid after being involved in a violent domestic incident with her then boyfriend Chris Brown the day of the Grammy awards in 2009. Three years later she would make her acting debut in the special effect action film Battleship. Rihanna continued acting; she landed cameo roles in This Is The End and Annie in 2014 before voicing the lead in the animated film Home in 2015.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Was discovered in 2003 by music producer Evan Rogers while he was vacationing in Barbados.
- Auditioned for Def Jam Records president and C.E.O. Jay-Z, who signed her after hearing her sing three songs.
- Her debut single, "Pon de Replay," made it to No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in summer 2005.
- Created the Believe Foundation in 2005 to benefit terminally ill children.
- In February 2009, was assaulted by then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Brown was arrested and later pleaded guilty to felony assault.
- When her single "S&M" hit No. 1 in 2011, she became the youngest solo artist to have 10 singles hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 list.
- In 2015, became the first artist to surpass 100 million Gold & Platinum song certifications by the RIAA (the Recording Industry Association of America).