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Barbadian recording artist

  • Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados on February 20, 1988. Her actual name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
  • She moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers.
  • She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings.
  • In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 top-five hit single "Pon de Replay".
  • She released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me in 2006.
  • Her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad released in May 2007. The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella".
  • Her fourth studio album Rated R came out in 2009.
  • She won five American Music Awards, six Grammy Awards and 18 Billboard Music Awards.
  • As of January 2012, Rihanna had sold approximately 47.6 million digital singles in the US, making her the highest-selling digital artist in the US since 2004.
  • On February 8, 2009, Rihanna's scheduled performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards was cancelled. Reports later surfaced regarding an alleged altercation with then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, who was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.
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