Rihanna is a pop singer known for her exotic songs. She is a Barbadian song writer and singer. Rihanna was born on February 20, 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados and was raised in Bridgetown. She started her carrier in 2003 by recording demo tapes under the guidance of producer Evan Rogers.
She rose to fame when she recorded her album Music of the Sun in 2005 and later its follow up, A Girl like Me in 2006. The song charted in Top 10 songs in Billboard 200 in United States.
Rihanna’s Parents and Siblings
Rihanna’s original name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Her father, Ronald Fenty is a warehouse supervisor of Barbadian and Irish descent. Her mother, Monica Braithwathe is a retired accountant. She belongs to the ancestry of Black Guyanese background. The couple has three kids, one Rihanna and two of his brothers Rorrey and Rajad Fenty. His father remained in relationship with other women as well before her marriage with Monica. Rihanna has one half brother and two half sisters as a result of his father’s previous relations.
She grew up in a fairly good house in Bridgetown where she used to sell clothes along with her father. Rihanna suffered severe mental trauma due to her father’s severe addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol. This ruined their family life completely. Rihanna suffered severe headaches and it was so much intense that the doctors had to carry out series of CT scans. When she was of age, her parents divorced and since then her life improved.
When she was seven years old, since then she started singing reggae music. She went to Combermere High School and Charles F Broome Memorial Primary School. Rihanna there studied along with two future cricketers Chris Jordan and Kraigg Braithwaite. Kraig represents West Indies whereas Jordan represents England. Rihanna wanted to complete his graduation from high school but she later opted for musical carrier instead. She was an army cadet in a sub military program where Shontelle, the singer and song writer was her drill sergeant.
Rihanna is currently one of the most successful singers in the world. Her records are sold in a record number. Umbrella, her single from her album Good Girl Gone Bad, 2007 won her a Grammy award for best Rap/Sung collaboration with Rapper Jay Z in 2008. Umbrella became an international hit within no time. Rihanna is one of the best selling artists of all time. She has song many top songs including S&M, Only girl, Diamonds, Work, Love the way you lie and many more.
Achievements and Recognition
Her consecutive success as a music artist made her a pop icon throughout the world. Rihanna’s success can be measured by the number of award she posses. She has won eight Grammys, twelve Billboard Music Awards, nine American Music Awards and four iHeart Radio Music Awards. She has sold over 200 million records which makes her as one of the most successful music artist. She was listed in Time’s list of 100 most influential people in 2012.
Rihanna ranked second in Time Magazine’s pop stardom ranking metric based on billboard rankings and contemporary performance. On February 22, 2008, Prime Minister of Barbados declared the day as Rihanna day in order to celebrate the achievements of Rihanna.
According to estimates, Rihanna possessed USD 160 Million in 2016. Forbes magazine placed her at 13th spot in the list of highest paid celebrities around the world. She earned $26million in 2015. Currently, Rihanna live in Manhattan, New York where she owns a $14 million penthouse.