Rihanna (//; born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian R&B recording artist and model. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna 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 after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.
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 hit single "Pon de Replay." Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first US number one hit single, "SOS", as well as Billboard Hot 100 top ten entries "Unfaithful" and "Break It Off". Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, featured five top ten hits including three US number one hit singles—"Umbrella", "Take a Bow" and "Disturbia"—and the worldwide hit "Don't Stop the Music". The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella," which features Jay-Z. Her fourth studio album, Rated R, was released in November 2009, and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200. Its first three singles, "Russian Roulette", "Hard" and "Rude Boy" peaked within the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, with "Rude Boy" peaking at number one. She released her fifth studio album, Loud, in November 2010, that features the US and UK number one singles, "Only Girl (In the World)" and "What's My Name?".
Rihanna has received several accolades, including the 2007 World Music Awards for World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, as well as the 2008 American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. Rihanna has attained five Hot 100 number one singles, becoming the first of two female artists, joint with Beyoncé, with the most number ones attained within the 2000s. She also serves as one of Barbados' honorary cultural ambassadors. In January 2010, Rihanna received two Grammy Awards for her 2009 single "Run This Town", bringing her total number of Grammys won to three. As of August 2010 Rihanna has sold 45 million singles and 25 million albums worldwide.
The Last Girl on Earth Tour was a concert tour by Barbadian singer Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty) to support her fourth studio album Rated R, starting April 16, 2010. The first tour dates were released by her official website on December 9, 2009. Confirming her 2010 tour to MTV News on December 3, 2009, Rihanna said, "We gonna be going on tour in the spring and the tickets are going to be up for presale in a couple weeks, actually." MTV also quoted her as saying, "It's going to be a worldwide tour, so it's going to be a very long tour. We'll definitely be in your city, so look out for that."
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) established by media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders who have been affected by cancer. SU2C aims to raise significant funds for translational cancer research through online and televised efforts. Central to the program is a telethon that was televised by three major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) in over 170 countries on September 5, 2008. SU2C made over $100 million after that evenings broadcast. The SU2C leadership team includes news anchor Katie Couric; the Entertainment Industry Foundation, represented by Board of Directors Chairperson Sherry Lansing and CEO Lisa Paulsen; Laura Ziskin; the Noreen Fraser Foundation and its executives Noreen Fraser, Woody Fraser, Rusty Robertson and Sue Schwartz; and nonprofit executive Ellen Ziffren.
"Only Girl (In the World)" is a song performed by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The song was written by Crystal Johnson, Stargate and Sandy Vee, and it was produced by the latter two. The song was released on September 10, 2010, and serves as the lead single from Rihanna's fifth studio album, Loud. The song is an up-tempo dominant dance-pop song that incorporates elements of Eurodance in its production and beats.
Critical reception of the song has been largely positive. It has been praised by critics for its dance-pop and Europop feel to the song and for having a strong chorus. The song's overall production has been praised, largely complementing the choice and vocal work of Rihanna. The song became an international hit and has reached number one in fifteen countries and the top five of six others. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making it the ninth Rihanna song to top the chart. The track is also the first song in the Hot 100's history when an album's debut single reached number one after the second single has.
Good Girl Gone Bad is the third studio album by Barbadian R&B singer-songwriter Rihanna, released May 30, 2007 on Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place during October 2006 to April 2007 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Rihanna worked with producers Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Ne-Yo, StarGate, and Timbaland. Departing from the dancehall influence of her previous albums, Good Girl Gone Bad contains up-tempo and ballad-oriented songs, and it heavily incorporates pop and dance-pop musical styles.
The album debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 168,000 copies in its first week. It became a massive commercial success and spawned five singles that attained chart success. Upon its release, Good Girl Gone Bad received generally positive reviews from most music critics and earned Rihanna a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the single "Umbrella". It was re-released as Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded in June 2008. The album achieved multi-platinum success in several countries, and it serves as Rihanna's best selling album to date, selling over 7.6 million copies worldwide.
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