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Rihanna performing during the Diamonds World Tour in 2013

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) (/riˈænə/ ree-AN), is a Barbadian singer and songwriter. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting with record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003 through mutual friends; she recorded demo tapes with his guidance. Her tape was sent to several record labels, and she subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip-hop producer and rapper Jay Z. Both her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005) and its follow-up A Girl Like Me (2006) peaked in the top ten on the US Billboard 200; the former featured the commercially successful song "Pon de Replay" while the latter produced her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "SOS".

She rose to widespread prominence and became a household name with the release of her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), and its chart-topping lead single "Umbrella." The album and its 2008 Reloaded re-release were nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella". From 2009 to 2012, following a highly publicized altercation with then-boyfriend, entertainer Chris Brown, she annually released four Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) platinum certified albums: Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and her first Billboard 200 number one album Unapologetic (2012). The same year, she appeared in her first theatrical feature film, Battleship.

Rihanna has sold over 41 million albums and 150 million songs worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. Many of her songs rank among the world's best-selling singles of all time, such as "Umbrella", "Take a Bow", "Disturbia", "Only Girl (In the World)", "S&M", "We Found Love", "Diamonds" and "Stay". In addition to her solo work, Rihanna has collaborated with other artists and was featured on the worldwide hits "Can't Remember to Forget You" (with Shakira), "Live Your Life" (with T.I.), "Run This Town" (with Jay-Z and Kanye West), "Love the Way You Lie" and "The Monster" (both with Eminem). She has achieved thirteen number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the youngest and fastest solo artist to accomplish this record. Billboard named her the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade and the top Hot 100 artist of the 2010s decade.

Rihanna is known for frequently reinventing her style and image, most notably since Good Girl Gone Bad. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including eight Grammy Awards,[1] eight American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, and two BRIT Awards. In 2012, Forbes ranked her the fourth most powerful celebrity of the year, with earnings of $53 million between May 2011 and May 2012. The same year, Time named Rihanna one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. At the American Music Awards of 2013, she received the first ever Icon Award. On June 2, 2014, Rihanna received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). (Full article...)

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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.[1] 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."[2]

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Ticket stub from Taguig City in Manila, Philippines November 6th 2008


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Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief was a charity telethon held on January 22, 2010 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (January 23, 2010 from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. UTC). The telethon was the most widely distributed telethon in history.[3] The event was broadcast from Studio 36 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York and a private club, The Hospital, in London.[4][5] There were also live reports from Haiti.

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"Disturbia" is a synthpop song from the re-release of Rihanna's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded. It is the third single from the re-release, following "Take a Bow" and "If I Never See Your Face Again". The song was written by Andre Merritt, Chris Brown, and Robert Allen, and produced by Brian Kennedy; it has background vocals by Brown and Merritt. The song received a nomination for "Best Dance Recording" for the 51st Grammy Awards.

Pop-punk band The Cab covered the song for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 2.

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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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  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference official was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (December 3, 2009). "Rihanna Preps For 'Daring' World Tour". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  3. ^ Knox, David (22 January 2010). "Airdate: Hope for Haiti Now". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Davies, Rodrigo and Rogers, Georgie, "U2, Jay Z and Rihanna team up to perform a special benefit track", BBC 6 Music, January 22, 2010
  5. ^ Chittenden, Maurice and Hastings, Chris, "Haiti earthquake concert raises £35m", The Sunday Times, January 24,2010