Rihanna in 2018
Robyn Rihanna Fenty
20 February 1988
|Net worth||US$600 million (2019 estimate)|
|Barbadian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary|
|Assumed office |
21 September 2018
Robyn Rihanna Fenty (// ree-AN-ə;[n 1] born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers who invited her to the United States to record demo tapes. After signing with Def Jam in 2005, she soon gained recognition with the release of her first two studio albums, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart.
Rihanna's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), incorporated elements of dance-pop and established her status as a sex symbol in the music industry. Its chart-topping single "Umbrella" earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award and catapulted her to global stardom. She continued to mix pop, dance, and R&B genres on her next back-to-back studio albums, Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and Unapologetic (2012), which became her first Billboard 200 number one. The albums spawned a string of chart-topping singles, including "Rude Boy", "Only Girl (In the World)", "What's My Name?", "S&M", "We Found Love", "Diamonds", and "Stay". Her eighth album, Anti (2016), showcased a new creative control following her departure from Def Jam. It became her second US number-one album and featured the chart-topping single "Work". Rihanna has released collaborative hit singles with artists such as Drake, Eminem, and Calvin Harris.
With sales of over 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has earned 14 number-ones and 31 top-ten singles in the US and 30 top-ten entries in the UK. Her accolades include nine Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and six Guinness World Records. Forbes ranked her among the top ten highest-paid celebrities in 2012 and 2014; as of 2019, she is the wealthiest female musician, with an estimated net worth of $600 million. Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2018.
Aside from music, Rihanna is known for her involvement in humanitarian causes, entrepreneurial ventures, and the fashion industry. She is the founder of the nonprofit organisation Clara Lionel Foundation, cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty, and fashion house Fenty under LVMH. Rihanna has also ventured into acting, appearing in major roles in Battleship (2012), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), and Ocean's 8 (2018). She was appointed as an ambassador of education, tourism, and investment by the Government of Barbados in 2018.
Life and music career
1988–2003: Early life
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on 20 February 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados, the daughter of accountant Monica (née Braithwaite) and warehouse supervisor Ronald Fenty. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father's side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships. She grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Bridgetown and sold clothes with her father in a stall on the street. Her childhood was deeply affected by her father's alcoholism and crack cocaine addiction, which contributed to her parents' strained marriage. Rihanna's father used to physically abuse her mother, and Rihanna would try to get in between them to break up fights.
As a child, Rihanna had many CT scans for the excruciating headaches she suffered, recalling, "The doctors even thought it was a tumor, because it was that intense." By the time she was 14, her parents had divorced, and her health began to improve. She grew up listening to reggae music. She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere School, where she studied alongside future international cricketers Chris Jordan and Carlos Brathwaite. Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme, where the later Barbadian singer-songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant. Although she initially wanted to graduate from high school, she chose to pursue a musical career instead.
In 2003, Rihanna formed a musical trio with two of her classmates. She was discovered in her home country of Barbados by American record producer Evan Rogers. Without a name or any material, the girl group managed to land an audition with Rogers who commented, "The minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn't exist." Rihanna went to Rogers's hotel room, where she performed renditions of Destiny's Child's "Emotion" and Mariah Carey's "Hero". Impressed, Rogers scheduled a second meeting with Rihanna's mother present and then invited Rihanna to his hometown in the United States to record some demo tapes that could be sent to record labels. Recordings were intermittent, taking about a year, because she was only able to record during school holidays. "Pon de Replay" and "The Last Time" were two tracks recorded for the demo tape, which were eventually included on her debut album Music of the Sun. That same year, Rihanna was signed to Rogers's and Carl Sturken's production company, Syndicated Rhythm Productions.
2004–2006: Beginnings and early releases
Rihanna's demo was shipped out to Def Jam Recordings, where Jay Brown, an A&R executive at the record label, was one of the first to hear the demo. Brown played the demo tape for rapper Jay-Z, who had recently been appointed as president and CEO of Def Jam. When Jay-Z first heard the track "Pon de Replay", he felt the song was too big for her. Despite being skeptical, he invited Rihanna to audition for the label. In early 2005, Rihanna auditioned for Def Jam in New York City, where Jay-Z introduced her to music mogul Antonio "L.A." Reid. At the audition, she sang Whitney Houston's cover of "For the Love of You", as well as the demo tracks "Pon de Replay" and "The Last Time". Jay-Z was absolutely certain about signing her after she performed her future hit single "Pon de Replay". His boss, L.A. Reid, was also impressed with her audition, telling Jay-Z not to let Rihanna leave the building until the contract was signed. Reid left it to Jay-Z and his team to close the deal which resulted in a six-album record deal with Def Jam. She waited in Jay-Z's office until 3:00 in the morning to get lawyers to draft up a contract because he wanted to prevent her from signing with another label. Rihanna canceled other meetings with record labels and relocated from Barbados to the United States to live with Rogers and his wife.
After signing with Def Jam, Jay-Z and his team did the A&R for Rihanna's debut album and spent the next three months recording and completing her debut album. She worked with different producers to complete her debut studio album, primarily Rogers and his production partner Carl Sturken. With several songs to pick as a lead single, "Pon de Replay" was chosen because it seemed like the best song suited for a summer release. In May 2005, her debut single, "Pon de Replay", was released under her mononym "Rihanna". It charted successfully worldwide, peaking in the top five in fifteen countries, including at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart. The song became a club hit in the United States, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs.
Music of the Sun was released in August 2005. It debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of over 500,000 units. The album sold over 2 million copies worldwide. A second single, "If It's Lovin' that You Want", was not as successful as its predecessor, but reached the top 10 in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. Aside from her work in music, Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role in the successful straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: All or Nothing, released in August 2006.
A month after the release of her debut album, Rihanna began working on her second studio album. A Girl like Me was released in April 2006. Rolling Stone felt that "the burning rock guitar" and haunted strings of some of the album's tracks made "A Girl like Me [...] likable." The album was a commercial success, charting in the top 10 in 13 countries. The album reached No. 1 in Canada and No. 5 in the United Kingdom and the United States, where it sold 115,000 copies in its first week. The album became Rihanna's first to be certified Platinum by the RIAA, after selling over 1,000,000 units. Its lead single, "SOS", was an international success, charting in the top five in 11 countries. The song reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and in Australia, her first to reach this chart position. "Unfaithful", the album's second single, reached the top 10 in 18 countries, including No. 1 in Canada and Switzerland. Two more singles were released from the album: "We Ride" and "Break It Off".
2007–2008: Breakthrough with Good Girl Gone Bad
In early 2007, Rihanna appeared on the single "Roll It" with Jamaican band J-Status and fellow Barbadian singer-songwriter Shontelle. The song appeared on J-Status' debut album The Beginning, released in several European countries only. Around that time, Rihanna had already begun work on her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad. With the help of producers Timbaland, Tricky Stewart and Sean Garrett she embraced a new musical direction through uptempo dance tracks. Released in May 2007, the album charted at No. 2 in Australia and the US and topped the charts in multiple countries, including Brazil, Canada, Ireland and the UK. The album received the most positive critical reviews of her first three albums.
The lead single, "Umbrella", topped the charts in 13 countries and remained at No. 1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest-running No. 1 single there since Wet Wet Wet's single "Love Is All Around" spent 15 weeks at the top in 1994. It was Rihanna's first single to be named one of the best-selling singles worldwide, with sales of over 8 million copies. The songs "Shut Up and Drive", "Hate That I Love You" (featuring Ne-Yo) and "Don't Stop the Music" were also released as singles, with the latter becoming an international hit. In support of the album, Rihanna began the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour in September 2007, with 80 shows across the US, Canada and Europe. Rihanna was nominated for several 2008 Grammy Awards for Good Girl Gone Bad, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella" alongside Jay-Z, her first Grammy Award.
On 9 June 2008, Rihanna released Good Girl Gone Bad Live, her first live long-form video. The DVD and Blu-ray release featured Rihanna's concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom, held on 6 December 2007 as part of the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour. The release also contained a special documentary that presented Rihanna discussing her experiences during the tour. By late 2008, Rihanna still remained on the charts with the release of the fifth single from Good Girl Gone Bad, "Rehab", and was named "Diva of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly for her "newfound staying power". Good Girl Gone Bad has sold over 2.8 million units in the United States alone, receiving a two-times-Platinum certification from the RIAA. It is Rihanna's best-selling album in the country to date. The album has sold 9 million units worldwide.
During the late 2000s, Rihanna experimented further with pop, dubstep and rock music, officially shifting her musical style and image away from the Barbados island girl. Throughout 2008, Rihanna performed on the Glow in the Dark Tour alongside Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D. Her third studio album's reissue, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, was released in June 2008 with three new songs: "Disturbia", "Take a Bow" and the Maroon 5 duet "If I Never See Your Face Again", plus a Spanglish version of "Hate That I Love You" featuring Spanish pop singer David Bisbal. All four were released as singles and charted highly, reaching peak positions worldwide. In August 2008, Rihanna and a host of other female singers recorded the charity single "Just Stand Up!", the theme song to the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer. "Live Your Life", a duet between T.I. and Rihanna, was released that November and topped the Billboard Hot 100.
2009–2011: Rated R and Loud
On 8 February 2009, Rihanna's scheduled performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards was cancelled. Reports surfaced that then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, had physically assaulted her. He was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats. On 5 March 2009, Brown was charged with assault and for making criminal threats. A leaked photograph from the police department obtained by TMZ.com revealed that Rihanna had sustained visible injuries. A few months after the incident, Rihanna was featured on the single "Run This Town" by Jay-Z, which also featured Kanye West and was released as the second single from Jay-Z's 11th studio album The Blueprint 3.
In early 2009, Rihanna began working on her fourth studio album, Rated R. Rated R was released in November 2009. The album had Rolling Stone magazine stating that Rihanna "transformed her sound and made one of the best pop records of the year". Rated R featured a darker and more foreboding tone than Rihanna's previous albums. Rated R debuted at No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was supported by six singles, including "Rude Boy", which was the biggest worldwide success from the album, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks and reaching top 10 positions in 22 other countries. In January 2010, Rihanna released her charity cover version of "Redemption Song" for the Hope for Haiti Now campaign. She also recorded the song "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" together with Jay-Z, Bono and The Edge for the same campaign to alleviate the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In summer 2010, Rihanna collaborated with rapper Eminem on "Love the Way You Lie", which was a major worldwide success, reaching No. 1 in over 20 countries. Reaching number 2, the song became the biggest-selling song of 2010 in the UK and the first of Rihanna's singles to sell over a million copies in the country. In October 2010, Rihanna switched managers, joining Jay-Z's Roc Nation Management. In late 2010, she was featured on three singles: Kanye West's "All of the Lights", from the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010), Nicki Minaj's "Fly", from her debut studio album Pink Friday (2010) and David Guetta's "Who's That Chick?", from the album One More Love (2010).
Loud, Rihanna's fifth studio album, was released in November 2010. The album produced three US Billboard Hot 100s. Its lead single, "Only Girl (In the World)", "What's My Name?", featuring rapper Drake and "S&M", following the release of its official remix featuring Britney Spears. Rihanna set a record as the solo artist with the fastest accumulation of 10 chart toppers in the Hot 100s history. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, "Only Girl (In the World)" won the award for Best Dance Recording.
"Man Down" and "California King Bed" were released as singles in May 2011 with moderate success. "Cheers (Drink to That)", which interpolates Avril Lavigne's 2002 single "I'm with You", was released as the seventh and final single from the album. To promote the album, Rihanna embarked on her Loud Tour in June 2011, which sold out 10 nights at The O2 Arena in London, the most sold-out shows for a female artist in the venue's history. The tour was the seventh highest-grossing tour worldwide of 2011.
2011–2013: Talk That Talk and Unapologetic
Rihanna's sixth album, Talk That Talk, was released in November 2011. The album debuted at No. 3 in the U.S and number No. 1 in the UK The album's lead single, "We Found Love", topped charts in twenty-seven countries, peaked in the top 10 in 30 countries and broke many chart records worldwide. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 non-consecutive weeks, becoming Rihanna's longest-running No. 1 single on the chart and the longest-running No. 1 single of 2011 in the US. The song was later named the 24th biggest hit of all time on the Billboard Hot 100. "You Da One" and the album's title track, featuring Jay-Z, were released as the second and third singles, to moderate success. "Where Have You Been", the fifth single, successfully charted worldwide, reaching No. 5 in the US and No. 6 in the UK. "Cockiness (Love It)" was released as the album's sixth and final single in a remixed form featuring rapper ASAP Rocky.
In early 2012, two collaborations featuring Rihanna were released: Coldplay's "Princess of China", from their album Mylo Xyloto, and Drake's "Take Care", from his album of the same name. In February 2012, Rihanna won her third Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2012 Grammy Awards for her Kanye West collaboration "All of the Lights" and was voted the Best International Female Solo Artist at the 2012 BRIT Awards for the second consecutive year. March 2012 saw the simultaneous releases of two collaborations between Rihanna and Chris Brown: remixes of her song "Birthday Cake" and his "Turn Up the Music". The recordings received mainly negative responses due to the pair's history of domestic violence. In September 2012, "We Found Love" won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, making Rihanna the first woman to receive the accolade more than once.
Rihanna's seventh studio album, Unapologetic, was released in November 2012. In the United States, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking Rihanna's first No. 1 album in the country. The lead single from the album, "Diamonds", reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries worldwide, including on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it became Rihanna's 12 No. 1 on the chart. The album's second single, "Stay", featuring Mikky Ekko, reached the top five in over twenty countries, including No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. As promotion prior to the album's release, Rihanna embarked on the 777 Tour, a mini tour of seven shows in seven countries in seven days. On 6 May 2013, Fox aired a documentary about the tour, with a documentary DVD being released the following day as Rihanna's third live long-form video release.
In February 2013, at the 55th Grammy Awards, Rihanna won her sixth Grammy Award, in the category Best Short Form Music Video for "We Found Love" (2011). Also that month, the United Kingdom's Official Charts Company announced that Rihanna had sold 3,868,000 records in the past year in the country, ranking at No. 1 in the list of 2013 BRIT Awards artist nominees. Rihanna's fifth headlining concert tour, the Diamonds World Tour, began in March 2013, in support of Unapologetic. Rihanna then appeared in the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy film This Is the End, which was released in June 2013. That same month, American hip hop artist Wale released a remixed version of his single "Bad" featuring Rihanna. In October 2013, Eminem released his Rihanna-assisted single, "The Monster", as the fourth release from his eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013).
2014–2017: Standalone releases, Home soundtrack and Anti
In 2014, Rihanna appeared on Shakira's single, "Can't Remember to Forget You". Following the release of Unapologetic and its accompanying tour, Rihanna aimed to take a hiatus from recording music, stating: "I wanted to have a year to just do whatever I want artistically, creatively." In May 2014, Rihanna left Def Jam Recordings to sign fully with Roc Nation, the record label that had managed her career since October 2010.
A year after Rihanna began working on her eighth studio album, the single "FourFiveSeconds" was released, which featured Rihanna paired up with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. Two further singles followed its release: "Bitch Better Have My Money" and "American Oxygen"; neither made the final track listing for Rihanna's eighth studio album. During the creation of the album, Rihanna ventured into other endeavors and appeared in the voice role of Tip in the animated feature film Home alongside Jim Parsons and Jennifer Lopez, the film was based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. Rihanna also released a concept album soundtrack for the film.
In late 2015, Rihanna inked a $25 million contract with Samsung that would see her promoting Samsung's Galaxy line of products whilst Samsung would sponsor the release of her eighth studio album and its supporting tour. The Anti World Tour was announced in November 2015 and began in March 2016, with Travis Scott supporting in North America and Big Sean supporting at selected European dates. The Weeknd had also initially planned to support at certain European sites, but he backed out citing "unforeseen changes in upcoming projects". On 28 January 2016, Rihanna released her eighth studio album, Anti, exclusively through streaming service Tidal. The album peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200, becoming Rihanna's second No. 1 and eighth top 10 album on the chart. The album was supported by the release of four singles, including the lead single "Work", featuring Drake, which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Further Platinum-certified singles "Needed Me" and "Love on the Brain" both peaked inside the top 10 of the US Hot 100.
In 2016, Rihanna was featured on several singles. The first collaboration single was Kanye West's "Famous", where Rihanna provided uncredited guest vocals. She was then officially featured on Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For", which was a success. Rihanna was also featured on Drake's "Too Good" and on Mike Will Made It's "Nothing Is Promised". In June 2016, Rihanna released "Sledgehammer", a single from the Star Trek Beyond movie soundtrack. On 28 August 2016, Rihanna was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards after performing various medleys of her hit songs.
Rihanna released several collaborations in 2017. First she was the featured part in Future's "Selfish", the lead single from the rapper's sixth studio album, Hndrxx. Summer 2017 saw the release of Rihanna's collaborations with record producer DJ Khaled, "Wild Thoughts", which also featured Bryson Tiller and was a worldwide success, and Kendrick Lamar's single, "Loyalty", which earned Rihanna her ninth Grammy Award at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. In November 2017, Rihanna was part of N.E.R.D's comeback single "Lemon" from the band's album No One Ever Really Dies.
2018–present: Upcoming ninth studio album
In October 2017, Shakka revealed that he was working with Rihanna on her "absolutely insane" album. In December 2018, Rihanna confirmed that the album would be released in 2019, and later announced that it is a reggae project. In August 2019, fans noticed that Rihanna and co-songwriters Collin Edwards, Monique Lawrence, and Alexander Ogunmokun registered a song titled "Private Loving" with the music publishing organization BMI.[n 2] In September 2019, it was announced she had signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In December 2019, Rihanna alluded to her album being complete and indefinitely withholding the release date in an Instagram post. She was next featured on Canadian singer PartyNextDoor's song "Believe It", which was released on 27 March 2020.
Music and voice
Rihanna is a mezzo-soprano with a range spanning from B2 to C#6. While recording tracks for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna took vocal lessons from Ne-Yo. Speaking of the experience she stated, "I've never had vocal training, so when I'm in the studio, he'll tell me how to breathe and stuff... He'll call out these big fancy words: 'OK, I want you to do staccato.' And I'm like, 'OK, I don't know what that is.'" Her vocal performance on Loud (2010) received positive reviews from music critics. James Skinner from BBC praised Rihanna's vocals on the song "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" and wrote that her voice is powerful and that "it is Rihanna's vocal – at once commanding, soulful and vulnerable – that anchors the song, and Loud itself". Andy Gill from The Independent feels that "California King Bed" features her best vocal performance. In a review of Unapologetic, Billboard magazine wrote, "Diamonds finds Rihanna doing one of her throatiest, most impassioned vocals to date, on this inspirational pop ballad." Jon Caramanica of the New York Times stated, "over the years, as her game face froze in place, her voice cured into a weapon of emotional chill and strategic indifference. It's decidedly unfriendly, made to give orders".
—Rihanna during her first interview with MTV News
Growing up in Barbados, she mainly listened to reggae, hip-hop and soca music. When she first came to the US, she was exposed to different types of music with "rock being one of them, and I fell in love with it. [Now] I love rock music." During her debut, she recorded songs that were inspired by her Caribbean roots and described her early sound as "a fusion of reggae, hip-hop and R&B, with a little something different thrown in". Her early dancehall roots can be found on her debut album, Music of the Sun, and its follow-up, A Girl like Me. Her debut album demonstrates the influence of Rihanna's musical heritage of the Caribbean. Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times complimented its combination of dancehall and reggae, who said, "Dancehall reggae sometimes seems like a furiously insular form of music, but ... Rihanna is only the latest singer to discover how versatile the genre's spring-loaded electronic rhythms can be". Her debut single, "Pon de Replay" features a dancehall-pop mixture that infuses a reggae style, while "If It's Lovin' that You Want" talks about a girl seducing a guy to be her boyfriend. Aiming for artistic growth, A Girl like Me expresses personal experiences that typical 18-year-old girls go through with ballads that were described as elegant and mature. After her second album, she slowly dismissed her dancehall and reggae roots.
Rihanna's musical career has been an experiment with new musical ideas and stated that she wants "to make music that could be heard in parts of the world that I'd never been to". With its provocative subject matter and lyrics, she began incorporating a wide range of genres including, pop, R&B, reggae, dubstep, hip hop and EDM. During a review for Good Girl Gone Bad, Slant Magazine to write that Rihanna "finally figured out that she's a dance artist and the majority of the album is comprised of uptempo dance-pop [songs like]" "Push Up on Me" and "Don't Stop the Music". It represents a departure from the Caribbean sound of her previous albums and is described as a turning point in her career. While the first half of the record shares many 1980s pop influences with songs like "Don't Stop the Music" and "Shut Up and Drive", the second half retreats into standard R&B.
Recorded after the assault by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown, Rated R had a much darker tone and was filled with various emotions she experienced throughout 2009. In her fifth album Loud, Rihanna reflects on the fun and energetic vibe she had while recording the album. The album is a mixture of ballads, party anthems and empowering love songs. Talk That Talk was similar to Rated R, as both contain hip hop, R&B, dancehall and dubstep genres. Loud and Talk That Talk saw her explore sexuality in her work ("S&M" and "Birthday Cake") and return to her dancehall roots ("Man Down" and "Watch n' Learn"). She also branched out into house music with tracks like "We Found Love", "Only Girl (In the World)" and "Complicated." Her songs are also inspired through record sampling from other artists.
Rihanna has named Madonna as her idol and biggest influence. She said that she wanted to be the "black Madonna" and praised the singer for being able to constantly reinvent herself successfully throughout her career. She noted, "I think that Madonna was a great inspiration for me, especially on my earlier work. If I had to examine her evolution through time, I think she reinvented her clothing style and music with success every single time. And at the same time remained a real force in entertainment in the whole world." Another major influence on Rihanna's music and career has been Mariah Carey, whose song "Hero" she performed when Rihanna was still a teenager at her high school talent show. She revealed that Carey's song "Vision of Love" "was the song that made [her] want to do music."
In her youth, she would see Bob Marley on television because of his fame in the Caribbean. She stated, "He's one of my favourite artists of all time – he really paved the way for every other artist out of the Caribbean". She built a shrine in her home dedicated to the reggae legend and has covered Marley's "Is This Love" and Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Redemption Song" during her concert tours. During her childhood, she would go around singing Whitney Houston songs and "A Whole New World" into her hairbrush so much that her neighbors started calling her "Robyn Redbreast". She also stated that one of the first songs she remembers falling in love with was Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" and that it "was really inspiring, and it made me develop a passion for music, so really, she's partly responsible for me being here in this industry."
Rihanna was also influenced by Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Beyoncé and Destiny's Child. Other musical influences and idols include Celine Dion, Grace Jones, Lil' Kim, Alicia Keys, Prince, Fefe Dobson, and Brandy. Rihanna takes influence from the different types of music she discovered when she came to America and revealed that rock music was one of the first genres she fell in love with. She commented, "as I grow older, I want to know more about music. I want to discover more types of music". She cited Brandy's fourth studio album, Afrodisiac (2004), as her main inspiration for her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). In her early career, her music contained strong influences of Caribbean music, including reggae and dancehall. The music video of the song "Rude Boy" featured images inspired by her Caribbean roots.
Videos and stage
Rihanna has worked with music video director Anthony Mandler on more than a dozen music videos, the first being "Unfaithful" (2006). "We've done 16 videos together; they're not all tough, [...] Yeah, I mean, I'm known for the 'Disturbia's and the 'Russian Roulette's and things like that, but 'Only Girl (In the World)' is certainly an ethereal kind of empowering, beauty-filled video," Mandler said. Jocelyn Vena of MTV wrote, "Rihanna, like Madonna, also has a tendency to make truly thought-provoking music videos that fit the songs they represent. Smattered in between glitzier, more glamorous clips, Madge and Ri want us to think about bigger issues". Jon Bream of the Star Tribune commented "[i]n the tradition of Madonna and Janet Jackson, Rihanna has become the video vixen of the '00s ... Rihanna has perfected the pout, the long-legged strut and trend-setting hairdos that keep women and men alike checking her out on YouTube." George Epaminondas of InStyle considers Rihanna's music videos to be "cinematic" due to her "blend of lush island rhythms and swinging pop and ... mischievous sensuality."
Many of her music videos were shot as short films exploring issues such as love triangles, abuse and substance abuse romance, including "We Found Love" and "Man Down". Her music video for "Umbrella" shows Rihanna's transition into adulthood and her newly adopted image. The "dark, creepy" scenes of "Disturbia" have been compared to Michael Jackson's Thriller. The video for "Russian Roulette" features Rihanna in a padded room playing a game of russian roulette with her partner. A scene of Rihanna being approached by a speeding car at night was compared to the altercation with Chris Brown. In 2011, Rihanna released three controversial music videos about sadomasochism, rape and domestic violence. "Man Down", which features Rihanna shooting a man in a train station, was criticized by the Parents Television Council. "We Found Love", which shows Rihanna and her love interest in a drug-filled unhealthy relationship, sparked criticism from the Rape Crisis Centre for its inappropriate message. But Charne Graham of the Houston Press defended the singer, asking, "Why should Rihanna's music videos get everyone riled up when others' equally sexual and controversial videos are in rotation? [...] she just like[s] to make music videos that give us something to talk about." She is the first woman to pass 2 billion cumulative views on the music video website Vevo. As of December 2016, she has accumulated over 10 billion views on the site.
Denis Armstrong of Canadian Online Explorer commented on her performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, saying "her show was a Disney-esque choreographed fantasy of non-stop hip-swiveling, sassy attitude and personal endearments and a string of funky, sugar-free hits." Her performance of "Disturbia" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards was ranked tenth best on the MTV Video Music Awards, according to a Billboard poll. Her revealing leather costumes during her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour were highly criticized by Malaysia's conservative Islamic party, who recommended that her concert tour should be banned. Whilst commenting on her third album's accompanying tour, The Times compared Rihanna's stage wardrobe styling to that of Janet Jackson and called her "a vision of Ann Summers couture in thigh-high boots and a few scraps of black PVC." In the October 2011 issue of British Vogue, Rihanna said her performance outfits and appearances are all an act; "[t]hat's not me. That's a part I play. You know, like it's a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with".
Known for her style and image, the evolution of Rihanna's music and fashion sense have been constantly followed by the media. In 2009, New York magazine described Rihanna's early look as that of "a cookie-cutter teen queen", noting she has the ability "to shift looks dramatically and with such ease". Around the time of the release of her second studio album, A Girl like Me (2006), many critics felt that Rihanna's style, sound and musical material were too similar to those of Beyoncé. In an interview with Look magazine, Rihanna spoke about comparisons to Beyoncé: "Beyoncé is a great artist and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence, but we're different performers with different styles". She revealed during Oprah's Next Chapter that Def Jam's pop-princess blueprint made her feel claustrophobic during her early years with the label. According to Rihanna, "I felt like they were giving me a blueprint. [...] They had a brand, they had an idea of what they wanted me to be without figuring out who I was." With the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna dismissed her innocent image for an edgier look with a new hairstyle, which was inspired by Charlize Theron's bob cut in the science fiction thriller Æon Flux (2005). She followed the likes of recording artists Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera who also shed their innocent image for an edgier look and sound.
Nico Amarca of Highsnobiety magazine wrote "over the course of her now 10-year career, [Rihanna] has undergone one of the most significant aesthetic metamorphoses the world has ever seen". Her image and fashion has changed several times with different hairstyles since the release of her third album. She commented that as a child she "used to watch her [mother] get dressed" and that her love and admiration for fashion started with her mom. When putting together her own wardrobe she stated, "It's become more about taking a risk ... I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that's a little off." Jess Cartner-Morley of The Guardian wrote that "Rihanna's wardrobe is the most talked-about, influential and dissected in pop right now" and that whatever she wears "is immediately reproduced on the high street, because it sells". Country singer Miranda Lambert admires Rihanna's fashion and style stating, "I don't necessarily get inspired by the whole no-bra thing, but I love that you never know what she's going to wear. It always keeps you guessing, which makes her sassy and interesting."
In an interview with Alexa Chung during Vogue Festival 2015, Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing praised Rihanna by stylistically comparing her to some of the biggest fashion icons in music history, such as Madonna, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Prince. Commenting on the cultural expectation for pop stars to be role models, Rihanna said "[being a role model] became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That's it". In a May 2013 interview with MTV, The Vagina Monologues writer and feminist Eve Ensler praised the singer, saying, "I'm a huge Rihanna fan, I think she has a kind of agency over her sexuality and she's open about her sexuality, she has enormous grace and she's immensely talented." 
Described as one of the sexiest women of her generation, she revealed that being a sex symbol is not a priority and that "it's definitely flattering, but also uncomfortable." Her appearance has landed her on the cover of magazines such as Maxim, FHM, Rolling Stone, and in December 2012, Rihanna became the first woman to be featured on the cover of GQ magazine's "Men of the Year" issue.
Rihanna made her first appearance at the Met Gala in 2007. She has made eight appearances in the years since; notably in 2015, for China: Through the Looking Glass, her Guo Pei-designed yellow dress garnered the most attention of the event, accruing a billion impressions on social media. The dress, which had taken two years to make before Rihanna came across it, became the subject of a documentary by Pietra Brettkelly, entitled Yellow Is Forbidden. She co-chaired the 2018 Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination themed event, wearing Maison Margiela.
Rihanna is regarded by the media as a pop and fashion icon, particularly since her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). Nick Levine of Digital Spy described Good Girl Gone Bad as "the closest thing to a Thriller that 2007/08 is likely to produce". According to Rolling Stone, her single "Umbrella" and her eighth album Anti are regarded as among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, respectively. Her single "We Found Love" was ranked by Billboard as the 24th biggest US Billboard Hot 100 hit of all time and her single "Work" has been credited by a Billboard editor for bringing the dancehall genre to the forefront of mainstream American music. Music critic Jayson Greene of Pitchfork described Rihanna as the most influential singer of the past decade, writing:
"Rihanna Voice has become an industry-wide idea, a creative property like the Korg synth or LinnDrum […] We crave the thrill that you can only get when a dozen or so good ideas manifest themselves in a single voice. For the past 10 years, that voice has more or less been Rihanna's. Now that she's gleefully shredding it apart, she'll probably generate a whole new comet trail of Rihannabes. Inevitably, none of them will carry the charge, the glassy cool and subterranean heat, of the real thing."
Time magazine included Rihanna on its 100 Most Influential People in the World issue in 2012 and 2018, with Stella McCartney writing: "She's one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today, but she does it in her own stride. She works hard, very hard. She gives to her fans, friends and foundation not just herself but her energy and spirit." On 2 June 2014, Rihanna was presented with the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a special prize reserved for "an individual whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage". In August 2018, Billboard ranked Rihanna as the tenth biggest Hot 100 artist of all time, as well as the fifth biggest female act of all time. Billboard also ranked Rihanna the top Hot 100 artist of the 2010s decade. In 2014, Time magazine's pop stardom ranking metric ranked Rihanna second in history, based on all-time chart performance and contemporary significance.
Rihanna has become a dominating figure on social media and internet streaming, ranking at No. 1 on Forbes' 2012 list of Social Networking Superstars. In 2013, Rihanna was also named the most influential pop star in the United Kingdom by UK channel 4Music. Rihanna's work has directly influenced numerous artists such as Lorde, Sam Smith, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Ellie Goulding, Jennie from Blackpink, Marilyn Manson, Jessie J, SZA, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, Alexandra Stan, Grimes, Sleater-Kinney, Tegan and Sara, Cover Drive, and Cher Lloyd.
Rihanna has an honorary title of Ambassador for Culture and Youth in Barbados. On 22 February 2008, former Barbados Prime Minister, David Thompson, launched the national "Rihanna Day" in their country. Although it is not a bank holiday, Barbadians celebrate it every year in honour of Rihanna. In February 2017, Rihanna was named Harvard University's "Humanitarian of the Year" by the Harvard Foundation. During Rihanna's third annual "Diamond Ball", former U.S. president Barack Obama, praised Rihanna's work and stated: "[She's] become a powerful force in the fight to give people dignity." On 21 September 2018, Rihanna was appointed by the government of Barbados to be an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with special duties of promoting "education, tourism and investment for the island." As of 2019, Rihanna is the world's wealthiest female musician with an estimated net worth of $600 million. She was also listed among Forbes' Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2019. In 2020, she debuted on the Sunday Times Rich List, claiming third place on the list of Britain's richest musicians.
At the 2020 NAACP Image Awards, hosted by BET, Rhianna accepted the President's Award from Derrick Johnson. Johnson stated that "Rihanna has not only enjoyed a groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant. From her business achievements through Fenty, to her tremendous record as an activist and philanthropist, Rihanna epitomizes the type of character, grace, and devotion to justice that we seek to highlight in our President's Award."
Awards and achievements
As of September 2018[update], Rihanna has sold over 250 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards and honours, including 9 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, among others. Rihanna received the "Icon Award" at the 2013 American Music Awards and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. She currently holds six Guinness World Records. In the United States, Rihanna has sold over 10 million albums, while Nielsen SoundScan ranked her as the best-selling digital artist in the country, breaking a Guinness World Record for digital single sales of over 58 million as of 2012.
On 1 July 2015, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Rihanna had surpassed more than 100 million Gold and Platinum song certifications. In doing so, Rihanna has the most digital single awards and is the first and only artist to surpass RIAA's 100 million cumulative singles award threshold. In the United Kingdom, she has sold over 7 million albums, making her the third best-selling female artist this century. According to Billboard, her total album sales stand at 54 million copies sold worldwide.
Rihanna has accumulated 14 No. 1 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for the third most No. 1 songs in the chart's history. She has been named the top Mainstream Top 40 chart artist of the past twenty years by Billboard; she ranks first with most entries (36), most top tens (23) and most No. 1 songs (10). As of March 2014[update], Rihanna has sold over 18 million singles and 6 million albums in the United Kingdom. She is the tenth best-selling and the second best-selling female singles artist in the country, only behind Madonna and is second only to the Beatles for the most million-selling singles in the UK of all time. Her collaboration with Eminem, "Love the Way You Lie", along with "Umbrella", "Disturbia", "Only Girl (In the World)", "We Found Love" and "Diamonds", are among the best-selling singles of all time. Rihanna has seven No. 1 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and Airplay chart, as well as sixteen No. 1 singles on the Rhythmic chart. She has also earned over 30 top-ten songs in the UK and Australia, making her the only artist in the 21st century to achieve this feat so far.
Rihanna's first fragrance, Reb'l Fleur, was released in January 2011. According to Rolling Stone, Reb'l Fleur was a financial success and was expected to gross US$80 million at retail by the end of 2011. Rihanna's second fragrance, Rebelle, was released in February 2012. The promotional campaign for Rebelle, was shot by director, Anthony Mandler, who also shot the promotional campaign for Reb'l Fleur. In November 2012, Rihanna released her third fragrance, Nude. Rihanna's fourth women's fragrance, titled Rogue was released on 14 September 2013, followed by a male version entitled Rogue Men which was released in 2014.
On 30 March 2015, it was announced that Rihanna is a co-owner, with various other music artists, in the music streaming service Tidal. The service specialises in lossless audio and high definition music videos. Jay-Z acquired the parent company of Tidal, Aspiro, in the first quarter of 2015. Including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, sixteen artist stakeholders (such as Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna, Chris Martin, Nicki Minaj and more) co-own Tidal, with the majority owning a 3% equity stake. "The challenge is to get everyone to respect music again, to recognize its value", stated Jay-Z on the release of Tidal. In 2016, it was revealed that Rihanna would be releasing her music through her own label Westbury Road Entertainment, which was established in 2005. Westbury Road is the name of her Barbados residence. The music would be distributed through Universal Music Group. Westbury Road Entertainment's artist roster includes Melissa Forde as the label's photographer, and KazeLoon.
In November 2015, Rihanna and Benoit Demouy launched a beauty and stylist agency named Fr8me. The business based in Los Angeles was set up in order to assist artists in booking commercials, editorial shoots, ad campaigns and red-carpet appearances. Rihanna stated, "Hair, makeup, and styling play an important role in creativity, I am very involved with that part of my process, so this agency was an organic thing for me to do." The roster includes Rihanna's makeup artist Mylah Morales, wardrobe stylist Jason Bolden, hairstylist Patricia Morales and Marcia Hamilton. In addition to Fr8me, Rihanna opened a photo agency called "A Dog Ate My Homework", which represents photographers Erik Asla and Deborah Anderson.
Rihanna exclusively uses her surname for business endeavors not related to her music career so not as to conflate the two. In January 2019, Rihanna filed a lawsuit against her father, Ronald Fenty, over the use of the Fenty name for commercial purposes. The lawsuit alleges Rihanna's cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty, was damaged commercially by her father's company, Fenty Entertainment, through misrepresentation of his company being affiliated with her.
In 2017, Rihanna launched her critically acclaimed cosmetics company Fenty Beauty under LVMH's Kendo Brands. The partnership was worth $10 million and would see Rihanna release various beauty products. The first installment of Fenty Beauty was released on 8 September 2017 in stores and online, available in over 150 countries. It included an array of products including foundations, highlighters, bronzers, blush compacts, lip glosses and blotting sheets and was praised for its diverse range for all skin colours. Time magazine named Fenty Beauty as one of "The 25 Best Inventions of 2017", citing the breadth of its range.
In July 2020, Rihanna announced that she was launching a skin care brand called "Fenty Skin".
Fenty fashion brands
In 2018, Rihanna launched a lingerie brand named Savage X Fenty. The line was born from Rihanna's vision creating an inclusive brand. Products come in a variety of shades to match all skin tones and a range of sizes. She showcased the brand at the New York Fashion Week in September 2018. The brand has been positively reviewed by the public for including plus size models in their promotion, though some fans argued there were not enough plus sizes. In September 2019 Rihanna promoted the brand in a show again during the New York Fashion Week held at the Barclays Center with modeling appearances from models Alex Wek, Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne, actress Laverne Cox, and musicians Normani and 21 Savage. And featured performances by DJ Khaled, Halsey, A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Migos, Fat Joe, Fabolous and Tierra Whack. The show premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 20 September 2019 as Savage X Fenty Show. The show was renewed for a third time in 2020, with appearances from musicians such as Travis Scott, Rosalía, Bad Bunny, Ella Mai, Lizzo, Big Sean, Miguel, Roddy Ricch and Rico Nasty. This version also premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 2 October 2020.
Fenty is a fashion brand by Rihanna under luxury fashion group LVMH which launched in May 2019. She is the first woman and also the first of color to achieve this. The house launched in a pop-up store on 22 May 2019 in Paris, before launching worldwide online on 29 May and includes clothing, accessories such as sunglasses and footwear etc., it will also be the first that LVMH have launched since 1987. The fashion brand has been described as groundbreaking and in a statement regarding the launch, Rihanna said that she had been given a "unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits."
Rihanna has ventured into other businesses and industries. In October 2005, Rihanna struck an endorsement deal with Secret Body Spray. In 2010, Rihanna featured in the Optus commercial, in conjunction with Optus supporting Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth. The same year Rihanna also featured in the Kodak commercial along with rapper Pitbull. In October 2010, the singer released an eponymous book. The book, featured photos from Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth and served as an accompaniment to her fourth studio album Rated R (2009). In 2011, Rihanna was the face of Nivea and Vita Coco.
Her first television program, Styled to Rock, premiered in the UK in August 2012 on Sky Living. In the 10-week series, Rihanna, Nicola Roberts, Lysa Cooper and Henry Holland assist up-and-coming British designers with their clothing lines. Meanwhile, the US version of Styled to Rock premiered on 25 October 2013 on Bravo. In 2013, the singer collaborated with MAC Cosmetics and released her own summer, fall and holiday lines of makeup called "RiRi hearts MAC". In July 2013, lager production company Budweiser announced that Rihanna had become a part of their global "Made For Music" campaign, also co-starring Jay-Z.
Early in her career, Rihanna made clear her interest in fashion and desire to work in the clothing design industry. Regarding this, she said, "Fashion has always been my defense mechanism". In November 2011, Rihanna announced her first fashion venture with Armani. In February 2013, Rihanna presented her first women's fashion collection at London Fashion Week for British brand River Island, collaborating with her personal stylist Adam Selman. They published three more collections for the brand. Rihanna then collaborated with numerous fashion house's including Dior, Stance and Manolo Blahnik. In March 2015, Rihanna was chosen as the new face of Dior; making her the first black woman to be the face of the brand.
In 2014, Rihanna became the creative director of the fashion sportswear Puma, overseeing the brand's women's line which will include collaborations in apparel and footwear. The following year, Rihanna released her first trainer with Puma and it sold out online with three hours of its pre-sale launch. Over the next two years, Rihanna released various other footwear in different colorways and styles, which were all met positively by both critics and buyers. 2016 saw Rihanna debut her first clothing line in collaboration with Puma at New York Fashion Week; the collection was met with rave reviews from fashion critics. Rihanna was ranked one of the best dressed women in 2018, by luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. On 2 June 2014, Rihanna received the Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
A Pete Berg directed documentary following “the past four years of Rihanna’s life” will be released in July 2021 on Amazon Prime Video. The documentary which has been in the making since 2016 will follow the build-up to Rihanna's business venture launches and behind-the-scenes footage of the recording of her upcoming ninth studio album.
Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: All or Nothing, released in August 2006. Rihanna starred as Petty Officer (GM2) Cora Raikes in her first theatrical feature film Battleship, which was released on 18 May 2012. Loosely based on the game of the same name, both the film and Rihanna's performance received mixed-to-negative reviews; the New York Times said she was "just fine in the rather generic role". In 2015, Rihanna appeared in the voice role of Tip in the animated feature film Home alongside Jim Parsons and Jennifer Lopez, the film was based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.
Rihanna played the recurring role of Marion Crane in the fifth and final season of Bates Motel. The show received universal acclaim from critics. Rihanna also had a major role in the Luc Besson film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaptation of the comic book series Valérian and Laureline. Also starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, the film was released by STX Entertainment on 21 July 2017 in the US Rihanna was one of the all-female cast in the heist film Ocean's 8, directed by Gary Ross and released by Warner Bros. on 8 June 2018. The movie grossed $300 million worldwide and became a major box office success.
In August 2018, it had been reported that Rihanna had been filming a secret project in Cuba titled Guava Island throughout that summer alongside Donald Glover. Glover's Atlanta collaborator Hiro Murai was directing, with Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie also involved. The trailer for the full-length movie premiered on 24 November at the PHAROS festival in New Zealand. The exact details project were not announced until April 2019 when advertisements for Guava Island appeared on Spotify indicating something happening on "Saturday Night | April 13". It was later revealed Amazon Studios would distribute the film and Regency Enterprises had financed the film, with it being released on 13 April.
In 2006, she created her Believe Foundation to help terminally ill children. In 2007, Rihanna was named as one of the Cartier Love Charity Bracelet Ambassadors, with each celebrity representing a different global charity. To help raise awareness and combat HIV/AIDS, Rihanna and other public figures designed clothing for the February 2008 H&M Fashion Against AIDS line. In 2008, Rihanna performed a series of charity concerts entitled A Girl's Night Out to benefit the Believe Foundation. The concerts were made free for the public. Money from sponsors and advertisers were to be donated to provide medical supplies, school supplies and toys to children in need. In September 2008, Rihanna contributed to the song "Just Stand Up!" with fifteen other female artists, who shared the stage to perform the song live on 5 September 2008, during the "Stand Up to Cancer" television special. The proceeds from the single were given to the fundraiser. The television special helped raise $100 million for cancer research.
Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) in 2012, in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Current programs include the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, and education programs. The CLF hosts an annual Diamond Ball charity fundraiser event. The inaugural event in 2014 raised over $2 million and the second raised over $3 million. On 12 February 2012, Rihanna performed a benefit show at the House of Blues to raise money for the Children's Orthopaedic Center and the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children's Hospital. In November 2012, Rihanna gave $100,000 to food bank donation for Hurricane Sandy. On 3 January 2014 Rihanna was part of the MAC Viva Glam campaign, which benefits women, men and children living with HIV/AIDS. In March 2020, Rihanna donated $5,000,000 to COVID-19 relief and followed that up with additional donations of personal protective equipment to the state of New York and an offer of $700,000 worth of ventilators to her home country Barbados. In April 2020, Rihanna further donated an additional $2,100,000, matching Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for a total of $4,200,000, to provide support and resources to individuals and children suffering from domestic violence amid the lockdown.
During her performance at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival, Rihanna expressed her disagreement with Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows companies and individuals to use their religious beliefs as protection, in case of being accused of discrimination against LGBT people. Rihanna along with numerous other high-profile celebrities featured in an online video titled "23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America". The video was released in partnership with the We Are Here Movement and called for action against police brutality.
In January 2017, Rihanna participated in the 2017 Women's March, which took place in New York among protests the day after US President Donald Trump's inauguration. She has also criticized President Trump's immigration policies–including Executive Order 13769, which sought to ban citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States–and his response to the 2019 shootings in El Paso and Dayton. In October 2019, she stated that she declined to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick following the controversy surrounding his role in the national anthem protests.
Rihanna currently owns a $14 million penthouse in Manhattan, New York. She also purchased a house in West London for £7 million in June 2018, in order to be closer to her work with her FENTY fashion label. In December 2018, Rihanna put her Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale after a break-in six months before. The mansion was reported to have been selling for $10.4m.
According to the New York Post, Rihanna filed a lawsuit against Peter Gunis and the firm Berdon LLP for $35 million in 2012, on account of alleged fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty, but settled out of court for more than $10 million in 2014. Forbes began reporting on Rihanna's earnings in 2012.
In 2007, Rihanna began dating fellow singer Chris Brown. Their relationship ended in February 2009, after which Rihanna dated Drake on-and-off from 2009 to 2016. In a January 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Rihanna confirmed that she had rekindled her relationship with Chris Brown, though he remained under probation for the 2009 domestic violence incident. The confirmation followed persistent media speculation throughout 2012, regarding the pair's reunion. In a May 2013 interview, Brown stated that he and Rihanna had broken up again. Rihanna began a relationship with Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel in 2017. The couple reportedly split in January 2020.
Rihanna is well known for her tattoos, the most famous of which (such as the tribal design on her hand, the gun on her ribcage, and the "shhh..." on her finger) have been done by New York tattoo artist Bang Bang. She has a large tattoo of the Egyptian goddess Isis on her sternum, dedicated to her late grandmother.
Domestic violence case
On 8 February 2009, Rihanna's scheduled performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards was canceled. Reports surfaced that Brown had physically assaulted her. He turned himself in to police and was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats.
On 5 March 2009, Brown was charged with assault and making criminal threats. Due to a leaked photograph from the police department obtained by TMZ.com—which revealed that Rihanna had sustained visible injuries—an organization known as STOParazzi proposed "Rihanna's Law", which, if enacted, would "deter employees of law enforcement agencies from releasing photos or information that exploits crime victims." Gil Kaufman of VH1 reported the "nonstop coverage of the Rihanna/Brown case has brought up a number of issues regarding the privacy of alleged victims of domestic violence, including the decision by almost all major news outlets to divulge the identity of the victim—which is not typically done in domestic-violence cases" and discussed the controversial distribution of the leaked photograph. Rihanna was subpoenaed to testify during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles on 22 June 2009. On 22 June 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault. Brown received five years of probation and was ordered to stay 50 yards (46 m) away from Rihanna, unless at public events, which then would be reduced to 10 yards (9 m).
On 2 September 2009, Brown spoke about the domestic violence case in a pre-recorded Larry King Live interview, his first public interview about the matter. He was accompanied to the interview by his mother, Joyce Hawkins, and attorney Mark Geragos, as he discussed growing up in a household with his mother being repeatedly assaulted by his stepfather. Brown said of hearing details of his assault of Rihanna, "I'm in shock, because, first of all, that's not who I am as a person, and that's not who I promise I want to be."
In March 2018, Rihanna posted a statement shaming Snapchat for mocking her domestic violence situation. The ad put out by Snapchat asked if users would rather "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown" in a "Would you rather" format. Snapchat issued an apology statement.
- Music of the Sun (2005)
- A Girl like Me (2006)
- Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) (reissued in 2008 as Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded)
- Rated R (2009)
- Loud (2010)
- Talk That Talk (2011)
- Unapologetic (2012)
- Anti (2016)
- Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)
- Battleship (2012)
- This Is the End (2013)
- Home (2015)
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
- Ocean's 8 (2018)
- Guava Island (2019)
As a headliner
- Rihanna: Live in Concert (2006)
- Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007–2009)
- Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–2011)
- Loud Tour (2011)
- Diamonds World Tour (2013)
- Anti World Tour (2016)
As a co-headliner
- A Girl's Night Out (2008; a series of charity concerts to benefit the "Believe Foundation")
- 777 Tour (2012; in support of her seventh studio album Unapologetic)
- Culture of Barbados
- Music of Barbados
- Honorific nicknames in popular music
- List of Billboard Social 50 number-one artists
- List of Billboard Hot 100 chart achievements and milestones
- Rihanna (given name)
- "Rihanna shows AJ Hammer how to pronounce her name". HLN. Retrieved 2 May 2017 – via YouTube.
- ""Happy Birthday to a Real BOSS," See Who's Wishing Rihanna's A Happy 29th Birthday". BET. 20 February 2017.
- Spivey, Lisa (January 2007). "Rihanna, The New Cover Girl". Los Angeles Sentinel. 72 (23): B.5. ISSN 0890-4340.
- "Rihanna: Biography — Part 1 & 2". People. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
- Watson, Margeaux (22 June 2007). "Caribbean Queen: Rihanna". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
- Clark, Noelene (18 April 2011). "Rihanna's secret family: two half-sisters, a half-brother — and two nieces". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Ross, Scott; Daniel Macht (6 November 2009). "Rihanna: My Dad Used to Hit Mom". www.nbcdfw.com. NBC Universal Inc. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
- "Rihanna 1988–". Biography Today. Omnigraphics. 17 (2): 90. 2008. ISSN 1058-2347.
- Vena, Jocelyn (16 November 2010). "Rihanna Says Loud's 'Man Down' Is 'Gangsta'". Viacom International Inc. Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- Venugopal, Arun (15 May 2017). "As a kid, I was giving throwdowns to Lara, Chanderpaul and Hooper". ESPN Sports Media Ltd. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Talking Shop: Shontelle". BBC. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
- DePaulo, Lisa (January 2010). "Good Girl Gone Badass". GQ. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- Patterson, Sylvia (27 August 2007). "Singing in the rain". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- "2005 Rihanna Interview". Retrieved 20 February 2016 – via YouTube.
- "THE ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP APPOINTS SHAWN "JAY-Z" CARTER TO PRESIDENT & CEO, DEF JAM RECORDINGS". Universal Music Group. 8 December 2004. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- Reid, Shaheem. "Jay-Z's Picks: Teairra Mari, Rihanna, Ne-Yo". Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- Jones, Steve (1 August 2005). "Rihanna has her day in the sun". USA Today. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- Reid, Antonio (7 January 2016). "L.A. Reid Recalls Meeting 17-Year-Old Rihanna for the First Time: Exclusive Memoir Excerpt". Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- Eells, Josh (1 June 2011). "Rihanna, Queen of Pain: Rolling Stone's 2011 Cover Story". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- Cinquemani, Sal (31 August 2005). "Rihanna: Music Of The Sun | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
- Kawashima, Dale. "Special Interview (2005): Rihanna Tells How She Got Started, Getting Her Label Deal, And Her First Album". Singer Universe. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Artist Chart History – Rihanna". Billboard. Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
- Murray, Gordon (8 August 2013). "Rihanna Scores 20th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Chart; Second-Most No. 1s Ever". Billboard. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
- "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
- Tecson, Brandee (19 August 2005). "Rihanna Insists She's Got What You Need In 'Pon De Replay' Follow-Up". Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
- Tecson, Brandee J. (3 November 2005). "Rihanna Brings on Acting Career With New 'Bring It On' Flick". Archived from the original on 4 January 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- Tecson, Brandee J. (22 February 2006). "Rihanna Getting in Touch With Her Rock Side For Next LP". Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
- "Billboard.com – Discography – Rihanna – A Girl Like Me". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
- Walters, Barry. "Rihanna – A Girl like Me". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "Rihanna – A Girl like Me – Music Charts". αCharts.us. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- Caulfield, Keith (16 November 2013). "Rihanna Hits 10 Million in U.S. Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
- "Rihanna – SOS – Music Charts". Music Charts. Archived from the original on 24 February 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
- "Rihanna – Unfaithful – Music Charts". Music Charts. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
- Moss, Corey (6 July 2006). "Rihanna Lets Fans Be Her Guide, Selects Summer Jam 'We Ride' As Next Single". Retrieved 2 June 2009.
- Hasty, Katie (1 March 2007). "Mims Puts The 'Hot' In The Hot 100 At No. 1". Billboard.
- Moss, Corey (27 February 2007). "Rihanna Gets Voice Lessons From Ne-Yo For 'Fresh, Uptempo' New Tracks". Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
- Reid, Shaheem; Richard, Yasmine (2 May 2007). "Rihanna Loses Good Girl Image, Thanks To Jay-Z, Justin, Timbaland, Ne-Yo". Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
- Moss, Corey (27 February 2006). "Rihanna Gets Voice Lessons From Ne-Yo For 'Fresh, Uptempo' New Tracks". Archived from the original on 4 January 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- "Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad – Music Charts". Music Charts. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
- "Rihanna:Good Girl Gone Bad (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
- "Rihanna and Jay-Z – Umbrella – Music Charts". Music Charts. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
- Sexton, Paul (23 July 2007). "Rihanna Makes It 10 Weeks Atop UK Singles Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
- "Top 10 Global Digital Singles 2007" (PDF). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Top 10 Digital Songs 2009" (PDF). IFPI. 15 February 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 November 2010.
- Leong, Cheryl (13 November 2008). "Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad Tour". MTV Southeast Asia. Archived from the original on 11 July 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2009.
- "The 2008 Grammy Winners Are..." Entertainment Weekly. 8 February 2008. Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
- Watson, Margeaux (29 December 2008). "Rihanna: Diva of the year". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "Rihanna Earns Sixth Million-Selling Album". Billboard. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna albums to hit shelves November 23". The Independent. London. 17 November 2009.
- Copsey, Rob (1 June 2017). "Rihanna celebrates the tenth anniversary of her breakthrough album Good Girl Gone Bad: 'I'm forever grateful'". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
- Emina, Kyle (28 November 2011). "Rihanna revitalizes tired musical style". Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- Rodriguez, Jayson (30 January 2008). "Kanye West's Glow in the Dark Tour Will Feature Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D." Archived from the original on 28 December 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
- "Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded by Rihanna". iTunes (Spain). Apple. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Rihanna – Take A Bow – Music Charts". Australian Record Industry Association. Archived from the original on 24 September 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- "Maroon 5 and Rihanna – If I Never See Your Face Again – Music Charts". Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- "Rihanna – Disturbia – Music Charts". Archived from the original on 23 September 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- Kaufman, Gil (19 August 2008). "Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Fergie, Miley Cyrus, More Collaborate on Cancer Benefit Single". MTV. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
- Swash, Rosie (9 February 2009). "Grammys 2009: Rihanna cancels appearance after boyfriend Chris Brown arrested". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
- Friedman, Roger (10 February 2009). "Chaos in Chris Brown-Rihanna Mess". Fox News Channel. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
- Lee, Ken (5 March 2009). "Chris Brown Charged with Two Felonies in Rihanna Beating". People. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
- Kaufman, Gil (23 February 2009). "Gossip Site Defends Posting of Rihanna Photo". Archived from the original on 19 March 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
- "Battlefield 4 (BF4) Announce Trailer with Rihanna [OFFICIAL]". 4 April 2013. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- Vena, Jocelyn (23 April 2009). "Rihanna Recording 'Inspiring' New Tracks With Producers Stargate". Archived from the original on 11 December 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- Lynch, Joseph Brannigan (14 October 2009). "Rihanna's new album: What can we expect?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- Rosen, Jody (23 November 2009). "Rated R: Rihanna: Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
- Kellman, Andy. "Rated R – Rihanna". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 15 March 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
- "Rihanna Is MTV News' No. 3 Woman of the Year". 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- Caulfield, Keith. (2 December 2009). "Susan Boyle Sees 'Dream' Soar To No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
- Kaufman, Gil (2 December 2009). "Susan Boyle Beats Adam Lambert, Rihanna For Billboard No. 1". Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
- "Rihanna and Young Jeezy – Hard – Music Charts". Music Charts. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Rihanna – Rude Boy – Music Charts". Music Charts. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Eminem and Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie – Music Charts". Music Charts. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Eminem/Rihanna & Take That scoop 2010 crowns". 2 January 2011. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- Jones, Alan (13 February 2012). "Official Chart Analysis: Lana Del Rey scores biggest-selling album of 2012, Gotye shifts another 83k". Music Week. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- Fekadu, Mesfin (20 October 2010). "Rihanna leaves manager, now under Jay-Z's umbrella". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- Montgomery, James. "Rihanna 'Loved' Working With Kanye West On 'All of the Lights'". Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- Rodriguez, Jayson (22 March 2011). "NICKI MINAJ EXPLAINS POSTPONING RIHANNA 'FLY' VIDEO". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
- Bhansalo, Akshay (20 January 2011). "David Guetta 'Honored' To Have Rihanna On 'Who's That Chick'". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
- Kaufman, Gil (7 September 2010). "Rihanna Reveals Title of New Album: Loud". Retrieved 7 September 2010.
- "Billboard Canadian Hot 100: Week of October 2, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)". Retrieved 27 November 2010.
- "Archive Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
- Wete, Brad. "Rihanna's 'What's My Name?' jumps to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
- Trust, Gary (20 April 2011). "Rihanna's 'S&M' Reigns on Hot 100, Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Debuts". Billboard. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
- "Rihanna, 'Man Down' – New Song". AOL Music. 25 April 2011. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- Copsey, Robert (12 March 2011). "Rihanna announces next single". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- "Cheers (Drink to That) – Rihanna". Billboard. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- Concepcion, Mariel (10 February 2011). "Rihanna To Kick Off North American 'Loud' Tour in June". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- "Rihanna Breaks O2 Arena Record With Final 'Loud' Tour Gig". Capital FM. 15 February 2012. Archived from the original on 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
- "Pollstar: Top 25 Worldwide Tours (1/1/2011 – 12/31/2011)" (PDF). Pollstar. 28 December 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
- Fowler, Tara (11 October 2011). "Rihanna unveils new album 'Talk That Talk' cover". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- Caulfield, Keith (30 November 2011). "Michael Buble Bests Nickelback, Rihanna on Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- "Rihanna Calvin Harris – We Found Love". Music Charts. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- Trust, Gary (2 November 2011). "Rihanna's 'Found' Her Way Back to Hot 100 Summit". Billboard. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- Trust, Gary (21 December 2011). "Rihanna's 'Love' Her Longest-Leading Hot 100 No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- Bronson, Fred. "Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- "The Hot 100: Week of July 7, 2012". Billboard. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Archive Chart". 7 July 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "New Music: Rihanna f/ A$AP Rocky – 'Cockiness (Remix)'". Rap-Up.com. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- "Coldplay's 'Paradise' Video Stars Globe-Trotting Elephant". Billboard. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Take Care US urban radio release". 15 February 2012. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012.
- "Kanye West And Rihanna Win Best Rap Song And Collaboration at Grammy Awards 2012". Capital FM. 12 February 2012. Archived from the original on 23 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "Rihanna wins BRITs 2012 International Female Artist". 21 February 2012. Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- Corner, Lewis (6 June 2012). "Rihanna 'didn't expect negative Chris Brown duet reaction'". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "Rihanna, One Direction Top VMAs". Yahoo!. 6 September 2012. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Rihanna clearly Unapologetic about 777 Tour stop in Toronto". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- Caulfield, Keith (27 November 2012). "Rihanna Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
- Trust, Gary (21 November 2012). "Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Shines Atop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Trust, Gary (21 February 2013). "Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' Debuts Atop Revamped Hot 100". Billboard. New York, NY. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Chen, Joyce (23 November 2012). "Rihanna takes fans, media on party plane trip to 7 countries". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- Danton, Eric R. (19 March 2013). "Rihanna 777' Documentary Coming to Fox in May". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Early Grammy Winners Include Rihanna, Jay-Z and Kanye West". Rolling Stone. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- "The BRIT Awards 2013: The biggest selling nominees revealed". 20 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
- Vena, Jocelyn (7 September 2012). "Rihanna Unveils Diamonds Tour Dates After Big VMA Night". MTV. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "'This Is the End': Rihanna doesn't make it in red band trailer". Digital Spy. 2 April 2013. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
- "iTunes Music – Bad [Remix] (feat. Rihanna) – Single by Wale". iTunes Store. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "Shakira, Rihanna Team Up On 'Can't Remember To Forget You': Listen". Billboard. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- Aguirre, Abby (24 March 2016). "Rihanna vogue interview anti". Vogue. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- Nostro, Lauren (5 May 2014). "Rihanna Has Left Def Jam and Signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation Label". Complex. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- White, Caitlin (25 January 2015). "Rihanna Dropped Her New Song With Kanye And Paul McCartney—Hear 'FourFiveSeconds'". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
- Anderson, Stacey (29 March 2015). "Rihanna Debuts 'Bitch Better Have My Money' at iHeartRadio Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
- "Rihanna Debuts Soulful 'American Oxygen' on Tidal". Time. 6 April 2015.
- "Rihanna Debuts 'American Oxygen,' Slams RFRA at March Madness Fest". Yahoo!. 5 April 2015.
- Graser, Marc (25 February 2014). "Rihanna to Make Concept Album for Upcoming Animated Movie". Variety. Archived from the original on 9 May 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Rihanna inks $25M sponsorship deal with Samsung". New York Post. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- "Rihanna". Twitter. 23 November 2015.[non-primary source needed]
- Levine, Nick (23 March 2016). "The Weeknd drops out of Rihanna's Anti World Tour". The Independent. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
- Cox, Jamieson (28 January 2016). "Rihanna's new album ANTI is available now". The Verge. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- Caulfield, Keith (7 February 2016). "Rihanna's 'Anti' Rules at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Rihanna and Drake 'Work' Into No. 1 Spot on Hot 100 Again Over Justin Bieber, Flo RIda". Music Times. 29 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- Trust, Gary (6 June 2016). "Drake No. 1 on Hot 100 for Fourth Week, P!nk Hits Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
- Kaufman, Gil (29 April 2016). "Listen ] to Rihanna and Calvin Harris' 'This Is What You Came For". Billboard. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
- Views (PDF digital booklet). Drake. Young Money Entertainment. 2016.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Brandle, Lars (3 June 2016). "Mike Will Made-It Releases Rihanna Collab 'Nothing Is Promised'". Billboard. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
- "Rihanna Is in Full Ballad Mode on New Song 'Sledgehammer'". MTV. 27 June 2016. Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- Geffen, Sasha (11 August 2016). "RIHANNA IS YOUR 2016 VMA VIDEO VANGUARD". MTV. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
- Bitette, Nicole (13 August 2016). "Rihanna is the recipient of 2016 MTV Video Vanguard Award". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
- Platon, Adelle (15 June 2017). "DJ Khaled's 'Wild Thoughts' Collaboration With Rihanna and Bryson Tiller Will Drop Tomorrow". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
- Roberts, Randall (28 January 2018). "Kendrick Lamar is 4-for-4 after 'Loyalty' wins the Grammy for rap/sung performance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
- Ortiz, Edwin (5 November 2017). "N*E*R*D Debut New Album at ComplexCon With Electrifying Show". Complex. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- "Lemon – Single by N.E.R.D". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Stiernberg, Bonnie (22 December 2018). "Rihanna Confirms Her New Album Will Be Out in 2019". Billboard. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
- Sapanara, Michael (20 May 2019). "Rihanna Confirms Upcoming Reggae Album in New Interview". Billboard. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
- "Rihanna Just Registered New Music and People Are Freaking Out". Elle. 18 August 2019.
- "Rihanna Clears Up Rumor About Upcoming Album". Elle. 12 October 2019.
- Aswad, Jem; Halperin, Shirley (16 September 2019). "Rihanna Signs With Sony/ATV Music Publishing". Variety. United States. Archived from the original on 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
- "Rihanna Teases 'R9' Album With House of Pain-Loving Pup: Watch". Billboard. 22 December 2019.
Update: me listening to R9 by myself and refusing to release it.
- Spanos, Brittany; Legaspi, Althea (27 March 2020). "PartyNextDoor Recruits Rihanna for New Single 'Believe It'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
- Madden, Sidney (21 March 2017). "19 OF RIHANNA'S BEST HIP-HOP COLLABORATIONS OVER THE YEARS". XXL. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
- Scott, Walter (14 July 2017). "5 Things You Didn't Know About Rihanna". Parade. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
- Kristobak, Ryan (20 May 2014). "Comparing The Top Artists, Past And Present, By Vocal Range". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
- Skinner, James (15 November 2010). "Music – Review of Rihanna – Loud". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- Gill, Andy (12 November 2010). "Album: Rihanna, Loud (Mercury)". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- Hampp, Andrew (17 November 2012). "Rihanna, 'Unapologetic': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- Caramanica, Jon (20 November 2012). "Rihanna's Album 'Unapologetic' Makes Most of Her Talent". New York Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- Jones, Steve (21 November 2009). "Rihanna Plotted Her Path To Success in First MTV News Interview". MTV. Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
- Tecson, Brandee J. (22 February 2006). "Rihanna Getting in Touch With Her Rock Side For Next LP". Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- "Meet the 8 Artists You'd Never Guess Were in the Rock Hall (#8: Rihanna)". HuffPost. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
- Jeffries, David. "A Girl Like Me – Rihanna". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
- Sanneh, Kelefa (5 September 2005). "Critics Choice: new CDs". New York Times. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Tecson, Brandee J.; Richard, Yasmine (8 August 2005). "Rihanna Insists She's Got What You Need In 'Pon De Replay' Follow-Up". Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- Jeffries, David (25 April 2006). "Review: A Girl like Me". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "Rihanna learned to sing by mimicking Celine Dion". CTV News. Bell Media. 22 March 2015. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- Garcia, Patricia (28 January 2016). "Rihanna's Anti Album Is Anti-Pop—And That's Not a Bad Thing". Vogue. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- Cinquemani, Sal (22 May 2007). "Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad – Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- Birchmeier, Jason (25 April 2006). "Review: A Girl like Me". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- "Album Review: Rihanna — Good Girl Gone Bad". BBC. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
- Watson, Margeaux (22 June 2007). "Caribbean Queen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- Robinson, Peter (16 June 2007). "Review: Good Girl Gone Bad". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- Vena, Jocelyn (24 November 2009). "Rihanna 'Vented' On Her Just-Released Rated R Album". Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Kaufman, Gil (7 September 2010). "Rihanna Reveals Title of New Album". Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Vena, Jocelyn (29 October 2010). "Rihanna's Loud Preview: Eminem Gets Dark On Otherwise Light LP". Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Sciarretto, Amy. "Rihanna – 'Talk That Talk' – Album Review". Popcrush. Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Vena, Jocelyn (9 November 2009). "Rihanna's Loud Continues To Leak Online". Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Vena, Jocelyn (20 October 2011). "Is Rihanna Really The New Madonna?". MTV. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Sciarretto, Amy (21 October 2010). "Rihanna Samples Avril Lavigne on 'Loud'". Artistdirect. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Corner, Lewis (21 July 2011). "Rihanna: 'Madonna is my biggest inspiration'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- "Watch a Teenage Rihanna Belt Out Mariah Carey's "Hero" at Her High School Talent Show". VH1. 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- "the tracks that shaped rihanna's life". i-D. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- "Rihanna says she's inspired by Mariah Carey". The Arizona Republic. The USA Today Network. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- "Rihanna Admits Which Divas She Copied While Growing Up". Artistdirect. 31 March 2015. Archived from the original on 11 May 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
- "Rihanna's Bob Marley Shrine". Contactmusic.com. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- "Rihanna builds shrine to commemorate Bob Marley". NDTV. 9 November 2010. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- Kreps, Daniel (20 January 2010). "Rihanna Covers Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" for Haiti Relief". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- Eells, Josh (6 June 2011). "Rihanna, Queen of Pain: Rolling Stone's 2011 Cover Story". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
- "Rihanna | Rihanna: 'I'Ll Learn From Whitney'S Mistakes'". Contactmusic.com. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- Warner, Kara (2 April 2012). "Rihanna Would Give Her 'Entire Life' To Play Whitney Houston". Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- Collins, Hattie (29 November 2009). "Janet Jackson on surviving the family circus and missing Michael". The Sunday Times. UK. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- Rihanna – Fashion Inspired By Bob Marley, Tupac & Aaliyah Archived 13 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Shelby.tv. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Rihanna advises Idols to work like they have a hit". CTV.ca. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- Strecker, Erin (30 October 2014). "Remember That Time Rihanna Performed Destiny's Child Songs for Destiny's Child?". Billboard. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
- "ARTISTdirect's Exclusive Interview With Rihanna!". Artistdirect. 12 May 2006. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
those were the kinds of artists that always influenced me. Celine Dion, Mandy Moore, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child.
- "10 Things You Never Knew About... Grace Jones". Clash. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Rihanna on the '90s Beauty Icon Who Has Inspired Her Many Looks". Vogue. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Jay-Z's Latest Def Jam Artist 'Rihanna' Ready To Take Over!". SixShot.com. 8 June 2005. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- "21 Artists That Wouldn't Be The Same Without Prince". NME. Archived from the original on 26 April 2016.
- "Rihanna Interview". kidzworld. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
You mention that some of your musical influences are Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey.
- "Rihanna: A Dream Come True". SoundSlam.com. Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- "Caribbean Queen". Entertainment Weekly. 21 June 2007. Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
- Rodriguez, Jayson (23 February 2010). "Rihanna Says Clip For 'Rude Boy' Is 'A Pop Art Video'". MTV. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- Vena, Jocelyn (16 May 2011). "Rihanna Director Talks Upcoming 'Man Down' Video". MTV. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Bream, Jon (2008). "Hush Hush Rihanna; The decade's hottest pop diva is all a-twitter about Monday's Jingle Ball. But don't ask about costar and boyfriend Chris Brown – her lips are sealed". Star Tribune. p. E.1. ISSN 0895-2825.
- Epaminondas, George (August 2008). "Rihanna, Revealed". InStyle. 15 (8). p. 196. ISSN 1076-0830.
- Rodriguez, Jayson (5 September 2007). "Rihanna's 'Painful' 'Umbrella' Shoot Kept Her on Her Toes: VMA Lens Recap". MTV. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Wener, Ben; Fadroski, Kelli Skye (2 October 2008). "Making mix discs for your creeptastic party? Pick from our Halloween 50". The Orange County Register.
- Graham, Charne (25 October 2011). "Rihanna's Top 5 Most Controversial Videos". Houston Press. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- Graham, Charne (25 October 2011). "Rihanna's Top 5 Most Controversial Videos". Houston Press. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- Dinh, James (31 May 2011). "Rihanna Pulls The Trigger In 'Man Down' Video". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- "Rihanna's video for 'We Found Love' is "a disgrace", say anti-rape campaigners". NME. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- "Rihanna Beats Lady GaGa To 2 Billion YouTube Hits". 4 May 2013. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Armstrong, Denis (14 July 2006). "CANOE – JAM! Music – Artists – ConcertReviews – Concert Review". Canoe.ca. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
- Mapes, Jillan (23 August 2011). "MTV VMAs' 10 Best Performances Ever: Poll Results". Billboard. Archived from the original on 30 March 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Malaysia Muslims want Rihanna concert banned because 'she is too sexy'". The Daily Telegraph. London. 22 January 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Sinclair, David (18 December 2007). "Rihanna Live Reviews". The Times. UK. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Montgomery, James (3 October 2011). "MTV Mobile News: Rihanna Says She's No Role Model". MTV. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- Mangum, Aja (24 March 2014). "Rihanna to Be Named CFDA Fashion Icon: A Look Back at Her Most Head-Turning Style Moments". People. StyleWatch. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- Mangum, Aja (3 June 2009). "Rihanna: Beauty Chameleon". New York. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
- Charnas, Dan (26 April 2006). "Quick Spin". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- Taylor, Amina (25 November 2005). "Move over, Beyoncé". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
- "Rihanna: "There's nobody really in my league"". Digital Spy. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- Markman, Rob (20 August 2012). "Rihanna 'Felt Stifled' By Def Jam's Pop-Princess Blueprint". MTV. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- Markman, Rob (20 August 2012). "Rihanna Felt 'Claustrophobic' In Early Def Jam Days". MTV. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- "Rihanna's Hair Through The Years". Us Magazine. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Rihanna Biography". People. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Amarca, Nico (25 November 2015). "Rihanna's Aesthetic Evolution". Highsnobiety. Archived from the original on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- Hebert, Emily (3 June 2010). "Rihanna's Hairstyles Gallery". Elle. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Rihanna's hairstyles in pictures". The Daily Telegraph. London. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "You'll Never Believe Who Inspires Rihanna's Passion for Fashion". ABC. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- Harp, Justin (17 March 2011). "Rihanna: 'I take risks with fashion'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Cartner-Morley, Jess (17 July 2012). "Rihanna: evolution of a style icon". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Nome, Valerie (2 October 2009). "Miranda Miranda Lambert admires Rihanna Admires Rihanna's Fashion Risks". OK!. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Lasane, Andrew (27 April 2015). "Balmain Designer Olivier Rousteing Says Rihanna Is the New Madonna, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and Prince of Fashion". Complex. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- "Rihanna's 'daring sexuality' praised by 'Vagina Monologues' writer". Digital Spy. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- Liebling-Goldberg, Melissa (17 September 2008). "PEOPLE'S 10 Best Dressed Stars of 2008". People. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
- "Rihanna Is the Sexiest Woman Alive". Esquire. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- Nostro, Lauren; Patterson, Julian (10 December 2012). "The 100 Hottest female Singers of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- "Rihanna "Uncomfortable" Being A Sex Symbol". MTV UK. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- "Rihanna 'Felt Stifled' By Def Jam's Pop-Princess Blueprint". BET. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- Barr, Sabrina (4 May 2019). "RIHANNA'S BEST LOOKS AT THE MET GALA THROUGH THE YEARS". The Independent.
- "Go Ask Anna: Rihanna Talks Her Dream Wedding Dress, the Met Ball, and Her New Album". Vogue Videos.
- Graham, Bre (18 October 2017). "Guo Pei: the Chinese designer who made Rihanna's omelette dress". The Guardian.
- Bobb, Brooke (23 April 2018). "There's a Mesmerizing New Documentary About Guo Pei, Designer of Rihanna's 2015 Met Gala Gown". Vogue.
- Park, Andrea (8 May 2018). "Rihanna Showed Up to the 2018 Met Gala Dressed Like an Actual Pope". Glamour.
- Smith, Da'Shan. "10 Years After 'Good Girl Gone Bad,' Rihanna Has Surpassed Her Goal of Becoming the 'Black Madonna'". Billboard. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Agafonov, Mikhael. "Ten years ago, 'Umbrella' turned Rihanna into a pop icon". DazeDigital. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Gracie, Bianca. "Rihanna's 'Good Girl Gone Bad' Turns 10: Crafting A Rule-Breaking Pop Culture Icon". Vibe. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Cartner-Morley, Jess. "Rihanna: the pop star who became a fashion powerhouse". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Murphy, Sam. "'Good Girl Gone Bad' Transformed Rihanna From A Popstar to an Icon". The Interns. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Levine, Nick (10 June 2008). "Rihanna: 'Good Girl Gone Bad Reloaded'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- "500 Greatest Songs of All Time: Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z, 'Umbrella'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
- Rani, Taj. "How Rihanna's 'Work' Made Dancehall Reign in Pop (Again)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Greene, Jayson. "Is Rihanna the Most Influential Pop Singer of the Past Decade?". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "The World's 100 Most Influential People: 2012". Time. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- "The 2011 Time Pool". Time. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Introducing the 2014 CFDA Fashion Icon of the Year... Archived 5 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. CFDA (24 March 2014). Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "The Hot 100's Top Artists of All Time". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- Zellner, Xander. "Hot 100 Turns 60! The Top 60 Female Artists of All-Time, From Madonna to Mariah Carey & More". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- "Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs Word Cloud, Top Artists Map & More". Billboard. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom". Time. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
- Pomerantz, Dorothy (9 August 2012). "Rihanna Tops Our List of Social Networking Superstars". Forbes. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- "Rihanna Named Britain's Most Influential Pop Star". Contact Music. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Lang, Cady. "Lorde Says Rihanna Inspired One of the Most Emotional Tracks on Her Latest Album". Time. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Wright, Hayden. "Sam Smith Talks George Michael, Rihanna's Influence". Radio.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
- "Little Mix cite Rita Ora and Rihanna as style influences". Press Party. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- Garza, Frida. "Billie Eilish Says She Uses Fashion As a 'Defense Mechanism'". Jezebel.com. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- "Selena Gomez Looks Up To Rihanna". Disney Dreaming. 1 December 2009. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Rihanna no quiso hablar con Justin Bieber en los Billboard" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- "Meet Brit Pop Star Ellie Goulding". Us Weekly. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "Jennie's No. 1 idol". Elle Korea.
- Kaye, Ben (11 September 2017). "Marilyn Manson announces new album, Heaven Upside Down, shares "WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "Jessie J Glad She Kept Rihanna Song for Herself". Rap-Up. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- "SZA shares 'CTRL' release date & how Rihanna influenced the album". Revolt.TV. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
- "TeenNick Top 10: An Interview With Fifth Harmony". Teen Nick. 22 August 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- Lee, Christina (16 February 2017). "Camila Cabello Covers 'Billboard,' Previews New Music: 6 Photos". Idolator. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "Lovato 'inspired by Rihanna R&B sound'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "CLUBGIRL: Alexandra Stan – Wonderland Magazine". 12 June 2012.
- Pareles, Jon (17 November 2015). "Grimes, a D.I.Y. Indie Sensation, Ramps Up Her Sound". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- Daramola, Israel. "Sleater-Kinney Talk Janet Weiss' Departure and Being Inspired by Rihanna in New Interview". Spin. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
- Trunick, Austin (22 January 2013). "Track-by-Track: Tegan and Sara's Heartthrob Part Two". Under the Radar. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
- Copsey, Robert (13 February 2013). "Tegan and Sara song 'I Was A Fool' inspired by Rihanna". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- Corner, Lewis; Allen, Chris (3 May 2012). "Cover Drive: 'We are influenced by Bob Marley, Gwen Stefani'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
- Lewis, Casey. "Cher Lloyd on Her Star-Studded Collaborations with Demi Lovato and Ne-Yo". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- G, C (22 February 2008). "All hail Rihanna". Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008.
- "Rihanna Day in Barbados". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- "Celebrate 'Rihanna Day' in Barbados". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- "50 Things You Didn't Know About Rihanna". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- "Did You Know That in Barbados People Celebrate a national "Rihanna"…". Archived from the original on 17 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- "Rihanna named Humanitarian of Year". Harvard Gazette.
- Bruner, Raisa. "What It's Like Inside Rihanna Power Player-Filled Diamond Ball". Time. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- Respers France, Lisa (21 September 2018). "Rihanna appointed an ambassador of Barbados". CNN. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- Austin, Sharon (20 September 2018). "Rihanna – Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary". Barbados Government Information Service. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
- "Rihanna appointed as ambassador by Barbados". BBC News. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
- Robehmed, Natalie. "How Rihanna Created A$600 Million Fortune—And Became The World's Richest Female Musician". Forbes. Forbes Media LLC. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
- Gilchrist, Karen (12 December 2019). "Forbes names the world's most powerful women of 2019". CNBC.
- "Rihanna rockets on to Sunday Times Rich List". BBC News. 13 May 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
- Kreps, Daniel. "See Rihanna's Powerful NAACP Image Awards Speech". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
- "Rihanna appointed as ambassador by Barbados". BBC News. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
- "Rihanna to Receive 'AMA Icon Award'". Billboard. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- Tewari, Nidhi (21 November 2012). "Rihanna to Perform and Receive First Ever Icon Award at the 2013 American Music Awards". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Rihanna to Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
- "List of Rihanna's Guinness world records". Go Barbados.
- Caulfield, Keith. "Rihanna Hits 10 Million in U.S. Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- Hampp, Andrew (20 November 2012). "Rihanna's 'Unapologetic': The Billboard Cover Story". Billboard. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "The Nielsen Company & Billboard's 2011 Music Industry Report" (Press release). Business Wire. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012.
- "Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Adele break World Records with digital music sales". Guinness World Records. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Rihanna Surpasses 100 Million Singles Certifications". Rap-Up.
- Jones, Alan (16 March 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Sam Smith returns to top Singles and Albums Charts". Music Week. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015.(subscription required)
- Platon, Adelle (28 January 2016). "Rihanna Celebrates a Million 'Anti' Downloads on Twitter". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- Trust, Gary (23 February 2016). "Rihanna & Drake Rise to No. 1 on Hot 100 With 'Work'". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Make History on Pop Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "Official Charts Analysis: Pharrell Williams LP sells 69k". MusicWeek. 10 March 2014. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- "Rihanna racks up 20 million record sales in the UK!". Official Charts Company. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "The Official Singles Charts' biggest selling artists of all time revealed!". Official Charts Company. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "The Official Top 10 biggest selling female singles artists of all time revealed!". Official Charts Company. 12 April 2013. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
- "Adele and Rihanna score UK's latest million selling singles". Official Charts Company. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
- "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs", Billboard, retrieved 8 October 2017
- "R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay", Billboard, retrieved 8 October 2017
- "Rhythmic", Billboard, retrieved 8 October 2017
- "Rihanna's 30 Top 10 UK singles". Official Charts.
- "Coco Perez A Sneak Peek at Rihanna's Perfume!". cocoperez.com. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
- Nika, Colleen (21 November 2011). "Rihanna Rebels With New Fragrance, Shocking Shoes". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Rihanna to Launch New Fragrance Rebelle". BET. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Meet Rebelle, Rihanna's New Fragrance – The Hook". Billboard. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
- Kitchens, Simone (23 November 2012). "Black Friday Deals 2012: Rihanna's New Fragrance Plus Big Deals on Smashbox, MAC Cosmetics And More (PHOTOS)". HuffPost.
- "Rihanna Unveils 'Rogue' Fragrance Ad". Rap-Up.com. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Rihanna Reveals New Fragrance: RiRi". BallerStatus.com. 22 July 2015.
- Sisario, Ben (13 March 2015). "Jay Z Buys the Music Streaming Firm, Aspiro". New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Flanagan, Andrew (30 March 2015). "It's Official: Jay Z's Historic Tidal Launches With 16 Artist Stakeholders". Billboard. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Sisario, Ben (30 March 2015). "Jay Z Reveals Plans for Tidal, a Streaming Music Service". New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Wortham, Jenna (8 February 2016). "Rihanna's 'Anti' Is the Record You Make When You Don't Need to Sell Records". The New York Times.
- "Westbury Road Entertainment, LLC". Business Lookup. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "Rihanna Launches Her Own Record Label". 25 January 2015.
- "Rihanna Is First Artist To Cross 100 Million Song Certifications, Becomes RIAA's Top Awarded Singles Artist". RIAA. 1 July 2015.
- "Meet Melissa Forde: Everything You Need To Know About Rihanna's BFF". 23 July 2013.
- "Rihanna Launches Beauty and Photo Agencies". Rap-Up. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- Harris, Jeremy O. (20 May 2019). "Rihanna Opens Up About Her New Clothing Line, the Future of Fashion, and Her Next Album". T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
- Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (16 January 2019). "Rihanna sues father overuse of Fenty brand name". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- "Fenty Beauty by Rihanna – About – Fenty Beauty". Fenty Beauty.
- "Rihanna to Launch Fenty Beauty Line This Fall". Rap-Up. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- Karsen, Shira (7 September 2017). "Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Collection Has Arrived". Billboard.
- Wu, Sarah. "EVERY SINGLE Fenty Beauty Product You Need Is Now on Instagram".
- "The 25 Best Inventions of 2017". Time.
- Newbold, Alice (29 June 2018). "Savage X Fenty: Everything We Know About Rihanna's Underwear Line". British Vogue.
- Moniuszko, Sara M. (11 May 2018). "Is Rihanna's Savage X Fenty lingerie really size inclusive?". USA Today.
- Marine, Brooke. "Normani Was the Real Star of the Savage x Fenty Fashion Show". W Magazine. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
- Yoo, Noah (17 September 2020). "Rihanna Announces 2020 Savage x Fenty Fashion Show Special With Travis Scott, Rosalía, More". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
- "Rihanna makes history with new label". 10 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
- Block, Valerie (24 October 2005). "Record biz's new threat: advertising; Brands use spots to promote artists, cut out middleman; licensing fees drop.(News)". AccessMyLibrary.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- "Optus penguins to rock Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour in February/March, starting tonight". Campaign Brief. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- "Video: Rihanna's 'So Kodak' Commercial". Rap-Up. Devine Lazerine. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- "Rihanna (trade paperback)". Rizzoli USA. Rizzoli New York. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
- "Long-Haired Rihanna Boards Cruise for Nivea Campaign". PopCrush. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- Brooks Adickman, Erika (4 June 2012). "Rihanna's Vita Coco Campaign With Terry Richardson: Go Behind The Scenes". Idolator.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Patel, Arati (12 July 2012). "Rihanna to Appear on UK Fashion Series 'Styled to Rock'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Rihanna's fashion show 'Styled to Rock' to air on Bravo – US TV News". Digital Spy. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Hislop, Rachel (21 October 2013). "Rihanna Announces Holiday Collection With M.A.C. (PHOTOS)". Global Grind. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Rihanna And Jay-Z Partner With Budweiser For Global 'Made For Music' Campaign". VIBE. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Rihanna says Fashion is her defense mechanism after receiving Fashion Icon Award". Biography.com. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Rihanna Designs". Vogue. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Rihanna launches River Island collection". MTV. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Rihanna on her second River Island line". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Rihanna For River Island Final Christmas Collection – Pictures and Videos (Vogue.com UK)". Vogue. UK. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Rihanna Teams Up With Stance For Sock Collection". BallerStatus.com. 15 July 2015.
- "Rihanna's Latest Work: An All-Denim Shoe Line with Manolo Blahnik!". People. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- Low, Carver (25 May 2016). "Rihanna partners with Dior to create sunglasses". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
- Thompson, Avery (14 March 2015). "Rihanna's Dior Campaign: Singer Is First Black Woman To Be Face Of Iconic Brand". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- Adamczyk, Alicia (16 December 2014). "Rihanna Named Creative Director of Puma". Forbes. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- Mercer, Amirah. "How Rihanna's Puma Creeper Became the Year's Must-Have Shoe". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- Lang, Cady. "Guess How Quickly Rihanna's Puma Sneakers Sold Out Online". Time. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- Rooney, Kyle (14 June 2016). "Rihanna's PUMA collection set to release". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- "Puma Sales Skyrocket Thanks To Kylie Jenner And Rihanna, Kylie Not Backing Down Despite Kanye's Competition". 30 April 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- "Best Dressed 2018". Net a Porter.
- Karimzadeh, Marc (24 March 2014). "Rihanna to Receive Fashion Icon Award". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- Dinh, James (2 September 2010). "Rihanna Begins Filming 'Battleship' In Hawaii". MTV. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
- Genzlinger, Neil (17 May 2012). "Aliens, Your Weapons Are Utterly Useless Against Our Rogues". New York Times. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- Abrams, Natalie (31 January 2017). "Bates Motel: Get your exclusive first look at Rihanna". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
- "Bates Motel: Season 5 Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 23 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
- Tiffany, Kaitlyn (28 October 2015). "Rihanna has been cast in 'a big part' in Luc Besson's next sci-fi epic". The Verge. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
- "Luc Besson's next movie is his biggest sci-fi film since The Fifth Element". 12 May 2015.
- Washington, Arlene (5 October 2016). "All-Female 'Ocean's 8' Gets Summer 2018 Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- Coggan, Devan (10 August 2016). "Ocean's Eight: Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and more join Sandra Bullock". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "Ocean's 8 worldwide box office gross". Box Office Mojo.
- "Childish Gambino visitó la Fábrica de Arte Cubano (+ Foto)". Vistar Magazine. 14 August 2018.
- "Watch the surprise trailer for Rihanna and Donald Glover's new film 'Guava Island' - NME". NME. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
- O'Falt, Chris (17 August 2018). "Rihanna and Donald Glover in Cuba: 'Guava Island' Is Likely Much Bigger Than a Music Video – Report". indiewire.com. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- Sperling, Nicole (10 April 2019). "Exclusive: Inside Amazon's Plan for Donald Glover's Secret, Rihanna-Starring Movie". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
- Silverman, Stephen M. (27 March 2008). "Rihanna Touring for Kids in Need". People. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
- "The Believe Foundation – founded by Rihanna". Believerihanna.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- "New "Love" Bracelet Celebs Announced". TMZ.com. 6 February 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Tamar, Anitai (20 December 2007). "Rihanna, Good Charlotte & Timbaland Team Up With H&M To Fight AIDS". MTV. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
- "Rihanna Hooks Up With H&M For New Line". Entertainment Tonight. 1 January 2008. Archived from the original on 18 April 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- Silverman, Stephen M. (28 March 2008). "Rihanna Touring for Kids in Need". People. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- "Rihanna kicks off series of charity shows". NME. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- "Buzz Briefs: Remy Ma, Rihanna". CBS Interactive Inc. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- "Rihanna Plans Charity Concerts". The Insider. 30 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- Kaufman, Gil (19 August 2008). "Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Rihanna, Fergie, Miley Cyrus, More Collaborate on Cancer Benefit Single". Retrieved 20 August 2008.
- "Female Stars Team For Cancer Charity Tune". Billboard. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
- "Rihanna is GPE's Global Ambassador". www.globalpartnership.org.
- "Mission / Vision of CLF". claralionelfoundation.org. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- "Rihanna Donates $1.75 Million to Barbados Hospital in Honor of Her Late Grandma". E!. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- "Diamond Ball". claralionelfoundation.org. Clara Lionel Foundation. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- "Rihanna Raises Over $3 Million & Lionel Richie Reclaims 'Hello' at Diamond Ball". Billboard. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- Goldberg, Eleanor (31 January 2012). "Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Other Celebs Perform For Charity on Grammy Night". HuffPost. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Taylor Swift Named 2012's Most Charitable Star, Rihanna Gives $1.75 Million". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Rihanna Strips Down for MAC Viva Glam". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Lee, Wendy (21 March 2020). "Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation donates $5 million toward coronavirus relief". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
- Shaffer, Claire (27 March 2020). "Rihanna Donates COVID-19 Protective Supplies to New York State". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
- Davis, Jessica (24 March 2020). "Rihanna donates $5 million to help coronavirus relief". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
- Murphy, Chris (9 April 2020). "Rihanna Donates $2.1 Million to Domestic Violence Victims Affected by Quarantine". Vulture. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
- Sieczkowski, Cavan (2 February 2016). "Rihanna Gets Explicit Telling Indiana Crowd How She Really Feels About Anti-LGBT Law". HuffPost. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- "Beyonce, Rihanna: '23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black'". 14 July 2016.
- Iasimone, Ashley (28 January 2017). "Rihanna Calls President Trump 'An Immoral Pig' Over Immigration Order". Billboard.
- Petter, Olivia (24 June 2019). "Rihanna criticises Trump's immigration policies with Fenty Instagram post". The Independent.
- Ramos, Dino-Ray (4 August 2019). "Hollywood Reacts To El Paso and Dayton Shootings; Celebs Call Out Trump and McConnell, Demand Gun Control". Deadline Hollywood.
- Gajanan, Mahita (9 October 2019). "'I Couldn't Be an Enabler.' Rihanna Discusses Why She Turned Down the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show". TIME.
- "Rihanna will pay $39K per month for Chinatown penthouse". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "A Look inside the Hollywood Hills home Rihanna is selling". Vogue Australia. 10 December 2018.
- Smith, Emily (17 February 2014). "Rihanna wins settlement after bad real estate advice". Page Six. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- Pomerantz, Dorothy (16 May 2012). "The World's Most Powerful Celebrities". Forbes. Forbes, Inc. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Penrose, Nerisha (3 May 2018). "A Timeline of Rihanna & Drake's Complicated Relationship". Billboard. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
- "Rihanna breaks silence over Chris Brown: 'if it's a mistake, it's my mistake'". The Telegraph. London. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Judge Seeks More Review of Chris Brown's Probation". New York Times. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- "Rihanna And Chris Brown's Road To Friendship". MTV. 5 October 2012. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- "Chris Brown Loves Both Rihanna And Karreuche Tran". MTV. 5 October 2012. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- Ravitz, Justin (6 May 2013). "Chris Brown Confirms Rihanna Breakup: "I Can't Focus on Wife-ing" Her". Us Weekly. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "A Complete Timeline of Rihanna and Hassan Jameel's Romance". Vogue Arabia. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
- Nnadi, Chioma (3 May 2018). "Rihanna on Body Image, Turning 30, and Staying Real—No Matter What". Vogue. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
- Boucher, Ashley (22 January 2020). "Rihanna and Billionaire Boyfriend Hassan Jameel Split After Nearly 3 Years of Dating". People. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
- "Rihanna's Tattoo Artist Shares the Stories Behind Her Signature Ink". 17 March 2016.
The duo's first tattoo together, a Sanskrit verse etched down Rihanna's right hip and thigh, is not her most visible or well known. That honor goes to the henna-inspired hand tattoo, or the gun beneath her right arm, or even the jaunty "Shhh . . . " on one bossy finger (all done by Bang Bang).
- Snead, Elizabeth (9 September 2012). "Rihanna Gets Goddess Isis Tattooed on Her Chest in Memory of Her Late Grandmother". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Sources: Brown's alleged victim was girlfriend Rihanna". CNN. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
- Kaufman, Gil (25 March 2009). "'Rihanna's Law,' Spurred By Photo Leak, Aims To Prevent Victim Exploitation". VH1. Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- Greenblatt, Leah (28 May 2009). "Rihanna may testify in Chris Brown hearing June 22". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- "Chris Brown Cops Plea – No Jail Time". TMZ.com. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
- Huggins, Amy (31 August 2009). "Chris Brown says he still loves Rihanna". CNN. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- "Yes, Chris Brown remembers Rihanna beating". Today.com. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- Kreps, Daniel (1 September 2009). "Chris Brown Clarifies King Interview, Says He Recalls Rihanna Incident". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- Lapowsky, Issie (31 August 2009). "Chris Brown on 'Larry King Life': Relationship with Rihanna 'was sort of like Romeo and Juliet'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- France, Lisa Respers (15 March 2018). "Rihanna criticizes Snapchat for domestic violence ad". CNN. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- Levin, Sam (15 March 2018). "Rihanna denounces Snapchat ad asking: would you rather hit her or Chris Brown?". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rihanna.|
| Barbadian Ambassador at-Large