For a singer to skyrocket at such a fast pace, the person must truly be something special. To be able to do so and not change as a person is truly spectacular. When Rihanna came onto the scene, there were plenty of young female singers who wanted to put their staple into music. To be successful for a music artist, it all relies on timing. If too much time passes, a star is forgotten. Rihanna is a girl with staying power. She goes on from one hit to the next, always staying fresh and current.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988 in St. Michael Parish, on the Caribbean Island of Barbados to Monica and Ronald Fenty. She had a rocky childhood dealing with her father’s addiction ...view middle of the document...
Rihanna sang lead while the other girls sung backup. The trio performed Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and “Emotion” by Destiny’s Child. He was immediately awed by Rihanna, and the other two girls no longer mattered. Rihanna moved in with Evan Rodger when she was sixteen and began the work for on a demo album. “When I left Barbados, I didn’t look back,” Rihanna recalled. “I want to do what I had to do, even if it meant moving to America” (Biography).
In 2005, Rihanna got an audition with Def Jam Records and Jay-Z. Although she was nervous, when she started singing, she found her composure. She sang “For the Love of Me” by Whitney Houston, followed by her songs “Pon de Replay” and “The Last Time” (Edwards 26). Jay-Z was wowed by Rihanna’s stunning voice and demanding presence. “We made a little Godfather joke,” Jay-Z remembered. “We said the only way she could leave was through the window” (Biography). She was signed that day with a six record contract. Eight months later, her first single “Pon de Replay” was released. In Caribbean slang in means “play it again.” The song skyrocketed to the number two position on the Billboard charts.
Rihanna’s first album was titled Music of the Sun. It reached number ten on the Billboard album charts. It featured the single “If It’s Loving That You Want.” In the beginning of her career, she was seen as the new good girl on the scene. Her record was pristine. She was to be the new big thing. “Rihanna’s goal with her first album was to showcase her Caribbean heritage and reveal her fun side” (Edward 30). She was glad that the Caribbean was finally getting some recognition for its music forms. The album contained everything from ballads to reggae.
Rihanna began to tour with Gwen Stefani from October to December 2005. Soon people began to come see not just Gwen, but Rihanna too. Her fan base quickly began to rise when they got hooked on her edginess. She would go out on stage, giving it all she had. She began recording her next album, which was due to be released in eight months after the release of the first.
The first song cut from her sophomore album was “S.O.S.” She recorded the song in just three days. The album went on to be titled A Girl Like Me. She had to work around her tour dates and interviews for the album to be released on time. She was also working on completing school, interviews, and video shoots. The one big difference in this album is Rihanna had input. She was able to give her thoughts and ideas on the things she wanted to do.
“S.O.S.” received rave reviews. The song was included in the movie Bring It On: All or Nothing (Heatley 35). The movie was also Rihanna’s first appearance in a movie. Upon the album’s release, it sold 115,000 copies. It appeared at number five on the Billboard charts. The album went on to sell1.3 million copies making it a platinum disc.
By mid-2006 Rihanna began her first headlining tour in San Francisco, California. While touring, she was thinking ahead to her next...