Rihanna (born February 20, 1988), is a Barbadian recording artist and actress.
Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna began her career when she met record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003. At age 16, she came to the United States to pursue a recording career and began recording demo tapes under Rogers’ guidance. Rihanna subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for Jay-Z.
Rihanna rose to fame following the release of her debut album Music of the Sun (2005), which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 top five hit single “Pon de Replay”.
In less than a year, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top-five in the United States, and produced her first Hot 100 number one single, “SOS”. Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad released in May 2007, spawned the international hit singles “Umbrella”, “Don’t Stop the Music”, “Take a Bow” and “Disturbia”, with an additional four singles being released. The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella”. Her fourth studio album Rated R (2009), produced the top-ten singles “Russian Roulette”, “Hard” and “Rude Boy”, with the latter achieving the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Loud (2010), Rihanna’s fifth studio album, spawned the number-one hits “Only Girl (In the World)”, “What’s My Name?” and “S&M”. Rihanna‘s sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011) served number-one hit “We Found Love” and top-five single “Where Have You Been”.
Unapologetic, her seventh studio album, is set to be released in November 2012, with “Diamonds” released as the album’s lead single.