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Rihanna: Everything You Need To Know, From Her Early Life to the Latest News

Rihanna rose to international fame in 2003 with her debut single, "Pon de Replay." Ever since then, she has had a total of 16 number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100.
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A$AP Rocky and Rihanna | Credit: DIGGZY/SHUTTERSTOCK

We all know that Rihanna is a phenomenon and trendsetter in the world of pop culture. The Grammy-winning artist has sold over 200 million albums worldwide, was featured on Forbes' list of highest-earning celebrities in 2011, and has been one of high fashion's most sought-after models for decades. Her latest album, Anti, even debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and set a new record for first-week sales.

Rihanna’s success story is one that many people can identify with. We have an idea of what makes her tick because she has given us so much to talk about through her music and her work as a businesswoman. However, there are still many things about Rihanna that we don't know about. Here, are some things you may not have known about the singer/songwriter/entrepreneur, including her early life and what's going on with her now.

Rihanna's Early Life

Rihanna was born on February 20, 1988, in Barbados to a white mother and black father. She grew up in the country's capital city of Bridgetown and was always surrounded by music. In high school, she began writing songs and performing them at school events. This led her to be discovered by record labels, which signed her in 2003 when she was 17 years old.

Rihanna has been able to break free from some of society's conventional beauty standards because people see her as more than just a pretty face or body. Her success has allowed her to inspire not only other women but also people who are often underrepresented in mainstream media.

Rihanna's Music

Rihanna rose to international fame in 2003 with her debut single, "Pon de Replay." Ever since then, she has had a total of 16 number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Many people are familiar with the singer's work as a songwriter and producer. The collaborations she has created over the years have been integral to many hit songs and albums such as Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" and Drake's "God's Plan."

Rihanna's Business Career

Rihanna first started her career as a songwriter for record producer and mentor, Evan Rogers. She was then signed by Def Jam Recordings in 2005. Her debut album, Music of the Sun, was released in 2005 and went on to top the US billboard 200 charts with sales totalling 8 million copies.

Her global success continued with her albums Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) and Rated R (2009), which were both certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2010, Rihanna founded her own record label under the name Roc Nation to help other artists reach their goals and find independence in their careers. She also partnered with Topshop to create a capsule collection that sold out within minutes of release, launching a fashion empire that includes clothing lines and fragrances.

Rihanna's latest album Anti was released on August 25th 2017. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 chart and became the fastest-selling number one album of 2017 stateside at its debut week, selling 692K units equivalent to 537K pure sales according to Nielsen Music. Anti is also currently certified triple platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding 3 million units in America alone.

Rihanna as a Model

Rihanna was discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency at the age of seventeen and went on to become one of the most successful fashion models in history. Her career has seen her walk for Isaac Mizrahi, Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and more, as well as being featured in covers for magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, and many others.

Many people are aware that Rihanna is a model--but what they might not know is that she also founded her own company called Fenty Beauty. Fenty Beauty is known for challenging traditional beauty standards through inclusive campaigns like their "One Skin" campaign. This line is accessible to women of all races and backgrounds because it offers products that are free from harmful ingredients and contains no animal testing.

What's Going on With Her Now?

The 33-year-old "Diamonds" singer and fashion mogul is expecting her first child with rapper A$AP Rocky.

Over the weekend, the couple was seen in New York City, where Rihanna flaunted her baby belly while wearing a long pink jacket. Her enormous jacket had been unbuttoned at the bottom, revealing her developing bump, which was adorned with a gold cross and sparkling jewels.

The rapper kisses the soon-to-be mom on the forehead in one of the lovely photographs, which were taken in Harlem, where A$AP Rocky grew up, while they enjoy a snowy walk outside.

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