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It is hard to believe that Rihanna is only 27 years old, yet within the 9 years since the start of her musical career, she’s become the youngest solo artist to score 13 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100—the fastest to do so—she’s sold more than 54 million albums and 203 million tracks worldwide. Rihanna is an eight--‐time Grammy Award winner who also counts 11 Billboard Music Awards among other countless music accolades. Aside from her musical achievements, Rihanna is bona fide Business Woman with multiple entrepreneurial ventures. However, most importantly, her undeniable cultural influence has forever imprinted her in history as a Global Icon despite her young age. It all began with an impromptu performance for vacationing New York City music producers Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken in 2003 which helped jumpstart 15 year old Rihanna’s multifaceted career. Born in the Barbados parish of Saint Michael in 1988, Robyn Rihanna Fenty began honing her throaty, arresting vocals at an early age, influenced by such iconic talents as Madonna, Bob Marley, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. An impressed Rogers brought the newcomer to New York in search of a record deal. An audition for then CEO/ President Jay Z resulted in them signing her on the spot in 2005. That same year, Def Jam released Rihanna's dynamic debut album, Music of the Sun. Its popularity was propelled by the highly addictive dancehall--‐flavored lead single, “Pon de Replay.” A year later, Rihanna delivered the platinum--‐selling sophomore set, A Girl Like Me, featuring the No. 1 singles “SOS” and “Unfaithful.” But it was 2007’s Good Girl Gone Bad that catapulted Rihanna into icon status. Moving away from her Caribbean music roots, the singer displayed her knack for reinvention by shifting to more up tempo dance tracks. Leading the charge was the album’s first single, “Umbrella.” The track became the undisputed No. 1 pop song of the summer, dominating the U.S. pop, urban and crossover Billboard charts for 52 weeks in a row. That momentum carried over to Rihanna’s next album, the emotionally riveting Rated R. The 2009 set’s first single, “Russian Roulette,” notched chart history as Rihanna’s 12thBillboard Hot 100 hit—placing her second among female Hot 100 artists in the decade since 2000. From there, Rihanna released a new top--‐selling album each year, offering intriguing fusions of dancehall, dub step and house music with hip--‐hop, R&B, pop and rock: 2010’s Loud, 2011’s Talk That Talk and 2012’s Unapologetic. The latter album, in fact, was the singer’s first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. That same year found the singer making her acting debut in the theatrical film “Battleship.” In addition, Rihanna is an unstoppable force on the worldwide touring front, she is the first female solo artist to sell out ten concerts at London’s O2 arena. Her world tours, including the Diamonds World Tour that wrapped in November 2013, have taken the icon to more than 100 countries each time, selling out arenas and stadiums. Rihanna’s creative muse has also triggered various entrepreneurial and philanthropic pursuits. Her innate sense of style—from cutting--‐edge hairstyles to immaculate fashion foresight—has earned her over 70 magazine covers. She was named the face of French fashion house Balmain’s spring/summer 2014 campaign and received the prestiguous Fashion Icon Award from the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers. In addition to designing collections for Armani and British fashion brand River Island, Rihanna developed and executive--‐produced both the U.K. and U.S. versions of the television series “Styled to Rock.” In August 2014 Rihanna premiered Rogue Man, her fifth scent—and first men’s cologne—in Rihanna’s successful fragrance line. Introduced in 2011, the line includes the female fragrances Reb’l Fleur, Rebelle, Nude and Rogue. After a successful creative partnership, MAC has continued their relationship with Rihanna by naming her the face of the 2014 Viva Glam campaign. She has helmed two Viva Glam lipstick campaigns with MAC and is on track to reach her target goal of raising $41 million. All proceeds from this fall’s Viva Glam Rihanna II lipstick/lip gloss campaign will benefit women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. With over 89 million Facebook fans, 40 million Twitter and 13 million Instagram followers, Rihanna is putting her influence to good use via additional philanthropic efforts. Chief among these is her own Clara Lionel Foundation. Established in 2012 and named after Rihanna’s beloved grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, the foundation works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, Education, arts and Culture. Despite all of these distinguished achievements, Rihanna is just getting started. Now recording her first album under the Roc Nation label with the ownership of her masters, she is busy adding more credits to her burgeoning resume: executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist.
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