Rihanna | Early Life, Career, & More


The world’s favorite good girl gone bad, Rihanna’s paved the path to her success all on her own. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, this Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress has won the hearts of millions of fans across the globe.

Signing with Def Jam records at only 16, she went on to release numerous hit songs and platinum certified albums. Let’s take a look at her beginnings, rise to fame, and the latest gossip.

Early life

Born in Barbados in 1988, Riri grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow, selling clothes with her father in a stall on the street. Impressive enough, she was even an army cadet in a sub-military program.

In 2003, she formed a trio with two of her school friends and they landed an audition with Evan Rogers who ended up inviting Rihanna to the US so she could record some demo tapes. The demos included the songs Pon de Replay and The Last Time which ended up being on her debut album.

Her audition immediately impressed Jay-Z, the recently appointed president and CEO of Def Jam, and she signed a six-album record deal with the label.


Her debut album Music of the Sun peaked at number 10 on Billboard, but it’s her second album that really became a commercial success. A Girl like Me was Rihanna’s first album to be certified platinum.

One of the best-selling singles worldwide is Rihanna’s Umbrella, with over 8 million copies sold. The song also earned Riri her first ever Grammy award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Rihanna became the first artist to have 100 million singles digitally downloaded, and even set the record for the fastest accumulation of 10 chart-toppers in the history of Billboard Hot 100.

In the News

Riri’s never away from the spotlight for too long, and in the recent months, she’s impressed fans and haters with her Fenty Beauty makeup line and Savage X Fenty lingerie.

Well, her fans have new reasons to get excited. 8 reasons to be exact, since Fenty Beauty’s released 8 shades of Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer.

It took our favorite girl 2 years to create the product, keeping every skin tone in mind. Rihanna continues in her mission to create makeup suitable for everyone.

Don’t miss out on any of the latest gossip about Rihanna and stay tuned with The Shade Room.


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