Rihanna

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Rihanna

Born

2/20/1988, Parish of St. Michael, Barbados

Birth Name

Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Gender

Female

Also Known As

RiRi, The Barbados Babe, Caribbean Queen, The New Princess of Pop
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Rihanna was born on February 20, 1988 on the island of Barbados. She lived the life of a normal island girl going to Combermere which is a sixth form school similar to technical school in America. Rihanna won a beauty pageant. She also performed Mariah Carey's "Hero" in…more

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  • Trivia

    • During Rihanna's third appearance on Saturday Night Live she preformed "Cake" and "Where Have You Been."

    • Over the years, Rihanna has been placed on several celebrity magazine and online "Top" lists, including:

      #86 on AIM's 100 Hottest Brunettes
      #57 on AIM's Celebs Under 25
      #15 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women in 2008
      #78 on Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 for her music video featuring Ne-Yo "Hate That I Love You"
      #8 in Maxim's 2007 Hot 100 List
      #1 in a poll conducted by AntiBloat to find the "Sexiest Celebrity Stomachs" in July of 2008

    • Rihanna came out with a new album called Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded on June 17, 2008. It contains all of the songs from Good Girl Gone Bad and 3 bonus songs, Take a Bow, If I Never See Your Face Again (with Maroon 5), and her brand new single, Disturbia.

    • Rihanna is friends with Chris Brown.

    • Rihanna worked with Maroon 5 on a song called If I Never See Your Face Again.

    • Her single, Take a Bow, remained in the Top 10 songs on iTunes for about a month in June 2008.

    • She claims that her dark skin color faded away because she spends so much time traveling in cold countries. And yes this is probably true because in countries where she tours such as France, Belgium and parts of the US aren't particularly sunny.

    • She banned fans from bringing umbrellas to her U.K. concerts because she does not want anyone getting hurt if the fans try to copy her dance moves with the umbrellas when she performs her song Umbrella. However, this was not on her own accord, the venues said it was "a safety risk" as she said on the Jonathan Ross show in London.

    • Rihanna doesn't smoke.

    • The choreography for Rihanna's videos Pon De Replay and If It's Lovin' was done by Fatima Robinson.

    • In February 2008, she teamed up with H&M and Designers Against Aids (DAA) to promote the so-called "Fashion Against Aids." It is meant to raise awareness about the disease to teens.

    • In her song Don't Stop the Music, she samples a part of the Michael Jackson song Wanna Be Startin' Something from his Thriller album.

    • Her father, Robert Fenty, is Bajan and her mother, Monica Fenty, is Guyanese.

    • In February 2008, it was revealed that Barbados was creating a national holiday to honor Rihanna. Rihanna accepted the honor and put on a free concert for her fans.

    • Rihanna is a big fan of Whitney Houston.

    • Rihanna has put up her own foundation called "Believe" to help sick children get medical treatment, school supplies, and toys.

    • Aside from her singing voice, Rihanna gets awards for her legs-they're even insured for a million dollars. She admits that she has to work out regularly to make them look fit.

    • While she was a child, Rihanna's mother, a professional make-up artist, did not allow her to use beauty products. Ironically, she grew up to became the spokesperson for Cover Girl cosmetics.

    • Rihanna doesn't eat Mexican, Indian, Japanese, or Chinese food. Instead, she snacks on local fruit and lots of water to keep healthy.

    • At the 2007 American Music Awards, Rihanna was chosen as the Favorite Female Artist for Soul/R&B category.

    • Rihanna won as Cosmopolitan Magazine's Ultimate Mistress of Music for 2007.

    • In the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, Rihanna won in the category "Choice Music: R&B Artist."

    • Rihanna and the band, Fall Out Boy, sang "Shut Up and Drive," which was a song by Rihanna.

    • Rihanna is tutored 15 hours a week.

    • Rihanna's favorite hangout spot in Barbodos is the boatyard.

    • Rihanna enjoys watching the show Entourage.

    • Rihanna's biggest pet peeve is when people are dishonest.

    • Whenever Rihanna visits Barbados, the first place she goes to is the beach.

    • Rihanna's favorite subjects were chemistry and math.

    • Rihanna is the official sponsor for the Barbados Tourism Agency.

    • If Rihanna didn't have a music career, she would like to go into psychology.

    • Rihanna has a turtle and a Pomeranian named Marley.

    • Rihanna says she had much more control over her new album Good Girl Gone Bad than she did in "A Girl Like Me."

    • Rihanna says that the thing she misses most about Barbados is the food.

    • Rihanna's favorite fashion designers are Zac Posen and Dsquared.

    • Rihanna performed her songs "Pon de Replay", "SOS", "Unfaithful", "Shut Up and Drive" and "Umbrella" on July 7th, 2007 at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Japan as part of the Live Earth concert.

    • Rihanna was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in May 2007.

    • Her third album is titled Good Girl Gone Bad and was released on June 5, 2007. The first single is Umbrella featuring Jay-Z.

    • She won four honors at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards including Female Artist of the Year.

    • She and Christina Aguilera helped launch the new colors of the LG Chocolate phones.

    • She is the new face of Cover Girl.

    • On A Girl Like Me, We Ride is her favorite song.

    • Unfaithful is based on a relationship Rihanna had when she was 14-years-old. Her relationship "was not physical" though.

    • Christina Milian was originally asked to record S.O.S. (written by Jonathan Rotem) by Def Jam but she declined. Rihanna was then offered to record it.

    • In the Philippines, If It's Lovin' That You Want became Rihanna's first #1 single.

    • In 2006, Rihanna received two Video Music Award nominations for "Best New Artist" and "Viewer's Choice" for S.O.S..

    • Her second album, A Girl Like Me, debuted at #5 in the United States.

    • Her second album, A Girl Like Me, was released less than eight months after her debut album, Music of the Sun.

    • Her musical influences include Dancehall, Pop, Reggae, and Soca.

    • She has two brothers Rorrey and Rajad.

    • She has a few tattoos, including a Pisces sign behind her right ear and music notes on her right foot.

    • Her second album A Girl Like Me recently reached platinum.

    • She sold a million copies worldwide of her debut Music of The Sun.

    • Her obvious talent impressed Def Jam Records CEO Jay-Z enough for the label to sign her to a 6 album contract at the young age of 16.

    • Def Jam's contract offer was so strong that Rihanna turned down meetings with other major record labels.

    • Her song Unfaithful, a slow ballad very different from Rihanna's earlier work, addresses the feelings of guilt a girl faces as she cheats on her boyfriend.

    • Her album A Girl Like Me, was leaked onto the internet via illegal download sites.

    • The lead single off her album A Girl Like Me, "S.O.S." was recorded for her recent endorsement deal with Nike.

    • She had a cameo role in Bring It On 3: All or Nothing.

    • In 2006, Rihanna landed several endorsement deals, including ones for Nike and J.C. Penney.

    • She toured as an opening act for Gwen Stefani in 2006 to promote her own album.

    • She was discovered by music producer Evan Rogers while he was vacationing in Barbados with his wife Jackie.

    • She won the Miss Combermere Pageant in 2004 at her school.

    • She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial School and Combermere School, which is a sixth form school similar to technical school in the United States.

    • Her musical inspirations include Alicia Keys, Beyoncé Knowles, Mariah Carey, Sean Paul, Luther Vandros, Shaggy, DC, and Diana Ross.

    • She once said she would risk her life for her mother and her brother.

    • She is of African, Creole and Guyanese descent.

    • She's addicted to shopping and owns over 100 pairs of shoes.

    • She is 5 feet 8 inches (1.72 meters) tall.

    • The only Rihanna song not available on CD is "Bring It Back." It might've been a demo or just unreleased on CD.

    • She has worked with Sizzla, Rupee, J-Status, Memphis Bleek, and Kardinal Offishall on duets.

    • She worked with Ne-Yo on her sophomore album, A Girl Like Me.

  • Quotes

    • Rihanna: I never eat salad. I make sure I don't put a lot of junk into my system, but I hate vegetables!

    • Rihanna: I always keep my guard up with guys and I guess that can get in the way sometimes. I can make them go through hell.

    • Rihanna: (on her relationship with Josh Hartnett) If someone is right for you, you'll know it. When I hang out with Josh, it feels right. He's lovely.

    • Rihanna: (On Jay-Z's girlfriend Beyonce) She's Beyoncé, and I'm (Jay-Z's) new protegee. When we see each other we say hi. We're not enemies, but we're not 'friends' friends.

    • Rihanna: Music is in my D.N.A.!

    • Rihanna: Dancing was always part of my culture growing up in Barbados. When I shot my 1st video I worked really hard with my choreographer to perfect the routines.

    • Rihanna: People think, because we're young, we aren't complex, but that's not true. We deal with life and love and broken hearts in the same way a woman a few years older might.

    • Rihanna: It is one thing to record an album but it's a huge difference when people play it and listen to it and embrace it the way that I do. It has always been my dream to get my music out to the world and have people hear it.

    • Rihanna: My favorite thing in a guy is his height. He has to be 6ft at least. He also has to know what he wants in life. I don't want any guy that I could wrap around my little finger.

    • Rihanna: It's every girl's dream to be a cover girl!

    • Rihanna: (revealing she requires Jay-Z's approval of boys she dates) He's very protective. Jay has my best interests in mind. If it's a good guy I know Jay won't shut him down. But if he's not, Jay will be like, 'No, no, no.'

    • Rihanna: When you have an embarrassing moment, laugh it off. Get right back up and act like nothing happen. Make sure your crush doesn't see that it bothers you.

    • Rihanna: Almost all of my friends are guys.

    • Rihanna: Beyonce just put the level of female entertainment all the way up there. She does acting, she has a beautiful voice and that's really the person I look up to, that type of entertainer.

    • Rihanna: The best thing about going without makeup is that it takes a lot less time to get ready. You don't have to worry about mascara spilling or eyeliner running or about touching up during the day. You can wash your face at anytime. You feel comfortable and free.

    • Rihanna: All my friends are guys. For some reason, I don't get along really well with girls. I have three girlfriends and a million guy friends.

    • Rihanna: There are other movies I really want to get into, like I wanna get into action, kinda adventure, I think that that's so incredible, drama, that'd be fun.

    • Rihanna: Nike's a big brand, I love Nike, and for them to have me endorse their brand, that's a big deal for me.

    • Rihanna: I would love to work with Chris Brown.

    • Rihanna: I like to be creative.

    • Rihanna: I listened to a lot of reggae music, which has influenced my music highly. I love R&B artists, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, hip-hop music, Kanye West, that has all influenced my music.

    • Rihanna: I feel like I've grown five years in just a year, and I really want to show people that.

    • Rihanna: It's so weird because everybody calls me, "Your song is number one," and I'm like, "Thank you!" But I'm still in shock, I still haven't, like, really freaked out and thought, "Oh my gosh, my song is number one." I'm still trying to make myself freak out. If you have the number one song in the country, you should be smiling every second.

    • Rihanna: On her first single SOS from her second album.I got excited when I first heard this track and three days later, it was recorded.

    • Rihanna: I am a child but I have to think and act like a woman, this business forces you to.

    • Rihanna: On a lot of records, men talk about cheating as though it's all a game. For me, Unfaithful is not just about stepping out on your man, but the pain that it causes both parties.

    • Rihanna: I want to give people a taste of the Caribbean, and show them the fun side of me.

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