Biographic by Steve McGarry for June 24, 2007
Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Saint Michel, Barbados on February 20, 1988. After winning her school's beauty and talent pageant, performing a version of Mariah Carey's "Hero" Rihanna ws introduced to vacationing producer Evan Richards and soon found herself in New York, recording with him and his production partner, Carl Sturken. Richards and Sturken, whose production credits include hits for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson, arranged an audition with industry mogul Jay Z, who signed her to his Def Jam record label. Her debut album "Music of The Sun" was released in the summer of 2005, and her first single, the reggae-influenced "Pon De Replay" soared to No. 2 on the charts in both the United States and Britain. To promote the album, Rihanna toured with the Gwen Stefani. Her second album, "A Girl Like Me" was released in the spring of 2006, and the lead single, "SOS" gave the 18 year old her first Billboard chart-topper. It was followed by the top-10 smash "Unfaithful" meanwhile, a number of high-profile product endorsements kept her in the public eye, and she made her first forays into acting, appearing in the movie "Bring It On: All Or Nothing" as well as making cameo appearance on tv's "All My Children" and "Las Vegas" having won a slew of honors in 2006, including MTV and billboard awards, she released her third album, "Good Girl Gone Bad" in the spring of 2007. The album immediately spawned the hit single "Umbrella."