To celebrate Rihanna’s 28th birthday, we’re looking back on her career so far.
With sales exceeding over 200 million records and constantly reinventing her style, Rihanna is considered a music and fashion icon. From her humble beginnings to becoming one of the most talked about celebrities on the planet, we’re taking a look at the amazing journey the Barbadian beauty has been on.
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After meeting with record executives in her home city of Bridgetown, Rihanna signed with Def Jam records after a successful audition. She then went on to release her debut album ‘Music of the Sun’ which sold over two million copies.
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Rihanna embraced a new musical direction in 2007 with her third album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, in addition to completely reinventing her style. The album featured the smash-hit ‘Umbrella’ which made Rihanna a global star, with the single selling over six million copies.
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Rihanna began working on her fourth album, ‘Rated R’ in 2009. She again changed her image to coincide with the release, featuring a more dark and head-turning style. By the end of 2009, Rihanna had transformed herself from pop princess to a fashion and beauty icon.
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Rihanna had a busy two years from 2010 to 2011, releasing two albums; ‘Loud’ and ‘Talk That Talk’. Both were extremely successful and resulted in Rihanna selling out the O2 arena ten times. Due to her on-going style changes, Rihanna was named sexiest woman alive by Esquire magazine. Her 2011 ended with the release of her first fragrance, ‘Reb’l Fleur’.
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2012 was a busy year for Rihanna as she starred in her first film, Battleship, as well as releasing her seventh album, ‘Unapologetic’. She then released her second fragrance ‘Rebelle’ and ended the year being named in Time magazine’s most 100 influential people list.
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In 2013 Rihanna made UK chart history by having a number one single seven years in a row; a record held with Elvis and The Beatles. Away from music, 2013 was a busy year for Rihanna’s business ventures, including debuting her first collection for River Island and London Fashion week, launching her own line of cosmetics with MAC and becoming an ambassador for Budweiser.
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In 2014, Rihanna made a big change in her music career by moving from Def Jam to Roc Nation, which is owned by Jay Z. Her constant evolution within hair, beauty and fashion resulted in her being given the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America who stated that her “style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage.” Her success in the fashion world continued in 2014 as she became the Creative Director of Puma
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2015 was another busy year for Rihanna, as she began work on her latest album ‘Anti’, joined the US version of The Voice, signed up to an upcoming Luc Besson film, became an ambassador for Samsung, released another fragrance and announced that she was a co-owner of the music streaming service Tidal, along with Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West and more.
We can’t wait to see what Riri gets up to in 2016, when her Anti concert comes to the Ricoh Arena, just around the corner from us here at Ellisons.