Robyn Rihanna Fenty (/riˈænə/ree-AN-ə; born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers who invited her to the United States to record demo tapes. After signing with Def Jam in 2005, she soon gained recognition with the release of her first two studio albums, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart. Aside from music, Rihanna is known for her involvement in humanitarian causes, entrepreneurial ventures, and the fashion industry. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization Clara Lionel Foundation, cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty, and fashion house Fenty under LVMH. Rihanna has also ventured into acting, appearing in major roles in Battleship (2012), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), and Ocean’s 8 (2018). She was appointed as an ambassador of education, tourism, and investment by the Government of Barbados in 2018.
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8. A Girl Like Me (2006)
“The CD starts off with the electrically charged “SOS.” Rihanna grabs your attention with the way she attacks this song and infuses it with all the sex appeal and energy of a young lady falling in love. The musical arrangement is strong and very catchy. No wonder it was played all over the radio! The CD then takes a turn into a much more somber mindset with the pensive “Kisses Don’t Lie.” In this song Rihanna sings of a budding love that she knows could hurt her feelings.”
7. Music Of The Sun (2005)
“This is a great album. Rihanna is a very versatile singer and I think she will be around for years to come. My favorite songs on this album are Here I go again, That La La , If it’s lovin’ that you want, The last time, and There’s a thug in my life. I also like Now I know. This ballad really showcases her beautiful voice.”
6. Talk That Talk (2011)
“Yes, it is a very sexed album, but I love the creative beats. The album has more of a Europop influence than American pop and most of the songs are definitely not R&B. However, I haven’t found any tracks to skip over. It’s a damn good album, her best by far in my opinion. You can also finally hear the range of her voice.”
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5. Unapologetic (2012)
“Everything in this album flows so well, despite have a strong variance in song type. I feel like Unapologetic achieves this level of greatness because it’s one Rihanna’s most personal albums (Probably behind Rated R). The hits in this album speak for themselves (Diamonds, Stay, Pour It Up, What Now). However the non-singles are what make this album what it is.”
4. Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
“This is the album that introduce us to the Rihanna we all know now, something we didn’t see in her first and second album. To be honest if she had kept that musical image from her first and second album I don’t think she would have lasted all these years. The Album “Good Girl Gone bad: Reloaded” I feel is when Rihanna made a great shift in her music for the better and is the album where I started to really listen to her single’s.”
3. Loud (2010)
“If you are a Rihanna fan then you have to get this album. All new songs and style. All the songs are great and she even bring the old school back a little. Skin, raining men. only girl, and what’s my name, is just some of the songs that I like.”
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2. Rated R (2009)
“This collection had fewer hits than the platinum-selling release that preceded it, but it delivers the expected results with less poppy material – still it seems to be a grouping of singles rather than a unified album. Rihanna still sings in her pseudo-reggae inflection and the beats have a dub theme. Didn’t really take to the single “Russian Roulette”, but a consistent effort. Unlike other current albums where I find myself watching the clock hoping the songs get over soon, this album’s running time seemed to pass by quickly and was enjoyed throughout.”
1. Anti (2016)
“It’s fine, but just because it’s more alternative R&B and less pop, doesn’t mean it suddenly deserves a lot more attention and critical praise. Rihanna has done better, but this is nonetheless an intriguing record if you can get past the filler. My personal favorites are the sultry “Kiss It Better” and the slow-burn “Needed Me”.