Rihanna Tour Dates
Rihanna, one of the biggest names in pop and R&B today, fills venues to capacity whenever she is on tour. Her most recent world tour included stops in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Rihanna's Biggest Hits
Rihanna established herself as a dance-pop force in the summer of 2005 with "Pon de Replay," her smash hit debut single. She went on to demonstrate her hit potential in later years with 2006's "SOS," 2007's "Umbrella" and 2008's "Disturbia," but it was not until the 2009 release of Good Girl Gone Bad, her third album, that she became an international pop icon. Each of her following albums have been major mainstream successes, and in 2016 she had one of the biggest songs of the year with "Work," featuring Drake.
Born on February 20, 1988, in Barbados, Robyn Rihanna Fenty grew up in the city of Saint Michael. Even as a child, she showed a kind of star quality, often winning talent and beauty contests.
Her break came when she and Evan Rogers had a fateful meeting. The New York-based producer and his Barbadian wife were on vacation in Barbados when he and Rihanna were introduced. Rogers had already proved his talents as a tastemaker by producing hits for superstars such as Rod Stewart, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera and *NSYNC, and he invited Rihanna to record some demos. Rogers and Carl Sturken, his production partner in their Syndicated Rhythms Production company, helped Rihanna cut a number of demos that made their way to Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, who had recently been appointed the president of the Def Jam label. Carter auditioned Rihanna and offered her a Def Jam contract on the spot.
In the summer of 2005, the label released "Pon de Replay." This lively single led her album debut, Music of the Sun. Sturken and Rogers produced almost the entire album, with "Pon de Replay" combining urban pop with Caribbean rhythms. It was something of an overnight success that climbed up Billboard's Hot 100 and peaked at No. 2, where it was surpassed only by "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey. Music of the Sun generated another hit, the Top 40 single "If It's Lovin' That You Want." Her sophomore album, A Girl Like Me, was even more successful and generated three notable hits: The No. 1 hit "SOS," "Break It Off" and "Unfaithful."
Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna's 2007 album and third overall, continued to dominate the charts even as it signaled a change in course. While her previous two LPs had been unbalanced by Caribbean clichés and faceless balladry, her third album was a premier dance-pop set that generated several No. 1 singles and boasted collaborations with StarGate, Timbaland, Ne-Yo and Jay-Z. "Umbrella," its lead single, shot to the top of the charts, as did "Disturbia" and "Take a Bow." The success of this album landed Rihanna in the upper echelons of pop stardom.
Rated R arrived in 2009, just after Rihanna and her romantic partner Chris Brown grabbed headlines with domestic abuse incident that landed Brown in jail and convicted of felony assault. "Russian Roulette," the record's lead single, was a Ne-Yo collaboration and among that year's most provocative releases. It established Rihanna's new, darker tone. The album cracked the Billboard 200's Top Five, and its second single "Rude Boy" was a No. 1 hit.
With each subsequent release, Rihanna has cemented her place as one of the biggest tops stars ever and her concerts continue to sell out worldwide.
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