Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), better known as simply Rihanna (pronounced /riˈɑːnə/ ree-ah-nə or /riˈænə/ ree-an-ə), is a Barbadian R&B recording artist. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.
Rihanna has sold more than 20 million albums and 60 million singles which makes her one of the best selling artists of all time. She is the youngest artist in Billboard charts history to achieve ten number-one singles on the Hot 100. As of March 2010, Rihanna has sold approximately 5.4 million album units and over 33.7 million digital singles in the United States. Billboard named Rihanna the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked her as the 17th Artist of the 2000s decade. She has received several accolades, including the 2007 World Music Awards for World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Female Solo Artist. She has also amassed a total of four Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, and eighteen Billboard Music Awards. Rihanna has also been appointed the offical ambassador of youth and culture for Barbados.
Rihanna released her fifth studio album, Loud, on November 16, 2010. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it the biggest opening week of sales. Its lead single, "Only Girl (In the World)", reached number one in more than ten countries including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The album's second single, "What's My Name?", featuring Canadian rapper Drake, also reached number one in the United States and on the official UK singles chart, making Rihanna the first female solo artist to have five number one singles in the United Kingdom in consecutive years. The song reached number one on the Hot 100 before "Only Girl (In the World)", making it the first time in Hot 100 history that an album's debut single reached number one after the second single. With her third international single from Loud, Rihanna earned another milestone when "S&M", featuring Britney Spears reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the youngest artist in the chart's 52-year history to achieve ten number-one singles. "Man Down" and "California King Bed" were the other two other singles released from the album.
In June 2011, Rihanna embarked on her worldwide concert tour, Loud Tour, to promote the album. Kevin Rudolf, Cash Money singer-songwriter and record producer, revealed in May 2011 that Rihanna has asked him to pen songs for her. He told Rap-Up "I'm writing some stuff for Rihanna right now, I hear she’s back at it." In July 2010, it was announced that Rihanna would make her feature film debut in the big-screen adaptation of the game of the same name, Battleship, scheduled for release in 2012. On June 17, 2011, Ryan Seacrest spoke with her team and made the announcement on KIIS FM radio show. "We can confirm that Rihanna is currently working on material and will release a brand new album this fall". Rihanna later clarified Seacrest’s comments on her Twitter page that she was recording additional songs to add to a re-release of Loud. Rihanna released the seventh single from Loud, "Cheers (Drink to That)", which managed to peak at number eleven on the Hot 100. Despite saying she planned to re-release Loud, she confirmed through her official Twitter that while she thought about a re-release, she has now decided to release a completely new album instead.