Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:21:48 GMT | By Thomas Oakey
Spotlight: Rihanna

August 2005: Pon de Replay and Music of the Sun

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With a record deal signed, Rihanna (centre) took to completing her debut album, Music of the Sun. Released in August 2005, the record was marketed as a reggae album due to her Caribbean descent and received mixed reviews. However, the album still sold 2million copies worldwide, while lead single 'Pon de Replay' peaked at the number two spot on both the Billboard hot 100 US chart and the UK singles chart.