May 2007: Good Girl Gone Bad
Rihanna finally achieved worldwide fame with the release of her third album Good Girl Gone Bad, in May 2007. The record marked a defining moment in her short career; gone was the fresh faced Barbadian pop star, replaced by a rebellious, adult artist who’d embraced a new, dance-influenced sound.
Aided by producers Timbaland, will.i.am and Sean Garrett, the aptly titled Good Girl Gone Bad was released in May 2007 to critical and commercial acclaim, topping album charts in the UK, Canada, Brazil and Russia. Four Billboard 100 number ones followed too, including global hit 'Umbrella'.