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

Early career



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Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna began singing aged seven, after spending her childhood listening to reggae music.

Despite a turbulent childhood – her father suffered from drug addiction and her parents separated when she was 14 – Rihanna was able to start a career after meeting American record producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers through mutual friends in 2003.

The following year, after recording demo tapes and signing to Rogers and Sturken’s Syndicated Rhythm Productions, the singer secured an audition at Def Jam records, in front of company president Jay-Z (centre).

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  1.  
    4 %
    Pon de Replay - 2005
    7 votes
  2.  
    2 %
    SOS - 2006
    4 votes
  3.  
    19 %
    Unfaithful - 2006
    36 votes
  4.  
    16 %
    Umbrella - 2007
    30 votes
  5.  
    6 %
    Don't Stop the Music - 2007
    12 votes
  6.  
    2 %
    Take a Bow - 2008
    3 votes
  7.  
    3 %
    Disturbia - 2008
    6 votes
  8.  
    2 %
    Russian Roulette - 2009
    3 votes
  9.  
    7 %
    Rude Boy - 2010
    14 votes
  10.  
    7 %
    Only Girl (In the World) - 2010
    13 votes
  11.  
    6 %
    What's My Name? - 2010
    11 votes
  12.  
    2 %
    S&M - 2011
    4 votes
  13.  
    17 %
    We Found Love - 2011
    32 votes
  14.  
    9 %
    Diamonds - 2012
    18 votes

Total Responses: 193
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