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

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Crucial to her early career, Rihanna’s audition to Jay-Z was successful, and on the same day she signed a six-album deal with Def Jam Recordings, before relocating from Barbados to begin her career in earnest in New York.

Rihanna and Jay-Z have remained close since, the latter becoming a large influence on Rihanna’s sound and musical direction, while the pair has featured on numerous tracks together. The two are pictured here performing at the 2012 Wireless festival in London.

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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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