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Robyn Rihanna Fenty, 20 February 1988, Saint Michael, Barbados, West Indies. Vocalist Rihanna burst onto the US pop charts in summer 2005 with her catchy, Caribbean-infused single ‘Pon De Replay’, before going on to enjoy a steady stream of hits that established her as one of the biggest pop stars of the new millennium.

Raised on the island of Barbados, Rihanna began singing at an early age but harboured no real dreams of launching a music career. This changed when, in December 2003, she was introduced to New York-based producer Evan Rogers who was visiting the island with his Barbadian wife. Rogers invited the budding singer to record a number of demo tracks that he then shipped around a number of leading US labels. As a result, the 16-year old became one of Jay-Z’s first signings as the newly installed CEO of Def Jam Records. Rihanna moved to America at the start of 2005 to improve her chances of breaking into the lucrative...

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