Rihanna has transformed from a teen pop princess to an icon in the pop music world since beginning her career in 2005. The award winning recording artist has released seven successful albums and over fifty hit singles during her ten years in the industry. Here are five of the most pivotal moments in her career so far.
The release of her debut single
After being discovered in Barbados by producer Evan Rogers and later signing with Jay Z’s record label, Def Jam Recordings, Rihanna released her debut single in May of 2005. Originally part of the demo tape that was sent to various record labels prior to signing with Def Jam, “Pon de Replay” is a dance-pop track with hints of reggae. The song was fairly well received by critics, many of whom praised the song for its composition. It was also a commercial success, peaking in the Top 10 in seven countries, including the US and the UK, and receiving double platinum certification in the US.
The release of Good Girl Gone Bad
Serving as her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, was published on May 31, 2007. Considered by many to be her best album, Good Girl Gone Bad marked a change in image for the singer, taking her from the teenage pop star image to a more adult pop-artist. The album generated five singles in its original release, including her multi-Platinum single "Umbrella." The re-release, titled Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, produced two additional singles, including 2008's international hit single, "Disturbia."
The 2008 Grammys
In 2008, Rihanna earned several Grammy nominations in several marquee categories, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The singer won her first Grammy that year, in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, for "Umbrella." She also marked her second appearance on the Grammy stage with a performance of her hit single, "Don't Stop the Music."
The release of Rated R
Released on November 20, 2009, Rated R is Rihanna's fourth studio album. While the album is not her biggest commercial success, it was far from a failure, peaking in the Top 10 on albums charts in thirteen counties and receiving Platinum certification in six countries. The album, which is considered darker than her previous releases, also marked another change in style and image for the singer. Rated R was well received by critics, receiving positive reviews from many notable publications.
Unapologetic tops the Billboard 200 Albums chart
Serving as her first Billboard Number One album, Unapologetic was released on November 19. 2012. While the album received mixed reviews from critics prior to the release, the majority of critics responded favorably to the overall sound of the album. Unapologetic generated seven singles, including "Diamonds" and "Stay," which featured Mikky Ekko. Besides scoring the coveted Billboard number one, the album was an international success, peaking in the Top 10 on over twenty albums charts and reviving Platinum certification in bumptious countries.