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Rihanna, the 24-year-old Barbados-born beauty, has already earned the coveted title of international superstar. From her breakthrough multiplatinum album A Girl Like Me to her ubiquitous global smash Umbrella, in just a few short years, Rihanna helped redefine the path of popular music for a new generation.

With the global release of her sixth Island Def Jam studio album, Talk That Talk, in November 2011, Rihanna took another giant step in her journey to dominating popular music and fashion worldwide. The album's first single, We Found Love, was a No. 1 hit in some 20 countries. At age 23, Rihanna became the youngest artist in Billboard chart history to earn 11 Hot 100 No. 1 hits.

Talk That Talk was a worthy follow-up to Rihanna's previous album, Loud, which was released in November 2010. The singles What's My Name? (featuring Drake), Only Girl (in the World) and S&M became Rihanna's eighth, ninth and tenth No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, respectively.

In 2005, Def Jam Recordings released Rihanna's dynamic debut album, Music of the Sun, which garnered much attention due to the popularity of her highly addictive, dancehall-flavored first single, Pon de Replay. A year later, she released her platinum-selling second album, A Girl Like Me, featuring the No. 1 singles SOS and Unfaithful

With two successful albums under her belt in just two years, Rihanna dropped her multiplatinum third LP, Good Girl Gone Bad, in 2007. The album's first single, Umbrella, featuring Jay-Z, went on to win Video of the Year and Monster Single of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. Her fourth studio album, Rated R, was released worldwide in November 2009, and its first single, Russian Roulette, was her twelfth Billboard Hot 100 career hit.

Rihanna has won six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards and six People's Choice Awards, among many others. Outside of the U.S., she holds multiple MOBO Awards, including Best International Act (2007 and 2011), and BRIT Awards for Best International Female Artist (2011 and 2012) from the U.K.

Rihanna's influence is also attested by her social-networking and online stats. She has the most viewed YouTube page of any solo artist, with more than two billion hits. She is the most popular female artist on Facebook, with more than 53 million fans, and has more than 14 million Twitter followers.

Her impressive discography and her growing collection of the music industry's most cherished awards have proven that this is only the beginning for Rihanna. With her beauty, fashion and business senses to match, this international superstar will continue to rock the world for years to come.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.

Rihanna Facts

Birth Name Robyn Rihanna Fenty
BirthdayFebruary 20, 1988 (34)
BirthplaceSt. Michael, Barbados
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Rihanna compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Rihanna: Loud Tour Live at the O2
Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad Live
Rihanna: Good Girl, Bad Girl
Rihanna 777: Documentary
Rihanna: No Regrets
Rihanna LOUD Tour Live At The O2
Clip: Drawing Rihanna
How To Play Umbrella By Rihanna
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