Then & Now Thursday (V.6) — Rihanna

HAPPY 26th BIRTHDAY RIHANNA!

In celebration of Rihanna’s birthday this Then & Now Thursday will highlight Rihanna’s career through music and fashion. I’ve discussed a little bit about the progress of her career in my _ post, but I wanted to take it a step further.

Over the course of nearly a decade Rihanna has consistently released albums and has steadily climbed the charts with 53 singles released. Since her debut in 2005 with Music of the Sun, Rihanna has released a studio album every year except 2008. She has 7 studio albums under her belt along with 2 compilation albums and 2 remix albums.

Throughout her first two albums she stayed true to the Caribbean sound. Her first #1 single, S.O.S. (A Girl Like Me) really took her mainstream on the radio waves beyond the urban market.

Rihanna’s performances early in her career needed work as far as the repetitive choreography and the set not being as tight as one would expect on a live show. Yet with growth and popularity Rihanna kept rising to stardom and is on the fast track to even bigger success beyond music. She’s become a trend setter and even has her hands in the beauty industry with the deal with MAC Cosmetics and her own perfume.

Never on million years did I expect Rihanna’s career to be at the peak it is. The turning point was her track ‘Umbrella.’ If she was not known globally by then that track took her there. From there on Rihanna has continued to put out radio hits, ballads and dominate the charts solo and through collaborations.

One of her early collaborations was with Sean Paul for the track ‘Break It Off.’ Now she has long list of collaborators including: Jay Z, Shakira, Eminem, Drake, Maroon 5, Kanye West, Coldplay, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Wale, and more.

Unapologetic revealed Rihanna’s life as an artist: the growth, pain, and insecurities. She put a little but of everything which describes what she’s prostrated throughout her career. At 25 years old Rihanna received a well deserved Icon Award at the American Music Awards. Her work ethic is not to go unnoticed and she gives her all and has worked hard to be where she is. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store musically and beyond.

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