In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Pon de Replay.” Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first Hot 100 number one single, “SOS”. She grew up listening to reggae music, and began singing at around the age of seven. During her parents’ marriage, she suffered from excruciating headaches that doctors thought she had brain tumour and underwent several CAT scans from the age of 8 till her parents separated. Rihanna and her two bandmates auditioned for Rogers in his hotel room, who said that “the minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist.” While auditioning for Rogers, she sang Destiny’s Child’s cover of “Emotion”. When he heard “Pon de Replay”, Jay-Z was skeptical about Rihanna at first because he felt that the song was too big for her, stating that “when a song is that big, it’s hard to come back from. Def Jam was the first label to respond and invited her to audition where she sang “For the Love of You” for L.A. Reid of Island Def Jam Music Group and Jay-Z. After signing with Def Jam, she spent the next three months recording and completing her debut album. Rolling Stone magazine rated it 2.5 out of 5 stars and described as lacking the replay value, ingenuity and rhythm of the single with “generic vocal hiccups and frills” of US R&B inflecting upon her “Caribbean charm”.
Rihanna sued over ‘S+M’ video again Rihanna is being sued by a second photographer, Philipp Paulus, who claims her ‘S+M’ video steals his work. Rihanna is being sued by a second photogra… [link]