Having made her way into the music scene as the sweet, island-girl from Barbados the latest offering by Robyn Fenty, more famously known as Rihanna, cements the 2007 generated image of a Good Girl Gone Bad.
Rihanna first stepped into the spotlight in 2005 with the release of her debut album Music of The Sun, which brought with it the chart topping lead single Pon de Replay, which had us all stepping and winding our hips like born and bred islanders. From then on Rihanna’s rise in the music industry has been one that has kept tongues wagging for more than just her music. Her tumultuous relationship with RnB star Chris Brown in 2009, more so the leaking of nudes and the allegations of domestic violence, had the beautiful songstress suffer embarrassment for returning to Brown after the famous beating. Soon after their reunion she ended the relationship, stating that she had to act as a role-model for her young fans.
Unapologetic, released in November 2012, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the USA. The lead single, Diamonds, went on to make it to the top spot in 19 other countries. Rih, as she is referred to by many of her die-hard fans, incorporated many genres in the making of the album. There is a definite hip-hop/rap influence evident in Nobody’s Business which feature ex-boyfriend, Brown and in the track Loveee Song which features newcomer, rapper Future. The reggae, island feel we have come to associate with the artist has once again made a return, cropping up in a more subdued form on the track No Love Allowed which speaks of the pain experienced when one partner loves more than the other.
More recently, Rihanna has made headlines following the release of the music video for her latest single, the catchy Pour It Up, . for which she makes no apologies. The video sees the starlet dressed in her signature edgy, boundary pushing outfits and features scenes involving a dancer on a stripper pole, and even more noteworthy, Rihanna herself twerking on a throne and in a body of water.
Rihanna is currently travelling the globe on her Diamonds World Tour through which she has been promoting Unapologetic, and just this past week she was in South Africa, where she performed in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the first time.
If you have not yet listened to this great album I suggest you take a listen ASAP! Other noteworthy tracks include Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary, Stay ft Mikky Ekko and Jump. I give Rihanna a solid 8/10.