Timeline of Rihanna. Overview of her musical career and achievements throughout her life. Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988 in Saint Michael.


21 February 1988

Rihanna is Born

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988. She was born in Saint Michael; however, she grew up in Bridgetown, Barbados. She was born to an accountant, Monica, and a warehouse supervisor Ronald Fenty.


25 May 2005

Rihanna Releases ‘Pon De Replay’

Rihanna and two of her classmates had formed a group in 2005. The group got the opportunity to audition with Evan Rogers, an American record producer. Rogers shared that when Rihanna walked into the room, he immediately saw that she would be special. He later sent Rihanna’s demo tape to Jay Z. This led to Rihanna being signed. Rihanna released her incredibly successful debut single, ‘Pon De Replay’, in 2005.


21 August 2005

Rihanna’s Debut Album

On August 20, 2005, Rihanna released her debut album ‘Music of the Sun’ on August 20, 2005. The singer released the album under Jay-Z’s leadership of Def Jam. The album featured Caribbean sounds such as dancehall and reggae along with dance-pop and R&B ballads. This album was not very successful commercially; nonetheless, it propelled the singer to super-stardom. 


12 April 2006

The Release of ‘A Girl Like Me’

Rihanna’s second studio album, ‘A Girl Like Me’ was released in 2006. This album established the singer as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. The album peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200 as well as the UK albums chart. 


09 August 2006

Rihanna Plays a Role in ‘Bring it On - all or nothing'

Rihanna appeared in ‘Bring it On: All or Nothing’ in 2006. She starred as her herself in the cheerleading film. Unfortunately, the movie did not enjoy much success. The movie only received a 20% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.


05 December 2006

Rihanna Wins Billboard’s Female Artist of the Year

Rihanna’ sophomore album won her a lot of attention. The album won the singer all three nominations that she received from Billboard in 2006. She won the Female Artist of the Year, Pop 100 Artist of the year, and Female Hot 100 Artist of the Year. The award ceremony was held on December 4, 20006 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


30 March 2007

Rihanna Hits Big with ‘Umbrella’

In 2007, the singer collaborated with Jay-Z for a huge single, ‘Umbrella’. The song was originally written for Britney Spears, but it did not receive approval from her label. ‘Umbrella’ transformed Rihanna from a rising pop star image into a sex symbol and pop icon. 


01 June 2007

Rihanna’s Third Album

The release of ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, Rihanna’s third album, cemented Rihanna’s image as a sex symbol. This album featured much more mature content from the singer than she had been previously releasing. In an interview with The Star Phoenix, the singer shared that she was indeed reinventing herself and experimenting with her image and her sound. 


10 September 2007

Rihanna Wins AMA

At the 2007 MTV AMA, Rihanna showed the world that she is worthy of superstar status when she took home the Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award. She won the award over Beyonce and Fantasia Barrino. The singer also performed her son Umbrella at the award show.


11 February 2008

Rihanna Lands Her First Grammy

‘Umbrella’ won the singer’s first Grammy Award. The singer and her collaborator, Jay-Z, won the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The singer also performed at the award show. 


23 October 2008

Rihanna and Chris Brown Relationship Goes Public

The two had been friends since 2005. They did not develop a serious relationship until 2007. The two singers’ relationship was made public in 2008. They seemed like the perfect couple at the time.  


23 October 2008

Rihanna and Chris Brown Relationship Goes Public

The two had been friends since 2005. They did not develop a serious relationship until 2007. The two singers’ relationship was made public in 2008. They seemed like the perfect couple at the time.  


09 February 2009

Chris Brown Assaults Rihanna

Rihanna had to cancel her scheduled Grammy performance at short notice. There were reports that Chris Brown had physically assaulted the singer. A picture of Rihanna’s face bruised was then leaked. Chris Brown later pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna.


21 November 2009

The Release of ‘Rated R’

The Singer moved on from the incident with Chris Brown and returned to the studio. The album was kicked-off with ‘Russian Roulette’. Many believe that ‘Russian Roulette’ was the singer’s response to the domestic violence incident.


13 November 2010

The Release of ‘Loud’

Rihanna released ‘Loud’, her fifth studio album, under Def Jam Records.


19 November 2011

Rihanna Releases ‘Talk That Talk’

This album featured dance-oriented pop/R&B mixed with elements of hip hop, dubstep, electronic and house music. DJ Calvin Harris was a part of the production team that made this album. The song that received the most attention on this album was ‘We Found Love’.


20 November 2012

The Release of ‘Unapologetic’

Rihanna’s seventh studio album, ‘Unapologetic’ received a lot of attention not just for the music of the record, but for her controversial nude album cover.


30 October 2013

Rihanna Collaborates with Eminem Again

It became very evident that the singer and Eminem had incredible chemistry in terms of music. The two enjoyed huge success with their 2010 collaboration, ‘Love The Way You Lie’. They collaborated again in 2013 on ‘The Monster’ for Eminem’s eighth studio album.


28 January 2016

The Release of ‘Anti’

In 2016, Rihanna released what many consider to be her best album to date, ‘Anti’. This was the singer’s first project after leaving Def Jam Records. The album’s lead single, ‘Work’ featured rapper, Drake. The album won the singer many more awards.


09 September 2017

The Launch of Fenty Beauty

Rihanna launcher her cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty in 2017. The brand caters for all genders and a wide range of skin tones. Time Magazine named Fenty Beauty as one of the top 25 inventions of 2017 alongside Apple’s iPhone X, the Tesla Model 3, and many other inventions. 


02 February 2020

Rihanna’s Upcoming Album and Book

Rihanna’s fans have been patiently waiting for the singer to release ‘R9’. Unfortunately, the singer has not yet shared a release date for the project. In the meantime, her fans can enjoy Rihanna’s autobiography, ‘The Rihanna Book’. Her book was released on October 24, 2019. 

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