Ever since her introduction in 2005 this firecracker has changed the face of the R&B world. Bringing her Barbardian swag and bad girl sass, this beautiful songstress has continuously stolen the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Today we look at her transformation and celebrate the bad girl herself.
When Rihanna first released her single for “Pon De Replay” back n 2005 things looked promising. She gained a bit of stardom off the song which peaked at number 2 on the US charts. Her follow up single, however, was overlooked and didn’t gain as much publicity. The song “If It’s loving that you want only peaked at number 36.
While a lot of people don’t remember or like this Rihanna, I will say that this period was probably one of my favorites. Her music was fun, Island influenced and had a great popish/dancey feel to it.
Then in 2006 Rihanna released her second album and her first number 1 single “SOS.” A Girl Like Me definitely gained more success then her previous effort landing at number 5. Also her second single “Unfaithful” landed at number 6 and was probably as successful, commercially, as “SOS.”
But it wasn’t until 2007 when Rihanna released her third album Good Girl Gone Bad that Rihanna finally began to gain the stardom that she deserved. With the release of the first single “Umbrella” things looked promising for this album. The album itself peaked at number 2 on the US charts and spun out 3 number 1 hits and 4 top 20 singles.
This was Rihanna’s best album thus far and every single was as enjoyable as the one before. Also Rihanna rode this album until the end. She reissued the album with some added tracks including “Take a Bow” and “Disturbia.”
In 2009 the world was shocked by a domestic violence charge that was placed on Chris Brown by the songstress. Reports said that the singer beat his then girlfriend after an argument that got out of control.
Yet Rihanna managed to rise from the drama and release another top 10 hit album. Peaking at number 4 Rated R was a mixture of intense and deep songs such as “Russian Roulette” and overtly sexy and dance songs like “Rockstar 101” & “Rude Boy.”
And after this it seemed like every album just started coming out one right after the other. Each one getting more sexual and more provocative with the videos. From the ban on her “Man Down” video from Loud, to her most recent controversy with “Pour it Up.”
Rihanna has done a complete change from cutsie pop/dance singer to full fledge sexual performer. Her music has gotten way more R&B and I have to say it has definitely gotten more fun. While I wish she would calm down with her releases and take a step back to allow me to enjoy an album before she comes out with some new music.
In any case I have started to love Rihanna more than I have before. She continues to produce at least one song that completely steals my heart. From “If It’s Lovin that You Want,” to “Te Amo” to “California King Bed.” I just love them all.
To put things in perspective I have placed Rihanna’s first single “Pon De Replay” along with her most recent video “Pour it Up” to show the drastic and fun change that has taken place. Enjoy!
Pon De Replay
Pour it Up