25th Post: Rihanna No2 Sales


Photo credit: IBT – “Man Down”
June 3, 2011

Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) has the second most singles sold total at 128M in this current decade. With the overall impact of digital downloading, her total sales will possibly overtake the likes of The Beatles and Elvis. In addition, she has earned 8 Gold, 7 Platinum and 7 Multi-Platinum certifications for her albums. She is only 32 years old and was born in Barbados in 1988. Like Drake, she experienced a tough life while growing up. For example, in her early teens she sold clothing on the streets to make ends meet. In 2003, she had her first professional audition. Two years later (2005), she provided a demo tape to Pet Jam along with Jay-2 in New York City. She waited until 3am to sign off on her first contract. Soon afterward, she produced her first single: “Pon de Replay” (https://youtu.be/lr9wk-hfgW4) (RQ 8). It took her one more recording to start experiencing a high degree of success: “Music of the Sun.” In 2006, she completed her second studio album: “A Girl Like Me” (https://youtu.be/efSc9D2BeMc) (RQ 10+). This album reached No1 in Canada and No5 in the U.S. Her career really mushroomed in 2007 with her hit single: “Umbrella” (https://youtu.be/CvBfHwUxHIk) (RQ 7). It sold 7M copies and won a Grammy award.