"We Found Love" Becomes Rihanna's Biggest Hit Yet
By 2011 Rihanna's love of dance music was no secret. In a collaboration with DJ/producer Calvin Harris she set a new standard for herself with the electrifying "We Found Love." Deservedly, the single became the biggest smash of Rih's career, topping the Hot 100 for a staggering 10 non-consecutive weeks in late 2011 and early 2012. EDM was starting to take over the charts and Rihanna was more than ready.
Chris Brown's Controversial "Birthday Cake" Remix
The steamy, ultra-sexual "Birthday Cake" ("I know you wanna bite this, it's so enticing," Rihanna sings.) first appeared on Rihanna's 2011 album "Talk That Talk" as a 78-second interlude. When a remixed, full-length version hit the Internet on Feb. 20, 2012 (to coincide with Rihanna's birthday) a media controversy unfolded over its featured guest: Chris Brown. With Brown's brutality to Rihanna at the 2009 Grammy Awards still fresh in fans' minds, many cried foul. In an interview with Billboard, co-producer The-Dream set the record straight: "For me, it's just music -- two talented people doing a record together… The true thing really is to forgive, and you want to believe in people."
Rihanna: Live In Concert, The First of Many Headlining Tours
After scoring a couple radio hits on her first two albums, Rihanna headed out on her first headlining tour. Dubbed "Rihanna: Live in Concert," the trek ran across North America during the summer of 2006, and demonstrated Rih's command of the stage at only 18 years of age. Of course, "Rihanna: Live In Concert" was the first of many impressive headlining runs, preceding the "Good Girl Gone Bad" world trek, "Last Girls on Earth" tour, "Loud" world tour and the upcoming "Diamonds World Tour." Rih has also supported Jay-Z, the Pussycat Dolls and Kanye West live in concert.
Rihanna Sports Darker Shades on "Rated R"
If "Good Girl Gone Bad" was RIhanna's breakout pop LP, its 2009 follow-up "Rated R" was a decidedly moody. It was led by the ballad "Russian Roulette" and buoyed by sneering singles "Rude Boy" and "Hard." As the first Rihanna album to be released following her infamous pre-Grammys altercation with Chris Brown, "Rated R" was a starker look for the pop superstar, but still produced its share of inescapable hits.