Rihanna is a young, hot and successful R&B singer who hails from the Caribbean island of Barbados.
She is an artist signed to Def Jam records, and all of her singles are climbing up the charts. Seriously, pretty much anything Rihanna does becomes a massive radio hit.
She broke into the industry in 2005 with the release of her debut album Music of the Sun. She followed that up with the monstrously successful Good Girl Gone Bad.
This singer attained five Billboard hits early in her career ("Umbrella", "SOS", "Take a Bow", "Disturbia" and "Live Your Life"), four as a solo artist and one as featured artist.
She is tied with Beyonce as the female solo artist with the most #1s in this decade. Wow. But in February 2009, her world was rocked by something wholly unrelated.
Her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown, pummeled her on the night before the Grammys, leading to his arrest on felony assault, which he ultimately pleaded guilty to.
He was sentenced to years of probation and 180 days of community labor. The two have broken up, and even though her battered face has healed, the emotional scars remain.