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International R&B star Rihanna released her first album in 2005 and is known for such hits as "Umbrella," "Pon de Replay," "SOS" and "Disturbia."
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The youngest artist to score 12 number one singles in the US, Rihanna signed with Def Jam records at the age of 16. Since then, she's become an international sensation with hit songs such as "Umbrella," "We Found Love," and "Diamonds."
Beyonce Knowles catapulted to fame with Destiny's Child and went on to release Grammy award-winning solo albums and a film career with her star turn in "Dreamgirls." She married hip-hop artist Jay-Z in 2008.
Hip-hop artist Jay-Z was born in Brooklyn and began freestyling at an early age. In addition to his musical talents, he's one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world.
Pop singer Chris Brown was best known for his performances and No. 1 songs before his 2009 assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. He has since released several hit songs and remained in the public eye for controversial reasons.
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Rihanna was later romantically involved with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, but the pair have since split ways.
Since she first appeared on the pop music scene in 2005, this Barbadian pop star has enjoyed a nearly uninterrupted run at the top of the music industry. For nearly six years,
it has been virtually impossible to listen to the radio or enter a dance club without hearing one of Rihanna's infectiously catchy songs. But beyond the constant stream of hits and her unflappable public image, Rihanna acknowledges that she is still just a vulnerable young woman who has experienced much adversity in recent years, and often struggles to keep it together.
"I put my guard up so hard," she said of the aftermath of her domestic violence incident with Chris Brown in 2009. "I didn't want people to see me cry. I didn't want people to feel bad for me. It was a very vulnerable time in my life, and I refused to let that be the image. I wanted them to see me as, 'I'm fine, I'm tough.' I put that up until it felt real."
In 2012, Rihanna appeared to be reconnecting with Brown. The pair worked together on the song "Birthday Cake" released that year. Rihanna also spoke very candidly with Oprah Winfrey about her relationship with Brown that August. She told Winfrey that Brown may have been the love of her life and she has developed "a very close friendship" with him.
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