3rd Studio Album Featuring The Smash Hit Single 'Umbrella' Rihanna's debut album 'Music of the Sun' has sold 1.2 million albums worldwide. Her follow-up album, A Girl Like Me has sold 2.7 million albums worldwide Winner of 4 Billboard Music Awards! Female Artist of the Year, Female Hot 100 Artist of the Year, Female Pop 100 Artist of the Year, and Hot Dance Airplay Song of the Year for ';S.O.S'. Back-to-back #1 Hot 100 and Hot Dance anthems of 2006, 'S.O.S.', 'Unfaithful'and' We Ride'. America's Teen Choice Awards' Breakthrough Female Artist and R&B Artist of the year. New Face of Cover Girl for the next 3 years! Rihanna created Believe, a public charity organization dedicated to assisting terminally ill children worldwide to assist and inspire children who suffer from life-threatening diseases including cancer, leukemia and AIDS.
There's a cool new development in summer singles: they no longer need to be sunny. In fact, the wetter the better. "Umbrella," the first single off Rihanna's ragingly good third album, may be her strongest ditty yet, and that's saying something considering her run of past summer chartbusters. More stylish than "S.O.S." (from A Girl Like Me
) and more interesting than "Pon de Replay" (from Music of the Sun
), "Umbrella" barrels forward with big, brawny drums and a hot but haunted-sounding vocal. From there, the upbeat numbers chug forth like chilled pina colada mix into a blender: "Breakin' Dishes" trades skillfully on a recent vogue for man-directed venom, and "Shut Up and Drive" borrows "S.O.S."-style from the '80s New Order song "Blue Monday." Both are irresistible. So, too, are a couple of late tracks. "Rehab" and "Lemme Get That," both produced by Timbaland, prove that being an island girl is no barrier to holding one's own amid a sizzling stew of urban beats. In fact, it's a boon--one that'll register with pop music fans instantly. -Tammy La Gorce