Rihanna is one of the most commercially successful, culturally influential musical artists of the 21st century. The Barbadian native has enjoyed a multi-faceted career currently well into its second decade.
And with a Superbowl Halftime performance arriving imminently, it’s fair to say Rihanna shows no sign of slowing down.
In fact, these days she’s perhaps as well known for Fenty, the line of beauty and clothing products of which she is a 50% shareholder, as she is for her music. Forbes reports that the success of Fenty has helped the artist reach that prestigious billionaire label.
However, some of that could be down to the fact that she hasn’t released a studio album since 2018’s Anti. Many fans will be hoping that 2023 is the year Rihanna finally drops a new full-length album.
In 2007 Rihanna boldly claimed that she wanted to be “the black Madonna”, citing the iconic popstars knack for reinvention as a personal inspiration.
Reinvention and evolution are two words which have defined Rihanna’s music throughout her 8 studio albums. So today, we’re going to be taking a trip through a pop giant’s career to date, and looking at how Rihanna has pushed the boundaries of pop music with every project.