Rihanna

41 albums, 232 tracks

Born in Feb 20, 1988

R&B

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May 24, 2019

The Soulful Album

vildanasuta
Written by @vildanasuta / 7 mins read

Stepping away from her pop and club roots, Rihanna made an album named ANTI which presents something she describes as soulful. In one of her interviews, Rihanna confessed she wants to make the music she will feel good singing in 15 years from now and that her already made music doesn't feel like herself anymore. She said: "I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever. I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years; I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years. Not any songs that were burnt out. I find that when I get on stage now, I don’t want to perform a lot of my songs because they don’t feel like me." It feels like Rihanna wanted to make something that would make an impact but by doing something people would never expect or doing the antithesis of what the public expects from her. ANTI is the eighth studio album by Barbadian world-known singer Rihanna. It was released on January 28th, 2016, through Westbury Road and Roc Nation as a free download. Rihanna has a writing credit on every song aside from “Same Ol' Mistakes” on this album, while on her fifth album named Loud, she has zero. Rihanna has created some amazing songs on this album and her fans are absolutely surprised in a positive way with it. Before writing this album, Rihanna was announced taking a break from music and just focusing to do whatever she wants creatively for a year. But that hiatus didn't take long and she was back into music world (her studio) after a week. She struggled with inspiration and creativity so she rented a house in Malibu for a couple of months where she was focusing herself on writing and making plans with her team which was included of various music artists. About that time of her life, she said: "It was in that moment that I trusted myself, trusted my ear, trusted my gut, trusted the way that my music made me feel. I had no idea how it would be received, neither was that something I considered. I just wanted to make a body of work that felt right!" And she truly succeeded in doing so!

Desire to do things on her own

Rihanna opens her amazing album ANTI with a song named "Consideration". This song tells us a story about her state of mind while wanting to grow in the music world and being previously forced to go with the flow rather than creating something in her own way, something different, something "anti". Rihanna worked on this song together with incredible American artist Solána Imani Rowe, known as SZA. Her co-producer Lang recalled to Billboard: "It was being in the right place at the right time. Rihanna called on her to bring her some music and we had made 'Consideration' at that point -- pretty much the entire song. Tyron Donaldson was the drum guy and I was the music guy and then having the opportunity at night to put it all together with SZA, who wanted to create. It was a vibe, naturally." I feel like this song can also have a meaning of being in a romantic relationship where other person gives you no space to grow and you want to change that, you want your time and your ability to make great things to come back again. The third meaning the public has is that this is a Rihanna's message to Satan because it's a popular opinion nowadays that she sold her soul for richness and fame to Satan and now she feels trapped by the "contract" she made. The lyrics say :
" Heard you’re tryna sell your soul, baby
But I’m not sure, you’re running low, lately
I needed you to please give my reflection a break" and she also admits she has no peace of mind :
"When I look outside my window
I can’t get no peace of mind"
which kind of sounds she is in a "mind prison" and she wants to escape. The song served as a perfect opening song for her album but it seems like it was intended to be on SZA's album Ctrl. SZA admitted it was supposed to be on her album and she unwillingly gave it up. If she had this song on her album as the main part of it, she would have completed her album so much before she actually did. She said: "CTRL probably would have been completed a year earlier had I kept Consideration. That was the centerpiece. I shot a video for it and everything."

Female empowerment anthem

Female empowerment is a huge topic nowadays and many female music artists make songs related to that. One of the songs that can serve as female empowerment anthem is definitely Rihanna's "Needed Me". This song was co-written by Starrah—who’s worked with Jeremih, Kid Ink, and G-Eazy—and Prince Charlez—who’s written for Usher, Enrique Iglesias, and the Backstreet Boys. Rihanna tells a story of how good she was before the relationships that did her no good. Those relationships are with the men she didn't feel anything for. Her short-time partners feel disappointed by that fact, but she thinks they should've known better. The relationships she's talking about were relationships where her partners were head over heels in love and she didn't feel it, and yet she admits having a good time with them. In my opinion, this song looks way to mean to be women empowerment song. I mean, it shows how indenpendet one woman can be but it also shows a woman who is playing with other man's heart. Female empowerment should be teaching women how to be indenpendet and choose from themselves but choosing serious relationships or marriage shouldn't be the demonstration of woman's weakness to stand alone. Rihanna said: "I’m single right now. And it’s not that I’m like ‘'Oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men.’ I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can’t even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious." Which means she's not a type of woman who hates men, she was just choosing this period of her life to be her own. That definitely doesn't mean she will not get into something serious in the future. Also, Rihanna mentioned rolling up blunts in this song:
"You been rollin' around, shit I'm rollin' up
Light and roll it up" which means while her lover was rolling around in the city, she was unbothered rolling up blunts. Another way to say she didn't care at all. The main topic of this song, after all, is Rihanna being in many not serious relationships because she wants to focus on her career. Many women do that today, but is it really right to hop into relationships where men fall in love and you don't care? Hm... However, the song gained a lot of attention and is really catchy.

New Person, Same Old Mistakes

Song "Same Ol' Mistakes" from Rihanna's album ANTI is actually a cover of Tame Impala's song called "New Person, Same Old Mistakes". Tame Impala said about this cover: "The Roc Nation team got in touch with us here at Spinning Top letting us know that Rihanna loved… ‘'New Person, Same Old Mistakes.’ They asked if she could cover the song for her new record. Kevin was more than happy to send it her way. We’re all really happy with how the song turned out, love it!" The message of the original song is accepting the new beginnings and going into a new direction which we can connect with her album ANTI because she took herself into the completely new direction.

May 17, 2019

The album, ‘ANTI’, by Rihanna is stunning

JorgeDiaz
Written by @JorgeDiaz / 6 mins read

In the beginning, the first two songs were somewhat disconcerting for me because I did not know where they wanted to go and in part, it's good to feel that uncertainty when we're in front of the album of a prominent artist. To the third song, things started to become a bit clearer for me and I started to understand the idea of this Rihanna album, ANTI. The way I assimilated it is in the idea of an amazing album and a mixture of feelings that, of course, is reflected in the great variety of styles and musical genres, as well as lyrics that are located at the ends of the composition. It is probably the moment that the singer was going through and all her desires to experiment and all her feelings about how she sees life, were shaped in a masterly way. It's not about including different songs just for including them, it is about taking us through that world that lives in your mind and body to understand the sensitivity and complexity of a creative being. When it was time to listen to "Work", with Drake's participation, I thought that this would be the meaning of what would come next. I said to myself: "this is the climax of everything". Not only listening to the song, but also watching the video is a delight. I can not believe how much sensuality can be concentrated in a single movement, a gesture, a style to interpret, walk, look in the mirror and, at the same time, seduce you with a look that is really ignoring you. And the bodies, oh the bodies! What else can I ask? Absolutely nothing. I settled in better on the couch and said, "I'm ready for what's coming", that sensual mix of R & B, Hip-Hop and Reggae that will give me an exciting time. But I was wrong, totally wrong ... luckily. In the best style of Rihanna, the singer approached me, took me by the neck of my shirt, lifted me from the chair, approached her face to mine, saw me with a lot of determination and a certain courage and told me without speaking, only with her eyes: "I am capable of much more than this". And she demonstrated it convincingly. It is obvious that the theme "Work" represents the greatest success of the album; however, the work delivered by Rihanna throughout the album is immensely bigger than that hit. Of course, I think that having included this song was the right guess, since its enormous penetration and the success it represented, allowed the artist to be free in the selection of songs to round out the work and turn it into a succulent dish to be enjoyed in many ways. I had always taken this artist seriously because of her previous albums, but now she has me at her feet.

Desperate to hear more

The next song came, "Desperado" and I can not leave my astonishment to feel that shake after having seen and heard that girl who was seducing me a few minutes ago. A song in the best style of the themes that accompany the James Bond films, with greater seriousness, with a rhythm that transmits aplomb and security and a video that embellishes all that work. I asked myself "what is this?" Sounds good, but it was not what I expected. In the middle of the song, all that crazy love that causes "Work" had disappeared and the uncertainty that I felt at the beginning of the album was becoming certain: "this is amazing". Only she can take us from one state of mind to another without complaining. In ANTI, Rihanna has us in her hands and so we will walk for the best that the album has later, definitely the best. Of course, what would come next gives us much more of her physical beauty, sensuality and that rebellious style that characterizes her with the song "Needed Me”; however, what left me with my mouth open for not expecting a song like that, played by Rihanna was: "Same Ol' Mistakes.” Wow! her voice is incredibly good, and the style of the song is a beat that remembers the best of the genre in the United Kingdom many years ago. My brain was spinning, at that moment I was wondering where all the above was. Did I change the disk? No, it's the trip that Rihanna had embarked me on and there were still some very good things to keep enjoying. Best of all, it does not take effort to assimilate all this variety of genres; on the contrary, the way they are placed makes you not feel the time pass.

A talent that will never end

The song, "Never Ending”, demonstrates Rihanna's knowledge of what is most traditional and loved by the American public in terms of musical fights. I'm not sure if the public in the United States was expecting something like that on the record, I do not think so, but it was probably a pleasant surprise. The song is sweet and recalls many other themes in the story for which we have felt nostalgic. But the moment I fell on my knees is when the next song came, "Love On The Brain", that mix of Soul and Doo-wop played by Rihanna as the best singers of all time used to do it and that took my breath away. I could not believe it, in moments an innocent voice is heard, on other occasions, that of a woman full of desires to be loved and to give love. The song is a masterpiece in Rihanna's voice. In my very particular point of view, I am convinced that this song is enjoyed more just by listening to it instead of being distracted by watching the video, but I understand that they are tastes and nothing else. I thought this would end here, but, as usual, I was wrong.

Finish on the floor

I recovered my breath when I heard the following song: "Higher" but what would come to close the album ended up causing me a faint. "Close To You" ended up throwing me to the ground. I was in ecstatic, what sweetness! What way to close the record after a start like the one it has. With this song, you feel that Rihanna is giving you a kiss goodbye. I repeat: What else can I ask for? Magnificent!

A Timeless Pop R&B Album

Rihanna’s eighth studio album Anti was an album to know. Honestly, it is one of my favorite albums that I can listen to on repeat at any time, no matter how many times it still gets me singing along and dancing to the beats. She uses the thirteen track album to step away from her club bop roots and creates a pop meets R&B album. When writing the album she wanted to create something that would last forever, something considered timeless, and as I have already said I listen to this album like it came out last night; therefore, I would say she achieved her goal in creating a timeless piece. The had a hand in writing every song on the album in contrast to her last album in which she did not help writing at all. This album she also used to establish herself as an artist rather than an entertainer, which she does with track one.

Written by adelemarie  / May 10, 2019

ANTI, The Album Nobody Wanted But Rihanna Needed.

Let's go back in time. It was January 27, 2016, just the day of my birthday. Every Rihanna fan was eager for the arrival of her new album: ANTI. After three singles spread over three years (the country beat “FourFiveSeconds”, “American Oxygen” and “Bitch Better Have My Money” with an amazing video), plus the rare experience of Anti DiaRy, we all knew it was only a matter of time before the long-awaited LP could be on our hands. And, suddenly, all the unbelievable happened: Rihanna was releasing, without any warning, the album's first single: “Work”. I received that song as the best gift I could have had that day. Although the first time I listened to it, the song seemed strange, little worked and without any potential to be a single, little by little the sticky rhythm of this dancehall and reggae theme got stuck in my brain. I remember listening to it in my room, full volume, thirty times in a row and my roommates begging me to stop. But I just couldn't. I had doubted Rihanna for a moment, how strange it was that she hadn't released a totally commercial song as the first single from an album that, due to its late arrival (she used to release a record per year), had created immense expectations. But I was wrong; Riri risked it all with a silly, repetitive and tropical theme, which invited to dance from the first second. Wait ... Rihanna? being risky with her music? Well, this was just the tip of the iceberg. The following week, also by surprise, the whole album came to us ..., and the world put their hands to their head, including myself. Not even one of the songs sounded like anything that Rihanna had released before; “Work” seemed to be the most commercial item on the album (it was soon able to sell more than 8 million copies worldwide, giving her #14 #1 on Billboard and becoming of the biggest successes of his career). Thousands of criticisms were received on ANTI, while I saw myself in a halo of confusion while listening to all the songs for the first time. In front of us, there was this strange and experimental album, where the disco diva in Rihanna told us goodbye. Had been the title of the album a clue all along? Few stopped to analyze and find the need for this album in the career of the singer, something that we discovered at its own time.

Written by FerSP  / May 15, 2019

Rihanna - The Baddest Of Em All

The year was 2007 and I was in 5th standard when one of my friends introduced me to the would-be pop queen by asking me to download some songs for her. She handed me a list and most of the songs in that list were of Rihanna. “Shut Up and Drive” was my introduction to this lady who will go on to reign millions of hearts including my own for the next decade. Ironically enough that list had almost all the songs of Good Girl Gone Bad except “Umbrella”. What “Dangerously In Love” did for Beyoncé in 2003, Good Girl Gone Bad did for Rihanna in 2007. I was addicted to her songs cuz let's face it they are still your jam but there was something else about her which kept her on my mind. It was her originality where most popstars start from a holier than thou image and they then go overboard with now I am an all grown-up serious musician. Rihanna came in bad with “Pon De Replay”.

Written by wardahkhan  / May 08, 2019

Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad Was Undeniably A Badass Good Record

Among the eight studio albums that Rihanna has released, Good Girl Gone Bad ranks up there as one of the most memorable for me, and probably one of the best as well, because it had several solid hits in it. The album is not as cohesive though as there would be high points (“Umbrella”, “Don’t Stop the Music”) and then low points (“Rehab”, “Good Girl Gone Bad”). Coming from her first two albums, “Music of the Sun” and “A Girl Like Me”, this next collection was obviously a transition album for Rihanna. After breaking into the mainstream with her trademark Caribbean sound, I think she didn’t want to be pigeonholed into that type of music and decided to embark on a more ambitious musical journey by incorporating R&B, rap and urban music into her sound – and collaborated with a host of different producers who helped her achieve that diversified sound I found in this album. It was Rihanna like I’ve never heard her before and as I listened to the album, I became aware of the possibilities that she could do vocally and artistically and these were eventually accomplished later by her on her succeeding albums. In the process, she became one of the biggest stars in the international music universe with her combination of pop, R&B, reggae, and dance music. It was this easy fusion of different musical styles into a style all her own, that Rihanna was able to embark on a hit-filled journey which started when she decided to break her own rules.

Written by tonyfabelous  / Apr 26, 2019

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Born

    1988-02-20

Active

    2003–present

Label

  • Def Jam
  • Roc Nation
  • SRP
  • Westbury Road

About

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (/riˈænə/; born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados and raised in Bridgetown, during 2003, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers and signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip hop producer and rapper Jay-Z. In 2005, Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sun and its follow-up A Girl like Me (2006), which charted on the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles "Pon de Replay", "SOS" and "Unfaithful".
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