At 19, stunning Barbados R&B beauty Rihanna has already sold 5.4 million albums, released five No. 1 singles, worked with industry mega-stars, been compared to one-woman-brand Beyonce and insured her legs for $1 million US.
That might explain the barely-out-of-high-school teen's new bad-girl demeanour, which comes complete with scandalous outfits, sexy videos and diva behaviour.
Rihanna's fittingly titled third record, Good Girl Gone Bad, has been dominating the charts based on the prowess of the catchy first single Umbrella, which features a guest spot by iconic rapper Jay-Z, who discovered the singer and put her on his Def Jam label.
The record has also ushered in a naughtier image for the fresh-faced singer, who was first introduced to us as a soft, island beauty with songs such as last summer's inescapable dance hall smash S.O.S., club classic Pon De Replay, power-ballad Unfaithful and R&B staple We Ride. Now, Rihanna has traded in her ballads and tropical dresses for latex booty shorts, fishnet stockings and, sometimes, nothing but body paint, such as in the video for Umbrella.
"I basically took the attitude of the bad girl and I really got rebellious and just did everything the way I wanted to do it," she says of her new album. "I didn't want to listen to anybody. I didn't consult with anybody. I just want to have a little more fun with my music and be a little more experimental in terms of my image and my sound. I just reinvented myself."
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