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Music: Rihanna

"When the sun shines we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
"
Rihanna, "Umbrella"

Robyn Rihanna Fenty, born February 20 1988, is a popular R&B/hip-hop star who hails from Saint Michael, Barbados, although her mother was from Guyana. Discovered by Jay-Z, she gained fame in the music industry via her first single, "Pon de Replay".

Her third album,Good Girl Gone Bad, is considered her breakout album, containing what many would call her Signature Song, "Umbrella." However, what catapulted her into mainstream worldwide focus was when she was physically assaulted by her then boyfriend, R&B singer Chris Brown, in February of 2009. The incident seemed to have changed her once upbeat and pop-laden image, as her more recent works, as well as her appearance, have become almost blatantly Darker and Edgier. Even her happy, upbeat songs have an edge to them that didn't happen by coincidence...

She has released an astounding seven albums in seven years leaving her in the public eye at all times in some form thanks to annual releases since 2005. Also thanks to that, she quickly skyrocketed to become one of the most successful singers ever. It hasn't even been 10 years since her first album was released, but she has already sold over 150 million records.

Discography:

Filmography:

Selected Videography

"Good Tropes Gone Bad":

  • Abusive Parents: Her father was rather abusive.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Talk That Talk and Rated R.
  • Adrenaline Makeover/Break the Cutie
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: A variation in "Rude Boy," where she challenges the "bad boy" to put his money where his mouth is.
  • Author Appeal: Starting from "Disturbia", she seems to have a thing for BDSM and being dominating.
  • Bathtub Scene: The video for "Stay."
  • Berserk Button: She seems to have gotten over the whole Chris Brown issue, and would like to move on. Unfortunately, no one else really wants to let it go, and she recently blew up at a reporter who brought it up.
  • Bikini Bar: "Pour It Up"
  • Boastful Rap: "Hard".
  • Bowdlerize: In "Unfaithful", the line "I might as well take a gun and put it to his head, get it over with" has the word gun bleeped out.
    • Amazon.com's downloadable version of Good Girl Gone Bad censors the word "ass" in "Breakin' Dishes."
  • Broken Bird: Rated R and Talk That Talk show hidden issues and some of her workaholic choices show some kind of brokenness in her. See Heroic RROD for the worst case scenario.
  • Broken Record: "Numb", in terms of brokeness: "'Cause I'm going numb / I'm going numb / I'm going numb / I'm going numb..."
    • "We found love in a hopeless place / We found love in a hopeless place / We found love in a hopeless place…"
  • But Not Too Black: Some pictures of her show her like this. Not the one at the top of this page, though.
  • Car Song: Ignoring all the implications in the lyrics, "Shut up and Drive" is this on the surface.
  • Censored Title: As a pathetic attempt at them trying to Think of the Children!, "S&M" was retitled "Come On" by BBC Radio, in response to their ruling that the song could not be played on the air before 7 PM. The same edit of the song removed instances of the words "sex," "chains," and "whips," each with a Sound Effect Bleep in the form of a vinyl scratch. As well, the eponymous "S S S & M M M" hook was removed altogether.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "Phresh Out the Runway".
    • She's been liberally cursing since Rated R, especially in her rap songs.
  • Darker and Edgier: Her entire career after Chris Brown assaulted her, starting with Rated R. "Russian Roulette" is especially worth noting, as it is possibly her darkest song to date.
    • Rated R and Talk That Talk are much darker then the albums which came before them. Good Girl Gone Bad is very dark compared to the albums before it.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Her look for the Loud album.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The video for "You da One", for the most part. Parts of "Diamonds" also.
  • Dragon Lady: In the video for "Princess of China".
  • Dream Team: She has collaborated well with Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Maroon5, Kanye West, Coldplay, Avril Lavigne and Eminem.
    • and with her mentor Jay-Z in "Umbrella".
    • Arguably the best examples are "Umbrella" (above), "Love the Way You Lie" and "The Monster" with Eminem, "Princess of China" with Coldplay and "All of the Lights" with Kanye West.
  • Exhort The Disc Jockey Song: Her first big hit, "Pon de Replay."
  • Flanderization: Recently, her music has turned into being just about sex.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • "Shut Up And Drive" contains many, many, many double entendres, included the classic Lampshaded Double Entendre "If you know what I mean".
    • "Only Girl (In The World)" seems steamy too.
    • "Rude Boy" and "Skin".
    • Averted with "S&M", as it's pretty explicit with what she wants.
    • "Birthday Cake" is... not about a birthday cake. (The original interlude version is about female sexual empowerment, the Chris Brown version is about aggressive sex)
    • In "Cockiness (Love It)", she wants you to suck her cock...iness. And lick her persuasion...
  • Good Bad Girl: Part of her image, if her music is any indication. She has an album called Good Girl Gone Bad. See also her song "S&M": "I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it!"
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Talk That Talk and Rated R's artwork theme. "S&M" discusses it. It has generally been played with since 2007.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Starting with Good Girl Gone Bad and, apparently, especially the case for Talk That Talk, which VH-1 called "the dirtiest pop record since Madonna's Erotica.
    • Cockiness (Love It) definitely proves this:
    Suck my cockiness
    Lick my persuasion
    Eat my words and then
    Swallow your pride down, down
  • The Illuminati: Much like Lady Gaga, she now uses a lot of Masonic and Illuminati symbolism in her videos.
  • Intercourse with You: Many songs from Good Girl Gone Bad and beyond. Special mentions go to "Rude Boy", "Only Girl (In The World)", "Skin", "S&M", "Birthday Cake", and "Cockiness".
  • The Lad-ette: "G4L" (which stands for Gangsta For Life) shows off her gangsta side.
  • Last Note Nightmare: A gunshot is heard at the end of "Russian Roulette".
  • Lighter and Softer: Loud has more upbeat songs than Rated R.
  • Love Is A Drug: "Drunk On Love".
  • Love Makes You Crazy: A theme in Good Girl Gone Bad, Rated R, and Talk That Talk, but especially on "Fire Bomb", "Rehab", "There's A Thug In My Life", "Stupid In Love", and "Good Girl Gone Bad."
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "A Million Miles Away", "California King Bed" and "P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You)".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Where Have You Been" is rather dark musically for a song about finding someone extremely special out of nowhere.
  • Meaningful Name: "Unapologetic", in light of the backlash of her personal life, namely her reconciliation with Chris Brown.
  • Money Song: "Pour It Up".
  • Mood Whiplash: On the album Loud, the tracklisting seems to be randomized. Point being that the slow, sad "Fading" is inbetween the upbeat "Cheers (Drink to That)" and "Only Girl (In the World)".
    • In ''Unapologetic", the sharp contrast between "Right Now" and "What Now", despite having similar titles.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Some people have speculated online that she may be "allergic to clothes."
  • Nipple and Dimed: In "Love The Way You Lie Part II".
  • Non-Appearing Title: G4L. However, the phrase 'Gangsta For Life' does appear.
  • Obligatory Bondage Song:
    • "S&M" and its remix featuring Britney Spears.
    • In "Cockiness (Love It)", she calls herself a "dominatrix".
  • Obsession Song: "Rehab", "Roc Me Out", "Fire Bomb", and "Drunk On Love".
  • Once per Episode: Even when she moved on from reggae pop, Rihanna's album had at least one song in the same vein. "Man Down", "You da One", and "No Love Allowed".
  • The Power of Friendship: "Umbrella".
  • Power Trio: In "Run This Town" she is The Spock to Jay-Z's Kirk and Kanye West's McCoy.
  • Re Arrange The Song: As mentioned above, the interlude version of "Birthday Cake" is about female sexual empowerment and wanting to be pleased. The version with Chris Brown on it is about rough aggressive thankless make up sex after apparently a long time not being together.
  • Rock Star Song: "Rockstar 101".
  • Sanity Slippage Song:
    • The lyrics to "Disturbia".
    • A theme of Rated R, for example "G4L" and "Russian Roulette".
    • "Question Existing", "Roc Me Out", "Drunk On Love", "Man Down", and "Where Have You Been".
  • Sarcasm Mode: Her chorus in Eminem's "Love The Way Lie"; in the music video, it's very clear that it is very sarcastic.
    Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
    But that's alright because I like the way it hurts
    Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
    But that's alright because I love the way you lie
  • Sequel Song: "Love the Way You Lie Pt. Two" to the original Eminem track. "Numb" also alludes to the previous themes in Rihanna and Eminem's collaborations.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Her image over the years.
  • Shout-Out: "Roc Me Out" is named in reference to Roc Nation, the company that manages her.
  • Silly Love Songs: "Fire Bomb," "Umbrella," "Diamonds," "Where Have You Been"...
  • Singer Namedrop: Future in "Loveeeeeee Song".
  • Snakes Are Sexy/Feather Boa Constrictor: She did a Medusa-themed photoshoot for the December 2013 British GQ in which she was nude and dressed only in snakes.
  • Something Completely Different: Moody ballads "Russian Roulette" and "Diamonds" are atypical from the usual fare Rihanna releases as lead singles off her albums, in that they're not banging dance tracks ("Pon De Replay", "SOS", "Umbrella" "Only Girl (In The World)", "We Found Love").
  • Spiritual Successor: It has been implied that Talk That Talk is the second half of Rated R. Even though the albums are technically and creatively unrelated, they both are edgy, deep and extremely personal.
    • The music video to "Where Have You Been" can be seen as a successor to the music video to "Disturbia".
  • Stripperific
  • Subdued Section: "Roc Me Out".
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "We All Want Love" on Talk That Talk.
  • Surreal Music Video: "Diamonds", which is has plenty of unexplained imagery and symbolism throughout.
  • Title Track: Good Girl Gone Bad, A Girl Like Me, Music Of The Sun and Talk That Talk.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing
    • "Breakin' Dishes". If a guy did a song like that, he'd be scorned.
  • Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!
  • Will They or Won't They?: Since around 2011, she's been hanging around Chris Brown, prompting outsiders to think that they're together again romantically. Rihanna has been coy about their relationship status and Chris Brown has said that they aren't together and are Just Friends. The song "Nobody's Business" on Unapologetic is a Take That to the speculators.
    • She has recently confirmed that they are together again.
      • And they have since broken up again.
    • The same thing has been happening between Rihanna and Drake. And Drake also wrote many Take That songs about her. As of 2014, the two have been confirmed as being together.
  • Woman Scorned: "Good Girl Gone Bad", "Breakin' Dishes", "Cold Case Love", and "Coulda Been The One".
  • Wrench Wench: The first part of the music video for "Shut Up and Drive" is basically girls walking around in skimpy clothes or red jumpsuits fixing cars.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Phresh Out the Runway".

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