The Evolution of Rihanna

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Def Jam Princess

By 16 years old, Rihanna had auditioned for then Def Jam president Jay Z, who quickly signed her to a six-album recording contract. With her first single, "Pon de Replay," she almost immediately became a global household name — the song charted in the Top 5 in 15 countries around the world.

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