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In May 2005, her debut single, "Pon de Replay", was released under her mononym "Rihanna". The lead single, "Umbrella", topped the charts in 13 countries and remained at No.
It charted successfully worldwide, peaking in the top five in fifteen countries, including at No. 1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest-running No.
By late 2008, Rihanna still remained on the charts with the release of the fifth single from Good Girl Gone Bad, "Rehab", and was named "Diva of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly for her "newfound staying power". and Rihanna, was released that November and topped the Billboard Hot 100.
Her third studio album's reissue, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, was released in June 2008 with three new songs: "Disturbia", "Take a Bow" and the Maroon 5 duet "If I Never See Your Face Again", plus a Spanglish version of "Hate That I Love You" featuring Spanish pop singer David Bisbal. On February 8, 2009, Rihanna's scheduled performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards was cancelled.
Rihanna's demo was shipped out to Def Jam Recordings, where Jay Brown, an A&R executive at the record label, was one of the first to hear the demo. Billboard Hot 100 and in Australia, her first to reach this chart position.
Brown played the demo tape for rapper Jay-Z, who had recently been appointed as president and CEO of Def Jam. 10 on the Billboard 200 and received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of over 500,000 units. A second single, "If It's Lovin' that You Want", was not as successful as its predecessor, but reached the top 10 in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. 5 in the United Kingdom and the United States, where it sold 115,000 copies in its first week. In early 2007, Rihanna appeared on the single "Roll It" with Jamaican band J-Status and fellow Barbadian singer-songwriter Shontelle.
She is the founder of nonprofit organization Clara Lionel Foundation, cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty, and fashion house Fenty under LVMH.
In 2018, the Government of Barbados appointed her as an ambassador with duties promoting education, tourism and investment.
Rihanna earned significant recognition following the release of her first two studio albums Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart.The records spawned a string of chart-topping singles, including "Rude Boy", "Only Girl (In the World)", "What's My Name? Her eighth studio album, Anti (2016), showcased her control over artistic creativity after her departure from Def Jam.