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Rihanna Rising: Like Her or Loathe Her, She is On Top of Her Game

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Like her, love her or loathe her antics, Rihanna is on top of her game and, is arguably running the game. Rihanna is rapidly ascending into multiple-threat superstardom – now adding "Actress" to her already impressive repertoire. At age 16, Rihanna sauntered onto the music scene in 2005, with her infectious dancehall-tinged thumper, "Pon de Replay." Her first album, Music of the Sun, went Gold and Rihanna went back into the studio to begin work on her sophomore effort. Six albums later, Rihanna is a cultural icon, a fashionista, a major concert draw, a fixture in the tabloids and gossip blogs, a philanthropist and, most recently, an aspiring film actress.

At just 24, Rihanna's future in Hollywood is blindingly bright. At such a young age, critics – and concerned parents – wonder if the Barbadian beauty can handle all the limelight. Lately, press surrounding Rihanna has been wholly negative. While the starlet's private life has become painfully public, no one can argue that Rihanna is not taking care of the business at hand: performing non-stop, racking up number ones and courting probably the most loyal fan base in recent pop history. Her "Navy" followers adore her and show their loyalty by shelling out bucks at her every venture. Her first fragrance, Reb'l Fleur, was an instant success after its launch in 2011. And her follow-up fragrance, Rebelle by Rihanna, is expected to do just as well. The multi-platinum recording artist is also executive producer and star of an upcoming fashion competition show on London's Sky Living channel. Party girl antics and potty mouth aside, Rihanna's talent, beauty and ambition are securing her spot at the top of the game.

Despite critics considering her a poor role model to her legions of young female fans and her x-rated tweets, Rihanna still presses forward. Her theatrical debut as Petty Officer Cora Raikes in the recently released Battleship garnered mixed reviews. While most critics pan the entire movie, several praise Rihanna for acting in a part far from her superstar image. Rihanna says she accepted the role because she w

anted to play a "badass bitch." Director Peter Berg was impressed with Rihanna during shooting, saying sh
e insisted on being treated like an actor and doing her own stunts. It is apparent, based on Berg's findings, that the Talk That Talk singer can also walk that walk. Rihanna's next film is The End of the World, scheduled for release in 2013, and she is rumored to be negotiating a role in The Fast and the Furious 6, also slated for 2013 release. It seems as though the pop star has her hazel-tinted sights set on Hollywood. Rihanna certainly has taken the entertainment world by storm and is situating herself to become a worldwide star for years to come.

With over 50 million "likes" on Facebook and more than 18 million followers on Twitter, Rihanna's web rank surpasses most of her counterparts. In addition to her music, fragrances, television show and acting gigs, Rihanna is also developing a line of denim and lingerie in conjunction with Emporio Armani. One might argue that she works as hard as she plays. Despite a season of harsh headlines and negative press, Rihanna and her Navy crew are riding the waves straight to the top.



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