Today is Rihanna’s 24th birthday, so it’s only right that she is the subject of the Daily Throwback.
Since the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, for better or worse, Rihanna has been at the forefront of pop music. Prior to “Umbrella,” the album’s lead single, Rihanna was simply a teenage girl who looked good and made pop-reggae music. No one imagined that with the help of awesome songwriters, a bomb stylist, and a hot verse from the best in the game, “Umbrella” would catapult her into the pop stratosphere. The song, co-written by Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Tricky Stewart, went on to top Billboard’s Hot 100 for seven weeks, and earned Rihanna her first Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Six albums and eleven number one singles later, “Umbrella” is still considered her signature song.
It was all about Kelly Rowland at the Black Women in Music event presented by Essence Magazine in Los Angeles. Rowland, who is up for a Grammy at this weekend’s show, was honored alongside record label executive Sylvia Rhone for her success in the past year. Her third album, Here I Am, became the highest charting solo album of her career, and spawned the Grammy-nominated single,”Motivation” featuring Lil Wayne, which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. She was also presented with a platinum plaque, denoting sales of one million digital downloads, for “Motivation” by Rico Love, who co-wrote and produced the track with Jim Jonsin.
Kelly Rowland let her guard down during an appearance on E!’s Chelsea Lately. The Destiny’s Child album, who will go head-to-head with Beyoncé at this weekend’s GRAMMYs for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, dished to host Chelsea Handler about her workout DVD with trainer Jeanette Jenkins, turning 30, working with Lil Wayne on “Motivation,” and her relationship. Kelly’s latest album, Here I Am, is in stores now.
After years of underground success, Twista broke into the mainstream with 2004’s Kamikaze. For the album’s lead single, Twista enlisted Jamie Foxx and Kanye West for an ode to classic soul artists on the aptly titled “Slow Jamz.” Produced by Kanye West, “Slow Jamz” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for one week on February 10, 2004, becoming the first number one single for all three artists.
Did You Know? “Slow Jamz” was for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2005.