Rihanna continues to be one of the most influential pop stars in the world. She is recognized as the 2nd best selling female artist behind only Madonna, and has inspired millions of young artists. Many of these great artists include Justin Bieber, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, Little Mix, etc.
She has sold 182.3 million records worldwide (total available certified units) yet why do critics and unknown online critics undermine the grand amount of success she’s had? Women in the industry (and any other industry) have it hard simply for being women and artists like Rihanna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Adele, etc come out to inspire other brave souls to be more confident in themselves.
What’s so wrong about all this? Nothing really. Women like Rihanna have helped empower young women to be more open about their sexuality and their daily decisions. Some of her discography just as ‘Cheers (Drink To That), contain lyrics that tells you to live for yourself!
“Life’s too short to be sittin’ round miserable/People gon’ talk whether you doing bad or good”
Pretty true. And instead of telling these huge artists that they are bad influences, how about telling them how they have done so amazingly well in a world where women continue to take heat for loving their body, their mind – it’s, dare we say, rather hypocritical in a sense. Life should be about empowering others and loving who you are.
Rihanna has embraced that, but has also allowed other people to experience that through her music. She has named Madonna her main influence and when you look at Madonna, the best selling female artist in the world who basically worked tooth and nail for others to understand that women are humans too – why blame anyone for even having inspiration?
Long story short, we appreciate and understand Rihanna’s hard work in the industry and hope that the next decade brings her more success and more respect.
Even then, she probably won’t care because she knows well enough that she isn’t here to please people with dark hearts. She’s here to entertain and inspire those who WANT to be entertained and that WANT to be inspired.
So cheers to that, and another cheers to Rihanna who will be celebrating her 28th birthday! Happy Birthday to you, and keep on working hard!
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