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Barbadian singer Rihanna has released four video albums and appeared in fifty-two music videos, six films, ten television programs, and eight television commercials. In 2005, Rihanna signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings and released her debut single "Pon de Replay", taken from her first studio album Music of the Sun (2005).[1] Like its lyrical theme, the music video for the song was inspired by disco and dance;[2] it was directed by Little X.[3]Three separate videos were released for "SOS", the lead single from her second studio album A Girl Like Me (2006), all of which contained various dance sequences.[4] The same year, American director Anthony Mandler directed the accompanying music video for the second single "Unfaithful", which featured Rihanna in a dangerous love triangle with her lover and her husband.[4]"Unfaithful" was Rihanna's first collaboration with Mandler; they later worked together regularly.[5] Also in 2006, Rihanna played herself in the third installment of the Bring It On film series, entitled Bring It On: All or Nothing.[6]

The music video for "Umbrella", the lead single from her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), was directed by Chris Applebaum and featured scenes of Rihanna naked and covered in silver paint.[7] It won the Video of the Year accolade at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.[8] Seven more singles, accompanied with separate music videos directed by Mandler, were released from the album. Rihanna flew to Europe to shoot the music videos for the 2007 singles "Shut Up and Drive" and "Don't Stop the Music" in Prague.[9][10] "Russian Roulette", the lead single from Rihanna's fourth studio album Rated R (2009), featured a cameo appearance by American actor and model Jesse Williams.[11]The music video for the second single, "Hard", was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who also directed the videos for Rihanna's 2010 singles, "Rude Boy" and "Rockstar 101".[12][13][14] The same year, Rihanna provided vocals for Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie". The song's accompanying music video features actors Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox in a love-hate relationship while Eminem and Rihanna perform in front of a burning house.[15] In 2010, Rihanna also filmed the scenes for her second film appearance in Battleship, which was released in April 2012.[16]

In 2011, three of Rihanna's videos met with criticism and controversy. The Matsoukas-directed music video for "S&M" (Loud, 2010) faced a lawsuit from American photographer David LaChapelle[17] and was banned in eleven countries due to its sexual content.[18] The Parents Television Council (PTC) criticized Rihanna for her "cold, calculated execution of murder" in the video for her 2011 single "Man Down".[19] In September 2011, Rihanna released "We Found Love", the lead single from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk; its music video caused controversy from some activist groups, including The Rape Crisis Centre in the UK.[20] Christian youth pastors and the Ulster Cancer Foundation also criticized the video for Rihanna's portrayal of sexual intercourse while under the influence of illegal drugs, not being a role model to young girls and women and for smoking in the video.[21][22] Despite the criticism, the video won the awards for Video of the Year at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video at the 2013 Grammy Awards.[23] Mandler directed the video for "Diamonds", the lead single from Rihanna's seventh studio album Unapologetic.[24] It depicts Rihanna in four environments that represent the elements of earth, air, water and fire

Music videos

Title Other performer(s) Director(s) Album Year Ref.
"Pon de Replay" N/A Little X Music of the Sun 2005 [25]

[26]

"If It's Lovin' that You Want" N/A Marcus Raboy [26]

[27]

"SOS" N/A Chris Applebaum A Girl Like Me 2006 [28]

[29]

"SOS" 

(Nike version)

N/A [30]

[31]

"Unfaithful" N/A Anthony Mandler [5]

[29]

"We Ride" N/A [5]

[29]

"Roll It" J-Status 

Shontelle

Vashtie Kola The Beginning 2007
"Umbrella" Jay-Z Chris Applebaum Good Girl Gone Bad [32]

[33]

"Shut Up and Drive" N/A Anthony Mandler [10]

[33]

"Hate That I Love You" Ne-Yo or David Bisbal [33]

[34]

"Don't Stop the Music" N/A [9]

[33]

"Take a Bow" N/A Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded 2008 [33]

[35]

"If I Never See Your Face Again" Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long 

Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded

[33]

[36]

"Disturbia" N/A Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded [33]

[37]

"Rehab" Justin Timberlake Good Girl Gone Bad [33]

[38]

"Live Your Life" T.I. Paper Trail [39]

[40]

"Run This Town" Jay-Z

Kanye West

The Blueprint 3 2009 [41]

[42]

"Wait Your Turn" N/A Rated R [43]

[44]

"Russian Roulette" N/A [44]

[45]

"Hard" Young Jeezy Melina Matsoukas [12]

[44]

"Shy Ronnie" The Lonely Island Akiva Schaffer N/A [46]
"Rude Boy" N/A Melina Matsoukas Rated R 2010 [13]

[44]

"Rockstar 101" Slash [14]

[44]

"Te Amo" N/A Anthony Mandler [44]

[47]

"Love the Way You Lie" Eminem Joseph Kahn Recovery [48]

[49]

"Who's That Chick?" 

(Day and Night versions)

David Guetta Jonas Åkerlund One More Love [50]

[51]

"Only Girl (In the World)" N/A Anthony Mandler Loud [52]

[53]

"Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde" The Lonely Island Akiva Schaffer Turtleneck & Chain [54]
"What's My Name?" Drake Philip Andelman Loud [53]

[55]

"S&M" N/A Melina Matsoukas 2011 [53]

[56]

"All of the Lights" Kanye West

Kid Cudi

Hype Williams My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [57]

[58]

"California King Bed" N/A Anthony Mandler Loud [53]

[59]

"Man Down" N/A [53]

[60]

"Cheers (Drink to That)" N/A Evan Rogers 

Ciara Pardo

[53]

[61]

"Fly" Nicki Minaj Sanaa Hamri Pink Friday [62]

[63]

"We Found Love" Calvin Harris Melina Matsoukas Talk That Talk [64]

[65]

"You da One" N/A [65]

[66]

"Take Care" Drake Yoann Lemoine Take Care 2012 [67]

[68]

"Where Have You Been" N/A Dave Meyers Talk That Talk [65]

[69]

"Princess of China" Coldplay Adria Petty

Alan Bibby

Mylo Xyloto [70]

[71]

"Diamonds" N/A Anthony Mandler Unapologetic [24]

[72]

"Stay" Mikky Ekko Sophie Muller 2013 [72]

[73]

"Pour It Up" N/A Robyn Fenty [72]

[74]

"What Now" N/A Darren Craig 

Jonathan Craven 
Jeff Nicholas

[72]

[75]

"The Monster" Eminem Rich Lee The Marshall Mathers LP 2 [76]

[77]

"Can't Remember to Forget You" Shakira Joseph Kahn Shakira 2014 [78]

[79]

"FourFiveSeconds" Kanye West 

Paul McCartney

Inez & Vinoodh N/A 2015 [80]
"American Oxygen" N/A Darren Craig 

Jonathan Craven 
Jeff Nicholas

N/A [81]
"Bitch Better Have My Money" N/A Robyn Fenty 

Megaforce

N/A [82]
"Work" Drake Director X 

Tim Erem

Anti 2016 [83]

[84]

"Kiss It Better" N/A Craig McDean [85]

[84]

"Needed Me" N/A Harmony Korine [86]

[84]

"This Is What You Came For" Calvin Harris Emil Nava N/A [87]
"Sledgehammer" N/A Floria Sigismondi Star Trek Beyond [88]
"Wild Thoughts" DJ Khaled 

Bryson Tiller

Colin Tilley Grateful 2017 [89]
"Loyalty" Kendrick Lamar Dave Meyers& the little homies Damn [90]
"Lemon" N.E.R.D Rodney Rothman No One Ever Really Dies [91]

Guest appearances

Title Performer(s) Director(s) Album Year Ref.
"Like That" Memphis Bleek

Swizz Beatz

R. Malcolm Jones 534 2006 [92]

[93]

"Paranoid" Kanye West

Mr Hudson

Nabil Elderkin 808s & Heartbreak 2009 [94]

[95]

"Can't Get Enough" J. Cole

Trey Songz

Clifton Bell Cole World: The Sideline Story 2011 [96]

[97]

"Fashion Killa" ASAP Rocky ASAP Rocky

Virgil Alboh

Long. Live. ASAP 2013 [98]

[99]

"Gangstas Don't Live That Long" Snoop Dogg Dah Dah That's My Work Volume 3 2014 [100]

[101]

"Famous" Kanye West N/A The Life of Pablo 2016 [102]

Video albums

Title Album details Certifications
Good Girl Gone Bad Live
  • Released: June 9, 2008
  • Label: Def Jam, SRP
  • Formats: Blu-ray, digital download, DVD
  • ARIA: Platinum[103]
  • RIAA: Gold[104]
Good Girl Gone Bad: The Videos[105]
  • Released: December 12, 2008
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Format: Digital download
Loud Tour Live at the O2
  • Released: December 13, 2012
  • Label: Def Jam, SRP
  • Formats: Blu-ray, digital download, DVD
  • ABPD: Gold[106]
Rihanna 777 Documentary... 7Countries7Days7Shows
  • Released: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Def Jam, SRP
  • Formats: Digital download, DVD
  • ABPD: Gold[106]

Filmography

Film Year Director Character Description
Bring It On: All or Nothing 2006 Steve Rash[107] Herself[6] Cameo appearance
Battleship 2012 Peter Berg[108] Petty Officer Cora Raikes[109] Rihanna stars in the film as a weapons specialist aboard a navy ship who fights aliens on the coast of Hawaii.[110]
Katy Perry: Part of Me Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz[111] Herself[112] Cameo appearance[112]
Coldplay Live 2012 Paul Dugdale[113] Herself Cameo appearance
This Is the End 2013 Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen[114] Rihanna[114] The comedy action film features several celebrities attending a party at James Franco's house, while The Apocalypse breaks out.[114]
Annie 2014 Will Gluck Moon Goddess Cameo appearance
Home 2015 Tim Johnson[115] Tip Tucci[116] An animated film based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. The film features friendly aliens invading the Earth and using it as a hideout from their enemies.[115]
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone Herself Cameo appearance
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2017 Luc Besson[117] Bubble[117] An animated film is based on a French graphic novel set in the 28th century.[117]
Ocean's 8 2018 Gary Ross Nine Ball The film is both a continuation and a spin-off from Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy and features an all-female ensemble cast.
Valerian: Far from Alpha 2018 John Stevenson, Dean DeBlois, Taika Waititi Baby Bubble The film is based on a French graphic novel set in the 28th century. The film features Valerian sucked into dimension and using it as a hideout from their villains.[118]
Guava Island 2019 Hiro Murai, Chris Sanders, Kirk DiMicco Pai Pai

Television

Television show Year Character Description
Las Vegas 2005 Herself "The Real McCoy" (season 3: episode 6)[118]
My Super Sweet 16 2006 "Darnell" (season 3: episode 7)[119]
All My Children (episode of July 25)[120]
Punk'd (season 7: episode 8)[121]
Saturday Night Live 2009

2010
2012
2015

"Blake Lively/Rihanna" (season 35: episode 8)[122]

"Jon Hamm/Rihanna" (season 36: episode 5)
"Eli Manning/Rihanna" (season 37: episode 20)[123]
"Anne Hathaway/Rihanna" (season 38: episode 7)
"Louis C.K./Rihanna" (season 40: episode 21)[124]

Chelsea Lately 2011 (episode of March 10)[125]
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition "The Jubilee House/Marshall Family" (season 9: episode 1)[126]
The X Factor Guest judge (season 1, episodes 7, 8 and 9)[127]
Styled to Rock[128] 2012 Executive producer[128]
Oprah's Next Chapter[129] "Rihanna" (season 2: episode 1)[129]
Styled to Rock 2013 Executive producer
Bates Motel 2017 Marion Crane Recurring role (season 5)
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