the tracks that shaped rihanna's life

Want to know what Rihanna works out to? Parties to? Plays when her heart is broken? The cover star of our inaugural Music Issue might be a world famous rock 'n' roll star, but when it comes to music Robyn Rihanna Fenty is just like the rest of us...

by Hattie Collins
02 February 2015, 12:25pm

As human beings on planet earth, we need music as much as it needs us. The sounds we sing along to, spin along to and sob along to are more than mere background buzz; music is a key emotional connector, a way to bookmark both the important and insignificant moments in our lives, a means of bonding with friends old and new. The music always sounds better with you!

From watching the legendary Barrington Levy perform in Barbados, to working out to Linkin Park, and how Ri wishes she'd written Michael Bolton's Said I Loved You But I Lied…. read, watch and press play as Robyn Rihanna Fenty shares the key tracks in her life…

The first live show I went to was…
Barrington Levy in Barbados

The last MP3 I bought was…
Fetty Wepp, Trap Queen.

The song that made me want to do music was…
Mariah Carey, Vision of Love.

The song I wish I'd written is…
Michael Bolton, Said I Loved You But I Lied.

My very favourite person to work with is…

My number one work-out song is…
Anything by Linkin Park.

When I was 10 years-old, my favourite artists were…
Bob Marley and Anita Baker.

The song that reminds me most of my best friend is…
Notorious B.I.G, Notorious B.I.G.

When I was growing up, my parents played…
Definitely, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond and Buju Banton.

The song that, to me, epitomises heartbreak is…
Adele, Someone Like You.

If I was DJing, the song I'd play to turn up is…
Big Sean, IDFWU.

My favourite song to party to right now is…
Rae Sremmurd, No Type.



Text Hattie Collins
Photography Paolo Roversi 
Fashion Director Alastair Mckimm
Rihanna wears jeans Martine Rose
The Music Issue, No.335, Pre-Spring 2015

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