Rihanna: I Keep Very, Very Good People Around Me

R&B singer Rihanna just won’t stop. The 20 year old Barbadian, who has ten top 40 hit singles, and a Grammy for bragging rights, visited CBS’ The Early Show Wednesday to perform cuts from her repackaged “Good Girl Gone Bad” album. But is Rihanna really a bad girl? Depends how you look at it. If your thinking trashy tabloids stuff then you have the wrong person, except for the little excerpts about her and Chris Brown dating. If your thinking bad, in that she has ‘staying power’ then you are heading in the right direction. Rihanna credits her stability to her upbringing and trusted relationships. “I keep very, very good people around me,” she said on The Early Show. “I come from a different place, a very strict household. My best friend, she’s always around me. She is my rock and she definitely knocks me out if she thinks I’m getting out of line.” Rihanna was still in high school when rapper and music mogul Jay-Z heard her demo and signed her to his Def Jam label before moving on. She released her first single, “Pon De Replay,” in the summer of 2005 and it went on to become a worldwide hit. Her 2007 smash “Umbrella” earned her a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Grammy. She said she went into the business without any expectations, but with a lot of focus. “I didn’t expect anything, I came into it just knowing what I wanted to do,” she said. “I had a very good work ethic. I still do. Hard work really, really pays off and I’m seeing that now.”


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