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Rihanna is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her first U.S. hit song "Pon de Replay" and thanked her fans for supporting her long career.
Rihanna was a 15-year-old aspiring singer when she was discovered in her native Barbados by a record producer who signed her to is independent label.
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The producer shipped her demos to Def Jam Recordings, and in 2005, rap mogul Jay-Z invited the teenager to NYC to audition for the record label. The rest is history.
The Anti singer took to social media to celebrate her first breakthrough hit, "Pon de Replay," which dropped in 2005.
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"Man this is trippy. Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay [Z]," she wrote.
"'Pon de Replay' is where it all began. 15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!
"I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I'm so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family. G4L!"
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Rihanna went on to score 14 number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, earning more Hot 100 No. 1 hits than any other artist in this century. She is also Spotify's most-steamed female artist.
Rap tycoon Tip "T.I." Harris is still trying to make rapper Iggy Azalea happen. The 23-year-old Australian born model embarked on a rap career in 2011 when her independent tracks "Pussy" and "Two Times" were released online. She was signed to Grand Hustle Records by T.I., whose responsibility it was to give Iggy street cred. But one flop single after another has not endeared Iggy to the streets. She once dated Metrosexual rapper A$AP Rocky, and is now reportedly dating LA Lakers star Nick Young, who dumped his baby mother for her.
Rapper Young Jeezy dropped a new track titled "Foul Play" last night. The track is off CTE’s It’s Tha World Vol. 2 EP which drops Nov. 27 at midnight.
Of course, he couldn't release new heat without a little controversy to go along with it.
Before dropping the track Jeezy took to his Twitter page to denounce Def Jam recording execs for not doing enough to promote his music. He even threatened to leak his own album early.
"Lucian and Barry boss up... or my fans gonna get an early xmas gift beeleedat #SNOWMAN," Jeezy tweeted.
Update: LA Reid, CEO of Epic Records, responded to Jeezy's rant on Twitter last night, tweeting "@YoungJeezy #BeEpic".
Listen to "Foul Play" (Dirty version) below.
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Atlanta based DJ, and friend of the blog, Don Cannon has been named head of A&R at Island Def Jam Records. Cannon will take over the position from rapper/producer The-Dream, who held the job for less than a year. Cannon, 33, has produced music for rap artists such as Ludacris, Outkast, Young Jeezy, T.I., Kanye West, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, and Rick Ross.
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