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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.
 

Hollywood Exes

Usher Raymond's ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, is blaming their divorce on a secret trip she took to Brazil for a lipo procedure back in 2009. Tameka almost died on the operating table after she went into cardiac arrest.

In an interview to promote her reality TV series, Hollywood Exes: Atlanta, Tameka said, "I did dumb stuff. I mean, I went to Brazil and tried to get lipo and almost died. I think that embarrassed him to like, “Oh no. I’m packing. She’s a nut.”

Of course, we know the truth. Usher's bags were packed long before that.

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Iggy Azalea performs with T.I. in NYC wearing a  floor length purple gown

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.

Rick Ross greets Baby Williams at Rick Ross Miami MasterMind Listening Session ExclusiveAccess.Net

Def Jam Records held a listening party for rap artist Rick Ross's new album Mastermind at the Colony Theater on Miami Beach. Other celebs in the house included Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan "Baby" Williams, music producer Scott Storch, up-and-coming rapper Lambo (Gloria James' boyfriend), and more. Mastermind is set to be released on March 4.

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Young Jeezy

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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Don Cannon Named A&R of Island Def Jam

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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Chris Brown Rihanna Melissa and Bu at the Grammys

Someone just sent me this cute pic of friend to the blog Bu Thiam (Def Jam VP of A&R), far right, with his clients, Chris Brown, left, and Rihanna, 2nd from left, at the Grammys last night. Rihanna's bestie, Melissa Forde, is sitting next to Bu. No, Mel and Bu are not dating (I asked).

Chris "Ludacris" Bridges is featured in this clip of MTV's "When I Was 17." Ludacris got his start in the music biz as an intern and then a DJ at Hot 97.5, which later changed it's call letters to HOT 107.9.

After radio programmer Chaka Zulu was fired from the station for allegedly taking payoffs in a Payola-type scandal, Chaka was offered a job at Def Jam and he took the young upstart rapper with him to the label. The rest is history.


Janet Jackson previewed her upcoming album "Discipline" at her official listening party at New World Stages, Stage 1 in New York yesterday. Invited guests were treated to a lavish buffet, open bar and stunning visuals including Janet herself who appeared near the end in a dominatrix style outfit complete with a corset tight enough to choke a horse.

Janet's most notable quotable of the night was "I love love and I love sex."

Well, surprise, surprise: I actually got an invite to something other than the opening of an envelope.

LA Reid will host an exclusive listening party for Janet Jackson's new CD "Discipline" at a private location in NY next Wednesday (don't worry LA, I'm not coming). The invite says Cocktails & Hors D'ouvres will be served to invited guests. Yummy.

If you weren't one of the lucky ones to receive an invite, check out VH1's exclusive preview of the album here.

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