Rihanna postpones ‘Anti’ tour until March
After being forced to pull out of the Grammys because of bronchitis, Rihanna has postponed the start of her Anti world tour until next month.
Originally slated to kick off Feb. 26 at San Diego’s Viejas Arena, the trek will now kick off March 12 in Jacksonville, Fla.
“Production delays” were cited for the postponement.
Earlier this week, the pop singer had to pull out of a planned performance at the Grammys in the eleventh hour due to a bout with bronchitis.
“Based on Rihanna’s examination, after Grammy rehearsal today, Rihanna’s doctor put her on vocal rest for 48 hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords,” a statement from the singer read. “The antibiotics she has been on for three days did not kill the infection adequately, therefore she cannot perform safely.”
Thanks to a friend of a friend,
Rogers whisked the teenage Barbados-native from her island home in 2003 to
Her first single, the Caribbean-infused “Pon de Replay,” made it to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
With her second album, 2006’s “A Girl Like Me,” Rihanna scored her first No. 1 hit in
In 2006, Rihanna created the Believe Foundation for terminally ill and disadvantaged children. She has since performed concerts and signed countless autographs in hospitals across the country in support of the charity.
Rihanna has also been involved in UNICEF and H&M’s Fashion Against AIDS campaign.
“When I was young and I would watch television and I would see all the children suffering, I always said: ‘When I grow up, I want to help,’ ” she told People. (Aaron Favila / Associated Press)
In March 2007, Rihanna released “Umbrella,” the first single from her “Good Girl Gone Bad” album. It was the beginning of a slew of hits that established the singer as a hit-making machine, and it still has some of us singing “umbrella, ella, ella.”
To date, seven songs off of “Good Girl Gone Bad” and the re-release, 2008’s “Good Girl Gone Bad Reloaded,” have made it to top-20 status on the Billboard charts. (Kevin P. Casey)
To promote “Good Girl Gone Bad,” Rihanna began a 79-date worldwide tour in September 2007. She also managed performances at every major music award show in 2008, including the 50th Grammy Awards (where she picked up her first Grammy for “Umbrella”), the American Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Despite the scrutiny other young women celebrities face, Rihanna has managed to stay squeaky clean and maintain fame without bad-girl antics or revealing the minutia of her life.
Rumors fly, of course, but the private star often leaves the gossip gang guessing. (Getty Images)
Rihanna has collaborated with a number of pop, R&B and hip-hop artists.
Highlights include “If I Never See Your Face Again,” her duet with Maroon 5, and her songs with Ne-Yo -- “Hate That I Love You” and “Unfaithful.” Additionally, she wrote “Rehab” with Justin Timberlake, and her most recent hit, “Live Your Life,” is a cut from rapper T.I.'s “Paper Trail” album.
Not to mention Jay-Z’s contribution to “Umbrella” and Chris Brown’s response, “Cinderella Under the Umbrella.” (Getty Images)
Rihanna had been dating R&B singer and teen heartthrob Chris Brown since 2007 -- though she used the we’re-good-friends claim until at least 2008, when engagement rumors began to fly.
The two seemed to fill Hollywood’s “cutest couple” superlative with ease until Feb. 8, 2009, when both canceled their appearances at the Grammy Awards and Brown was booked in Los Angeles on charges stemming from an alleged assault on Rihanna. Brown has since admitted to the assault, and Rihanna, after a stint away from the spotlight, has returned to performing. (Evan Agostini)
In just a few years, Rihanna has transformed from the cutesy, earrings-wearing girl of the “Music of the Sun"-era to a more sophisticated and edgy starlet with a more daring fashion style -- though in her stage shows, she exhibits a risque even outlandish persona.
Along with raising hemlines, Rihanna has merged femininity and originality with extreme pixie haircuts and a tattoo count that has risen to about a dozen. (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)
Rihanna was set to debut a live performance of “Kiss It Better” from her recently released album, “Anti.”
The “Anti” world tour is the singer’s first solo world tour since 2013. In 2014, she hit the road with Eminem for a limited stadium run.
Travis Scott will open for the North American leg; Big Sean and the Weeknd will join her in Europe.
Rihanna will play two dates at the Forum, on May 3 and 4.
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