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Oct. 18 2011, Published 3:43 p.m. ET

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The Caribbean beauty was first signed under Jay-Z with his Def Jam label. The competition in the music industry often compared Rihanna to previously existing artists, making her progress challenging. She released two hit albums in eight months but she still was not appreciated as an artist. It took one dramatic day when Rihanna chopped her hair and the release of her 2007 album to get people on her seduction and talent.

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