Rihanna Plotted Her Path To Success In First MTV News Interview

In 2005, the singer aspired to be 'the artist from the Caribbean who came here and made it internationally.'

Back in the fall of 2005, [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] was an up-and-coming pop and R&B singer who had just released her first single, [video id="52947"]"Pon De Replay."[/video] The fresh-faced artist from Barbados hadn't even released a video for the song but seemed poised for the superstardom she would later find with hits like "Umbrella," "Disturbia" and her new album, Rated R.

Rihanna said her music was a reflection of her life, even when the singer was decidedly less high-profile. "It's just imagination, being creative; that's what my music is composed with," she said in her first interview with MTV News. "Being creative and thinking of situations, whether situations I went through or situations I've observed people going through."

Just four years ago, the singer said she couldn't predict what her future would look like, but she was aiming high. "I can't tell you where I'll see myself in five years, but I can tell you I will work my best to be the most successful artist that I can be in five years," she said.

Although she's probably a long way off from thinking of retirement, Rihanna did have a concrete idea of what she wanted her legacy to be. "Remembered as Rihanna. Remembered as being the artist from the Caribbean who came here and made it internationally," she said. "Just remembered as me, 'cause I'm true to my music, and I just want people to realize that and appreciate me for that."


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