LA Reid Credits Beyonce For Rihanna’s Success

Published: Friday 8th Jan 2016 by David

After pushing TLC & Usher to Pop royal status in the 90s the record executive LA Reid set out to do the same with fresh faces as the head of Def Jam in 2005.

Joining him in his mission was the rapper turned exec Jay-Z who, keen to replicate the solo success of his then-girlfriend Beyonce and a ‘Goodies‘-supplying starlet named Ciara– picked up two new artists named Teairra Mari and Rihanna.

The rest as they say is history.

Now, Reid has revealed that Rihanna may not have been treated as a priority at the label if not for moves Beyonce made to support her behind the scenes.

Read below…

An excerpt from Reid’s new memoir reveals:

I first laid eyes on Rihanna in the hallway. I didn’t know she was a singer or anything, just a pretty girl standing outside somebody’s office. Then Jay Z burst into my office.

“You have to see this girl,” he said.We went back to his office and he introduced me. She was a startlingly beautiful 17-year-old from Barbados. She opened her audition with a Beyoncé song, singing, but the whole time piercing me with these laser eyes. I saw her determination, her commitment. I saw someone who was going to be a big star someday. My head was spinning. She sang another song, “Pon De Replay,” that would become her first hit. After she was done, I looked at Jay Z.

The funny thing about Rihanna’s success was that we signed two girls at that time — Rihanna and a lovely young lady named Teairra Mari. We had an in-house company showcase and Beyoncé happened to be there with Jay Z. Teairra Mari, Rihanna, a four-girl group called Black Butterfly and Ne-Yo performed. At the label, we thought Teairra Mari would be the big star. We spent more time on her, did more work on her, paid more attention to her. Rihanna already had a hit with “Pon De Replay,” but we still thought it was the other girl. A bell went off for me, however, when, after the showcase, Beyoncé came up to me.

“That Rihanna girl,” she said, “she’s a beast.”

Black Butterfly‘s Amina Schmal would go on to star on VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop New York‘ while Mari would go on to make a fool of herself on the platform’s Los Angeles arm.

Rihanna would go on to become the highest-selling female artist on Jay Z‘s roster with the support of her first manager Marc Jordan and hits penned and produced by Ne-Yo, Stargate, J.R Rotem and The Dream.

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  1. Who gonna check me boo?? January 8, 2016

    This post finna be goodt

    • truth (Honey Adele is a FAT COTTAGE CHEESE eatn ho!) January 8, 2016

      We all knew dat!

      • Jemina Nelson January 15, 2016


  2. Taylor Tori Azalea January 8, 2016

    It’s a shame she became more successful than her

    • Who gonna check me boo?? January 8, 2016


    • timothy January 8, 2016

      Amazing that Rihanna CAN NOT WRITE SONGS or have any VOCAL octaves but she’s more successful.

      No she’s not. Beyonce sell’s OUT arena’s with her Janet Jackson stolen wig, energy, dance and sing bit.

      they all copies of someone who came before them.

      They will NEVER be icons like: Whitney, Mariah, Madonna, Celine or Aretha.

  3. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

    GOOD! they want to desperately forget about how she worshipped Bey at her feet. Or how she lipsynced to her vocals at the tribute show. Your faves fave!

  4. #TeamTinashe Stan January 8, 2016

    Interesting times. The way how Jay Z and Def Jam were promoting Teairra as the “Queen” of Roc A Fella and Jay Z even appeared in her first music video to give her that extra stamp that she was gonna be “IT”. Sad thing about it is, at the time Teairra definitely oozed huge potential due to her singing and confidence at such of a young age more than Rihanna. But she just didn’t have the hits to back her up to elevate her artistry. That’s where Rihanna won!

    I remember when Jay Z called 106 & Park to boast about Teairra too. Damn girl…….. sad ?

    • Who gonna check me boo?? January 8, 2016

      The utter Irony!!!

    • Dev January 8, 2016

      I think the issue is that they went urban with Teairra when urban music was on its way out and with son the replay there was a reggae sound that was big with the likes of Sean Paul so Rihanna scored a cross over hit, has Teairra had more crossover songs she would’ve faired better. I also think that she was too sexual at her age which i found a turn off.
      I also remember the rumour that Rihanna was dropped by the time SOS was released and had to finance the video via Reebok and herself and then resigned when the song became a hit so it wasn’t all smooth and Beyonce endorsing

      • RihYonce January 8, 2016

        It was actually because she was 16 and she had heavy cursing in her music which the put that parental advisory sticker on it which means you have to be 18 to buy the album & all of her fans where young girls so they couldn’t buy it , Teairra was popular enough to sell records or at least go gold

    • MusicLife January 8, 2016

      Yeah I remember that time completely. I also thought that Teairra Mari would be the bigger star. Someone said it spot on to Teairra carried herself like a star because she was confident. I also did find it very very odd that they would allow a 17 year old young lady to release music with a parental advisory label on it. I think I had the edited album probably from WalMart. Back then as a kid that was the easiest spot to grab clean CDs from if your parents cared about clean music-my mom did.

      And honestly The other odd part is Rihanna had a big first single and a sorta ehhh second single. Teairra had a good urban single that was her lead and then a crossover single as her second because “no daddy,” was actually a TRL hit. The luck and chance did seem to come into play for Rihanna’s second album which def jam released like 6-8 months after her debut and “s.o.s” became a number one hit. Too bad for Christina Milian who didn’t want the song because it was too Pop for her then Urban sound for ‘So Amazin’ album. That was such a blessing for Rihanna tbh.

      What I don’t understand is why wasn’t Teairra given a second album. Or why didn’t “Phone Booth” get a music video I think young kids and especially girls would have loved that in a TRL 106 & Park world of music.

      Perhaps Teairra’s downfall was the fact she was signed through Def Jam. I mean it was semi creepy a 17 year old was being dubbed as the First Lady of a label full of grown ass men. And by 2005 Roc-A-Fella was basically already dead.

      It sucks because Teairra Mari truly was…is…talented but she let herself go. The weight gain. Plastic surgery. I always wanted her to be successful because I believed in her. Her debut album had good music on it like “New S***,” “Get Down tonight,” and more.

    • Yoncè January 8, 2016

      It was also because teairra wasn’t trying to work! She said she wanted the fame but still wanted to be a teenager, she was cancelling shows for personal reasons before her album even came out! Plus I think she came out to hard with the sexual stuff! Black Buddafly did too…16 and sexed up lol

  5. HailBeysus January 8, 2016

    Oop Not the Queen Knowning that Smuggled in a Mango/Banana crate Coconut smashing 1st world lesser was going to be star! That is ICING ON THE MATHAFUXKING CAKE!!!

    • Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB January 8, 2016

      Hi troll!

      • HailBeysus January 8, 2016

        Awww my Stan has returned thanks for the love (?❤?❤)

  6. Who gonna check me boo?? January 8, 2016

    Not the Queen saving that goat from a life a coconut selling on the left on an island

    • Rihboy January 8, 2016

      Saving more like stanning. She knew Rihanna was a walking vault.

  7. beykim loves bieber one direction beyonce miley and gaga January 8, 2016

    This isn’t shocking.Everybody knows that she was trying to re~create Bey`s Destiny’s child look using her coconuts as bras

    • Taylor Tori Azalea January 8, 2016

      kiii she didn’t only outsell Bey she also outsold each and every one of your faves I see in your username

      • beykim loves bieber one direction beyonce miley and gaga January 8, 2016

        *puts cigarette in mouth* *lights it up*…. But all of them weren’t scared to release their projects babe. *puffs* If she really was the Queen why she have these tween singers and bands releasing music while Anti Date is MIA.. *blows smoke in your face* The self drag

      • mike January 8, 2016

        Lies rhiana albums do not out sell beyonce at , all if u out beyonce destiny years with her solo years no comparison

    • LmfaoHoe January 8, 2016

      Lol I love your shade :”)

  8. Taylor Tori Azalea January 8, 2016

    If only Bey could turn back time she would
    This lady did not only outsell her within 10 years when the other ho3 debuted almost if not 10 years before
    She also took her man her spotlight and Blue Ivy you might never know

    • beykim loves bieber one direction beyonce miley and gaga January 8, 2016

      Galfriend can’t control NO man honey.The only men she can keep are those that control her.Jay telling her how to control her image and Trashvis telling her her album ain’t no good.No woman would be bothered.

  9. Bb January 8, 2016

    Beyonce did it because she knew Rihanna is talentless. Teairra could sing and would have been competition if she had the right songs. There is no way she really believed the girl who covered Hero was beastly. Bb

    • Ariel January 8, 2016

      I was wandering if someone was thinking what I was. I definitely agree with you- she did that for competition purposes and thought she could easily outsell her.

  10. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

    That H0Ë Thotanna lipsynced to Beyonce’s voice on ‘Lose My Breath’, and still put on a terrible performance (Everyone knows Beyonce sang that entire chorus). That tribute was appalling, the only ones that slayed were Patti Labelle, Babyface and Usher. KIIIII

    • Taylor Tori Azalea January 8, 2016

      Beyonce lip syncs too only difference is that Bey does a great job @ lip syncing BUT WHATEVER

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

        Is that the best you could bring to the table? Go back to hiding behind your white privileged teenybopper basic yodelling b*tches.

  11. bria January 8, 2016

    This is written for a feeble minded flea

    It clearly says he wanted her signed the day he saw her befraudce was nowhere around

    This is just more pr to try to rehabilitate beyonce s current image

    Selfish. Fame spotlight hog. Underhanded-ledisi she hasnt supported a darn thing but herself now its time to try to smoke and mirror away the truth

    • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

      You sound idiotic and unstable. How is it PR when it’s an excerpt from LA Reid’s memoir that he created himself? he using the girls name to promote his book and get more sales.

      • bria January 8, 2016

        Bey knew who she was threatened by at the showcase

        Rihanna was already signed by that time

        her being threatened asking….who is that basically

        Lol she knew the deal

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

        Again, you sound IDIOTIC. Why would she go up to one of the biggest music moguls in America and pay a compliment about someone, if she’s threatened? She already knew who she was because Jay-Z told her about the h***.

      • Whitney 4Ever January 8, 2016

        A*** Lease is so dumb. Beyonce knew Teairra was more talented than Rihanna but endorsed Rihanna. Why do you think that is?

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

        You crying over me h***? Continue to seethe Lmao! Rihøenna already had a luckwarm hit with ‘PonDeForehead’, so she was already on the road to getting some attention. Teairra’s actual album did not get much promo other than some Roc-A-Fella adverts.

  12. Draggin4MrsCarter January 8, 2016

    Beyonce really saved this girl from being dropped and most people are too young or too dumb to remember this. As TGj pointed out, look what happened to the girls Beyonce didn’t back. Say thank you Navy.

    • whos xaxa January 8, 2016

      thanks beyonce for giving rihanna an opportunity to become a bigger star than this old thot. thank you bey, i really appreciate that. lessor outdoing your fave in 10 years. hives are so bothered, i cant. :D:D:D:D:D

  13. JustineSkyeLOVESRihannaV6 January 8, 2016

    I bet Beyblade now regrets this as Riri became bigger then her ramen noodle soup lookin ass self. I AM IN TEARS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Taylor Tori Azalea January 8, 2016

      000ps you shouldn’t have said that for I have already said it
      but drag a Fuckkin bit I guees

    • HausMuthaAdele January 8, 2016

      Bigger? In which way? And Justine Skye? She’s Taylor’s token friend with no hits and no credibility. She’s not even on Tinashes level.

    • beykim loves bieber one direction beyonce miley and gaga January 8, 2016

      Thr only thing that that gal got bigger than the queen is them big ass nostrils that can’t smell a release date

      • beykim loves bieber one direction beyonce miley and gaga January 8, 2016

        At least you are asking if she did date him.Most people just wonder who your fave hasn’t been with

  14. bria January 8, 2016

    She copied amerie sound…no support there

    Told ryan tedder she wanted a song luke kwlly c thus halo…no support there

    Bc jean, she was supposed to collab with that UK chick.
    .Nov support there

    This chick is a leach parasite incapable of supporting anyone she wasnt raised that way

    And as much as her camp has tried to tear down rihanna now the low life is trying to take credit. This fugly monster is worse than i thought dag

    • Taylor Tori Azalea January 8, 2016

      lies you told
      It was Beyonce who copied Amarie for her first #1 solo single Crazy in love A.K.A One Thing 2.0

      • HausMuthaAdele January 8, 2016

        One thing came out after CIL but Beyonce did steal her sound by going after Rich Harrison who was Ameries producer.

      • Taylor Tori Azalea January 8, 2016

        uggh NEVER MIND

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

        CIL came TWO years before One Thing, you inbred imbecile. Rich Harrison worked with Amerie on her debut album but they did not explore that Soul/Funk sound until after Beyonce did it. And Rich used samples on both songs, you dumbass.

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

        @H0ËMuthaAdele when did the industry start having exclusive producers? Rich Harrison’s biggest hit was through Beyonce, why would he stick with someone who isn’t making him money? Ryan Tedder also worked with Beyonce before Adele, but I wouldn’t silly and arrogant enough to say Adele copied her. Have several seats

      • HausMuthaAdele January 8, 2016

        Beyonce did steal Ameries wash and go go references and that is a fact even I as a Bey fan will not deny. Annaleise should do her research.

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig January 8, 2016

        None of Amerie’s previous singles (Which Rich produced), sound anything like CIL. It was around 2003 that Rich started experimenting with the soul samples and used them on Beyonce. I did my research and got my LYFE, how about u get yours!

  15. Weezy Tha Goat January 8, 2016

    Another L for the navy.Anti-Talent is still no where to be found, she should just name her upcoming to The Greatest hits tour. At least she’s beatiful though, so she can always fall back on that and maybe become a model or something, cause her music career is looking very bleak.

  16. Dossome January 8, 2016

    “She opened her audition with a Beyoncé song, singing, but the whole time piercing me with these laser eyes. I saw her determination, her commitment. I saw someone who was going to be a big star someday.”

    “At the label, we thought Teairra Mari would be the big star. We spent more time on her, did more work on her, paid more attention to her. Rihanna already had a hit with “Pon De Replay,” but we still thought it was the other girl.”

    BASICALLY LA Reid is trying to say,despite the determination and commitment he saw in her through her “piercing laser eyes”,Rih flopped in the auditions because frankly,she just can’t sing.So he and Jay focused on Tierra despite Pon De Replay being a hit already because frankly,Pon De Replay is crap.Everything was going on fine til Beyonce,out of sympathy or pity,started lobbying for her behind the scenes (kinda like she did for that nonsense that calls itself Rita Ora)…I kinda wish LA and Jay (&Bey) would’ve watched the video of Rih butchering Hero before deciding to punish the universe

    • Pray for the youth January 8, 2016

      You got it. That’s exactly what he was saying. He basically just said that he saw Rihanna had the determination to be a star, but she didn’t have the talent; Which is why no one at the label had the confidence in her to pay attention to her, hence why they spent more time and energy on someone else….. Until Beyoncé found it in her heart to save the unfortunate.

    • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy January 8, 2016

      DA FAWK….Did we just read the same excerpt? The Beyhive stay lying and hating on Rihanna the exact same way Fox News does to Obama, and you sir are Bill O’Reilly

      • Pray for the youth January 8, 2016


  17. JustineSkyeLOVESRihannaV6 January 8, 2016

    Didn’t Beyblade date Marques Houston?

  18. beykim loves bieber one direction beyonce miley and gaga January 8, 2016

    Rih is a mini Bey,the Generic version

  19. Musika January 8, 2016

    Soon it will be the members of Fifth Harmony!

  20. JustineSkyeLOVESRihannaV6 January 8, 2016

    ANTI will scalp each and every one of you receded hairline and hoop earring wearing Slay_Hive lookin ass
    haters once and for all. Navy or die!

  21. Stephon Maurice Jackson January 8, 2016

    Rihanna simply sold more singles than Bey. But, she is NOT more successful. Anyways, this post is so unnecessary.

    • JustineSkyeLOVESRihannaV6 January 8, 2016

      Unnecessary just like your presence. Poof! Be gone Steph Infection.

      • Stephon Maurice Jackson January 8, 2016

        Uh uh, don’t address me like that. I don’t know who you are & nor do I care to know. But, I’m sure you know me. Mind your business & keep it movin’. Bye Fan

  22. S****** Blonde January 8, 2016

    Rihanna is God’s punishment to Beyoncé, her ego went out control after the success of “Crazy in Love” 😀

    • Bey Sting January 8, 2016

      I have to agree and I like Beyonce. She clearly supported her because she didn’t think she’d ever really be able to compete because she couldn’t sing as well as her.

    • King B January 8, 2016

      What ego are you talking about? Didn’t Rihanna make fun of the lessers? Brag about her number one? That’s ego

  23. Royalkev January 8, 2016

    Well, the whole dynamic of things worked in Rih’s favor. People wanted Bey to have direct competition. Period! “There’s plenty of people who don’t like me, but there’s 10x more who love me – Beyonce. Anyone with a brain knew all that was needed was a “rival” to give Bey some competition (because that artist would acquire an immediate following) and both could go the distance. This is why people even randomly took shoots at Bey over the last few years (to gain notoriety), but now it’s kind of pretentious to do so if it’s based on nothing. As far as Rihanna’s concerned, she stepped into her own during GGGB/Rated R (more so) and needed to! That made her music stand alone, although this ongoing “feud” is still at the foundation of everything.

  24. xedos January 8, 2016

    Rihanna put in the work. as they would say in politics Rihanna had a better ground game, while Teairra was already acting like an A list celebrity. Rihanna was touring Malls and fairgrounds building a fanbase. hanging out with Jay Z and Beyonce got to Teairra’s head,but rihanna wanted it more.

    • Bey Sting January 8, 2016

      Actually no. Teairra worked harder but was marketed too sexually and was hurt by No Daddy and the controversy around that. Rihanna was going to be dropped but was given Sos but Def Jam didn’t want to pump any more money into her. Marc got Nike to fund its first video and Def Jam only supported it when it started to rise which is when their are two videos for that song.

  25. Barb-wire January 8, 2016

    Bey should’ve let Reid shipped the coconut wearing h** back to the island slums she came from, maybe now we wouldn’t be worried about our ears getting cancer from all the goat yodeling and screeching.

  26. Fran January 8, 2016

    This why the Navy need to respect Beyonce. Beyonce is NOT on Rihanna level. They’re not competitors she will always be Beyonces lesser no matter how many #1 she gets. The world knows it besides Rihanna fans.

    • Barb-wire January 8, 2016


  27. Barb B**** January 8, 2016

    #Bowdown the Queen. Can you imagine if there was a video of Rihanna butchering a Beyonce song kiii

  28. bria January 8, 2016

    Stop trying to make befraudce anymore than she is

    What happened to her girl group aint seen nary of nothing

    Beyonce supports beyonce
    Behind the scenes, like she supported ledisi

    Gtfoh bey is a self centered narcissist first trying to use Sarah B now Ri for legitimacy

    She is ethically fugly trash

  29. xedos January 8, 2016

    everything happen for a reason. Teirra could never handle the type of stardom Rihanna achieved . She was and still is a hoodrat. it takes a certain type of artist not just with talent ,but will class to achieve and maintain that type of stardom. Teirra would have screw it up already. as they say god don’t give you more than you an bear.Hoodrat cannot be pop star. It goes to show these record exec. don’t know what they’re doing. they give teirra the hood music market her a as a hood girl and think she was going to be the next thing over Rihanna who was market as a pop artist with island flare. Rihanna was playing on Z100 while teirra was on Hot98 . Rihanna was in white t*** magazines and radio do interviews . Rihanna management was better than teirra’s. they got Rihanna in the right places. they also build a European fan base something Teirra never had.

  30. Pray for the youth January 8, 2016

    In other words, LA was gonna pay Rih dust until the Queen was gracious enough to give her a reference. ???

  31. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy January 8, 2016

    Looking at the top photo on this article, that includes Beyonce, Kelly, Tierra, and Rihanna, then looking to the top right and to see the photo of just Beyonce and Rihanna at the Met Ball is scary. The top photo on the right is like, “we’re the winners of it all.” It’s amazing to see how Rihanna was the underdog in the beginning of her career; it only speaks volumes to her as a star to have made it so far.

  32. King B January 8, 2016

    What ego are you talking about? Didn’t Rihanna make fun of the lessers? Brag about her number one? That’s ego

  33. bria January 8, 2016

    Beyonce is fugly trash

    Can she stop trying to latch on to everybody

  34. Overdose January 8, 2016

    Kiii. The T has been spilled. The titanics are seething.

  35. bria January 8, 2016

    Noone is seething but the hive trying to get some legitimacy for their tina t jlo now rih wannabe

  36. bria January 8, 2016

    The Ri brand has surpassed the bey brand overall

  37. bria January 8, 2016

    Yall can hang on to this so called best preformer crap all you want beyonce sells s** in blonde weave with a wind machine

    And lies about everything else

  38. MUSICHEAD January 8, 2016

    Rock-A-Bye by Black Butterfly still goes hard today!

    As for Tiara Marie, it’s sad to see how things turned out for her. U can see such an undertone of sadness in her portrayal on Love & Hiphop.

    Rihanna’s business savvy saved her career because Def Jam was done with her before S.O.S. came out.

  39. Yeah I Said It January 8, 2016

    Lol how embarrassing. Rihanna just sounded like little wannabe with no direction. Hence why she still cant control her own career like the likes of Beyonce. Well its true, the other chick was more talented. LA probably could have made her into a big star, we all know Rihanna had to change her whole idenity for her to pop off because the GP paid her albums dust before GGGB.

    • blue January 8, 2016

      s.o.s was #1 way before gggb, then we have the ww hit unfaithful and break it off that went top 10 without a music vid. Plus the album sold about 4mil and currently stands as her 4th best selling album.

  40. Anti (hives scared of R8) January 8, 2016

    It’s 2016 yet we’re still discussing how Rihanna got signed. LMAOOO


  41. RihYonce January 8, 2016

    I always hated the way Thry did Teairra , that girl could sing her ass off if only she had the right songs , they gave her the right push but they were making her too grown too fast she was on her way & had so much talent and she wanted it the most but it guess it all happened for a reason smh

  42. Oscar January 8, 2016

    well teairra could actually sing and dance but

    • blue January 8, 2016

      there are a million and 1 girls ww that can sing and dance, none of them make it though…what made teairra special?

      • Tyler Makiavelli January 8, 2016

        Teirra Mari was special. Which is exactly why they invested so much into her. At the end of the day, it was her diva ATTITUDE that got her kicked to the curb. She f***** her own self over.

      • blue January 8, 2016

        clearly she wasnt special enough because they dumped her ass soon after

      • King Mark111 /.\ January 8, 2016

        Hahahahaha, then buy her music. She didn’t have it.

  43. blue January 8, 2016

    im sorry was bey in the room holding rihanna’s hand during her audition? Did she tell def jam execs to sign rihanna? Did she help promote rihanna? Then how does she commenting on rihanna’s talent mean she was responsible for it? From what i know is that she also auditioned with a destiny’s child, whitney houston song plus pon de reply…guess they all responsible for the talent god gave rihanna too.

    • Jamon January 9, 2016

      Exactly!! From what I read, Beyonce gave Rihanna a compliment. Everyone, including TGJ is reading into it.

  44. Tyler Makiavelli January 8, 2016

    Bey always makes it a point to help out the needy.

  45. King Mark111 /.\ January 8, 2016

    When your idols become your rivals and when you surpass them. Lol
    I been said this, they pushed Mari way more, but Rihanna had the #2 hit/gold album, 6 months later a #1 hit and a platinum album. A year later GGGB would drop and the rest is history. She how Jay was going crazy for Rihanna. LA pushed Mari because LA was the one that signed her, Jay signed Rihanna. But LA would be the one to push Rihanna to superstardom.

  46. King Mark111 /.\ January 8, 2016

    Rihanna was so sweet back then. I remember seeing her responding to a hater on Twitter, the hater asked where the old sweet Rihanna go? And Rihanna respond back with “you guys were mean to her and ruined her.” That always spoke volumes to me, because you can tell that the industry, haters, Beyonce stans and Chris Brown and his now on welfare fans were mean to this girl for no reason at all. Beyonce fans only hate this girl because they knew she would surpass their fave. CBS fans hated her for the simple fact that she dated him and later exposed the @sshole we know today.
    But I don’t need to say anymore, Rihanna is a beast. BEYONCE even said so herself. It also shows that the label DIDN’T make her because they barely pushed her. Lol, poor pest, always inserting a foot in their mouths.

  47. King Mark111 /.\ January 8, 2016

    And Def Jam wasn’t trying to find a new Beyonce. They were trying to find a Def Jam Ciara. Beyonce was 23, they picked up 17 year Olds because that same year a 18 year old Ciara was killing the game. Diddy would do the same with Cassie.

    • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy January 8, 2016

      THANK YOU! You are someone who actually has it RIGHT. Although Beyonce was huge, Ciara was an equally big star at that time. Ciara was the princess of the crunk movement that transcended her career of being a R&B, teeny-bob, Britney Spears. Record labels were looking for another Ciara.

  48. What now January 8, 2016

    Anyone wanna tell me what’s the purpose of this post? Just more stan fighting bait for the Navy & Beyhive. Next Sam will post Rihanna’s Hero performance to make the Lambs & Navy fight… It’s 2016 ppl.

  49. RIP January 8, 2016

    So you’re going to tell us, you know more than the guy who was actually there? The navy is just delusional.Rihanna has surpassed Beyonce as far as singles go and thats it!Beyonce’s net worth is an estimated three times more than Rihanna’s!Beyonce’s accolades and respect within the industry trumps those #1’s everytime!Instead of finding the time to bash Beyonce’s charity work(saving your faves career in its early stages), you probably should be worried about if Anti is coming or not.

    • blue January 8, 2016

      i love how the hive always try to discredit rih with this respect thing, or more talented crap. You either have a talent or you dont, on both occassions of the major moment in rih’s career all it took was one audition and she was flown to the usa to record a demo, one audition and she was signed on the spot…dont think same thing happened to bey though, imagine if her daddy wasnt around or the other DC chicks didnt want to be stepping stones? Respect, havent heard one industry person disrespect rihanna all i hear is praise.

      • King Mark111 /.\ January 8, 2016

        Dc were signed and dropped before. And it took them a WHILE to launch off. Oops.

  50. Cough Cough January 8, 2016

    So basically Rihanna stood up and sang before the execs and all they could do was stare at her eyes. Speaks volumes to her true “talent” and the fact of how the music industry has shifted focus from talent to visuals. It’s pretty evident

    • blue January 8, 2016

      yes, and they call the navy delusional. They signed her on the spot…couldnt risk her signing with someone else…because of her eyes…whatever lets you sleep at night.

      • King Mark111 /.\ January 8, 2016

        Comment of the day! lol

      • Cough Cough January 8, 2016

        Exactly!!!!!! You hit the nail on the head. Plenty of acts signed on look rather than talent! Prime example

      • Blue January 8, 2016

        use the grey matter thats floating around that thing you call a head for once in your life. aint nobody ever signed anyone just for their looks. its great if your look is marketable but they werent gonna be selling photoshoots now were they?

  51. Emmanuel January 8, 2016

    Baby ? love Rihanna tog good in peace good friends

  52. WhosBad January 8, 2016

    Awww poor Navy this is just not your week. I don’t know why some of you are trying it with the “but shes more successful!!1111”. Bish where ? The ONLY thing Rihanna has over Beyonce is single sales/charting. Albums,Tours,Acclaim,Net worth Beyonce beats Rihanna . Not to mention Beyonce has TWO careers in which she has been extremely successful. Rihanna has done well for someone who was being put as the underdog but let’s not TRY it because it’s funny she being pit up against the one who debuted in the 90’s and is still falling behind in all but one field and let’s not mention… no better yet let’s mention how her US tour dates are doing bad and nowhere near selling out some on the verge of needing to be canceled KIIIIIII how she is 6 weeks away from her struggle tour with NO new album to even help her sale those tickets out and how her dancers are saying they haven’t even started rehearsals for her struggle tour when it’s SIX weeks away LOL Notice how the navy NEVER talks about the Anti tour? Because it’s not doing to well and they don’t want attention brought to it kiiiii

    • Krista January 8, 2016

      Gives you standing ovation.

    • Blue January 8, 2016

      love how bey has one tour do better than rihanna’s then all of a sudden she is the queen of touring, one album that is acclaimed, and networth, how old is rihanna vs bey and much did bey reportedly have in her account by rih’s age? didnt forbes bring bey’s networth down to below 300mil? and isnt rihanna like already around 200mi. last i heard about the anti tour, rihanna was adding dates in the usa which is not even her strongest touring market so you do the math…

      • WhosBad January 8, 2016

        Let me check you real quick
        Beyonce tours
        First Ladies Tour- 22 Million
        The Beyonce experince-90 Million
        I Am World Tour- 119.5 Million
        Mrs.Carter Tour- 229.7 Million
        On The Run- 109.7 Million
        Rihanna Live- 3,000,000
        Good Girl Gone Bad -50,000,000
        Last girl on earth- 41,000,000
        Loud- 90,000,000
        Diamonds World Tour – 141,900,000
        The Monster Tour- 36,000,000
        Rihanna a$$ JUST got her first 100+ million tour and you’re trying to run your mouth when beyonce is a good 200 million+ ABOVE her in total tour gross? SIT and uh think about what? That they are even when one has TWO more albums than the other? Who gives a sh@t if she has sold more outside the US when her total album sales are the same as someone who has less material than her and since you want to play the age game and ask where beyonce was at Rihanna’s age she was on her second successful multi-million records selling career I mean

        Beyonce TOTAL career album sales-60 million Rihanna’s total career album sells-30 Million KIIIIIII

        Better yet you should think about how it’s going to take rihanna several more albums to even touch 60 million WW by the time she is in her early 30’s.

        As for net-worth 200 million ?LOL didn’t rihanna HERSELF put up a picture on her twitter saying her net-worth was 90 million against Teyanna Taylors net worth? KIIII Didn’t her lawyer clock her bad spending habits and than when she tried to sue she dropped it because he was about to expose her? KIIIIIII and regardless to rather Bey’s net-worth is 200 million lower she still out grosses Rihanna damn near EVERY YEAR on forbes. So yes the net-worth to! Also Why you gots to lie? Nashville,Las Vegas,Jacksonville,Los Angeles,Phoenix,DC, Baltimore,Boston,Newark,Tampa ALL have PLENTY of seats still available anybody who doesn’t believe it can go look for themselves at ticket master KIIIII the US Tour dates are struggling sorry navy kiiii

      • HailBeysus January 8, 2016

        KIIIII I LIVE FOR CLOCK AND DRAG!! Altho even with out DC sales she still is overall more successful from accolades to album sales. She is not only critically acclaimed from her music but her voice as well and live performances. Something Thotanna will never have! Her best touring reviews came from The Monster Tour with Eminem. Even than critic’s still agreed Em outshined Rihanna KIIII!!!

      • WhosBad January 8, 2016

        @hailbeysus I know she doesn’t need the sales added to squash goat throat but I add them to show a testament to how boss she is for having two careers that have had the amount of success hers have had and because I find it funny how they like to try and drag her ethic with DC by saying she “used” the girls to become who she is today and “her daddy made it all about her” but when you include the records that she made in a group that was supposedly “only about her” only than do they become a different entity and she can’t claim them. They don’t like looking at her entire career because it shows the level she is really on and they don’t like that.

      • Jay_Scorpio_Navy_2005 January 8, 2016

        Now you’ll are reaching just do the math… how many tour dates did Beyonce have vs Rihanna… of course Beyonce would always be making more than Rihanna it a common sense thing but again like your fav the hive lacks any kind of comprehension of how numbers work SMDH

      • WhosBad January 9, 2016

        Ladies First-25
        The Beyonce Experince-97
        I Am World Tour-108
        Mrs.Carter Tour-132
        On The run Tour-21
        Total-383 Shows Total Tour Gross-548.9 Million

        Rihanna Live In concert – 27
        good Girl Gone Bad Tour-80
        Last girl On earth-65
        Loud Tour-98
        Diamonds Tour-96
        Total-366 shows Total Tour Gross-361.9 Million

        So you mean to tell me with 17 more shows beyonce is out-grossing Rihanna by 187 MILLION dollars? Did you even look up the stats? No matter how you try and flip it tug boat Beyonce grosses more per show so even with the same amount of shows as Rihanna she would still be out grossing her and you dared to come for my calculation skills?Tuh

    • Blue January 8, 2016

      and album sales, bey beats rihanna only in the usa, ww they are more or less even meaning rihanna has sold more outside the usa than bey…think about that

    • WhosBad January 9, 2016

      Ladies First-25
      The Beyonce Experince-97
      I Am World Tour-108
      Mrs.Carter Tour-132
      On The run Tour-21
      Total-383 Shows Total Tour Gross-548.9 Million

      Rihanna Live In concert – 27
      good Girl Gone Bad Tour-80
      Last girl On earth-65
      Loud Tour-98
      Diamonds Tour-96
      Total-366 shows Total Tour Gross-361.9 Million

      So you mean to tell me with 17 more shows beyonce is out-grossing Rihanna by 187 MILLION dollars? Did you even look up the stats? No matter how you try and flip it tug boat Beyonce grosses more per show so even with the same amount of shows as Rihanna she would still be out grossing her and you dared to come for my calculation skills?Tuh

      • HailBeysus January 9, 2016

        Also i get what you’re saying. The lessers refuse to realize. Beyonce is overall more successful as a solo act. With DC it just furthers that gap of success. But DEATH AT THOTANNA BEING OUTGROSSED 187 MILLION By just a 17 show gap ???????????

      • WhosBad January 9, 2016

        @Hailbeysis Actually I forgot The Monster tour kind of like everyone else did because they were to busy thinking about On the Run but anyway

        Rihanna total shows-372 Total Gross 398.3 if you include The Monster tour with 6 dates at 36 million

        Beyonce Total shows-383 Total Gross-548.9

        So with a difference of 11 shows Beyonce has out grossed her by 150.6 KIIIIIII either way that’s pretty damn bad but the navy tug boat tried kiiiiiii

      • HailBeysus January 9, 2016

        @WhosBad DEATH!!!! The number is even worser now!! 6 shows and over $150 million gap! Lets also not forget Thotanna has performed more Stadiums than Bey LMFAO!!!

      • WhosBad January 9, 2016

        I mean do they not scream “Queen does stadiummmmms!!!” but I guess it doesn’t matter when your tickets are cheap as all get out. It cost more for me to get my hair and nails done than go to this chicks concert….which actually kind of makes things worse because with cheap prices should she not be selling them out like clockwork?kiiiiii

  53. ???Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans??? January 8, 2016

    Listen, we ALL KNEW that Rih would’ve been a way better choice than Tea Tea without even second guessing. How the hell could you properly market a 17-18 year old girl using the “N” word in EVERY SONG on her debut album and having the attitude she has? Yes, her body was amazing back then, but let’s not act like Rih’s debut single didn’t blow hers out of the water on the Hot 100. Rih was DESTINED for this, just like Bey. It was written for them to be the top 2 black females in music overall, and the two of them are mopping those white women to death, except for Taylor and Adele. Teairra had the better debut album, but ultimately Rih won and was always gonna win. Plus, that “S.O.S.” single and video PROVED her prowess as a pop star.

    • Jay January 12, 2016

      Thats why I do not understand these faux thug R&B talkers. Khelani, Tinashe, The Dont guy, and more that are not superstars. Khelani prob will be the young Oakland Keyshia Cole. If you are from Oakland & Compton you are on a pedalstool…except Zendaya is corny being from the bay.

  54. blue January 9, 2016

    the fact that you counted rihanna live in concert and bey dangerously in love…
    Let me draw your eyes to something.
    The Beyonce Experince-90mil/97
    I Am World Tour-119.5mil/108
    Mrs.Carter Tour-229.7mil/132 lets not forget this was basically two tours combine though
    Last girl on earth- 41mil/65
    Loud- 90mil/98
    Diamonds World Tour –
    clear to see that yes bey is killing it but rihanna isnt far behind either.

    • WhosBad January 9, 2016

      You can’t cut out two tours they have had to even a gap LOL and even than she is still behind her so your point it mute. Even with the same amount of days as the The Diamonds Tour the Mrs.Carter tour STILL out grosses it because again, simple math here, BEYONCE GROSSES MORE PER NIGHT. So regardless to how many dates they both do Rihanna is going to fall behind because she doesn’t pull in as much money. Just stop you’re making yourself look pathetic.

  55. blue January 9, 2016

    let me check you real quick, with 20 worth of build up beyonce only has 4 solo tours to her name. 4 guess how many 10 old rihanna has? 4. And the hive loves to bring up that 5 vs 7 album crap but truth be told, bey has more material out there, if you add up the studio albums, remix albums, live albums and compilations beyonce has more songs out and only 3 collaborations behind rihanna. And yet their album sales are the same. Net worth? Forbes says about 300mil for bey and rihanna is close to 200mil. Lets not even start with fashion, movie box office and perfume lines. It took bey how many years again before she could gross over 200mil in touring? With the anti tour alone rihanna could potential do that if she employes the same trick bey did for her last one.

    • Krista January 9, 2016

      Honey. Beyonce has sold more albums than rihanna SOLO and has grossed more on tours than rihanna SOLO so your argument is VOID. Save the essays.

    • WhosBad January 9, 2016

      Not you not even responding in the comment thread. You have been destroyed accept that and move on.

      A.) it’s 10 vs 13 years(Solo) not 20. If I do 20 than that means we add all of destiny childs tours as well and that even more so furthers that 150 million gap kiiiiii not to mention Rihanna released YEARLY beyonce released every Two to Three years. Rihanna has to release double the material to keep up kiiiiiii

      B.) What are you talking about? We are talking about their studio album sells. 5vs 7 but even? That means Beyonce sales MORE per album. There is no arguing around that. Rihanna is a horrible album seller for someone who has so much hit material to support their albums sales. Take that L and deal with it.

      C. You don’t want to go their with deals. There is a reason Beyonce makes it higher on forbes every year than Rihanna does and not you clingling on to the fashion when Beyonce was the one that got the September vouge cover and not fashion icon kiiiii and to make matters worse with her new shoe with Zanotti coming out and her topshop PARTNERSHIP as in she owns a stake in the company now you idiots aren’t ready for it kiiiiii and for someone who isn’t even into fashion like that Beyonce is still respected among the community and doesn’t have to try to be this big fashion force to get it kiiiii let us also get into the fact that Beyonce movie gross is over 900 million she has sold more perfumes, actually has one of the most successful perfume celebrity brands and it’s more successful than Rihanna’s so I don’t know why you brought that up and her magazine covers sells are way better as well. So what is you point? Oh you don’t have one.

      D.) As for Net-worth mine is from the horses mouth, yours is from your brain. She hasn’t even had but two major deals the Dior and the Samsung deal and you’re trying to convince sane people that she is up by 110 million? LOL Stop while you’re ahead of yourself kiiiii

      • HailBeysus January 9, 2016

        DEATH!!!! THAT DRAG THO KIIIIIIII!!!! Its desperately trying to make Rihanna more successful ????

      • WhosBad January 9, 2016

        @Hailbeysus it’s delusional clearly kiiiii
        @Blue OH and where is your rebuttal about Anti-tour US dates sinking much like the entire Navy is while waiting for your faves ghost album?

  56. Krista January 9, 2016

    And the facts still stand.
    Beyonce album sales>>>>>Rihanna album sales

    Beyonce Tours grossage>>>>> Rihanna Tour grossage

    Beyonces acclaim/award>>>>>Rihanna acclaim/award

    Beyonce NET worth>>>>Rihanna NET worth.

    How exactly is rihanna more successful again?

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