Caribbean Girl Rihanna Goes Platinum, Gets 'Happy'


Access Hollywood

rihanna_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae.jpgNEW YORK (July 24, 2006) - Rihanna is about to be pretty "happy."

As her song, "Unfaithful," continues its Top 10 reign on the pop and digital charts, Def Jam recording artist Rihanna's second album, "A Girl Like Me," turns the corner past RIAA platinum for U.S. sales in excess of 1 million units.

At the same time, it has been announced that Rihanna has been chosen to represent Clinique's "Happy" fragrance in a new campaign to begin in December.

Rihanna's fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo (who co-wrote "Unfaithful") has been commissioned to compose an original song, "Just Be Happy," to be recorded by Rihanna says Clinique, "expresses the spirit of happiness in music much the same way Clinique Happy does in fragrance."

Celebrating her success, Rihanna will be seen on a trifecta of television appearances Tuesday, starting with a performance of "Unfaithful" on ABC's The View, followed by a performance of "S.O.S." and "Kisses Don't Lie" on the ABC daytime drama All My Children.

Rihanna also will reprise "Unfaithful" as a guest on MTV's TRL.

"It has been amazing to see Rihanna mature into such a confident performer and personality in such a short time. This album shows her growth as an artist and as a professional. "A Girl Like Me" hitting the platinum mark is a prophecy fulfilled." stated Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings.

All three appearances follow-up Rihanna's spectacular debut on NBC's Today Show outdoor summer concert series last Friday (July 21st) where she performed "Pon De Replay," "Unfaithful" and "SOS." Last month, the beautiful young Barbados native served as special guest host for MTV on the Red Carpet during the Pre-Show for the MTV Movie Awards, and later that same night, performed "Unfaithful" on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

"Unfaithful" continues to hold strong this week at #2-bullet on the Billboard Pop Monitor, #6-bullet on the Hot 100 Airplay chart (with over 85 million in audience), and #7-bullet on the Rhythmic Top 40 side. It follows up the massive hit "S.O.S." - #1 across-the-board on the Hot 100, Top 40 Mainstream, Dance, and Digital charts.