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Rihanna celebrates the 15th anniversary of “Pon de Replay”

“Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for JAY,” she wrote.

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Yesterday (May 24), marked 15 years since the release of Rihanna’s first single, “Pon de Replay.” The songstress took to Instagram to commemorate the track’s success after fans created the #15YearsOfRihanna hashtag, which became a trending topic on Twitter.

“#15YearsOfRihanna. Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today!” the Anti singer wrote. “Man this is trippy. Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for JAY. ‘Pon de Replay’ is where it all began...15 years later and I’m here because God led me to you and you Guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me and we gon always be connected because of that! I love you Navy and I cherish you. I’m so grateful to be gifted [to] you as my fans and family. G4L!”

Twitter user @selankagomez tweeted, “‘I can’t tell you where I see myself in 5 years, but I would work my best to be the most successful.’ After 15 years, she’s one of the biggest artists ever. 14 singles went #1 on Billboard. The first artist to own different brands, created by her. #15YearsOfRihanna.”

Rihanna has continued to reach new heights as a musician and businesswoman. According to Chart Data, she has earned more Hot 100 No. 1 hits than any other artist in this century. She is also Spotify’s most-streamed female artist ever and the highest certified female in US history with over 200 million units.

Earlier this month, Rih was named the richest female musician in the UK by The Sunday Times. She has an estimated fortune of £468m, which can be attributed to her music catalogue, Fenty Beauty cosmetics line, Savage x Fenty lingerie line and Fenty luxury fashion line.

Check out her statement below.

Rihanna Instagram // @badgalriri

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