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Rihanna Recalls 'Shaking' While Waiting To Audition for Jay-Z On 15th Anniversary Of 'Pon de Replay'

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By Mike Walters

Rihanna is recalling one of the biggest moments of her life, waiting to audition for Jay-Z, on the 15th anniversary of the release of her first single, 'Pon de Replay.' -- and the story is great!

On Memorial Day, the hashtag #15YearsOfRihanna starting trending as fans paid tribute to the singer's legendary rise to the top of the music industry.

Of course, it marks the day of the release of RiRi's first single, 'Pon de Replay' 15 years ago.

So, Rihanna posted a message to all of her fans, thanking them for the tremendous support over the years -- but she included a story about signing her first deal with Jay Z.

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Rihanna: I Was 'Shaking' Waiting To Audition For Jay-Z!

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"Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today! Man this is trippy. Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay," Rihanna posted.

She continued, "Pon de Replay is where it all began....15 years later I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have help 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 you as my fans and family. G4L!"

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If you are true Rihanna fan you know the reaction most had after she thanked them for their devotion to her music.

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"I thought she was going to say: "Ive been waiting for this day to release my promised album. So today is say a GIFT from me to YOU ALL!"🥺😫😂" one fan posted.

Another added, "NOW AS A GIFT TO US DROP THE ALBUM !!! 😩"

As you know, Rihanna has spent the past few years building up a gigantic and successful lingerie and makeup line and isn't put much out in the way of music.

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As for her first meeting with Jay Z, Robyn Rihanna Fenty originally formed a musical group with two of her classmates in 2004 at the age of 15. But, eventually, she got a solo audition with record producer Evan Rogers.

Rogers had Rihanna's solo demo record sent to record labels during a trip to the United States with her mom. At the time, he signed her to his production company.

At that point, Rihanna was invited for an audition by Jay Z, who at the time was the president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings in 2005, and the rest is history!

BTW -- she sang Whitney Houston's 'For the Love of You' during the audition!

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