First Press Release for Rihanna and Pon de Replay

Rihanna x Jonathan Hay

First Rihanna Press Release | March 17, 2005 | Jonathan Hay Celebrity

Jonathan Hay wrote and issued the very press release of Rihanna, her debut single Pon de Replay and her signing with Jay Z and Def Jam. The first significant post about Rihanna online was on MTV News, in a two sentence blur on March 17th 2005 – that Hay orchestrated through MTV.

Here is one of the original postings of the full press release, taken from a public forum on a message board. Click here to see the original press release.