Umbrella (song)

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When [Rihanna] recorded the 'ellas,' you knew it was about to be the jump-off and your life was about to change if you had anything to do with that record.

Tricky Stewart, MTV News [3]

Rihanna recorded "Umbrella", with vocal production by Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Initially, Stewart admitted he was still reluctant as to whether Rihanna was the right artist to record the song, but following the recording of the "ella, ella" catch phrase, he felt they were onto "something". [3] Following Rihanna's recording, Def Jam CEO-rapper Jay-Z added his rap. However, Jay-Z rewrote his verse without the awareness of Stewart and Nash. Stewart could not understand it, but later realized it made "sense" instead of the first version. Stewart noted that "from a songwriter's standpoint, he just really made it more about the song, with the metaphors about umbrellas and about the weather versus what he had before". [3]

"Umbrella" is a pop, [6] hip hop [7] and R&B [8] [9] song with rock influences. [6] The song's musicscape is based on the hi-hat, synthesizers, and a distorted bassline. According to Entertainment Weekly magazine, the song's beat can be recreated through a drum loop from the Apple music-software program GarageBand (Vintage Funk Kit 03). [10] The sheet music for "Umbrella" shows the key of B minor (F major for the bridge [11] ). [12] The song's lyrics are written in the traditional verse-chorus form. They open with a rap verse, and the hook "ella, ella" follows every chorus. A bridge follows the second hook, and the song ends in a fadeout.

Release and reception

"Umbrella" was released worldwide on March 29, 2007, debuting on Rihanna's Def Jam website. [13] [14] It received airplay across mainstream, rhythmic and urban radios in the US the same day. [15] [16] The song was released digitally in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2007, along with its physical release following two weeks later. [17]

"Umbrella" received universal critical acclaim. Andy Kellman of AllMusic commented: "'Umbrella' is [Rihanna's best song] to date, delivering mammoth if spacious drums, a towering backdrop during the chorus, and vocals that are somehow totally convincing without sounding all that impassioned – an ideal spot between trying too hard and boredom, like she might've been on her 20th take." [18] Alex Macpherson of British newspaper The Guardian , "Umbrella" is "evidence" that Rihanna's "strict work ethic is paying off", adding that she "delivers [in the song] an impassioned declaration of us-against-the-world devotion". [19] Tom Breihan of Pitchfork, though he complimented the production, dismissed Rihanna's voice which "takes on an unpleasant icepick edge when she tries to fill the space between the slow-tempo beats", adding that the song is "uncompelling as event-pop, particularly because of the disconnect between Rihanna's cold, clinical delivery and the comforting warmth of the lyrics". [20] In comparison, Breihan's retrospective review on Stereogum acclaimed "Umbrella". Especially reflecting on his contemporary, more critical Pitchfork review, he admitted that her vocal performance was moreso that of "self-assured power" than "[disconnection] from a song that’s all about visceral connection"; however, he expressed criticism towards Jay-Z's guest verse for sounding uncommitted and adding "nothing" to the song besides "branding". [21]

Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine wrote "That the song is just plain good, regardless of genre, proves that Jay and Rihanna, who's already scored hits across several formats with a string of singles that couldn't be more different from each other, are dedicated to producing quality hits—however frivolous they may be." [22] Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters.com said that ""Umbrella" is a monster, so much so that I'll even confess to spending a portion of a rainy afternoon practicing the hook." [23] Jonah Weiner of Blender magazine called the song the album's highlight and stated that it "would be far less engrossing if it wasn't for the way Rihanna disassembles its ungainly title into 11 hypnotic, tongue-flicking syllables". [24] The New York Times ' Kelefa Sanneh described the song as "a space-age hip-pop song". [25] Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship noted in an interview on MTV's Total Request Live that the song's hook can be misheard as a reference to girl power: "I love that song but when I first heard it I thought she was saying 'My Beretta,' you know, like a gun? And I'm like whoa, that's a little edgy." [26]

Entertainment Weekly ranked the song number one on the 10 Best Singles of 2007, while Rolling Stone and Time listed the song at number three on the 100 Best Songs of 2007.

Chart performance

Oceania

"Umbrella" entered the Australian Singles Chart at number one on June 10, 2007, becoming Rihanna's second number one in the country following "SOS" (2006). It spent six consecutive weeks at the top, [27] and has since earned a 5× Platinum certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association, denoting sales of 350,000 copies. [28] It spent a total of 32 weeks on the chart, [27] ending the year as the country's third best-selling single of 2007. [29] "Umbrella" debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 34 on May 14, 2007. Over the following two weeks, it dropped one place, then climbed to a new peak of number 33. In its fourth week on the chart, it leaped to the top of the chart, becoming Rihanna's second number one single following "Pon de Replay" (2005). [30] It remained atop the chart for six consecutive weeks and on the chart for a total of 24 weeks. [30] The song received a Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, denoting sales of 15,000 copies, [31] subsequently becoming the country's best-selling single of 2007. [32]

North America

Rihanna performing "Umbrella" in Zurich at her tour Last Girl on Earth, 2010. Rihanna Umbrella Last Girl On Earth Tour Zurich.JPG
Rihanna performing "Umbrella" in Zurich at her tour Last Girl on Earth, 2010.

"Umbrella" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the chart issue dated April 28, 2007, at number 91. [33] The following week it climbed to number 72, [33] and to number 63 in its third week. [34] In its fourth, fifth and sixth week on the chart, it progressively ascended to numbers 52, [35] 44 [36] and 41. [37] Prior to its physical release, "Umbrella" achieved the biggest debut in the six-year history of iTunes in the United States, breaking a record previously held by Shakira and Wyclef Jean's "Hips Don't Lie". [3] Following its digital release, "Umbrella" soared to number one for the issue dated June 9, 2007, on its seventh week on the chart. [38] It subsequently debuted atop the Hot Digital Songs chart, with first-week sales of over 277,000 units. The single became the highest digital debut in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003, surpassing Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" 250,000 sales record in 2006. [37] The single's rise to the top of the Hot 100 marked Rihanna's second number one single following "SOS" (2006), [38] which was also noted for its huge leap on the Hot 100 to the top spot based on digital sales alone. [39] Significantly sustained by the strong airplay of the single [40] [41] and preventing American rap group Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar" from advancing on the chart, "Umbrella" spent seven consecutive weeks at the top of the chart. [42] "Umbrella" eventually became the second best-performing single of 2007 on the Hot 100, only behind Beyoncé's hit single "Irreplaceable" which topped the chart for ten weeks total. [43]

"Umbrella" entered the top fifty of the US Radio Songs chart on the issue dated April 28, 2007, at number 42. [44] The following week it climbed to number 29, [33] and reached the top twenty in its fourth week on the chart, at number 17. [35] It entered the top five of the chart on the chart issue of June 2, 2007, at number three. [36] [37] It eventually reached number one on the issue dated July 14, 2007, [45] and remained at the top for four consecutive weeks. [46] On the Pop Songs chart, "Umbrella" debuted at number 77 on the chart issue dated April 28, 2007. [44] The following week it rose to number 61, [44] and to 51 in its third week. [33] In its fourth week on the chart, it climbed to number 36. [47] On the chart issue of June 9, 2007, "Umbrella" soared from number 31 to number one in its eighth week on the chart. [37] It spent six consecutive weeks at the top. [45] "Umbrella" debuted at number 69 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart on the issue dated April 21, 2007. [48] The following week it rose to number 52 [44] and by the issue dated June 9, 2007, it had climbed into the top twenty at number 17. [37] It reached the top ten for the chart issue of June 16, 2007, and rose to number six the following week, earning the 'Greatest Gainer' in both sales and airplay for the week. [49] It made its peak of number four in the issue of July 14, 2007. [45] "Umbrella" entered the Hot Dance Club Songs chart as the 'Hot Shot Debut' at number 36, for the issue dated June 9, 2007. [37] The following week it leaped to number 25. [50] It ascended into the top ten of the chart the week after, landing at number nine, [49] and rose to number four in its fourth week on the chart. [51] It topped the chart on the issue dated July 7, 2007 [52] and remained at number one for a second week. [45]

The song debuted at number one in Canada, becoming the first song to top the then recently launched Canadian Hot 100, a singles chart in Canada issued by Billboard magazine, similar to that of the Billboard Hot 100. [53]

In February 2023, the song re-entered the US Billboard Hot 100 following Rihanna's performance at the halftime show of Super Bowl LVII, peaking at number 37. [54]

Europe

The single experienced major success in Europe, most notably in the United Kingdom. [55] The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number one based on digital sales alone, [56] becoming Rihanna's first chart-topper in the country and Jay-Z's third. [57] During the single's fourth week on the chart, Rihanna earned her first 'Chart Double' with both the single and subsequent album ( Good Girl Gone Bad ) topping the UK Singles and Albums charts simultaneously. [58] Having reached nine straight weeks at number one on the chart, it broke the record of American group Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" as the longest chart-topper of the decade. [59] "Umbrella" eventually reached a total of ten weeks at number one on the chart, becoming the country's longest-running number one single of the 21st century. [60] In addition, Rihanna become the seventh artist in history to top the chart for ten consecutive weeks. [61] By the end of 2008, "Umbrella" had sold over 600,000 copies, making it her biggest-selling single at the time, before being succeeded by "Love the Way You Lie", a collaboration with Eminem two years later in 2010. [62] It became Britain's second biggest-selling single of 2007, only behind Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love". [63] On May 20, 2022, it was certified triple Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales and streams of 1,800,000 units. [64] In total, "Umbrella" has amassed 51 weeks in the official Charts, making it the joint 20th longest runner of all time. It has spent a further 20 weeks to tally 71 total weeks inside the Top 100, in which it has appeared in three consecutive years; number one in 2007, 18 in 2008 and number 99 in 2009. [65]

"Umbrella" had similar success elsewhere in Europe, topping charts for lengthy periods including Switzerland for nine weeks, [66] Norway for seven weeks, [67] Germany for five weeks, [68] Austria for four weeks [69] and Belgium for three weeks. [70] It also reached number one in Denmark [71] and Hungary. [72] In Spain, the song achieved an eight-times platinum certification from PROMUSICAE, denoting sales of over 160,000 units. [73] Furthermore, "Umbrella" attained top five positions in the Czech Republic, [74] Finland, [75] Italy, [76] the Netherlands [77] and Sweden. [78] It also reached the top ten of France. [79]

Worldwide the song has sold more than 6.6 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. [80]

Music video

Background and concept

While working on the album, ideas began to circulate concerning Rihanna's image, extending into her music videos. She asked American music video director Chris Applebaum to send her "something" to work on. Def Jam representatives were expecting Applebaum of the treatment. [81] In response, Applebaum hurriedly made a treatment for the video, one of his first ideas being the silver body paint that Rihanna is seen in. Applebaum was doubtful whether Rihanna would embrace the idea, but her "positive response" following a letter the director sent to the artist ensured its approval. Makeup artist Pamela Neal mixed a silver paint that would give Rihanna such a look. During the session, the paint was re-applied between takes to ensure she was completely covered. The set was closed to Rihanna, Applebaum and a camera assistant. [81] Rihanna also contributed her own ideas towards the video shoot, suggesting to Applebaum that she dance en pointe, an idea which he accepted. [81]

Visual effects at Kroma were supervised by Bert Yukich and produced by Amy Yukich. [82] A key part of the video is a 24-second visual effects sequence in which Rihanna is surrounded by silvery strands of liquid that crisscross the frame in graceful arcs in response to her movements. Water elements were recorded on a special effects stage using a high-speed 35mm camera. Bert Yukich then composited them into the scene with the singer. He then added lighting effects to the practical water elements to give them the mirror-like texture of mercury.

Release

The music video premiered on April 26, 2007, on her website. Downloads were made available for those in the U.S. only from the website for a limited time. The video was officially released on the iTunes Store on May 11, 2007, peaking at number one for a period of eight weeks. On May 1, 2007, "Umbrella" debuted on MTV's TRL at number ten, before reaching number one on May 9 where it remained for fifteen days, making it the longest running number one of 2007. The video was well-played in MTV during the second half of 2007; it has reached over 8,000 plays, receiving a platinum recognition at the MTV Platinum and Gold Video Awards. [83] Such was the success of the promotional video that it received five nominations at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, including "Female Artist of the Year", "Video of the Year" and "Monster Single of the Year", going on to win the latter two. [84]

Legacy

Rihanna performing "Umbrella" during the Loud Tour Rihanna Performing Umbrella.jpg
Rihanna performing "Umbrella" during the Loud Tour

"Umbrella" is widely acknowledged as the song that propelled Rihanna from rising pop act into superstardom and transformed her into a "fully fledged sex symbol" and a pop icon, with some music journalists considering it to be her signature song. [85] [86] [87] [88] [89] [90] [91] "Umbrella" marked the first time Rihanna transitioned from the "girl next door" persona of her first two albums for an "edgy, sexier" look, which triggered her image evolution for her subsequent albums. [92] In his book The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, John Seabrook wrote:

Two albums into her career, it still wasn't clear who Rihanna was. To her detractors, and there were many, she was just another wannabe-yoncé who sang through her nose and couldn't really dance. To prove them wrong, she needed a song that would define her as an artist. [...] Eleven rhythmic syllables, "umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh," did what the two previous albums together had not done: they defined Rihanna as an artist. [...] "Umbrella" marked the arrival of something new in pop: a digital icon. In the rock era, when the album was the standard unit of recorded music, listeners had ten or twelve songs to get to know the artist, but in the singles-oriented world of today, the artist has only three or four minutes to put their personality across, and at that Rihanna would prove to be without peer. [93] [94]

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Rust sculpture for the song at the Ischgl Walk of Lyrics

American rapper and featured act Jay-Z recognized the song's impact for Rihanna's artistic evolution, stating: "It shows such growth for her as an artist [...] If you listen to the lyrics to that song, you know the depth and how far she's come." [95] The song's producer, Kuk Harrell reportedly commented on the song's impact on his career: "We knew it was special. [...] Nothing has been the same since we created that record. We had experience in record making but not hit making. All of a sudden you have major artists blowing up your phone. And we knew exactly how to service them; we reverted back to that jingle mentality — we were prepared for that pressure. So whether it was Beyoncé calling or Bieber calling, we knew how to operate. [...] When she recorded the 'ellas', you knew your life was about to change." [94] In January 2016, Billboard named "Umbrella" as Rihanna's best song. [87] In 2018, Rolling Stone identified "Umbrella" as Rihanna's second greatest song of her career, behind "We Found Love" (2011) and stated that "Umbrella" transformed Rihanna into a "full-fledged pop heavyweight". [96] In the same year, The Guardian named "Umbrella" as the best song to spend over 10 weeks at number one in the UK, writing that "Rihanna's Umbrella is a genuinely exceptional pop song. [...] it's perfect." [97] Canadian duo Tegan and Sara stated that "Umbrella" inspired their 2013 single "I Was a Fool". [98] [99]

"Rihanna Curse"

"Umbrella"'s reign at number one in the United Kingdom occurred as the country was hit by the unseasonal extreme rainfall and flooding, which led the British national newspaper The Sun to humorously suggest the two events were related, with the media referring to it as the "Rihanna Curse." Rihanna herself commented on this saying that it "definitely helped the song stay [at No.1] for so long." [100] A similar situation occurred in New Zealand, where the song hit number one in the early winter of 2007 as the country was experiencing some of the worst storms in its history. [101] During the weather conditions, Taranaki, Tauranga, and Auckland had experienced tornadoes and flooding in the Far North of the country. Once the single was replaced on the top spot, weather conditions throughout New Zealand pacified, although Hawke's Bay was still stormy. [101]

The same happened in Romania where "Umbrella" hit the stations in the nation during the summer. That summer was in its first half the hottest and driest period of time in Romania since 1946. [102] As the song reached the top ten and then its number-one peak, the country experienced the worst storms and most pouring rains in its history. [103] As the song was losing positions in the charts, the storm ended and the temperatures lowered step-by-step. [102]

With the record-breaking success of the single and the reported coincidence with the weather, Def Jam's marketing team collaborated with British umbrella manufacturer Totes. The company produced five types of Rihanna umbrellas, one of which was a two-tone satin umbrella that Rihanna debuted in public during her performance of the song at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. [104]

Live performances

"Umbrella" was performed by Rihanna during the 2007 MTV Movie Awards on June 3, 2007. [105] In the United Kingdom, she performed the song on the ITV morning show GMTV and at the Brit Awards in 2008. She also performed "Umbrella" during her AOL sessions. [106] In France, she performed it on Star Academy . [107] "Umbrella" was added to the setlist of her first headlining Good Girl Gone Bad Tour where it was performed as the final song for the encore. It was also included as the closing act of the Last Girl on Earth tour and the Loud Tour. Rihanna performed "Umbrella" at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend on May 24, 2012, as the sixteenth song on the set list. [108] The performance featured a giant sphinx on the stage. [109] The song was also performed during the Diamonds World Tour and the Anti World Tour. On February 12, 2023, she performed the song as part of her set during the halftime show of Super Bowl LVII. [110]

Formats and track listings

"Umbrella"
Rihanna - Umbrella.png
Single by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
from the album Good Girl Gone Bad
ReleasedMarch 29, 2007 (2007-03-29)
RecordedEarly 2007
Studio Westlake, Los Angeles
Genre
Length4:36
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Tricky Stewart
Rihanna singles chronology
"Roll It"
(2007)
"Umbrella"
(2007)
"Shut Up and Drive"
(2007)
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Hollywood"
(2007)
"Umbrella"
(2007)
"Blue Magic"
(2007)

Credits and personnel

Accolades

The song has earned Rihanna several awards and nominations. In 2007, the song won two awards out of three nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards. At the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, "Umbrella" also earned Rihanna and Jay-Z a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in addition to receiving nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song was listed at No. 412 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2010 and at No. 332 in the 2021 update.

YearCeremonyAwardResult
2007 Los Premios 40 Principales Best International SongWon
MOBO Awards Best VideoNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: SingleNominated
MTV Video Music Awards Video of the YearWon
Monster Single of the YearWon
Best DirectorNominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Most Addictive TrackNominated
MTV Italian Music Awards Best Number One of the YearNominated
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Song of the YearNominated
MuchMusic Video Awards International Video of the Year – ArtistNominated
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Favorite SongNominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards UKMTV Hits Best Music VideoNominated
VH1 Soul VIBE AwardsVideo of the YearWon
2008 Barbados Music Awards Song of the YearWon
ECHO Awards Hit of the YearNominated
50th Annual Grammy Awards Record of the YearNominated
Song of the YearNominated
Best Rap/Sung CollaborationWon
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Video of the YearNominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding SongNominated
Swiss Music AwardsInternational SongWon
MuchMusic Video Awards Most Watched VideoWon

Charts

Certifications and sales

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [28] 5× Platinum350,000
Belgium (BEA) [193] Platinum50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil) [194] Platinum60,000*
Canada89,000 [195]
Denmark (IFPI Danmark) [196] 2× Platinum30,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat) [197] Platinum10,784 [197]
Germany (BVMI) [198] 2× Platinum600,000
Italy20,580 [199]
Italy (FIMI) [200]
since 2009
2× Platinum200,000
Japan (RIAJ) [201]
Full-length ringtone
Gold100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ) [202] Platinum15,000*
Portugal (AFP) [203] Platinum20,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [73] 8× Platinum160,000*
Sweden (GLF) [204] 2× Platinum40,000
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) [205] Gold15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [64] 3× Platinum1,800,000
United States (RIAA) [206] 8× Platinum8,000,000
United States (RIAA) [207]
Mastertone
2× Platinum2,000,000*
Streaming
Greece (IFPI Greece) [208] Platinum2,000,000

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
Streaming-only figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Release dates and formats for "Umbrella"
RegionDateVersion(s)Format(s)Label(s)Ref.
VariousMarch 29, 2007Original Streaming Def Jam [13]
United StatesApril 24, 2007 [15] [16]
GermanyMay 25, 2007 Universal Music [209]
United KingdomMay 28, 2007Maxi CD Mercury [210]
United StatesJuly 17, 2007Travis Barker RemixDigital downloadDef Jam [211]
FranceJuly 23, 2007OriginalCD Barclay [212]
United StatesJuly 31, 2007Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Club RemixDigital downloadDef Jam [213]
The Lindbergh Palace Remix [214]
Jody den Broeder Lush Club Remix [215]

Cover versions and remixes

Sam Smith recorded the song during their 'Live At The Spectator' gig 2008 and it is also part of the soundtrack to their documentary film 'Sam Smith Diva Boy' - a portrait of Sam 2007–2009. Then-upcoming singer Marié Digby recorded an acoustic version of "Umbrella" which was released August 3, 2007, as the debut single from her Hollywood Records Start Here EP and included as the closing track on Digby's debut album Unfold . [216] Italian band Vanilla Sky released a punk cover of the song. [217]

For her debut album a.k.a Cassandra , Filipina singer and actress KC Concepcion covered the song in English, while singer Miss Ganda recorded a version in Filipino entitled "Payong" (which means umbrella in Filipino). [218] Singer and actress Mandy Moore sang an acoustic version of the song in 2007 and its video on YouTube has more than 6.6 million views by January 2019. [219]

"Umbrella"
Promotional single by All Time Low
from the album Punk Goes Crunk
ReleasedApril 8, 2008 (2008-04-08)
Genre Pop punk
Label Fearless
All Time Low chronology
"Umbrella"
(2008)
"Dear Maria, Count Me In"
(2008)

Pop-punk outfit All Time Low covered the song for the Fearless Records compilation album Punk Goes Crunk , [220] and Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers produced their own version of "Umbrella", which was originally recorded for the album NME Awards 2008 . [221] Produced in celebration of the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 and Big Gig, that album was given free with a special souvenir box set of the magazine NME on February 27. Two additional versions (acoustic and Grand Slam mix) were later made available on iTunes, and the trio is now released together on an Umbrella EP; a video for the cover is available on the band's official website. [222]

British pop rock band McFly performed their own version of "Umbrella" during their Greatest Hits So Far Tour in 2007, [223] and Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom performed their 2008 cover live at Wacken Open Air. [224] Country-pop singer-songwriter Taylor Swift recorded a live version of the song, which was later included in an iTunes Store exclusive EP titled Live from SoHo – EP (2008). [225] Her version of the song peaked at number seventy-nine on Billboard Pop 100. [226]

There have also been notable mixed versions of the song. American rapper Lil Mama recorded a version of "Umbrella" that replaced Jay-Z's opening rap verse. An article by Blender magazine, who dismissed Jay-Z's version, said "Lil Mama actually seems to understand the song's metaphorical themes of protection and loyalty". [227] American punk band Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker remixed the song, adding to the track "quicksilver snare flourishes and... real-life guitars". [228]

Singer Chris Brown created an answer song titled "Cinderella", replacing some of the verses and part of the chorus of "Umbrella" with his own lyrics. This version is the official remix. This version has been performed as a duet between Brown and Rihanna when he joined Rihanna on a late-2008 tour in the Asia-Pacific region. [229] R&B/hip-hop singer The-Dream, who wrote "Umbrella", recorded the demo with a slightly different intro and instrumental. The remix was later removed from streaming services.

On October 15, 2015, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox released a "Singin' in the Rain" style cover, featuring Casey Abrams & the Sole Sisters, surpassing 15 million views. [230]

The Baseballs version

"Umbrella"
The Baseballs - Umbrella - cover.jpg
Single by The Baseballs
from the album Strike! and Strike! Back
ReleasedMay 1, 2009
Length3:07
Label Warner Bros.
The Baseballs singles chronology
"Umbrella"
(2009)
"Hot n Cold"
(2009)

"Umbrella" was covered by the rockabilly coverband The Baseballs in 2009 for their albums Strike! and Strike! Back . It was certified Platinum in Finland by Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. [231]

Track listings
Promo CD and CD single [232]
No.TitleLength
1."Umbrella"3:07
2."Bleeding Love"3:52
Total length:6:59
Release history
DateCountryFormatLabel
May 1, 2009 Europe CD Warner Bros. Records
Chart performance
Chart (2009–10)Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [233] 70
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [234] 30
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [235] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [236] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [237] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [238] 38
Spanish Airplay Chart [239] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [240] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [241] 9
Year-end charts
Chart (2009)Position
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [242] 36
Chart (2010)Position
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [243] 33
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [244] 28

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">What's My Name? (Rihanna song)</span> 2010 song by Rihanna

"What's My Name?" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna, for her fifth studio album Loud (2010). Featuring guest vocals from Canadian rapper Drake, the song was released as the second single from Loud on October 25, 2010, through Def Jam Recordings and in Germany on January 21, 2011, as a single through Universal Music Group. The dancehall-infused electro-R&B song was produced by the Norwegian production duo Stargate, and was written by the duo along with Ester Dean, Traci Hale, and Drake. Lyrically, it incorporates themes of romance and sex.

<i>Good Girl Gone Bad</i> 2007 studio album by Rihanna

Good Girl Gone Bad is the third studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on May 31, 2007, by Def Jam Recordings and SRP Records. Rihanna worked with various producers on the album, including Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Neo da Matrix, Timbaland, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers and Stargate. Inspired by Brandy's fourth studio album Afrodisiac (2004), Good Girl Gone Bad is a pop, dance-pop and R&B record with 1980s music influences. Described as a turning point in Rihanna's career, it represents a departure from the Caribbean sound of her previous releases, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl like Me (2006). Apart from the sound, she also endorsed a new image for the release going from an innocent young woman to an edgier, more mature look.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Way I Are</span> 2007 single by Timbaland

"The Way I Are" is a song by American producer Timbaland, released as the second single from his second studio album Shock Value (2007). The song features vocals by singer Keri Hilson, and is included on international editions on her debut album In a Perfect World... (2009). The two artists co-wrote the song with Danja, The Clutch, and Candice Nelson. Timbaland and Danja also produced the song. Mosley Music Group, in association with Blackground Records and Interscope Records, serviced the song to contemporary hit and rhythmic radios in the United States on June 15, 2007. "The Way I Are" is an electrohop song with influences of R&B and dance music that help create its futuristic sound. Its lyrics are based on the theme of role reversal and sensuous desires.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Shut Up and Drive</span> 2007 single by Rihanna

"Shut Up and Drive" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It was written and produced by Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, and features an interpolation of the 1983 song "Blue Monday" by the British band New Order, whose members Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Gillian Gilbert received songwriting credits. Released as the album's second single, the song was solicited to United States radio stations on June 12, 2007, and was physically released on August 27, 2007 in the United Kingdom. "Shut Up and Drive" is a new wave song which heavily incorporates 1970s and 1980s musical styles. Lyrically, it contains multiple references to cars and car parts including the '57 Cadillac.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kiss Kiss (Chris Brown song)</span> 2007 single by Chris Brown featuring T-Pain

"Kiss Kiss" is a song by American singer Chris Brown featuring vocals and sole production from fellow American singer and rapper T-Pain from the former's second studio album. Written by the two artists, the song was released as the album's second single on September 10, 2007 worldwide. It was later solicited to rhythm crossover radios in the United States on September 11, 2007. "Kiss Kiss" is an upbeat record that incorporates elements of R&B, hip-hop and dance music. The song's lyrics are about getting a woman's attention.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hate That I Love You</span> 2007 single by Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo

"Hate That I Love You" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It features vocals by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, who co-wrote the song with its producers Stargate. Def Jam Recordings released the song on August 21, 2007, as the third single from Good Girl Gone Bad. A Spanglish version featuring Spanish singer David Bisbal was made available on April 28, 2008. "Hate That I Love You" is a mid-tempo pop and R&B song about the power of love, with influences of folk music. "Hate That I Love You" received generally positive reviews from critics, many of whom compared it to previous works by Ne-Yo.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Take a Bow (Rihanna song)</span> 2008 single by Rihanna

"Take a Bow" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008), the re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was written and produced by Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen, and Shaffer Smith under their stage names StarGate and Ne-Yo. "Take a Bow" was released as the first single on April 15, 2008, from the re-release and the fifth single overall from the two releases. It is an R&B song that contains elements of dance-pop. Critical reception of "Take a Bow" was mixed, with some critics praising the song's lyrics and powerful balladry, while others criticized StarGate's production as unoriginal.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kuk Harrell</span> American songwriter and producer

Thaddis Laphonia "Kuk" Harrell is an American songwriter, vocal producer, arranger and engineer. He was a member of a songwriting–production team composed of himself, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Terius "The-Dream" Nash. In 2011, Kuk Harrell and partner Tricky Stewart joined the ranks of Fox's American Idol along with music mogul Jimmy Iovine, producing many of the songs performed on television by the contestants and released via iTunes. 2011 marked the highly anticipated return of Jennifer Lopez and her album LOVE? in which Kuk served as Album Vocal Producer. Earning his fourth Grammy for the vocal production of Rihanna's No. 1 Billboard Single "Only Girl ", Harrell is also the vocal producer and co-writer of Rihanna's Grammy-winning single "Umbrella". A composer and engineer on Beyoncé's chart topping "Single Ladies " from the album I Am... Sasha Fierce, he is also vocal producer and engineer of the Diane Warren-penned "I Was Here" from Beyoncé's 2011 album 4. He also produced the majority of the vocals on Mary J. Blige's Platinum album Growing Pains, which won the 2008 Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The first single from Growing Pains, "Just Fine", earned a Grammy nomination for best R&B vocal performance in 2007.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Disturbia (song)</span> 2008 single by Rihanna

"Disturbia" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008), a re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It was written by Andre Merritt, Chris Brown, Brian Kennedy and Rob. A!, with the production of the song helmed by Kennedy. The song was released as the third single from the reloaded edition of the album, and seventh overall. "Disturbia" was sent to US contemporary hit radio on June 17, 2008, and was released as a CD single in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2008.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Live Your Life (T.I. song)</span> 2008 single by T.I.

"Live Your Life" is a song by American rapper T.I., featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna, from T.I.'s sixth studio album, Paper Trail (2008). It was released as the seventh single from the album on September 8, 2008. The song's lyrics speak of T.I.'s rise to fame and optimism of the future. It also gives dedication to the American troops fighting in Iraq. The song both samples and interpolates the 2003 song "Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Run This Town</span> 2009 single by Jay-Z

"Run This Town" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna and fellow American rapper Kanye West. Released on July 24, 2009, it was written by the artists alongside Athanasios Alatas, Jeff Bhasker, and No I.D., the latter producing it with West. "Run This Town" was released as the second single from Jay-Z's eleventh studio album, The Blueprint 3.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hard (song)</span> 2009 single by Rihanna

"Hard" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The song features a guest verse from American rapper Young Jeezy, credited only as "Jeezy" on the album. The artists co-wrote the song with its producers, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. "Hard" was sent to radio by Def Jam Recordings on November 10, 2009, as the second United States single from Rated R. It is a hip hop song and features military horns, hissing synthesizers, sharp beats and piano chords.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">We Found Love</span> 2011 song by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

"We Found Love" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). The song features Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, whose 2012 album 18 Months also includes the track. "We Found Love" premiered on September 22, 2011, on the Capital FM radio station in the United Kingdom, and was made available to download on the same day as the lead single from Talk That Talk. "We Found Love" is an uptempo electro house song, with elements of dance-pop, techno and Europop. The song's lyrics speak of a couple who "found love in a hopeless place".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Talk That Talk (Rihanna song)</span> 2012 single by Rihanna

"Talk That Talk" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her 2011 studio album of the same name. It features a rap verse by American rapper Jay-Z, who had previously collaborated with Rihanna on her song "Umbrella" in 2007 and "Run This Town" in 2009. The song was written by Jay-Z, Ester Dean, together with the Norwegian production duo Stargate. Def Jam Recordings serviced the track to urban contemporary radio in the United States on January 17, 2012, as the third single from Talk That Talk. It was released in France as a CD single on March 26. "Talk That Talk" is a hip hop song with R&B beats, rough drums and unrefined synths, and has a similar style to Rihanna's 2010 single "Rude Boy". It contains a brief sample of "I Got a Story to Tell" by the Notorious B.I.G. Therefore, the Buckwild, Sean Combs, Chucky Thompson, and the Notorious B.I.G. are credited as songwriters despite the Notorious B.I.G's death in 1997.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Right Now (Rihanna song)</span> 2013 single by Rihanna featuring David Guetta

"Right Now" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). The song features French disc jockey David Guetta. Rihanna co-wrote the song with R&B singers Ne-Yo and The-Dream, while their longtime collaborators, Norwegian production duo Stargate, co-produced the track alongside Guetta and his own longtime collaborators Nicky Romero and Giorgio Tuinfort. It was sent to contemporary hit and rhythmic contemporary radios in the United States as the fourth single from the album on May 28, 2013. Musically, "Right Now" is an EDM and pop song. The lyrical content features Rihanna chanting to live life in the moment.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stay (Rihanna song)</span> 2013 single by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

"Stay" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It features guest vocals by Mikky Ekko and was released as the second single from the album on December 13, 2012. "Stay" was co-written by Ekko and Justin Parker. The song's lyrics speak of temptation and the inability to resist true love. Music critics were generally positive in their opinion regarding the balladry and most described it as a standout track on the album.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Monster (song)</span> 2013 single by Eminem featuring Rihanna

"The Monster" is a song from American rapper Eminem's album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013) featuring a guest appearance from Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song was written by Bebe Rexha, Eminem, Rihanna, Aalias, Jon Bellion, Maki Athanasiou, and Frequency, with the latter also handling production. Released on October 29, 2013, as the fourth single from the album, "The Monster" marks the fourth collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna, following "Love the Way You Lie" (2010), its sequel "Love the Way You Lie " (2010), and "Numb" (2012), and is a hip-hop and pop song, with lyrics that describe Eminem pondering the negative effects of his fame while Rihanna comes to grips with her inner demons.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rihanna singles discography</span>

Barbadian singer Rihanna has released 53 singles as lead artist, 17 singles as a featured artist, two charity singles, and four promotional singles. One of the best-selling artists of all time, her albums and singles sales as of 2018 stood at 250 million. In the United States, Rihanna has amassed 14 number-one songs and 32 top-ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100. She has tallied 60 weeks at number one and is the artist with the most weeks in the top ten (360). The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recognized Rihanna as the top-selling female digital singles artist, with 166.5 million certified units as of August 2023.

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