Song Title: Umbrella
Date of release: March 29, 2007
Description: ” Umbrella ” by Rihanna is from her third Album ” Good Girl Gone Bad ” released in 2007. The song also features Jay-Z the American rapper.
Written by Jay-Z and producers Tricky Stewart and Kuk Harrell and additional writing from The-Dream, the song is about a romantic and platonic relationship sung in a hip hop and R&B style.
Initially the song was offered to Britney Spears but her record company rejected it, instead Rihanna took on the project.
” Umbrella ” won critical acclaim from many music critics who loved the “ella, ella” hook in the song and the deliverance by Rihanna.
Released by the record label Def Jam, the song was a massive commercial success with number one’s in many countries around the World including Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
However not everyone was acclaiming the song, in the United Kingdom at the time was experiencing the worst rain for years, to have a song at the top of the UK charts and playing almost constantly on the radio just rubbed salt into the country’s wounds.
However, despite the rain in the UK ” Umbrella ” managed to keep the number one slot for 10 consecutive weeks. This became a record for the longest run at number one for that decade and one of the few songs to do so.
The success at the top in the UK Charts was matched with a run at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks.
With single sales and radio play strong, the awards soon followed. Ranked number 1 on the 10 Best Singles of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly, while both rolling Stone magazine and Time magazine listed ” Umbrella ” at number 3 on the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
Along with accolades from top magazines, Rihanna also has won several awards and nominations.
In 2007 the song picked up two awards out of four nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2008 at the Grammy Awards, ” Umbrella ” earned both Rihanna and Jay-Z best Rap/Sung Collaboration and nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Rolling Stone magazine has listed this song as number 412 of the The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 3, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1, Czech Republic (IFPI) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 8, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 2, France (SNEP) 6, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 1, Hungary (Single Top 40) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 3, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Poland (Polish Airplay Charts) 1, Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard) 3, Romania (Romanian Top 100) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Rihanna