Umbrella went on to reach No.1 in various countries, including the US
At one point of time, umbrella was a huge hit! It was such a popular track that it was played everywhere, from clubs, to parties, to the radio! The track is recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna, featuring a rap verse by Jay-Z. The song was written by The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, Kuk Harrell and Jay-Z, and was produced by Stewart for Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007).
The song was originally written with recording artist Britney Spears in mind, however her label rejected it. "Umbrella" is a pop and R&B song and lyrically it refers to a romantic and platonic relationship and the strength of that relationship. It is also listed on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at 412.In 2007, ‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z was released in the US.
However on this day in music, the track went on to reach No.1 in various countries, including the US. A No.1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet's ‘Love Is All Around’ in 1994, and the longest running No.1 by a female artist since Whitney Houston's ‘I Will Always Love
The single's accompanying music video was directed by Chris Applebaum and features, among all, Rihanna's nude body covered in silver paint. The video earned Rihanna a Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and Most Watched Video on MuchMusic.com at MuchMusic Video Awards. Along with countless amateurs, "Umbrella" has been covered by several notable performers from a variety of musical genres, including Taylor Swift, All Time Low, McFly, OneRepublic, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Vanilla Sky and The Baseballs. Rihanna performed the song at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, 2008 BRIT Awards and was the closing song of the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2008), Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010), and the Loud Tour (2011). It was also featured on the set list of her Diamonds World Tour (2013).