RIAA platinum, award-winning SRP/Def Jam recording artist â and newly signed CoverGirl spokesperson â Rihanna will be celebrating the exclusive premiere of the video for her current single âUmbrellaâ (featuring JAY-Z). The âUmbrellaâ video premieres Today April 26th, at 10:00 am EST at the singerâs website. âUmbrellaâ was directed by Chris Applebaum, who shot Rihannaâs âS.O.S. (Rescue Me).â Rihanna scored her highest career debut at Rhythm Radio last week when âUmbrellaâ entered the R&R (Radio & Records) BDS Rhythmic chart at #31-bullet (the #2 Most Increased audience of the week, +1.2 million to a total of 4.9 million!). This week marks the songâs official impact at radio. “Umbrella” is the #1 most added at the Pop and Rhythm format, with over 110 pop stations on impact and over 50 Rhythm adds. The single has over 40 million in audience and over 5300 spins. âUmbrellaâ is the first single from Rihannaâs eagerly awaited third album (in two years), âGood Girl Gone Bad,â set for June 5th release. Rihanna enjoyed a tidal wave of industry acclaim in 2006 with her RIAA platinum second album âA Girl Like Me,â and its back-to-back #1 hits, âS.O.S.â and âUnfaithful.â At the year-end Billboard Music Awards on December 4th, she took away four top honors, including Female Artist of the Year, Female HOT 100 Artist of the Year, Female Pop 100 Artist of the Year, Hot Dance Airplay Song of the Year for âS.O.S.â She finished out the year as guest performer on Dick Clarkâs New Yearâs Rockinâ Eve spectacular. In July 2007, 19-year old Rihanna will be seen in her first ads as a CoverGirl, joining the ranks of Queen Latifah, Molly Sims, Christie Brinkley and Keri Russell. The long list of famous CoverGirl models (which began in 1961) also boasts Cheryl Tiegs, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks, and Niki Taylor.
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