âUmbrella,â the first single from R&B singer Rihannaâs latest album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad,’ was a worldwide hit and despite being constantly played on TV and the radio, Rihanna says she still loves hearing it. In an interview with Bang Showbiz Rihanna says: “I can still listen to it, and do all the time. I love playing it live. I can’t wait to get to the end of the show so I can sing it.” Rihanna previously revealed she battled Mary J. Blige to get to record ‘Umbrella’. The stunning star loved the song as soon as she heard it but was devastated when she heard Blige wanted it as well. So, Rihanna used all her charms to convince the songwriters to give it to her. She revealed: “Any songwriter would die for Mary to sing one of their songs. So I just prayed that I got it. It was perfect for me – it had a West Indian groove.â “When I saw one of the songwriters at the Grammy Awards, I went up to him and said, ‘Listen, ‘Umbrella’ is my song.’ “He must have thought I was really pushy and laughed it off. But I held his face and I turned it back to my own, ‘No, I’m serious, I need ‘Umbrella’!’ ” “Umbrella”, featuring Jay-Z, was released on March 29, 2007, reaching number one in various countries, including the U.S. “Umbrella” was the #1 single in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks. It was the longest running #1 single since “Wet Wet Wet’s” single “Love Is All Around”, back in 1994, and the longest running #1 by a female artist since Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, which also topped the chart for 10 weeks in 1992. It was produced by Christopher “Tricky” Stewart and Terius “The Dream” Nash.
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