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Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the most persistent of pop musicians. She is a Barbadian singer, businesswoman, actor, and fashion designer. Little does anyone know that a simple intro by Jay Z on Rihanna's hit song "Umbrella" would permanently change our perceptions of her?
Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, was the spark for her transformation from a typical singer to a rising star. When you listen to this album, it's clear that the singer has ditched her angelic image in favor of a more sexually mature sound, as the name implies.
Let's go back in time to review Rihanna's breakthrough album.
Good Girl Gone Bad is Rihanna's third studio album, released on May 31st, 2007. It is a fascinating flashback to the past decade when young producers recklessly combined hip-hop and R&B to make the chunkiest music. The album shows a delicate theme of liberty and women's freedom.
Rihanna's outstanding song Umbrella, which is a 6x platinum lead single, is proof that her hard work is showing off. It became her hallmark song over thunderous rhythms and roaring bass; she delivers an emotional proclamation of us VS the World commitment.
The fiery "Umbrella" may be Rihanna's catchiest song, but there's much more on this album that may be even great. Her most noticeable songs on the album were "Shut Up And Drive," "Rehab," "Don't Stop The Music," and "Hate That I Love You."
"Don't Stop The Music" came close to matching the popularity of "Umbrella," which is incredible for the fourth single from an album and a sign that her fame was rising quickly.
Instead of sticking to the pop mix, dancehall, and reggae of her previous two albums, Rihanna enlisted the services of producers Timbaland, Stewart, Timberlake, and Nash to help her create her unique album.
The album also has an element of lack of originality in Timbaland's produced song 'Rehab,' which sounded suspiciously similar to Justin Timberlake's 'What Goes Around.'
'Hate That I Love You,' featured and produced by Ne-Yo, looks to be a mixture of Beyoncé's 'Irreplaceable' and Ne-Yo's hit 'Sexy Love.'
Good Girl Gone Bad took some inspiration from the album Afrodisiac by Brandy and Thriller by Michael Jackson. Rihanna credited both as main influences for her recently found path in media appearances from the time. After listening to this album, you can easily their influence on the music style.
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