Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Rihanna & Robin Thicke Together for MenStyle

The story of Rihanna and Robin Thicke is very much the story of two songs: “Umbrella” and “Lost Without U,” two ubiquitous tunes that are more than just bubblegum. Deejays and veejays played both of them relentlessly, but we never got sugar sick.

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Rihanna says that when she first listened to the songwriter’s demo of “Umbrella,” she thought it sounded a little weird. “Then I got to the part that everybody loves,” she says, before singing the syllables of the summer: “Ella, ella, eh, eh, eh. I said, ‘Oh, my God, I have to have this.’ ” A couple of months and one Jay-Z guest verse later, and half the world was going through the exact same process: First, “This is weird.” Then, “Oh, my God! Ella, ella, eh, eh, eh!” And finally, “I have to have this song.”
The story behind Robin Thicke’s tender R&B ballad “Lost Without U,” which he wrote back in 2004, is a little more complicated. “The first time Pharrell heard the song, he said it was a smash,” Thicke says. “The first time Bono heard it, he said it was an incredible smash. But it still took three and a half years for anybody else to hear it.” (

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