Good Girl Gone Bad is the third studio album Rihanna, released May-June, 2007. Recording sessions for the album took place during October 2006 to April 2007. Rihanna worked with producers Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Ne-Yo, StarGate, and Timbaland. Departing from the dancehall influence of her previous albums, Good Girl Gone Bad contains up-tempo and ballad-oriented songs, and it heavily incorporates pop and dance-pop musical styles. It was re-released as Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded in June 2008.
Following her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), Rihanna started working with songwriters and producers early in 2007. Rihanna spent the week of the 2007 Grammy Awards with singer, songwriter and Def Jam label mate Ne-Yo for the follow-up album. He had co-written her ballad-driven "Unfaithful", and she had vocal lessons with him for the new album. Despite having previously worked with him, she teamed up with him again and wrote the duet "Hate That I Love You". Rihanna commented: "I read through the lyrics, and I'm like, 'What are you thinking? What is going through your head?' " Rihanna recalled. "I just have to stop sometimes and be like, 'Ne-Yo, OK, tell me why you wrote this song.' Because I don't understand how he comes up with certain concepts and he just blows me away sometimes. He's just insane." He also wrote two other songs on the album and the first single from the re-release, "Take a Bow". The album's lead single, "Umbrella", was written by The-Dream. The song was originally written with American pop singer Britney Spears in mind, but her label rejected the song, and then offered it to American R&B singer Mary J. Blige, before it was given to Rihanna.
Stewart stated that he was still reluctant as to whether Rihanna was the right artist to record the song, but following the recording of the "ella, ella" catch phrase, he felt they were onto "something". The-Dream also helped with penning the songs "Breakin' Dishes", "Sell Me Candy," and "Lemme Get That" on the album. "Shut Up and Drive" was inspired by "Blue Monday", embracing a noticeable rock-oriented sound. Rihanna also worked with Justin Timberlake on the album who wrote the eighth single, "Rehab". She added, "It's just an honour to work with Justin. He's a fun guy, a great artist and a very talented person."
Rihanna worked with some of the producers who has worked on her previous the albums including Evan and Carl, J.R. Rotem, record producer Sean Garrett and Norwegian production team Stargate. Rihanna also collaborated with new music producers on the album such as Timbaland, will.i.am and Sean Garrett in the studio. Rihanna also wanted to work with music producer Andre 3000 and Polow Da Don, who had previous works with the Pussycat Dolls, Fergie and Usher among others. Most of the album tracks were recorded in a Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California and parallel to the recording sessions of her second studio album, A Girl Like Me. Rihanna began working on the album in late 2006 and was almost done recording in late February 2007. During an interview on UK radio station Capital FM, Rihanna explained the meaning and reasoning behind the album title: "Bad is not sleazy. Bad has its own term to every individual and in my case it just means I've gotten a little rebellious on the album, broken out of my shell and I'm taking risks... Michael Jackson Bad kind of way".
"They just put me in the studio and I started recording and recording, and it showed the direction of who I became as an artist.[...] We figured Good Girl Gone Bad was the perfect title because it showed people I'm my own [person] now. Not doing what anyone wants me to do. I'm not the innocent Rihanna anymore. I'm taking a lot more risks and chances. I felt when I cut my hair, it shows people I'm not trying to look or be anybody else. The album is very edgy. We have some urban records, some really pop records."
"I basically took the attitude of the bad girl and I really got rebellious and just did everything the way I wanted to do it—I didn't want to listen to anybody. I didn't consult with anybody. I just want to have a little more fun with my music and be a little more experimental in terms of my image and my sound. I just reinvented myself.[...] A bad girl, it's all about the attitude that you take toward things, I'm not being careful, I'm just having fun. I'm taking risks because bad girls take risks."
The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart,
selling 168,000 copies in its first week. It became a massive
commercial success and spawned five singles that attained chart
success. Upon its release, Good Girl Gone Bad received generally
positive reviews from most music critics and earned Rihanna a
Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the single "Umbrella".
It was re-released as Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded in June 2008.
The album achieved multi-platinum success in several countries,
and is Rihanna's best selling album to date.
In 2007, Rihanna signed with CoverGirl and became a celebrity
spokesperson which included appearances on TV commercials.
Rihanna released 7 videos during the Good Girl Gone Bad era: Umbrella, Shut Up And Drive, Don't Stop The Music, Hate That I Love You, Disturbia, If I Never See Your Face Again and Take A Bow. Visit our videography page and watch/read about them.
Rihanna embarked on a worldwide concert tour, The Good Girl Gone
Bad Tour, on September 15, 2007, three months after the release
of the album. It consisted of almost 80 shows and ended on February
13, 2009. The first leg began in Canada, consisting of eleven
shows across the country with Akon, and it later passed (without
Akon) through United States, Europe, Oceania, Africa and Asia.
Supporting acts for the tour were Akon, Ciara and David Jordan.
A DVD of the Manchester show titled Good Girl Gone Bad Live was
released on June 17, 2008.
The album was re-released as a double-disc deluxe edition, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, on June 2, 2008, a year after the release of the original version. Aside from the original tracks, the new edition features three new songs: the first single from the re-release, "Take a Bow"; "If I Never See Your Face Again" (a duet with Maroon 5); and "Disturbia". In an official press release by Def Jam, it was announced that a song titled "Hatin' On The Club", which was written by The-Dream and produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, was also supposed to be included. Eventually, however, for reasons unknown, it was removed from the final track listing.
Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes contains remixed versions of songs from the original album, and was released in the United States on January 27, 2009, and on February 2, 2009, in the UK. The versions featured are all edits of the original full-length club mixes. This release is different than the bonus disc found in the original album's deluxe edition in that it excludes the remix of "SOS" and the bonus tracks "Cry" and "Haunted". Alternately, the release includes remixes of "Disturbia" and "Take A Bow" from Reloaded, but excludes the remix of "If I Never See Your Face Again", featuring Maroon 5 (a remix of this can be found on Call and Response: The Remix Album). Another "Umbrella" remix has been added, and the remix of "Don't Stop The Music" has been replaced. Remixes of "Rehab", "Sell Me Candy" and "Lemme Get That" were not included. The album charted at number 106 on the Billboard 200. It also debuted, and peaked at number four on the US Dance/Electronic Albums.
1. "Umbrella" (featuring
Jay-Z) - 4:35 Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, Thaddis Harrell, Shawn
2. "Push Up on Me"
Jonathan Rotem, Makeba Riddick, Lionel Richie, Cynthia Weil
3. "Don't Stop the Music"
- 4:27 Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tawanna Dabney,
Michael Jackson, StarGate
4. "Breakin' Dishes"
- 3:20 Stewart, Nash, Christopher Stewart
5. "Shut Up and Drive"
- 3:33 Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook,
Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert
6. " Hate That I Love You""(featuring
Ne-Yo) - 3:39 Shaffer Smith, Hermansen, Eriksen, StarGate
7. "Say It" - 4:10 Riddick, Quaadir Atkinson, Ewart Brown, Clifton Dillon,
Lowell Dunbar, Brian Thompson, Neo Da Matrix
8. "Sell Me Candy"
- 2:45 Nash, Riddick, Timbaland
9. "Lemme Get That" -
3:41 Nash, Timberland, Carter