Given the proliferation of young and beautiful urban dance-pop
divas dominating the radio and music video airwaves in 2005, it
initially was tempting to discount Rihanna as yet another Beyoncι-Ciara-Ashanti
cash-in.But like her Def Jam labelmate Teairra Mari --
another young and beautiful urban dance-pop diva who emerged out
of nowhere in 2005 -- Rihanna is winsome rather than wannabe,
thanks in no small part to her producers.
Just as Teairra Mari benefited greatly from irresistibly shrewd
beat-making on her debut album, Rihanna benefits from the knowing
production work of Syndicated Rhythm Productions,
aka Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken,
who together produced a laundry list of contemporary teen pop
sensations during the prior decade. What these guys do that's
so irresistibly shrewd is synthesize Caribbean rhythms and beats
with standard-issue urban dance-pop: Caribbean-inflected urban,
if you will.
So while a song like "Pon de Replay"
-- to pick the most obvious exhibit -- is driven by booming dancehall-lite
beats and a reggae vocal cadence (and title spelling), it's a
simple dance-pop song at its core, with standard English-language
singing as well as a can't-miss singalong hook (and a glitzy,
urban-style MTV video to boot). The best songs on Music of the
Sun follow this appealing template, including the similarly catchy
few songs that follow the aforementioned album-opening smash hit:
"Here I Go Again", "If
It's Lovin' That You Want", and "You
Don't Love Me (No, No, No)".
As with most albums of this ilk, Music of the Sun descends into
faceless slow jams after a while, overall consistency not being
among its attributes, but thankfully it picks up the pace toward
the end of its 13-song run and concludes on a fun note, with a
remix of "Pon de Replay" featuring
Elephant Man. The result is one of the more engaging urban
dance-pop albums of the year (and one of the most infectious
summer jams, for sure), as well as a nice Caribbean primer for
those not ready or willing to jump on the increasingly trendy
dancehall and reggaeton bandwagons concurrently sweeping through
America's more fashionable cities.
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"When I first heard that song, I didn't
want to do it, because it was very sing-songy and very... whatever
[...] But after I started recording it, I went along with it and
started liking it."
"Luckily I met two producers who discovered
me in the first place and signed me to their production company,
Syndicated Rhythm Productions. They work with a lot of pop artists
like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben
Studdard. They are great guys and I really enjoyed working with
them. They are excellent song writers so they really helped me
develop my writing skills."
"It represents me. So the album consists of Music of the
BILLBOARD DEBUT: #2 Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (69,000
copies in its first week) , #10 Billboard 200
Sales & Certifications:
- Canada - Platinum (100,000)
- Germany (30,000)
- France - Gold (50,000)
- Italy - Gold (40,000)
- Japan - Gold (170,000)
- New Zealand - Gold (7,500)
- Switzerland (10,000)
- United Kingdom - Gold (200,000)
- United States - Gold (593,000)
To view the single's charts positions, click here.
Secret Sparkle Body Spray Tour (2005) - Rihanna did couple
of gigs sponsored by Secret Body Sprays. This was her first chance
to sing in front of her fans on "tour".