Rihanna’s unstoppable “Umbrella,” a song so popular it has spawned its own line of rain gear, has become the first song in 10 years to spend 10 weeks at No. 1 in the U.K., tying a stretch set by Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in 1992 and now getting ready to overtake Wet Wet Wet’s “Love is All Around,” which hung in there for 15 weeks in ’94.
I’m probably going to get stoned by the peanut gallery for saying that ubiquity has led me to really dislike this song, so I can imagine how the besieged people of drizzly Great Britain must feel. But even confirmed haters have to be pulling for “Umbrella” to take out Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” which blighted the planet for a small eternity in 1991, spending 16 weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. (The all-time champ, jazz crooner Frankie “Old Leather Lungs” Laine’s “I Believe,” squatted the top of the pops for 18 weeks in 1953. And I got no problems with a guy named “Old Leather Lungs.”)