Rihanna Is Totes A Record Setter

Jul 23rd, 2007 // 2 Comments

rihanna-thumb.jpg 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.”)

Rihanna Achieves U.K. Chart Landmark [NME]


  1. Ned Raggett

    Christ, just MENTIONING that Bryan Adams song makes me think of the video too. Arrrgh.

  2. Chris Molanphy

    That Frankie Laine song is terribly schmaltzy — and my parents, whose tastes straddle pre-rock pop and Baby Boom rock — really love it. Seriously, it’s major ick.

    Still, nothing’s worse than Bryan Adams in Robin Hood mode. So, go Rihanna!

    If you really want to incur the wrath of certain Idolator factions, you might note that here in America, “Umbrella” succumbed after seven weeks at #1 to Plain White T’s’ “Hey There Delilah.”

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