Rihanna And Justin Timberlake Stand Around In The Desert And Stare At Each Other

Nov 18th, 2008 // 6 Comments


Last time out, Rihanna was taking her video inspirations from Trent Reznor, and this time, she’s going down the modern-rock playlist and plumbing ideas from… The Killers? Maybe not, but I definitely feel like Brandon Flowers is going to pop up at any moment in the video for “Rehab,” which mostly features Ri-Ri and Justin Timberlake giving each other smoldering looks and lingering touches while sweating out the desert’s dry heat and the toxins that build up in one’s body when one is forced to hold in their anger at the paparazzi for way too long. The JT/Timbaland-penned song’s OK enough, I suppose–it kind of sounds like a filler track to me, but I guess Island had little choice as far as “singles to squeeze the album dry” choices went. (I mean, it’s not like they could re-release that kinda-underrated Maroon 5 collab, right?) [MTV / YouTube]

  1. dyfl

    They were still sitting on “Push Up On Me” and “Breaking Dishes,” so yeah, they kinda did have better choices available! But whatever, I guess Justin Timberlake is scheduled to have a non-album-related media moment right now, made up of little appearances like this, just to keep his star visible until the next record. Oh, modern life.

  2. the rich girls are weeping

    I was very confused when I saw this on MTV Hits last night. I was super-tired and was all like (to myself), “Why did they get a guy who looks like JT for this video. OH! HEY! It is JT.”

    They have no chemistry at all, which is totally disappointing. The song isn’t THAT bad. But dyfl, you are so right. Where’s the single for “Breaking Dishes”?!?

  3. the rich girls are weeping

    ps — I think her Maroon 5 collab is about the grossest song and grossest video ever. Cringeworthy deluxe. Urgh.

  4. Nunya B

    Breakin Dishes should have been a single. It is the song on the album with real hit power- I don’t understand why it’s never been released. It borders on the criminal.

  5. Chris Molanphy

    I like the song fine, but to me it’s always sounded like a weak sister to the totally awesome JT/Timba single “What Goes Around…Comes Around.”

  6. CapnCalamity

    @Chris Molanphy: Don’t you mean it sounds like “Cry Me a River?” Or did you mean it sounds like PCD’s “Halo?” Or did you mean ALL OF THE ABOVE BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL THE SAME SONG?!?!

    Seriously, JT & Timbo. You’ve milked that song FOUR separate times. Move on.

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