📜 HistoRIH: In 2007, Rihanna Got a Handle on No. 1 With ‘Umbrella’


June 9, 2007

Ten years ago today: Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” featuring Jay Z, led the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of seven weeks. As for the chant in the hook where Rihanna repeats “ella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh,” says co-writer The-Dream: “The ‘ella’ part was a play on reverb. Back in the day, we couldn’t afford the good reverb program,” so the phrase was repeated “to make it sound like it.”

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