Rihanna – Take a Bow (2008 – Part 6)

You know that an album is successful when even its re-issues manage to score #1 hits. Gone Girl Gone Bad was Rihanna’s 2007 change of image, with big hits such as Umbrella, Don’t Stop the Music and Shut Up and Drive announcing it. Many questioned the decision of releasing a revisited version of it only a year later, and with only three new songs added. Good Girl Gone Bad Reloaded was its name, and crazily enough, it managed to score enough hits to make it a worthwhile purchase on its own.

All of the three compositions were chart presences in their own right, with two sent right to the top by the public. If I Never See Your Face Again (#51) was a collaboration with Maroon 5 originally intended by the band for Janet Jackson. It also appeared on their second studio album. Disturbia (#1), which I’ve discussed previously, is Rihanna’s take on more dark themes, penned by Chris Brown. And finally, Take a Bow (#1) is in the words of IGN “perfectly tailored to those post-break-up days of gloom”. The female protagonist announces her cheating boyfriend that she’s leaving him (“Baby when I know you’re only sorry you got caught) in this ballad which features R&B singer Ne-Yo as one of its co-writers.

Take a Bow spent 1 week at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Lil Wayne’s Lollipop (featuring Static Major).

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