Singing sensation Rihanna made her debut two years ago with the summer anthem “Pon de Replay.” Since then, she’s only gotten hotter—both physically and on the charts. Hits like “S.O.S.,” “Unfaithful,”“We Ride,” this spring’s “Umbrella,” and its follow-up, “Shut Up and Drive,” have helped the 19-year-old beauty (whose third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, is in stores now) rocket to superstar status. MF spoke with the single—and available—star recently to find out just what it takes to get her under your umbrella.
MF: So, what’s the deal, are you really a good girl gone bad?
Rihanna: [Laughs] The title of the album represents my liberation. Being able to break out of the innocent image I was forced into. Now I’m just being me. I’m a little more rebellious. On the record you hear that I have a lot more attitude. So it matches the new sound, the new image, the new haircut . . . the new everything.
Does part of the new you include your music videos? “Umbrella” is your sexiest clip yet. What was it like filming the silver scene? Was it spe- cial effects or were you really naked with your whole body painted?
I was! It was actually fun doing it because it’s probably something that I’ll only do once in my lifetime. Two women painted me, spraying coat after coat. Then I stood in a big black box so that no one could see me in the nude while they filmed. There were only, like, eight people in the box including the director and my manager.
Sounds hot. Did you enjoy it?
The body paint was really oily. I couldn’t wait to get it o=/ my face. That was the worst part about it—getting it off. I was in the shower for two and
a half hours! My best friend had to come and shower with me, because after I tried to do it myself, the silver would just go back to where I just washed myself. She was just like, “Take your hands off and let me do it.” Days after, I still had some in my hair, ears, even my belly button. It would not come off. [Laughs]
You worked with a lot of stars on the album: Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and Ne-Yo. How was that experience?
I loved it. It was my first time working with Justin, but I’ve always been a huge fan—now more then ever. He’s extremely talented; a lot of people don’t know that not only is he a great vocalist, he’s a great producer as well. And Jay-Z, it’s just an honor to have a collaboration with him. Ne-Yo, it’s always fun to work with him. He’s a great guy and a great songwriter. Timbaland is just the king of production, so it was an honor to work with him. And he’s also a fun guy in the studio.
Any other artists you’re anxious to collaborate with?
Yeah, I would love to work with Chris Brown. And I’m on a mission to work with André 3000. He’s a genius.