Rihanna - Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z) - 2007

Rihanna - Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z) - 2007

"Umbrella" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, featuring a rap verse by Jay-Z. Released in 2007, it became a major hit worldwide, marking a significant moment in Rihanna's career. This aiMOOC focuses on the song "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, its impact, and the artists involved.

The Song

"Umbrella" was released in March 2007 as the lead single from Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad. The song was written by The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, Kuk Harrell, and Jay-Z. It is known for its catchy hook and metaphorical lyrics, where the umbrella is used as a symbol of protection and support.

  1. Rihanna's Career
  2. Jay-Z's Contributions
  3. Album Overview
  4. Music Video Analysis

Impact and Reception

"Umbrella" received critical acclaim upon its release, praised for its production and Rihanna's vocal performance. It won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and was nominated for Record of the Year. The song topped charts in over 20 countries and became one of the best-selling singles of all time.

  1. Chart Performance
  2. Awards and Nominations
  3. Sales Records

Lyrics and Meaning

The song's lyrics offer a message of loyalty and friendship, promising to stand by a loved one like an umbrella during hard times. Its metaphorical use of weather conditions to describe life's ups and downs has been widely discussed and praised.

  1. Analysis of Lyrics
  2. Symbolism
  3. Emotional Impact

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Umbrella" released? (2007) (!2006) (!2008) (!2009)

Who featured in the song "Umbrella" alongside Rihanna? (Jay-Z) (!Kanye West) (!Drake) (!Eminem)

What is the main symbol used in the song "Umbrella"? (Umbrella) (!Rain) (!Sun) (!Storm)

Which album does "Umbrella" belong to? (Good Girl Gone Bad) (!Rated R) (!Talk That Talk) (!Anti)

How many Grammy Awards did "Umbrella" win? (1) (!2) (!3) (!0)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Where is Rihanna originally from? (Barbados) (!Jamaica) (!United States) (!Trinidad and Tobago)

What genre of music is Rihanna primarily associated with? (Pop and R&B) (!Country) (!Rock) (!Classical)

How many studio albums had Rihanna released by 2007? (3) (!2) (!4) (!5)

Which song marked Rihanna's first collaboration with Jay-Z? (Umbrella) (!Run This Town) (!Talk That Talk) (!The Monster)

What is a distinctive feature of Rihanna's music videos? (Visual storytelling) (!Extensive use of animation) (!Black and white cinematography) (!Silent film style)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What does the umbrella symbolize in the song? (Protection and support) (!Loneliness and isolation) (!Joy and happiness) (!Anger and frustration)

According to the lyrics, when will Rihanna be there for her friend? (When the sun shines, we'll shine together) (!When the rain falls, we'll fall apart) (!Only on sunny days) (!Only when it's convenient)

What does Rihanna promise to be to her friend? (Your umbrella) (!Your shield) (!Your sunlight) (!Your storm)

How does the song describe the relationship between the singer and the listener? (Loyal and supportive) (!Distant and cold) (!Casual and uncommitted) (!Competitive and envious)

What emotional tone is conveyed through the song's lyrics? (Hopeful and reassuring) (!Sad and melancholic) (!Angry and aggressive) (!Indifferent and unemotional)


Rihanna Barbadian Singer
Jay-Z Featured Artist
Umbrella Symbol of Protection
2007 Year of Release
Good Girl Gone Bad Album Name

Open Tasks


  1. Explore more songs by Rihanna: Listen to other songs from the Good Girl Gone Bad album and compare their themes to "Umbrella".
  2. Design your own umbrella: Create a design for an umbrella that represents the theme of the song.


  1. Write a review: Write a music review of "Umbrella" focusing on its lyrics, melody, and overall impact.
  2. Create a cover version: Record your own cover of "Umbrella" and share it online.


  1. Analyze the music video: Write an essay analyzing the symbolism and visual storytelling in the "Umbrella" music video.
  2. Explore the song's impact: Research and present how "Umbrella" influenced popular culture and music trends in 2007.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the evolution of Rihanna's music style: How has Rihanna's music style evolved from her debut album to Good Girl Gone Bad?
  2. The role of collaborations in music: Analyze the impact of collaborations between artists, using "Umbrella" as a case study.
  3. Music and symbolism: Discuss the use of symbols in music and their impact on listener interpretation, referencing "Umbrella".
  4. The significance of music awards: Evaluate the importance of music awards in an artist's career, with examples from Rihanna and Jay-Z.
  5. The global influence of pop music: Explore how songs like "Umbrella" contribute to the global influence of pop music.

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