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It’s Raining Views: Rihanna & Jay-Z’s ‘Umbrella’ Video Joins YouTube’s Billion Views Club

Mr. Nimbus | 02/22/2024

Ooh, baby, it’s raining views. As of Thursday (Feb. 22), the music video for Rihanna‘s “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z has more than 1 billion clicks on YouTube, 15 years after it was first uploaded.

The late 2000s time capsule opens with Jay-Z rapping in front of a curtain of falling sparks, flanked by a troupe of models wearing dark hoodies and sunglasses. Then, 21-year-old Rih Rih takes over, armed with umbrella props as she gracefully dodges splashes of water and performs choreography in a number of settings. At one point, we see the future Fenty Beauty founder painted silver from head to toe.

“When the sun shines, we’ll shine together/ Told you I’ll be here forever,” she sings on the iconic track. “Said I’ll always be your friend/ Took an oath, I’mma stick it out to the end.”

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“Umbrella” topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007 and remained in the top spot for a total of seven weeks. It remains one of Rih’s biggest songs on the chart to date.

The same can be said for the “Empire State of Mind” rapper, who has only had one song last longer at No. 1 on the Hot 100 than “Umbrella” so far: his 2003 duet with now-wife Beyoncé, “Crazy in Love” (eight weeks).

Rihanna and Jay-Z have worked together a number of times since “Umbrella,” including on “Run This Town” with Kanye West in 2009, “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” with Bono and The Edge in 2010 and “Talk That Talk” in 2011.

Watch the billion-viewed “Umbrella” music video above.

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