Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music

July 03, 2011 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

This is definitely my favourite Rihanna song, whenever I hear it, I HAVE to sing a long to it, and I feel upset that she never managed to get this song to number one, and although it charted at number four in the UK which is at least in the top five but it definitely deserve number one in my opinion. Her real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. And since I know all the lyrics off by heart, just shows how many times I've played it. This song ended up on so many different compilation albums at the time, and whenever the adverts came up they would always show a part of this video. And I was surprised that this song appeared on so many, but it did suggest how much people liked this song.

"Don't Stop The Music" was released as her third single from her third Album: "Good Girl Gone Bad". It is a Dance/club song that would've have been played extensively in the clubs in my area (however I was too young to go to a club back then, but now I'm old enough and they still play this song). It is definitely catchy and I don't think there's anyone out there, who wouldn't dance to this song when they hear it, although some people will not as they don't want to embarrass themselves. This just shows Rihanna's diversity, as she could possibly sing any song ever written, and it would still work (okay maybe she should keep away from screamo, but apart from that...)

The song tells a little bit of a story about how Rihanna goes clubbing and meets this guy who she wants to take away, and she likes how he dances and she doesn't want the music to stop. It's a simple storyline, and I think the people behind the music video did good, as there really is little to go on.

I love the start of the video when they walk in the shop and they go behind the counter, to the club. I especially like it when Rihanna turns around and goes "shush" to the little kid. Which is kind of cute. I like how they all seem to be clapping in time to the music, which must have been difficult to record.

The guy Rihanna is dancing with is kind of a nutter (and no I'm not just jealous, he really is crazy). But it kind of works with the way Rihanna is reacting. Furthermore, the editing is fast paced, which is to reflect the song, however it is a little over the top at some times and difficult to follow. Occasionally you can tell that some bits are repeated, and many music videos tend to do this, but sometimes it annoys me, why can't they follow a simple narrative story?

When I first saw this music video, I must have been about 14, and I couldn't stop watching this video on the music channels, I would always go through all the channels to see if this song was on there, wishing that it would be when I flick over. I learned the lyrics quickly and I tried copying some of the dance moves, like the bit when she flicks her finger, in a gesture to come here. And I always had to try and get it at the same time. I loved this song then, and to be honest I still do. The music video, does it some justice, but it could have been better, and as I've said before, if you have a good music video, you will get a good charting position. I hope Rihanna releases another Dance/Club hit, that is just as good as this one, sometime soon, would definitely like to go clubbing when that happens. But will she ever come back to this style of music? Was it just a trial run? We'll just have to wait and find out.