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"If It's Lovin' That You Want"
Single by Rihanna
from the album Music of the Sun
Released November 28, 2005
Format CD single, digital download, airplay
Recorded 2005
Genre Pop, reggae
Length 3:28
Label Def Jam, SRP
Writer(s) Samuel Barnes, KRS-One, Scott La Rock, Alexander "Spanador" Makeba, Jean-Claude Oliver
Producer Poke & Tone
Rihanna singles chronology
"Pon de Replay"
(2005)
"If It's Lovin' That You Want"
(2005)
"SOS"
(2006)

"If It's Lovin' That You Want" is a popreggae song written by Samuel Barnes, Scott La Rock, Makeba, Jean Claude Oliver, Alexander "Spanador" Mosely and Lawrence Parker for pop singer Rihanna's debut album, Music of the Sun (2005).

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Song history

Produced by Poke & Tone, the mid-tempo song is—according to Rihanna—an instruction to a man: "If it's lovin' that you want, you should make me your girl because I've got what you need".[1] A sequel, "If It's Lovin' That You Want - Part 2" (featuring Cory Gunz), was included on Rihanna's second album, A Girl like Me (2006). That version was featured on an episode of the television series Gossip Girl.

The song samples "The Bridge Is Over" by Boogie Down Productions.

Chart performance

It was released as the album's second single after "Pon de Replay" and peaked at number thirty-six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It had more success on a worldwide scale, reaching the top five in Poland and Slovakia, the top ten in Australia and New Zealand and number eleven on the UK Singles Chart; it also became her first number-one crossover hit in the Philippines. "If It's Lovin That You Want" was the second and last single released single from Music of the Sun in the U.S.; a third single, "Let Me", was released in Japan.

Music video

Rihanna singing at the beach in the music video for "If It's Lovin' That You Want"

The music video for the song was shot on a stretch of beach on the coast of California by director Marcus Raboy, and the dancing was choreographed by Fatima Robinson.[1] Rihanna said that the video "is about having fun, giving off the vibe of the Caribbean", and that "I'm just [performing] to the camera as if it were my boyfriend. [...] It's going to be incredible."[1] Scenes of the video show a bonfire, belly dancing and Rihanna on a jet ski, which she had to learn how to ride.[1] On TRL Poland, it was retired from the countdown after fifty days. With music video guest Lance Gross.


Track Listing

UK Promo CD
(Released: November 21, 2005)

  1. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Radio Edit) - 3:27
  2. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Instrumental) - 3:21

UK Vinyl, 12", Promo

  • A1 "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Radio Edit) - 3:27
  • A2 "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Instrumental) - 3:21
  • A3 "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (A Capella) - 3:20
  • B1 "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Radio Edit) - 3:27
  • B2 "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Instrumental) - 3:21
  • B3 "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (A Capella) - 3:20

Australian Maxi-CD Single

  1. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Album Version) - 3:27
  2. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Instrumental) - 3:21
  3. "Pon De Replay" (Norty Cotto Remix) - 7:32
  4. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Video) - 3:30

German Maxi-CD Single
(Released: December 2, 2005)

  1. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Album Version) - 3:27
  2. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Instrumental) - 3:21
  3. "Pon De Replay" (Norty Cotto Remix) - 7:32
  4. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Video) - 3:30

European / UK CD Single

  1. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Album Version) - 3:27
  2. "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Remix Featuring Corey Gunz) - 3:49

Charts

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 9
Austrian Singles Chart 31
Belgian Singles Chart 25
Dutch Top 40[2] 13
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 35
German Singles Chart 25
Irish Singles Chart 8
Italian Singles Chart 36
New Zealand Singles Chart 9
Romanian Singles Chart 18
Swiss Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 36
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 99
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[3] 15

References

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