Who's That Chick?
by Rihanna (featuring David Guetta)

Album: One More Love (2010)
Charted: 6 51
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Songfacts®:

  • This high-energy David Guetta-produced number sees Rihanna returning to the world of dance music after the darker tracks she recorded for Rated R. The song leaked online on September 17, 2010. Guetta said to MTV News regarding helping Rihanna return to dance music: "Well, you know, I'm a DJ, so I make beats that make you wanna dance. And I think she was one of the first to do that in that urban world, so you know, I think it would be good for her to do it again."
  • Guetta originally previewed the heavily Auto-Tuned track earlier in 2010 on French radio.
  • The colourful Japanese-pop inspired video was directed by Jonas Akerlund (Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" and "Telephone") and was filmed for an online commercial for Doritos. It shows a fun-loving Rihanna making her way through a rainbow fantasy world clad in a multicolored ensemble.
  • Both a "day" and "night" version of the video was recorded, the idea being that the user can toggle back and forth between both versions while the video streams. Rihanna explained to Entertainment Weekly: "This is the first time my fans will be able to interact with me in one of my videos. We shot the video for 'Who's That Chick' in two versions: day and night. With the Doritos bag you'll be able to change back and forth between the two videos and it will be different every time."
  • Rihanna admitted to Entertainment Weekly that the somewhat predictable "in the club" vibe of the song is similar to a number of other hits and was probably not her best work: "That's why it's a bonus track and not on Loud," she said. "It's a great song, but it's safe. It's like a lot of other songs out there."
  • This was released as a digital download on November 22, 2010 and served as the lead single from the re-release of Guetta's fourth studio album, One Love.
  • The song debuted at #9 on the UK singles chart dated December 5, 2010. The two songs placed above it were also Rihanna tracks - "What's My Name?" (#8) and "Only Girl (In The World)" (#7). This made Rihanna the first act in chart history to line up at consecutive places with three singles since Frankie Laine, who in the week of October 17 1953 was at #2 with "I Believe" #3 with "Hey Joe" and #4 with "When The Wind Blows."

    Another feat achieved by Rihanna with the arrival of this song on the UK singles chart is she became the first act to have managed a trio of Top 10 hits at the same time since John Lennon had three singles in the upper reaches in the first weeks of 1981.
  • Guetta told the story of this song in an interview with MTV News: "Bu, which is Akon's brother, was doing the A&R on the new album for Rihanna [and] came to me and asked me for some tracks," recalled Guetta. "And I was feeling terrible because I'm such a huge fan but I didn't have any beats that would fit. I just didn't have any ideas. Sometimes two artists wanna work together, but it doesn't mean it's gonna happen, because you have to find the right idea."

    Eventually Guetta had a breakthough. "I came up with the idea for the song for 'Who's That Chick,' and I said, 'That's it. It's perfect!' " he continued. "I went to see her in London; she was having a concert. And just before the concert, I went to see her backstage and I played her the record and she was like, 'Yeah, I like it.' But I think she was doubting it a little bit. And then after the concert, I saw her again and she was like, 'That record is stuck in my head!' And I was like, 'OK, let's do it!' Finally, which is really amazing for me, we did it as 'David Guetta featuring Rihanna.' It's a great honor for me."
  • A third video was filmed in December 2010 in Los Angeles showing David Guetta DJing on a spaceship while watching Rihanna dancing on various monitors. The Bajan singer's actual scenes are the same as the Doritos' day version clip. The video has a Star Trek feel, and Guetta's scenes were actually filmed in a former "Trek" studio. The French dance maestro told MTV News. "It's actually really funny, because we shot that in Los Angeles in a place where the used to shoot 'Star Trek,' but like the old ones. And so it's kind of retro futuristic, you know? It's like how people were seeing the future back in the '80s. It has a sense of humor in the video."

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