You Da One

Album: Talk That Talk (2011)
Charted: 16 14

Songfacts®:

  • This island-flavored tune was written by songwriter Ester Dean, who also penned another of Rihanna's Caribbean-inspired hits, "Rude Boy." Dr. Luke, who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears and Katy Perry, produced the song.
  • The song finds Rihanna singing of good loving, and the Bajan singer told Ryan Seacrest that its message of the power of love is what attracted her to the tune. "This is one of those records, it becomes very addictive," she said on his KIIS FM radio show. "To me, it's very infectious: the more you listen to it, the more you want to listen to it. It had a reggae vibe, but it's a sweet little love letter. I love the record. It's kind of dirty, I love it."
  • The black and white video was filmed on November 26 and 27, 2011, in Northern Ireland. It was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who was also responsible for "We Found Love"'s visual, which was also shot in Ireland.

    The video lasts three and a half minutes and we counted Rihanna grabbing her crotch 11 times during its running time. Rihanna's white bowler hat, cane, and smoky eye makeup are a homage to Stanley Kubrick's 1971 controversial movie, Clockwork Orange.

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