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Source Material: Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad

by Rachel Devitt

Source Material: Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad


When Good Girl Gone Bad first dropped in 2007, it re-introduced the world to Rihanna in several different ways. Already an up-and-coming pop-R&B star, the Barbadian 20-year-old morphed into a megawatt hit machine as the album spawned smash after smash, starting with the ubiquitous "Umbrella." Despite her youth, it also introduced her as a mature force to be reckoned with, an all-grown-up pop diva capable of holding her own against whatever heavyweight producers like Timbaland and Tricky Stewart threw at her.

But finally, Good Girl introduced us to a stormier Rihanna comfortable using both sexuality and vulnerability as languages of independence. Not only did her turn to the dark side pave the way for Riri's future experiments with the fine line between eroticism and emotion, it also placed her in a long line of fierce "bad girls" in the history of pop music. Retrace her musical and emotional excavation with our Source Material guide to Good Girl Gone Bad (the 2008 "reloaded" version).