What's My Name? (Rihanna song)
|"What's My Name?"|
|Single by Rihanna featuring Drake|
|from the album Loud|
|Released||October 29, 2010|
|Recorded||2010; Roc the Mic Studios (New York City), Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles)|
"What's My Name?" is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, for her fifth studio album Loud (2010). Featuring guest vocals from Canadian rapper Drake, the song was released as the second single from Loud on October 29, 2010 through Def Jam Recordings. The Electro-R&B song was produced by the Norwegian production duo StarGate, and was written by the duo along with Ester Dean, Traci Hale, and Drake. Lyrically, it incorporates themes of sexual intercourse and romance.
Music critics gave the song positive reviews, citing it some of Rihanna's best vocal work to date; there was a praise regarding its romantic nature, as well as its sexual tones. "What's My Name?" was a commercial success and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving Rihanna her third number-one single in 2010, as well as her eighth overall on the chart. The song also topped the charts in Hungary and the United Kingdom and reached the top five in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Slovakia. The song received a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
An accompanying music video, directed by Philip Andelman, portrays a romantic encounter between Rihanna and Drake in a grocery store along with romantic scenes between the pair and Rihanna walking through Manhattan's Lower East Side. "What's My Name?" was promoted with live performances, including Saturday Night Live in America and the series seven finale of The X Factor in the United Kingdom.
"What's My Name?" was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Ester Dean, Traci Hale and Aubrey Graham. The production of the song was helmed by Eriksen and Hermansen under their stage name StarGate. StarGate had produced some of Rihanna's previous singles including "Don't Stop the Music" (2007), "Rude Boy" (2009), and "Only Girl (in the World)" (2010). "What's My Name" features a rap verse by Canadian rapper Drake. In an interview with MTV News, Hermansen explained how the collaboration happened, "She [Rihanna] played the record to Drake backstage somewhere to try to get him on a verse... She's calling me up saying, 'Where are the files?' That's one thing you don't hear often from artists on her level." Regarding the collaboration, Rihanna explained that "Drake is the hottest rapper out right now and we've always been trying to work together," she said. "He's the only person I thought could really understand the melody of the song." She further stated that when he heard the song he loved it and wrote his verse three days later. The collaboration was originally planned to be a remix, but later it was decided that the version featuring Drake would be used as the original. In an interview with HitQuarters, one of the writers, Tracy Hale, revealed that Dean was the one who invited her to get involved in writing "What's My Name?" and Loud. In the interview Hale said "my contribution was mostly lyrical, Ester did most of the melody. It’s really group effort though – so it’s hard to say the formula on some songs because StarGate does their part, Ester does her part, I put in what I put in – no one does just one thing." When asked what the inspiration behind the song was, she said "Oh love, love, love! And it's sexy — it started as a real sexy track and then you put something sexy over it." Hale went on to credit the song's success as reigniting her career as a songwriter.
The single produced by Norwegian producer duo StarGate, returns Rihanna to the "Island-pop". It features a backing track consisting of "heavy reggae" and ska beats, supplemented with synthesised organs. The song is in the key of A
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"What's My Name?" is a mid-tempo electro-R&B song, produced by Norwegian producers, StarGate, who return Rihanna to the "Island-pop" of her early career with a backing track consisting of "heavy reggae" and ska beats with synthesised organs. Bill Lamb from About.com noted that before Rihanna's vocals start, there is an internal build up of "dreamy drum machine rhythms". Overall he described the backing track as "simple" and "atmospheric". The song was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Ester Dean, Traci Hale and Aubrey Graham and incorporates themes of "sex and romance". Jocelyn Vena from MTV described the vocal delivery and lyrical content of the song as "sassy". Lamb as said that "lyrically, [What's My Name?] amounts to romantic, sexual sweet nothings". Rihanna called the collaboration "young and playful", something which Stacy Anderson from Spin and Nick Levine of Digital Spy both picked up, when commenting on the sexual innuendos in the lyrics. In particular, Anderson and Levine noted an arithmetic-based joke during Drake's guest vocal, where he says "The square root of 69 is 8 something, right / 'Cuz I been trying to work it out". Megan Vick from Billboard noted that "Rihanna's lush vocal turn denotes a startling leap in maturity from previous singles".
"What's My Name?" received positive reviews for its romantic tone and sentiments. Thomas Conner from the Chicago Sun-Times neither praised nor criticized the song, but instead focused on the steamy nature of the composition. "[Rihanna] and panting duet partner Drake steam the recording studio windows as he raps a helpless play-by-play". Bill Lamb from About.com gave the song a positive review, saying that "There it is, the chorus opens the track with "Oh na na...what's my name?" and the hook is firmly implanted. It's not long before Drake's added on rap kicks in with clever, sexy and romantic rhyming. Then the dreamy drum machine rhythms and Rihanna's vocals kick in again. This is a hit... "What's My Name?" is a good addition to that romantic evening playlist." Jocelyn Vena from MTV praised the "song's chorus" and "Drake's verse". Molly Lambert of Pitchfork Media praised Rihanna's performance saying that "On 'What's My Name', Rihanna doesn't have to tell us how desirable she is – it is a given. There is never any doubt in her delivery that Rihanna really might as well be the only girl in the world". Nick Levine from Digital Spy said " 'What's My Name?' is essentially the long, luxuriant lovemaking session to 'Rude Boy's hard'n'fast rut... it manages to stay classy even when Drake makes a dodgy joke about the 'square root of 69' and Rihanna delivers a not-so-coy reference to oral sex." Megan Vick from Billboard said "As much as 'What's My Name' is a joint effort, Rihanna owns the song by delivering a more polished version of her pop persona." According to Jon Dolan from Rolling Stone with the release of "What's My Name?" as second single from the album Rihanna created "a perfect little tropical storm". He continued: "[...] Over dark, humid synths and swirling snare skitters, she's in full-on Caribbean-queen mode, dialing up her islander accent and rolling out a to-do list for any adult male seeking entrance into her chambers". However, he also gave some negative criticism over Drake's "Square root of 69" stating that he sounds like a nerdy guy from fraternity while presents it.
"What's My Name?" debuted at number sixty-seven on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the chart week of October 30, 2010 and steadily rose to a peak of number two. The song debuted at number eighty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 after being sent to mainstream radio, and in the third week it jumped to number one, after being released digitally; becoming Rihanna's eighth number-one single on the chart and Drake's first. "What's My Name?" managed to reach number one on the chart, before the lead single "Only Girl (In the World)", which topped the chart after two weeks. In the same week, it reached the top spot on US Hot Digital Songs with first week sales of 235,000. Rihanna became the first artist in Billboard Hot 100 history to have their first single go to number one after their second single ("Whats My Name?" followed by "Only Girl (In the World)"). Also, Rihanna became the first artist to score a trio of Hot 100 leaders in a year since 2008, when she achieved the same feat with "Take a Bow", "Disturbia" and featured vocals on T.I.'s "Live Your Life." By its seventh week of digital release, the single crossed the one million mark. The song has sold more than 3 million downloads in the United States alone, and has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In the United Kingdom, following the release of Loud, "What's My Name?" debuted at number eighteen on the UK Singles Chart on November 27, 2010. The other week, on December 5, 2010 the song reached a new peak of number eight, and during the same week, Rihanna had two other top-ten singles with "Only Girl (In the World)" at number seven and "Who's That Chick" (by David Guetta featuring Rihanna) at number nine. With that Rihanna became the fourth artist in UK chart history to make this achievement. On December 19, 2010, the song reached a new peak of number two, where it remained for three weeks before reaching number one on January 9, 2011. As a result, Rihanna became the first female artist in UK chart history to have a number one single in five consecutive years. She is only the second artist to achieve this feat behind Elvis Presley who posted number one singles from 1959–63. It is also Rihanna's fourth number-one single in the UK. It was also the second time in her career that Rihanna simultaneously topped the singles and albums charts in the UK, the first time being in May 2007 when "Umbrella" and Good Girl Gone Bad topped the UK Singles and UK Album chart, respectively. Rihanna would score another chart double later that year, this time, with "We Found Love" and Talk That Talk. To date, the song is Drake's highest charting single and first number one in the United Kingdom.
Rihanna shot the music video for the song on September 26, 2010 in the Lower East Side of New York City and also a small sceen in India, Mumbai with Raam Kapoor and director Philip Andelman. Parts of the video shot with Drake were filmed on October 27, 2010. The music video premiered on November 12, 2010 on Rihanna's Vevo channel on YouTube.
The video starts with different views from the city, then shifts to a store where Drake is speaking to the cashier. Rihanna enters, grabbing his attention. She smiles at him and walks towards a fridge and grabs a milk package. Drake follows her and his verse begins. He holds her hand as he raps his verse, the milk package falls from her hand as she holds his, thus spilling milk on the floor. When Drake's verse is over, Rihanna pushes him and walks away with a smile.
When Rihanna's verse starts, she is shown walking on the street and dancing. Views of people holding instruments and walking on the street are shown, in addition to scenes where Rihanna and Drake are in a bedroom together, flirting, talking and drinking champagne. The final scene shows Rihanna in an outdoor reggae-inspired night party with the people previously shown are now playing instruments as Rihanna sings and dances. The video ends with Drake kissing Rihanna on her cheek in the bedroom.
"What's My Name?" was performed for the first time (without Drake) on October 30, 2010, during Rihanna's stint on the television show Saturday Night Live. Her outfit for the performance (high-waisted daisy dukes and a bikini top) drew comparisons to an outfit worn by Rihanna's friend, singer Katy Perry. Then on November 15, prior to the album's release, Rihanna reprised her performance of "What's My Name?" for MTV's The Seven, Live from Times Square, New York. Just a day later, she performed the single again, this time on the Late Show with David Letterman. On November 17, 2010, she was interview for and performed the song as part of her set list for her appearance on Good Morning America. At the American Music Awards of 2010 on November 21, 2010, Rihanna performed a mini medley of her recent hits which included "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)", "What's My Name?" and concluded with "Only Girl (In the World)".
In the United Kingdom, Rihanna was invited back to series seven of The X Factor on December 11, 2010, to perform "Unfaithful" with finalist Matt Cardle and a solo performance of "What's My Name?". The finale was watched by fifteen million viewers but attracted complaints, in the thousands, about Rihanna's choice of outfit and sexual performance. Vivienne Patterson, director of Mediawatch UK, said "I don’t think it was suitable for a pre-watershed broadcast, I think that’s quite clear". Britain's media regulator, Ofcom, later confirmed that it had launched an investigation into the matter after four thousand complaints were registered regarding Rihanna and Christina Aguilera's appearances at the The X Factor finale. Rihanna performed the song with Drake for the first time at the 53rd Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011, as well as performing the song as a part of a medley with "Only Girl (In the World)" and "S&M" live at the 2011 Brit Awards on February 15, 2011. Rihanna also performed the song with Drake at the NBA All Star Game on February 20, 2011 as well as performing the song as a part of a medley of "Umbrella" / "Only Girl (In the World)" / "Rude Boy" / "All of the Lights" (with Kanye West). The song was part of the set list for the Australian leg of the Last Girl on Earth Tour, Loud Tour and the Diamonds World Tour. In May 2011 Rihanna gave a performance of "What's My Name?" on NBC's Today show, as a part of the Summer Concert Series, along with "Only Girl (In the World)", "S&M" and "California King Bed". Rihanna performed "What's My Name?" at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend on May 24, 2012, as the sixth song on the set list.
Formats and track listings
- Digital download
- "What's My Name?" (featuring Drake) – 4:24
- "What's My Name?" (Low Sunday Up On It Extended) – 5:03
- "What's My Name?" (Low Sunday Up On It Instrumental) – 5:00
- "What's My Name?" (Kik Klap Mixshow) – 4:10
- "What's My Name?" (Original Version Clean) – 4:27
- German CD single
- "What's My Name?" (featuring Drake) – 4:24
- "What's My Name?" (Low Sunday "Up On It" Radio) – 3:47
Credits and personnel
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||Gold|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum|
Radio and release history
|United States||October 26, 2010||Mainstream and rhythmic radio||Def Jam Recordings|
|Australia||October 29, 2010||Digital download||Island Def Jam Music Group|
|Canada||November 1, 2010||Def Jam|
|United States||December 23, 2010||Digital Remixes EP||Def Jam|
|United Kingdom||January 10, 2011||Digital download||Mercury Records|
|Germany||January 21, 2011||CD single||Universal Music|
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