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"Rehab" is the eighth and final single taken from Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) in the US and the UK. It was written by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Hannon Lane, with Timberlake and Timbaland contributing backing vocals in its bridge.

Release

"Rehab" was released to radio on October 7, 2008. "Rehab" had already been slated for release in August, 2008 in the UK but was pushed back due to the digital release of "Disturbia", and the optional pick of "Breakin' Dishes". Even without the official release yet, the song started to pick up on pop radio at the end of September. It has been played on New York City's Z100marker late September. It was the fifth most added song to radio in Australia, on its first week of release.

In April 2009 Timbaland released a new Remix of "Rehab" in the Internet called "Timbaland Remix".

Critical reception

The song has received generally mixed reviews from critics. Bill Lamb from About.com was not impressed with the song, calling it "somewhat disappointing ... 'Rehab' simply sounds too much like "What Goes Around... 2." The song has received further criticism after being compared to Madonna's "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You" from her album, Hard Candy, while "Rehab" was recorded before "Devil Wouldn´t Recognize You".

Entertainment Weekly magazine gave the song a negative review, saying its "a joyless overdose of midtempo melodrama".

Pitchfork Media called it a "slight but solid entry into the rapidly-expanding Timbalake catalog" though considered that "it's tough not to speculate how it might sound if Timberlake sang the whole thing rather than just the backing vocals. His falsetto is perfectly equipped to convey the track's plaintive, regretful sentiment. Rihanna, meanwhile...not so much".

On a positive review, it was an Allmusic track pick.

Billboard magazine gave the song a positive review, stating: "While 'Rehab' has always been a highlight on the album, it does sound a bit dated, 18 months after its debut. That said, there's no doubt Rihanna is spitting fire on the charts and this will be no exception, with its slinky, Timberlake-assisted background vocals and tension-filled production, contrasting strings and guitars. Another fine entry that radio is sure to show the love. With no signs of burn yet, a word to the label."

Chart performance

"Rehab" made its first impact on the charts on Billboard's Pop 100, entering at number 73 the chart week of October 18, 2008, and has risen to #19 so far. The song charted for five weeks on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles in September 2007 and peaked at #8. On the issue of the November 8, the single debuted at #20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and rose to number 10 on this chart. It officially debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #91, moving to a peak of 18 for the issue dated January 03, 2009, making it the 7th single to reach the Top 20 on the 'Billboard Hot 100' from Good Girl Gone Bad, and also making it her 14th overall Top 40 hit. Also on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs it debuted at #89 and has since moved up to #52. It is the eighth single from Good Girl Gone Bad to enter that chart, selling 700,000 downloads.

"Rehab" debuted at #24 on the New Zealand RIANZ chart and moved to #19 the following week, giving Rihanna her seventh consecutive top twenty hit there from Good Girl Gone Bad. It has since peaked at #12 and was certified Gold after twelve weeks selling over 7,500 copies. In Australia, "Rehab" debuted at #62 on the ARIA Singles Chart based on downloads and since risen to #26.

Despite there being no confirmed physical release, on November 23, 2008, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at #51 on downloads alone and rose to a peak of #16. Despite it being Rihanna's second lowest (the lowest from Good Girl Gone Bad) charting single in the UK, it marked her 12th consecutive top twenty single in the country. It spent sixteen weeks inside the top 100 of the UK Singles Chart before dropping out.

In Canada it debuted #56 on the Canadian Hot 100 based on downloads and moved up to #37 the following week. It peaked at #19.

Music video

Rihanna and Justin Timberlake filmed a music video directed by Anthony Mandler for the song "Rehab" at Vasquez Rocks Park outside of Los Angelesmarker on October 21, 2008. The video premiered November 17, 2008 on MTV.com and uses the radio edit of the song.

The video starts with Rihanna on the hood of a car in the desert with a trailer near by and Timberlake speeding towards her on a motorcycle. It proceeds to show Rihanna and Timberlake in several scenes together in the desert and inside the trailer. There are day and night scenes in the video, and different lighting and lens effects are used throughout, such as green and pink tints and black and white scenes. The scenes with Timberlake and Rihanna are often conveyed as though Rihanna is seeing her ex-boyfriend (Timberlake) everywhere and all the time.

Track listing

iTunes Single
  1. "Rehab" (Main version) — 4:54
  2. "Rehab" (Instrumental) — 4:54


UK iTunes Single
  1. "Rehab" (Live version) — 4:46
  2. "Rehab" (Music video) — 4:45


Promotional CD
  1. "Rehab" (Main version) — 4:54
  2. "Rehab" (Radio edit) — 4:05
  3. "Rehab" (Instrumental) — 4:54


Release history

Country Date
United Statesmarker October 7, 2008
Italymarker December 10, 2008
Europe January 9, 2009


Charts

Chart (2009) Peak

position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 26
Austrian Singles Chart 9
Brazil Billboard Hot 100 84
Canadian Hot 100 19
Danish Singles Chartmarker 16
Dutch Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart 4
Irish Singles Chart 22
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 21
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 12
Norwegian Singles Chart 4
Romanian Singles Chart 8
Swedish Singles Chart 28
Swiss Singles Chart 13
Turkey Top 20 Chart 4
UK Singles Chart 16
UK R&B Chart 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 52
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 19


End of year

Country (2008) Position (Year End Singles Chart)
United Kingdommarker 139


References

  1. Rehab is the eighth single from Good Girl Gone Bad
  2. " Rihanna's gone and done it again" Digital Spy
  3. Rehab released on Radio
  4. Rehab on Australian Radio
  5. Review of Rehab on about.com
  6. Entertainment Weekly review of Rehab
  7. Review of Rehab on Pitchfork Media
  8. Good Girl Gone Bad Overview
  9. Billboard Bubbling under Hot 100 singles
  10. http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=34122
  11. iTunes tracklisting of Rehab
  12. iTunes UK tracklisting
  13. iTunes reelase date in Italy
  14. Europe reelase date
  15. ARIA Singles Chart
  16. Rehab on acharts
  17. German Singles Chart
  18. [www.fimi.it Official Italian Charts
  19. RIANZ Singles chart
  20. Swiss Singles Chart
  21. Turkey Top 20 Chart Retrieved on 2009-01-05
  22. UK R&B Chart
  23. Rehab on Hot 100 - Rihanna Billboard. Accessed November 22, 2008.
  24. Rehab on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs - Rihanna Billboard. Accessed November 29, 2008.
  25. Rehab on Pop 100 - Rihanna Billboard. Accessed November 29, 2008.
  26. http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2008.pdf



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