This was one of about 200 songs that was written for Rihanna's album Loud. It didn't make the cut, so it ended up going to this singer, also known by just one name, who happens to be hosting our iHeart Music Awards Show tonight on Fox 12 at 8.
This song received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who loved its production and today’s singer’s vocals, but criticized what some felt was the song's lack of originality. That didn't seem to matter though…
The song peaked in the top-ten in over fifteen countries, becoming one of his most successful singles. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, marking his sixteenth top-ten hit on the chart.
He has sold 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States. Internationally, he has sold 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. At the end of 2009, Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, right behind Eminem.
Coming up, we’ll tell you about the inspiring origin of the unique dance style he made famous in the video for today's song.
Today’s artist is known as much for dancing as he is for singing. His moves have often been compared to Michael Jackson and in the video for today’s song, he did a form of dance called ‘Krumping’ which has inspiring origins.
Created in South Central LA in the early 2000’s, the root word for this style of dance, “krump’, comes from song lyrics from an obscure song from 1990.
Krumping is rarely choreographed. It is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. Dancers who started krumping saw the dance as a means for them to escape gang life and "to express raw emotions in a powerful but non-violent way."
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