Disturbia (3:59)

Cover of Good Girl Gone Bad

From Good Girl Gone Bad and 63 other releases

“Disturbia” is a song written by Andre Merritt, Chris Brown and Robert Allen for the re-release of Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, and is the third single from the re-release, following “Take a Bow” and “If I Never See Your Face Again” and the seventh single from the original album. The song was produced by Brian Kennedy with background vocals by Chris Brown and Andre Merritt. Contrary to popular belief, Rihanna uses an Auto-Tune, not a vocoder throughout the song. It was featured in a Circuit City commercial.

The song was originally written by Chris Brown and his team known as the Graffiti Artizts and was considered for the re-release of his album Exclusive. However, Brown felt that the song would be better suited for a female singer. He then forwarded the song to Rihanna. Def Jam had considered saving the track for Rihanna’s next album in 2009, because she had already recorded “Take a Bow” for the re-release of Good Girl Gone Bad. However, Rihanna and her team felt that the song was a summer single and needed to be recorded and released as soon as possible. The decision was finally made to release the song as the follow up to “Take a Bow”.

The song follows in the footsteps of Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” by being a fast and upbeat pop/dance-rhythmic song. However, in contrast to the upbeat music of “Don’t Stop the Music”, it is lyrically dark in tone, being about a state of mental anguish, delusional feelings and confusion.

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