"Take a Bow" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008), the re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was written and produced by Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen, and Shaffer Smith under their stage names StarGate and Ne-Yo. "Take a Bow" was released as the first single from the re-release and the fifth single overall from the two releases. It is an R&B ballad that contains elements of dance-pop. Critical reception of "Take a Bow" was mixed, with some critics praising the song's lyrics and powerful balladry, while others criticized StarGate's production as unoriginal.
The song was a hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B charts, and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It experienced one of the greatest chart-moves in history, going from #53 to #1 in a single week—a feat, that only Maroon 5’s “Makes Me Wonder” surpasses.
The song's accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and presents Rihanna as the female protagonist who leaves her boyfriend because of his infidelity.
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