Music of the Sun

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Music of the Sun
Studio album by Rihanna
Released August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)
Genre
Length 46:43
Label
Producer
Rihanna chronology
Music of the Sun
(2005)
A Girl Like Me
(2006)
Singles from Music of the Sun
  1. "Pon de Replay"
    Released: May 24, 2005
  2. "If It's Lovin' that You Want"
    Released: September 13, 2005

Music of the Sun is the first studio album released by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The album was released in August 2005 by Def Jam and SRP with the singles "Pon de Replay" and "If It's Lovin' that You Want. The album features a wide range types of music, including dancehall, reggae, dance-pop and R&B and features guest appearances from Vybz Kartel, Kardinal Offishall, J-Status and Elephant Man.

Singles[change | change source]

  • "Pon de Replay" (2005)
  • "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (2005)

Track listing[change | change source]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Pon de Replay"  
  • Nobles
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
4:06
2. "Here I Go Again" (featuring J-Status)
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
4:11
3. "If It's Lovin' that You Want"  
3:28
4. "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" (featuring Vybz Kartel)
4:20
5. "That La, La, La"  
  • Full Force
  • D. Emile
  • Johnny Nice[a]
  • Rogers[b]
  • Sturken[b]
3:45
6. "The Last Time"  
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
4:53
7. "Willing to Wait"  
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
4:37
8. "Music of the Sun"  
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
3:56
9. "Let Me"  
3:56
10. "Rush" (featuring Kardinal Offishall)
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
3:09
11. "There's a Thug in My Life" (featuring J-Status)
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
  • E. Jordan
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
3:21
12. "Now I Know"  
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
  • Fenty
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
5:01
13. "Pon de Replay Remix" (featuring Elephant Man) (bonus track)
  • Brooks
  • Nobles
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
  • Nobles
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
3:37
Total length:
52:20
Notes

Personnel[change | change source]

Credits for Music of the Sun are adapted from AllMusic.[2]

Musicians[change | change source]

  • Rihanna – vocals, composer
  • Rob Mounsey – arranger/conductor
  • Full Force – vocals (background)
  • Carl Sturken – composer, guitar, keyboards, piano,
  • Evangeline Evelyn – guitar
  • Lawrence Glazener – bass
  • Avril Brown – violin
  • Kenneth Burward-Hoy - violin
  • Yana Goichman – violin
  • Ann Leathers – violin
  • Cenovia Cummins – violin
  • Jan Mullen – violin
  • Elizabth Nielson – violin
  • Debra Shufelt – violin
  • Marti Sweet – violin
  • Uri Vodoz – violin
  • Carol Wener – violin
  • Stephanie Cum – cello
  • Richard Locker – cello
  • Mark Orrin Shuman – cello
  • Lian Truffle – cello
  • Tristan Hart – viola
  • Vince Lionti – viola
  • Sue Pray – viola

Production[change | change source]

  • Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken – Executive producers
  • Full Force, Evan Rogers – Vocal production
  • Full Force – Additional vocal production
  • Al Hemberger, Matt Noble, Malcolm Pollack – Engineers
  • Jason Agel, Roy Matthews, Alex Pinto – Assistant engineers
  • Jason Goldstein, Jason Groucott, Al Hemberger – Mixing
  • Chris Gehringer  – Mastering
  • Jay Brown, Adrienne Muhammad, Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith – A&R
  • Tai Linzie – Design
  • Andy West – Art Direction
  • Tai Linzie, Mark Mann, Ivan Otis – Photography
  • Johnny Nice- Mixed by

Charts[change | change source]

Chart (2005-06) Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Albums (ARIA)[3] 18
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[4] 26
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 45
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[6] 7
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 98
French Albums (SNEP)[8] 93
German Albums (Media Control)[9] 31
New Zealand Albums (RIANZ)[10] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 35
US Billboard 200[13] 10
US R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 6

Certifications[change | change source]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (CRIA)[15] Platinum 80,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[16] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RIANZ)[17] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 623,000[20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[change | change source]

Region Date Format Label
Canada[21] August 30, 2005 CD Universal
United States[22] Def Jam
Germany[23] September 5, 2005 Universal
United Kingdom[24] August 19, 2005 Mercury
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