[Daily article] February 20: Rehab (Rihanna song)

“Rehab” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna (pictured) for
her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). Def Jam Recordings
serviced the song to contemporary hit radio in the United States on
October 6, 2008, as the eighth and final single from the album, and
released it in Britain as a CD single on December 8. Development of
“Rehab” began while Rihanna was accompanying Timbaland on Justin
Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveShow tour in 2007. Timberlake wrote the song
in collaboration with its producers, Hannon Lane and Timbaland, and
provided additional vocals. It is a mid-paced R&B; song with an
emotional, melancholy chorus; the lyrics are about the protagonist’s
painful memories of her former lover, who is portrayed metaphorically as
a disease. Critics were divided on the song’s production and
composition, some comparing the structure to that of Timberlake’s 2007
single “What Goes Around… Comes Around”. The accompanying music video,
directed by Anthony Mandler, was shot in Vasquez Rocks Park near Los
Angeles, and won the Urban Music Award for Best Music Video.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa The Barber of
Seville was hissed by the audience during its debut at the Teatro
Argentina in Rome.


New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, today the largest
art museum in the United States with a collection of over two million
works of art, opened.


The Canadian government under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker
cancelled the Avro CF-105 Arrow interceptor aircraft program amid much
political debate.


The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast voted to secede from
Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.


The Tamil Tigers attempted to crash two aircraft packed with
C-4 in suicide attacks on Colombo, Sri Lanka, but the planes were shot
down before they reached their targets.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (law) A writ of venire facias.
2. (law, chiefly US) A group of persons summoned by a writ of venire
facias to appear in court for jury selection.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Nature has two voices, the one high, the other low; one is in
sweet accord with reason and justice, and the other apparently at war
with both. The more men know of the essential nature of things, and of
the true relation of mankind, the freer they are from prejudice of every
kind. The child is afraid of the giant form of his own shadow. This is
natural, but he will part with his fears when he is older and wiser. So
ignorance is full of prejudice, but it will disappear with
–Frederick Douglass

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