I was caught by a story that a Nigerian wrote the 'umbrella' track. I spread the gist like a wildfire sharp sharp. But after the excitement died, I did a bigger search with google and found out that Britney Spears was first offered the track but she turned it down and our own Taio Cruz (Real name: Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere) wanted it badly and had started recording a demo but Jay-z muscled in and chanced him. Taio Cruz was born to a Nigerian father and Brazilian mother, and raised in London, England. Read excerpts of an interview with him on the issue:
What`s the story behind `Umbrella` being earmarked for you?
“Basically I was there at `Tricky` Stewart`s studio the day they wrote it, and just absolutely loved it from the get-go! So, because this was when I was putting my album together, I was like `I really have to have this song!`! But `Tricky` was like `Let me just see whether Britney`s people come back to me first`. And then, when they did come back saying it wasn`t going to be for her, I was like `OK. Cool`. So I started recording the demo. But then, when I got back to London, before I could get the song basically secured as mine, Jay-Z and Rihanna came through saying `If we get the song we`re going to put this much money behind it!`… And so I guess the rest is history!”