“Rude Boy” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, taken from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was released as the album’s fourth overall and third international single on February 19, 2010, through Def Jam. Rihanna co-wrote the song with StarGate, Ester Dean, Makeba Riddick, and Rob Swire, with Swire also co-producing it with StarGate. “Rude Boy” is an up-tempo dancehall and R&B song which incorporates elements of raggamuffin. The song received mixed to positive reviews from critics; some have call it is the highlight of the album, but others criticized Rihanna’s “monotone” and “icy” vocal performance.
“Rude Boy” peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in its fourth week for five consecutive weeks, and was Rihanna’s sixth US number one single. It was a commercial success globally, peaked at number one in Australia and attained top five positions in Germany, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. The accompanying music video was directed by Melina Matsoukas, used greenscreen techniques and featured props that included a stuffed lion and zebra. Rihanna performed the song live for the first time at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam in South Beach, Miami, and later on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Alan Carr: Chatty Man. “Rude Boy” was also featured on the set lists of Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth, Loud, Anti and Diamonds tours.