The-Dream Reveals That He Made $15 Million Off Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’

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Before the holidays, The-Dream visited Tim Westwood’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show in London while on tour with Rihanna. The hitmaker discussed the big paycheck he received from writing “Umbrella,” the reason behind his split from Christina Milian, and the process of penning Justin Bieber’s smash “Baby.”

Dream, whose written for Beyoncé and Mariah Carey, revealed that he banked $15 million off Rihanna’s hit single and is using the money to pay his bills. “I got child support bills, I got old wives’ bills, I got new wives’ bills. I’m working on my third wife, so I gotta pay those bills,” he joked.

The singer-songwriter, who has one daughter with Christina Milian and three with Nivea, wants more kids. “We ain’t finished yet,” he said. “I gotta keep writing ‘Umbrellas.’”

He also opened up about his divorce from the “Dip It Low” singer, explaining that it wasn’t another woman that tore the relationship apart. “I’m a Virgo, so I’m a perfectionist by natural habit. It wasn’t about a particular thing that actually happened, even though that’s how the media would make it out to be. It was more so about not being ready on both sides. It was really rushed.”

Although Christina received credit for co-writing Bieber’s “Baby,” Dream says it was done as a favor. “That was just because I’m generous,” he told Westwood.

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58 Comments

  1. uhuh

    in my most possible gay voice: “Radio killaaaa”

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  2. A Realist

    $15 million from ONE song?!?!?! O_O Geeeez.

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  3. coolio

    He wasn’t the only writer of the song. Jay-Z probably did his part and there was Christopher Stewart who most likely wrote the rest because we all know that Rihanna is an incapable skank who can’t write her own songs.

    Christopher Stewart is also the notable producer of the hit record.

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    SupaCi Reply:

    @coolio, Hate to disappoint you but Tricky is only a producer. He’s said many times he makes the beat and The-Dream writes the lyrics and melody… Kuk Harell does vocal production occasionally too.

    If you actually read the GGGB album booklet it clearly says “Music by: Tricky Stewart
    Lyrics by: The-Dream”

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    coolio Reply:

    @SupaCi, I was only talking about Umbrella, but I think both the DREAM and Stewart work hand-in-hand with the writing and production of certain songs. And no, Tricky is not only a writer for he has produced numerous song for a wide variety of artist.

    Along with The-Dream, he wrote and produced Single Ladies.

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    SupaCi Reply:

    @coolio, This NOT about what you THINK. I’m telling you what it is. The writing credits for Umbrella reads as this in the GGGB cd booklet:

    “Music by Christopher Stewart and Kuk Harrell
    Lyrics and melody by Terius Nash”

    Not saying Tricky is only a producer but 98% when he works with The-Dream, The-Dream is solely responsible for the lyrics and melody. Even Tricky has admitted that in interviews. Google it.

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    Peasant Reply:

    @SupaCi, can’t you see that b*tch skull is thick..some people are so facking annoying.

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  4. Lauryn

    I Told You Rihanna Ain’t Shit! She Doesn’t Get The Full Check.

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    Joyams Reply:

    @Lauryn, But you dont know how much she got for it. And no one is getting “the full check” for a song.

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    TalkingThatTalk Reply:

    @Joyams, go check her net worth + the money she made in 2007-2008 (the year of “Umbrella”) and you’ll see.. even Justin Bieber makes more money…

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    LMAO Reply:

    @Joyams, she hasn’t even made 2 Million of that song

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    TheKishmar Reply:

    @LMAO, so while you here discussing what she made off the song let me ask you this. How much did YOU make off the song cuz you catching feelings like you cut a check or something. STOP HATING.

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    Lauryn Reply:

    @Joyams, No Boo. People Like Bey & Usher & even Katy P are getting at least 80% minimum of their cuts Rihanna only makes money off her endorsements and interviews and perfomances. not her tours, albums or singles because she doesn’t contribute! This why I don’t respect this girl. JFTR Justin isn’t making no money, he hasn’t even got control of it neither his parents!!!

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  5. TalkingThatTalk

    O.O That’s why rihanna ain’t getting money!! she never participates on her music! Jay-Z and others ppl chose the songs for her and write, produce them.. she just has to go on studio.. she really is a puppet :/

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    coolio Reply:

    @TalkingThatTalk, Of course Rihanna is a puppet. That’s been an established fact ever since Good Girl Gone Bad. You can tell by all her songs that there’s not creatively and substance.

    The sad thing is that people buy this garbage. And why do you think her record company releases an album each year? They know people are going to buy this nonsense and by that, they make tons of money. Rihanna has had an album out every year since her career began except 2008. There was a remixed version of Good Girl Gone Bad, but that I won’t count.

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    Dash Reply:

    @coolio, Beyonce? Is that you?

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Dash, No it’s not her . Bey ain’t got time for dis , I’m mad u would think that Ri baby .

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  6. TalkingThatTalk

    I love The Dream and Jay-Z tho even if i know damn well Riri deserves more money :(

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    LMAO Reply:

    @TalkingThatTalk, The fuck that bitch doesn’t deserve more money..

    MUSIC by some guy on the computer
    LYRICS by somebody else
    VOCALS by auto tuned machine

    wait a second did she actually contribute to this album other than her name?

    She’s not a musician or an artist, can’t sing, write, produce or dance. She is tool created by Jay-Z just look at her career.. thanks uncle Jay

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    Someone Reply:

    @LMAO, Man, you sound jealous

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    jasz Reply:

    @TalkingThatTalk, why does she deserves more money?all she does is sing (which is not very good), do you not know how much goes into writing and producing a song.

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    LMAO Reply:

    @TalkingThatTalk, She doesn’t deserve shit! she is not a musician! can’t sing, write, produce, dance.. she’s a tool made by Jay-Z. that’s why she ain’t getting THAT money even Bieber makes more money..
    MUSIC by some guy on the compute
    LYRICS by somebody else
    VOCALS by compure / auto tuned maghine
    wait a second did se actually contribute to her albums other than her name?

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  7. flawda

    It’s some haters up in here. lmfao Rihanna is a millionaire walking on the beach on some islands, you fools are probably in some shack somewhere talking about she only got 2 million like ya’ll are Bill Gates.

    In the words of Ole Dirty Bastards “Niccuh Please”

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    LMAO Reply:

    @flawda, Oh. bitch is wack and ain’t making THAT money that’s it.

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    Dash Reply:

    @LMAO, Girl shit yo ass down, been-a-fan…

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    tues part 2 Reply:

    @LMAO, have A damn seat,

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    Dash Reply:

    @flawda, Dead lmao

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    Peasant Reply:

    @flawda, bahaha i was wondering the same thing.

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  8. Streets

    Why do so many ppl who dislike Rihanna know so much about her? That’s weird

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    coolio Reply:

    @Streets, Because we’re so baffled on how little work she puts into her work yet success seems to follow her. Rihanna has to be the worst singer in Hollywood lol

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    Fan Of A Fan Reply:

    @coolio, mad?

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    Peasant Reply:

    @coolio, obsesses?

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    Someone Reply:

    @coolio, So, envy then. Do you have any talent and are you bitter no one knows you?

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  9. Oonthada

    I BEEN tellin’ people the girl is overrated LOL Then they try big her head up cuz she got 11 forgettable #1 singles LMAO

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  10. ThankMeLater

    SHAME Rih Rih got nothing :( LOL

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  11. Ray

    F*ck yall talking Rihanna just got 90 mill off a tour, she ain’t worried

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    Fan Of A Fan Reply:

    @Ray, thank you

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    AmbeRussell Reply:

    @Ray, BUIT she dont get all the 90 mill from the tour. that is how much the tour grossed. that money gotta get seperated to the crew, her, dancers, venues, back up singers, promoters etc.

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  12. Winston Churchill

    whos to say Rihanna made less? fo all you know the trick made more off it then the dream.

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    AmbeRussell Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, bc the writer gets paid 1st n the artist is the last to get paid.

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  13. sashafiercest

    Man!!, thats crazy!!! 15m! No wonder bitches like Mariah are filthy,filthy, filthy rich yet she doesnt tour that much but she write all of her material, all I want for christmas, anybody? crazy stats

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    YEHH! Reply:

    @sashafiercest, The-Dream wrote and produced her whole memoirs of an imperfect angle album

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  14. TRA

    Rihanna is a millionaire, there is no question about that, so Rihanna will be fine. I think people are tired of Rihanna putting out an album every year that gets medicore reviews all the time. I give her a little credit for having 11 No.1 singles on the billboard charts, and selling records, but Rihanna’s albums have always been medicore, and lacks substance. Rihanna is able to sell her sexiness in a way that makes up for a lack of substance. Rihanna is not the greatest singer, and dancer in the world, but her sex appeal keeps her in the limelight. Def Jam is smart to keep pumping out Rihanna albums every year, if Rihanna took a long break in between albums, people could forget about her. Rihanna is going to sellout until the wheels fall off, even though her music is stale.

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  15. TRA

    Def Jam, The Dream, Tricky Stewart, Jay-Z, and Live Nation deserve tons of credit for helping Rihanna throughout her career, even though Rihanna makes medicore music. Rihanna’s sex appeal helps her a lot when comes to selling singles and records, but Rihanna has a long way to go before I call Rihanna a legend.

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  16. Hugh

    No one has made that much money of one song ever.

    Unless its a Beatles song that’s been making money for 40 years

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  17. Umm who wants a refund?

    How about u give those the millions of ppl that bout the album thx geez water wasn’t bottled itself..its all fans that make em rich..the ones that buy their tickets and shows and singles..MILLIONS OF PPL USE THEIR MONEY TO MAKE UP THAT 15MIL..Fans should be FOREVER THANKED ALL I GOTTA SAY WHEN THEY START TALKIN MONEY..I want my. 99 cents back who’s with me..then send all ur refund to my paypal gimmie198&money@gmail.com XD

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  18. alliknowis

    All I know is, whatever we all think these people are doing in this music industry… is feeding them and keeping them full. Bcuz I know damn well that despite What we say, they still making money .

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  19. nahomi

    you know what i dont get…the energy, the 3+ paragraphs, the ranting, the bxtching, the hating, the “opinions” AAAAALLL put into someone you dont like. Truth of the matter is and THIS isnt opinion Rihanna is an artist a talented one at that who puts a lot into her work. Look up reviews of her albums and singles and even tours and you’ll see their more positive than negative. She’s different yet relates to a lot of crowds. Yes she doesnt write the majority of her music but do you know how many prolific artists in the past didnt write their music?

    Rihanna gets a big chunk of her music (look it up) and people who dont like her and only say bad things about fail to realize that she LITERALLY is only getting more fame and recognintion with everything she does.

    Yes im a fan, but not a stan. I have artists who i dont like but you will NEVER in your entire life catch me writing a whole essay on an artist who doesnt give a shxt about my life. Then again, many of you lessers fail to realize that.

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  20. junky

    realy great musician!
    But let him call me when he grows up and take him self seriously in interviews

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  21. tues part 2

    damn some of yall just hating

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  22. Dwaynefighter

    So we’re REALLY up in here discussing how much money Rihanna has after an entire year of endorsements and touring the world? If she has twenty mil or 2, that’s more money than everyone commenting on this post combined.
    It’s not that serious. Stans always have to make everything seem like a competition. How can this girl be broke when she flies everywhere she wishes, parties and shops all the time, wears the most expensive couture and shoes and (I repeat for emphasis) has had one of the most successful albums and tours of the year? Keep dreaming.
    Furthermore, this post is not about Rihanna- it’s about The-Dream. Nowhere did it say how much Rihanna made from the song, it mentioned how much HE made from it. With that said, let’s discuss how much some of you have in your bank accounts.

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  23. true love

    The song might have made 15 million dollars but not him personally off of it.

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  24. nicegirl

    WOW…that’s a lot of money. He must have quite a lot cause he did Single Ladies and Baby as well.

    The Dream is a hit or miss producer. He makes some great records, others are blah.

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    brilicious Reply:

    yes yes it is

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  25. Mkhululi

    I fail to understand why people expect ” a fish walk on the street, instead of swimming in the ocean”..what I’m saying is…pop music is pop music( a.k.a popular music) and mostly pop music is created to entertain and reach out to larger audience….now of course it might not have as much substance( and might not be as intimate) as other genres but it has always been like that before/since madona/mj’s times …

    I think we all know that Rihanna is not the best singer in the world but she can sing though(or can hold a note), hence people buy her albums and she has record deal …

    Ultimately, If you don’t like Rihanna..why don’t you rather do something worth wile with your time instead of worrying about her?

    I mean, there are a lot of artist who don’t/ didn’t write their own stuff(mostly)…Rihanna is not the 1st nor the last…eg Aretha Franklin,Britney Spears, Aaliyah

    and to top it all of, Rihanna is a pop artist and I mean most pop artist do not have the best vocals…eg Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and oooh Madonna…..

    But they are icons today…

    Now before the Beyonce stans start wearing the boxing gloves, we get it Beyonce can sing, but Beyonce is more of a Soul/R&B singer…she’s just one of those artist who extended to pop because she is that diverse and moreover …r&b is not what it used to be anymore…

    Peace & Love

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  26. SumthinLikeFire

    Hmm… I’m not too sure I 100% believe him when he said he gave Christina Milian writing credits for Baby. Christina is a respectable songwriter as well (not as well known as he is for the craft), so I believe she probably did contribute.

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    Mkhululi Reply:

    @SumthinLikeFire, he acts, sounds childish and foolish and arrogant to say the least….I mean even this interview, he takes it like a joke…It’s a good thing that he’s behind the scenes because I think a lot of people would be nauseated by him or his actions and what comes out of that mouth….

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  27. brilicious

    i looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    this song

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