HomeEntertainment newsRihanna Refused to let hit show ‘Girls’ Use Her Song – Programme Music Supervisor Reveals
Rihanna Refused to let hit show ‘Girls’ Use Her Song – Programme Music Supervisor Reveals
January 11, 2014
The show’s music producer Manish Raval revealed that they were snubbed by the Barbadian beauty after they sought permission to use her tune Talk That Talk.
It had been chosen to feature in a drug addled scene starring Lena Dunham in a nightclub in the programme’s second series.
However he insisted it was a blessing in disguise as they ended up with an even better number by Swedish electro group Icona Pop, which he thought was one of the best uses of sound in the whole of the second series.
He told Radio.com: ‘You know, honestly, I don’t know. The scene that she denied it for was the Icona Pop scene.
‘They didn’t give a reason, we didn’t ask for a reason. So I can’t speculate as to why, but you know, it’s a happy accident.‘She said no and we happened to find the Icona Pop song.’
The scene in question saw her character Hannah snort lines of cocaine, before dancing in a nightclub with her roommate Elijah.
And Manish said he was delighted with how things turned out, adding: ‘The Icona Pop scene was something I was really proud of.
‘You know after we had shot it and edited it, I was just waiting for it to come out. People responded so much to the Robyn song [“Dancing On My Own”] in season one, I knew people were going to have the same response to the Icona Pop thing.‘And also because, they were an unsigned band and no one knew the song. It was going to be an inherently original moment. Even when I hear the song now I think of the scene.’
While Rihanna is in no need of any exposure, it certainly helped the Swedish group to have a tune in one of the America’s trendiest shows.
The song ended up reaching number three on the Billboard charts, and did even better in the UK, where it topped the charts.
It has also continued to do well in the soundtrack market, as it has been used in The Vampire Diaries, and the film Ladies Man: A Made Movie, and was used in trailers for the movie’s Fun Size and the movie The Heat starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.