Rumors (Lindsay Lohan song)
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"Rumors" is a song by American actress and singer
Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Dee Lohan (; born July 2, 1986) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and television personality. Born and raised in New York, Lohan was signed to Ford Models at the age of three. Having appeared as a regular on th ...

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'' Speak'' (2004). Originally titled "Just What It Is", the song was written and produced by
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, while additional writing was done by Lohan, Taryll Jackson and T. J. Jackson. It was released as Lohan's debut Single (music), single and lead single from ''Speak'' on September 27, 2004, by Casablanca Records. The song's lyrics allude to the constant paparazzi and media backlash regarding Lohan. Music journalism, Music critics reviews were mixed; with statements like "infectious" or "unnecessary". "Rumors" achieved moderate commercial success worldwide, reaching top 30 positions in Australia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In the United States, the single peaked at number six on the ''Billboard (magazine), Billboard'' Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but was certified RIAA certification#Singles, Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping over 500,000 units. The accompanying music video for "Rumors" was directed by British director Jake Nava and featured Lohan attending a nightclub, playing around with the paparazzi. The video was nominated for MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video, Best Pop Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards and reached the top position on MTV's ''Total Request Live''. In 2014, ''Billboard'' ranked the song in its "Top 50 Forgotten Gems from the ''Now That's What I Call Music!, Now!'' series", which list songs from the series that were underrated at the time of their release.


Background and composition

"Rumors" was originally titled "Just What It Is". The song was written by
Cory Rooney Cory Rooney (born Mark Cory Rooney; 1968) is a Grammy Award winning American songwriter, record producer, and C.E.O. of Cory Rooney Group. He has written, produced, and developed many successful songs and careers for artists including Mariah Ca ...
, Lohan, Taryll Jackson and T. J. Jackson. It was also produced by Rooney, who provided keyboards and background vocals. Peter Wade Keusch assisted the production, and was responsible along with Chris Avedon for Lohan's vocal recording, which occurred at the Poolhouse West and The Village (studio), The Village in Los Angeles. Audio mixing (recorded music), Audio mixing was done by Keusch at Sony Music Studios in New York City. Christopher J. Warner provided the guitar present in the song's composition. "Rumors" is in the style of Contemporary R&B, R&B. Lyrically, the song was written as a response to the paparazzi and media's backlash, both which are addressed in the chorus lines, where Lohan sings, "I'm tired of rumors starting/ I'm sick of being followed/ I'm tired of people lying/ Saying what they want about me/ Why can't they back up off me?/ Why can't they let me live?/ I'm going to do it my way/ Take this for just what it is." Spence D. of IGN noted that Lohan's vocals are "driven by snarls, breathy croons, and emotionally restrained angst", while John Murphy of musicOMH considered it "a feisty dance anthem with intelligent lyrics attacking the paparazzi and press in general".


Critical reception

"Rumors" received generally mixed reviews from Music journalism, music critics, however, it has become one of Lohan's most recognized songs and has now been labeled as "Pop culture, cult pop treasure". Charles Merwin of Stylus Magazine thought that "Rumors" was not a good choice for a single, stating, "in fact, for a girl, that has been tagged as America’s next sweetheart by some media outlets, it might be the worst choice of subject matter for the opening statement from a girl that automatically has more to prove to audiences because of her stature as an actress. Unfortunately, 'Rumors' is about as good as it gets." Erik Missio of ''ChartAttack'' thought that the song "presented potential for a semi-palatable debut effort", but further added that it is a "crap of a spectularly unspectacular level." ''Entertainment Weekly'' contributor Nicholas Fonseca, however, considered "Rumors" a guilty pleasure, while Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic selected the song a Track Pick in the review of Speak (Lindsay Lohan album), ''Speak''. IGN's Spence D. described it as "pervasively infectious, the kind of track that will no doubt keep the dance floors sweaty and steamy for a few months to come." John Murphy of musicOMH praised "Rumors" as a departure from ''Speak''s soft rock genre.


Chart performance

"Rumors" achieved moderate commercial success worldwide. In the United States, the single peaked at number six on ''Billboard (magazine), Billboard''s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and reached number 23 on the Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs), Mainstream Top 40 component chart. However, it was certified RIAA certification#Singles, Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in February 2005. In Australia, "Rumors" debuted at number 19 on the ARIA charts, peaking at number 10 six weeks later, while being certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The single also attained top 30 positions in Austria and Switzerland, and reached the top 40 in the Netherlands and Sweden. In Germany, "Rumors" debuted and peaked at number 14.


Music video

Casablanca Records commissioned a music video to be directed by British director Jake Nava, who previously worked in the same year with Britney Spears on her music video for "My Prerogative", between September 11 and the early hours of September 13, 2004. The music video for "Rumors" premiered on October 14, 2004 and October 20, 2004 through Disney Channel and MTV.


Synopsis

In the beginning of the video, Lohan is followed by paparazzi as she is entering her car. It is revealed that this is a Lindsay-look-alike and that the real Lindsay is entering another car to go to a club. The car comes to a stop, and she then steps into an elevator and sings the first verse of the song, while she is filmed by a Closed-circuit television, CCTV camera in the elevator. The next sequence shows her running through a hallway, dressed up, before getting into the club. There, she dances in the crowd, where she takes a picture of one of the paparazzi herself to get back at him. In the next sequence, she is walking slowly through the club where she finds the man who seems to be her boyfriend. She takes a seat next to her lover and they begin kissing and touching each other, all the while being constantly filmed by cameras in the club. While Lohan sings the second chorus, she is trapped in a cage in the middle of the club and the whole crowd is watching her. After this, Lohan is shown dancing in the club with her friends. At the end of the music video, Lohan and her friends enter the top of a high-rise and perform a dance routine while helicopters are circling around them. Finally, Lohan gets into a helicopter and escapes. In the end, she throws her camera away with all the pictures taken of her.


Reception

The music video for "Rumors" received very positive reviews from critics and viewers which eventually led to the video reaching the top position on the countdown of ''Total Request Live'' on the week of October 27, 2004, and was nominated on the category MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video, Best Pop Video during the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.


Live performances

Lohan performed "Rumors" on ''Good Morning America'' on December 2004. According to a MTV News staff report, "Lohan missed the cue to mouth along, forcing cameras to cut away when her mouth remained closed as she was heard singing, thanks to a backing track." A representative for Lohan, however, revealed that Lohan actually sang it live, and noted that Lohan only used a background track "to help make the song sound like it does on her album." On December 31, 2004, Lohan performed "Rumors" at MTV's Iced Out New Year's Eve 2005.


Legacy

Despite having only achieved moderate commercial success, "Rumors" has since become Lohan's most recognized song of her career and has received significant attention in the years following its release. In 2020, Billboard ranked the song as Lohan's best song of her career, noting that the defiant lyric, “I'm gonna do it my way / Take this for just what it is,” would "ultimately turn into Lohan’s mantra for years to come". "Rumors" was also used during the opening of the 2020 Balmain Spring Fashion Show, in which Paper (magazine), ''Paper'' magazine noted that the song was finally getting recognition. In January 2021, the song received significant social media attention after being used on the season 13 premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race, resulting in Lohan's name becoming a trending topic on Twitter.


Track listing and formats

* CD single # "Rumors" – 3:16 # "Rumors" (Full Phatt Remix) – 3:25 * CD Maxi single#CD maxi singles, maxi-single # "Rumors" – 3:16 # "Rumors" (Full Phatt Remix) – 3:25 # "Rumors" (Full Phatt Club Mix) – 3:49 # "Rumors" (video) – 3:25 * Digital EP # "Rumors" – 3:16 # "Rumors" (Full Phatt Remix) – 3:25 # "Rumors" (Full Phatt Club Mix) – 3:50


Credits and personnel

Recording * Recorded at Poolhouse West and The Village (studio), The Village at Los Angeles, California. * Mixed at Sony Music Studios in New York City, New York (state), New York. Personnel * Songwriter, Songwriting:
Cory Rooney Cory Rooney (born Mark Cory Rooney; 1968) is a Grammy Award winning American songwriter, record producer, and C.E.O. of Cory Rooney Group. He has written, produced, and developed many successful songs and careers for artists including Mariah Ca ...
, Lindsay Lohan, Taryll Jackson, T. J. Jackson * Record producer, Production: Cory Rooney, Peter Wade Keusch * Recording engineer, Recording: Peter Wade Keusch, Chris Avedon * Mixing engineer, Mixing: Peter Wade Keusch * Keyboard instrument, Keyboards: Cory Rooney * Guitar: Christopher J. Warner * Background vocals: Lindsay Lohan, Cory Rooney Credits are taken from Speak (Lindsay Lohan album), ''Speak'' liner notes.


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References

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