Rihanna's UMBRELLA summer (07) smash-hit was originally intended for MARY J.BLIGE. The Family Affair hitmaker was offered the song at the beginning of the year - but she was too busy to record it. She says, "The song was recorded for me... and it was during the Grammy time and I was really,really busy. I heard it and I thought, 'Oh my goodness, that's a smash. I love this song.'" But Blige insists she has nothing but love for Rihanna - and loves her version of the song. She adds, "She's such a beautiful lady and I love her to death. "I was so glad that she caught it and knocked it out of the park. It's still one of my favourite songs today."