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You da One

“You da One” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna recorded for her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). It was co-written by Rihanna with Ester Dean, Henry Walter, John Hill and Lukasz Gottwald. Production of the song was completed by Gottwald, under his production name Dr. Luke, and Cirkut. Kuk Harrell and Marcas Tovar recorded the track at the Sofital Paris Le Laubourg, Room 538, and Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. It premiered on US radio on November 11, 2011, and was made available to download digitally throughout Europe and Australasia on November 14, 2011. It was added to US Mainstream, rhythmic and urban radio station playlists on November 29, 2011. Throughout December 2011 and January 2012, a remix extended play (EP) was released worldwide.

Musically, “You Da One” is a mid-tempo[3][4] pop and reggae song, which incorporates elements of electropop, dancehall and dubstep. It also features a dubstep bridge before the final chorus. It garnered positive reviews from music critics, many of whom complimented the West Indian and Caribbean tone, and compared it to “What’s My Name?” and “Man Down”, from her previous studio album Loud (2010). The song achieved moderate chart success; it peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs and number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, it peaked inside the top 10 in New Zealand, South Korea and on the UK R&B Chart, and attained top twenty positions in Canada, Hungary, Norway and Sweden.

To promote the song, an accompanying music video was shot in East London and directed by Melina Matsoukas. It was inspired by the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, and premiered on December 23, 2011. It was mainly shot in black and white, and features Rihanna in a variety of different set ups, such as in a photo shoot and a lyric video game. At various points, lyrics are stamped across the video as Rihanna sings them. Hours after the release of the video, Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø accused Rihanna and Matsoukas of plagiarism, suggesting that the scene featuring the singer wearing a white outfit with black dots was deliberately copied from his 2008 montage “Numero 93”.

Where Have You Been

“Where Have You Been” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011) serving as the fifth single. The song was written by Ester Dean, Geoff Mack, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Henry “Cirkut” Walter, and Calvin Harris, with production handled by the latter three. “Where Have You Been” was released as the third international single from the album on May 8, 2012. The track is a dance-pop and techno house song that draws influence from trance, R&B and hip hop. It is backed by “hard, chilly synths” and contains an electro-inspired breakdown sequence. The song’s lyrics interpolate Geoff Mack’s 1959 song “I’ve Been Everywhere” and speak of a woman who is searching for a partner who will sexually please her.

“Where Have You Been” was met with positive reviews from most music critics, who likened the song to Talk That Talk’s lead single, “We Found Love”. The track performed well on major international charts. In the United States, “Where Have You Been” reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Rihanna’s twenty-second top ten single on the chart. It also peaked at number one on both the US Hot Dance Club Songs and UK Dance Chart, and at number three on the US Pop Songs chart. In addition, it attained top five positions in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, while peaking in the top ten of charts in twenty countries worldwide including Australia, Belgium and Norway.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Dave Meyers depicts the singer in an assortment of costumes and locations, referencing the song’s lyrics. Rihanna is seen as a semi-naked water reptilian, in an Egyptian desert, an African themed hut, and channeling Hindu god Shiva with multiple limbs. The video received a positive response from critics, who praised Rihanna’s new approach to deeper choreography. Rihanna has performed the song on both Saturday Night Live and the finale of the eleventh season of American Idol. The song was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.

What Now (song)

“What Now” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Olivia Waithe, Parker Ighile and Nathan Cassells alongside Rihanna, with production handled by Ighile and Cassells. A remix collection was released exclusively to Beatport on August 29, 2013[1] and later via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play on September 17, 2013.[2][3][4] The single was serviced to US rhythmic radio on September 24, 2013, before impacting mainstream radio on October 1, 2013 as the fifth international single and sixth overall from Unapologetic. Another remix collection was released to Beatport on October 29, 2013.[5] The song is a mid-tempo piano ballad which incorporates sounds which resemble “sonic bombs” during the chorus and “crashing” drums.

“What Now” received generally positive reviews from music critics, with many calling it an emotional, stand-out song on the album and praising Rihanna’s vocals. Following the release of Unapologetic, “What Now” made appearances on various charts around the world. Following its release as a single, the song re-peaked in multiple territories, having it also reach new peaks at number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 25 on the UK Singles Chart, while topping the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and attaining a top three peak on the UK R&B Chart.

The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Jeff Nicholas, Jonathan Craven, and Darren Craig from Uprising Creativity. It portrays Rihanna having an “emotional breakdown” and performing exorcism-type dance moves. Critics complimented the video and compared it to Rihanna’s 2008 video for the song “Disturbia”. Rihanna promoted “What Now” on Alan Carr: Chatty Man and the song is included on the set list of her Diamonds World Tour (2013).[6] British television network ITV used the song for their “Where Drama Lives” 2014 advertisement.[7]

We Ride

“We Ride” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Makeba Riddick, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, with production helmed by StarGate. The song was released on August 21, 2006, as the album’s third single. “We Ride” is a hip hop and soul song. Critical reception of the song was generally positive, as the majority of reviewers praised its relaxing and carefree qualities.

“We Ride” peaked inside the top forty on multiple charts, including Australia, the Flanders and Wallonia regions of Belgium and the United Kingdom. The song peaked inside top ten in Finland and New Zealand. Despite failing to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart and number 34 on the Pop Songs chart. The song’s accompanying video was directed by Anthony Mandler, and shot in Miami and the Florida Keys. The video features Rihanna in various scenes, including a beach, nightclub and socialising with friends.

Watch n’ Learn

“Watch n’ Learn” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, for her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). It was written by Chauncey Hollis and Rihanna. The production was done by Hollis under his stage-name Hit-Boy. When Renea came with an idea and concept for the song, Hollis had already started working on the composition, without having in mind any particular artist. With the work on the track being finished, it was forwarded to Rihanna and her label, which eagerly accepted it.

“Watch n’ Learn” is a dancehall song with prominent reggae characteristics. The song’s instrumentation uses finger-snapping, percussions, background clicks, synths and “island-flavored” drum beat.[1][2][3] Lyrically, it is about a woman who teaches her partner how to love her in the right way, throughout which she uses sexual references. “Watch n’ Learn” received predominantly positive reviews from music critics, with many of them praising its composition and sound. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, the song debuted at number 80 on the singles chart in South Korea.

Wait Your Turn

“Wait Your Turn” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Saul Milton, Will Kennard, James Fauntleroy II, Takura Tendayi, and Rihanna herself. Stargate (Eriksen and Hermansen) and Chase & Status (Milton and Kennard) produced the song. “Wait Your Turn” was released on November 13, 2009 as the second international and third overall single from Rated R.

Upon the release of Rated R, some critics noted the diverse musical variety on the album, whilst others commented on the heavy influence of dubstep on the song. “Wait Your Turn” peaked inside the top twenty on the UK R&B Chart. The song failed to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making this Rihanna’s second single that failed to reach that chart (“We Ride”). The song was performed live as part of a medley with “Hard” at the 2009 American Music Awards and on Good Morning America, along with “Russian Roulette” and “Umbrella”. The song was also included on the set list of the Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–11). As part of promotion for the release of Rated R, a music video was directed by Rihanna’s longtime collaborator Anthony Mandler. A remix of the song features American rapper, and a member of Slaughterhouse, Joell Ortiz.

Unfaithful (song)

“Unfaithful” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith with the song’s producers StarGate. The song was released by Def Jam Recordings on May 2, 2006, as the second single from the album. “Unfaithful” is a pop and R&B ballad and was inspired by the works of American rock band Evanescence. Originally titled “Murderer”, the single speaks about a woman who regrets cheating on her partner.

“Unfaithful” received mixed to positive reviews from critics; many praised its powerful balladry, but some criticized the lyrics. The song reached the top ten on the singles charts in 19 countries, including the UK Singles Chart, on which it became Rihanna’s third top-ten single. “Unfaithful” peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of over one million copies.

The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler, and premiered in May 2006. It features Rihanna in a love triangle in which she struggles to choose between her romantic interest and her lover, and regrets having cheated on the former. Since its release, “Unfaithful” has become a staple of Rihanna’s live performances. In 2006, she performed it on award ceremonies such as the MOBO Awards and the World Music Awards. The song was on the set list of three of her major tours, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007–09), the Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–11) and the Loud Tour (2011).

Towards the Sun (song)

“Towards the Sun” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for the soundtrack to the 2015 film Home. The song premiered on BBC Radio 1 on February 24, 2015 and it was released for digital download as the soundtrack’s lead single the same day though Westbury Road. The song was set to impact mainstream radio on March 17, 2015 however the radio release was cancelled. The song was written and produced by Tiago Carvalho and Gary Go, with an additional writing done by Rihanna.

“Towards the Sun” is a mid-tempo pop ballad with R&B music influences and features positive and optimistic lyrics. Upon release “Towards the Sun” received positive reviews from music critics who praised Rihanna’s vocals and compared the song to the works of the British band Coldplay and their 2012 collaboration with Rihanna, “Princess of China”. Commercially the song was a moderate success peaking at seventy six on the UK Singles Chart and twenty two on the French singles chart.

Too Good

“Too Good” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake, recorded for his fourth studio album Views. It features vocals by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It samples “Love Yuh Bad” performed by Popcaan. The song was released as the fourth single from the album in the UK on May 15, 2016; and serviced to US contemporary hit radio on July 26, 2016, as the fifth single in that market.[2] The artists co-wrote the track with its producers Nineteen85, Maneesh Bidaye, and Dwayne Chin-Quee, with additional writing from Andrew Hershey, Andre Sutherland and A. Martin. It reached number 9 in Canada, number 3 in the UK, and number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

This Is What You Came For – Rihanna

“This Is What You Came For” is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song was released on 29 April 2016 through Sony Music and Westbury Road. Featuring influences of house music, Harris co-wrote the song with Taylor Swift, who was initially credited with the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg, and solely produced it. Rihanna and Harris had previously collaborated on her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk, which included the international chart-topper “We Found Love” and US top five hit “Where Have You Been”, the former of which was written and produced by Harris. He played the final version for Rihanna at the 2016 Coachella Music Festival.

The single debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna’s 21st top-five song and Harris’s second. It also reached number one on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, became the 12th number one for Rihanna and Harris’s tenth on sister chart Dance/Mix Show Airplay. and became Rihanna’s 25th and Harris’s fourth chart-topper on the Hot Dance Club Songs Chart. It topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland.

“This Is What You Came For” received mixed reviews from critics; while some praised them for creating a catchy track, others labeled it as boring, and cited Rihanna’s vocals as overprocessed. A music video for the song premiered on 17 June 2016 and features Rihanna in an open cube with images projected on the inside walls.

Te Amo (Rihanna song)

“Te Amo” (English: “I Love You”) is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The electro-Latin song was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, James Fauntleroy II and Rihanna, with production helmed by Eriksen and Hermansen under their production name, Stargate. “Te Amo” impacted radio in Canada on June 7, 2010, and was released via digital download on June 8, 2010, in Australia, Italy and New Zealand, as the album’s third international and fifth overall single. “Te Amo” incorporates elements of Latin American music and conveys Rihanna’s struggles as the object of another woman’s desires.

Music critics praised the song for its lyrics and for a less futuristic sound than other songs on Rated R. “Te Amo” peaked inside the top ten of national charts, including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. The song also attained top forty positions in Australia, The Netherlands and Slovakia. “Te Amo” was certified gold in four countries. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by longtime collaborator Anthony Mandler and features French supermodel Laetitia Casta, who tries to seduce Rihanna and eventually succeeds. Rihanna performed the song live at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2010 on May 23, 2010 in Bangor, Wales. “Te Amo” was also included on the set list of Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth Tour.

Talk That Talk (Rihanna song)

“Talk That Talk” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her 2011 studio album of the same name. It features a rap verse by American rapper Jay-Z, who had previously collaborated with Rihanna on her song “Umbrella” in 2007 and “Run This Town” in 2009. The song was written by Jay-Z, Ester Dean, Christopher Wallace, Anthony Best, Sean Combs, and Chucky Thompson together with the Norwegian production duo StarGate. Def Jam Recordings serviced the track to urban radio in the United States on January 17, 2012, as the third single from Talk That Talk. It was released in France as a CD single on March 26. “Talk That Talk” is a hip hop song with R&B beats, rough drums and unrefined synths, and has a similar style to Rihanna’s 2010 single “Rude Boy”.

The single received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its sound and Rihanna’s collaboration with Jay Z. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2013 ceremony. The song appeared on several charts worldwide; it reached number 31 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 25 on the UK Singles Chart, and the top ten in Israel, Norway, and South Korea. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting digital downloads of over one million copies in the US. Rihanna performed “Talk That Talk” on television shows such as The Jonathan Ross Show and Saturday Night Live, and included it on the set lists of the 2013 Diamonds and the 2014 The Monster Tour with Eminem.

Take a Bow (Rihanna song)

“Take a Bow” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008), the re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was written and produced by Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen, and Shaffer Smith under their stage names StarGate and Ne-Yo. “Take a Bow” was released as the first single from the re-release and the fifth single overall from the two releases. It is an R&B song that contains elements of dance-pop. Critical reception of “Take a Bow” was mixed, with some critics praising the song’s lyrics and powerful balladry impact, while others criticized the lack of originality with regard to StarGate’s production.

In the US, the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became Rihanna’s third song to do so. “Take a Bow” also peaked at number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and US Pop Songs chart, and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song reached number one in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, and attained top five positions in Australia, New Zealand and Norway. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and presents Rihanna as the female protagonist who leaves her boyfriend because of his infidelity. “Take a Bow” has been performed on “AOL Music Sessions” and was included in the set lists of the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2008–09), Last Girl on Earth (2010–11), Loud Tour (2011) and Diamonds World Tour (2013).

Take Care (song)

“Take Care” is the title track from Canadian rapper Drake’s second album 2011 album of the same name. The song features guest vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song samples Jamie xx’s remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s version of “I’ll Take Care of You”. “Take Care” was released as the fifth single from the album on February 21, 2012. It is a club song about a couple in a relationship acknowledging they have been hurt in their past, but will look after one another. “Take Care” was met with critical acclaim from music critics, many of whom praised Rihanna’s inclusion on the song, as well as her vocal performance.

“Take Care” achieved commercial success, reaching number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, while also reaching the top ten in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. It further peaked at numbers two and eight on the US Rap Songs and Pop Songs charts, and charted within the top ten of the UK Singles Chart. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Yoann Lemoine, depicts simplistic art including Drake and Rihanna’s characters in an intimate relationship, with other scenes featuring animals such as a bull, black-throated magpie-jay and tropical fish, and various outdoor landscapes. The video portrays the ups and downs of a relationship with poaching and wildfires. Critics praised the video for its simple and minimalistic theme.

Stupid in Love

“Stupid in Love” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The song was written by Shaffer Smith, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, with production helmed by StarGate. Ne-Yo served as the assistant producer. It was written two days before Rihanna and then boyfriend Chris Brown’s altercation on the night of the 2009 Grammy Awards, which occurred on February 8, 2009. The lyrical content, which describes an abusive relationship, led Ne-Yo to describe the song as a “premonition”.[1]

“Stupid in Love” is a R&B power ballad. Instrumentation is provided by finger snapping, minor piano keys and piano riffs. The lyrics of the song revolve around a female protagonist who realizes that she needs to escape an abusive and adulterous boyfriend. “Stupid in Love” received a mixed to positive response from music critics. Some critics praised Rihanna’s emotional delivery of the song whereas others criticized it as being overly dark. Upon the release of Rated R, the song peaked at number seven on the South Korea Gaon International Chart on December 27, 2009.

Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)

“Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” is a song recorded by Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge and Rihanna for Hope for Haiti Now, a live album by various artists to benefit the campaign of the same name to alleviate the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The song was written by Jay-Z, The Edge and Bono and produced by Swizz Beatz.

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010.[2][3] By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded.[4] An estimated three million people were affected by the quake;[5] the Haitian government reported that an estimated 316,000 people had died,[6] 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless.[7][8] The government of Haiti also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.[9] The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. Among those killed were Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Joseph Serge Miot,[10] and opposition leader Micha Gaillard.[11][12] The headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), located in the capital, collapsed, killing many, including the Mission’s Chief, Hédi Annabi.[13][14]

Many countries responded to appeals for humanitarian aid, pledging funds and dispatching rescue and medical teams, engineers and support personnel. Communication systems, air, land, and sea transport facilities, hospitals, and electrical networks had been damaged by the earthquake, which hampered rescue and aid efforts; confusion over who was in charge, air traffic congestion, and problems with prioritisation of flights further complicated early relief work. Port-au-Prince’s morgues were overwhelmed with tens of thousands of bodies. These had to be buried in mass graves.[15] As rescues tailed off, supplies, medical care and sanitation became priorities. Delays in aid distribution led to angry appeals from aid workers and survivors, and looting and sporadic violence were observed. On 22 January the United Nations noted that the emergency phase of the relief operation was drawing to a close, and on the following day the Haitian government officially called off the search for survivors.

Stay (Rihanna song)

“Stay” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It features guest vocals by Mikky Ekko, and was released as the second single from the album on January 7, 2013. “Stay” was co-written by Ekko and Justin Parker. The song’s lyrical content speaks of temptation and the inability to resist true love. Music critics were generally positive in their opinion regarding the balladry, with most describing it as a standout track on the album, though a few labeled it as boring.

Upon the release of Unapologetic, “Stay” charted on multiple charts worldwide. Following its release as a single, it reached number one in Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Israel and the top five in twenty-four countries worldwide including Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna’s twenty-fourth top ten on the chart, thus surpassing Whitney Houston’s tally. Furthermore, it has charted at number one on the US Pop Songs chart and 16 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Worldwide the single has sold over 10[1] million copies making it one of the best selling singles of all time.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Sophie Muller, depicts Rihanna naked in a bathtub filled with cloudy water, while Ekko sings in a separate bathroom. Critics likened the vulnerability and raw emotion in the video to the song itself. Rihanna premiered “Stay” on Saturday Night Live in the United States, while she performed the song in the United Kingdom on the ninth series of The X Factor. Rihanna and Ekko also performed “Stay” at the 2013 Grammy Awards. The track was included on the set list of the majority of her 777 Tour promotional tour dates, in support of the album, while it was included on Rihanna’s fifth headlining tour, the “Diamonds World Tour” in the encore and the opening song of her seventh headlining tour, the Anti World Tour.

SOS (Rihanna song)

“SOS” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, E. Kidd Bogart and Ed Cobb, with production was handled by Rotem, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. It was released on February 14, 2006, as the lead single from the album. “SOS” is a dance song which samples Soft Cell’s 1981 recording of “[Tainted Love]]”, a song written by Cobb in 1965. Critical reception of “SOS” was generally positive, with the majority of music critics praising the inclusion of the “Tainted Love” sample. Some critics compared “SOS” to Rihanna’s debut single, “Pon de Replay” (Music of the Sun, 2005).

“SOS” became a commercial success. In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, becoming Rihanna’s first number one single on the chart. “SOS” peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and Mainstream Top 40 chart. “SOS” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 1,000,000 copies. The song was also successful in Europe as well as Australia, where it spent eight consecutive weeks at number one.

Three music videos were shot for “SOS”; aside from the official music video, directed by Chris Applebaum, promotional campaign videos were shot for lingerie brand Agent Provocateur and Nike. “SOS” was performed live at the 2006 MTV EMA awards in Copenhagen, Denmark.[1] “SOS” was included on the set list of the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007–09) and the Last Girl on Earth (2010–11), which saw Rihanna perform a rock-inspired version of the song.[2] The Chipettes covered the song for the 2011 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and its soundtrack.[3]

Skin (Rihanna song)

“Skin” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song was written by Kenneth Coby and Ursula Yancy, with production helmed by Soundz. Musically, “Skin” is influenced by pop, dance-pop and dubstep genres, whilst lyrically, the song is about being in a relationship with someone and only wanting to feel their skin close to the protagonists. “Skin” received generally positive reviews from critics, as part of their overall review of Loud, praising “Skin”‘s compositions as well as Rihanna’s sensual vocal performance. The song was included on the set list of the Loud Tour (2011), where Rihanna retrieves a man or woman from the audience near the end of the song, and performs a lap-dance whilst on an elevated platform. “Skin” was also used in Rihanna’s advertisement campaign for Armani Jeans.

Shut Up and Drive

“Shut Up and Drive” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It was written by Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers while the production was done by the last two. Released as the album’s second single, the song was solicited to the US radios on June 12, 2007 and was physically released on August 27, 2007, in the UK. “Shut Up and Drive” is a new wave song, which heavily incorporates the 1970s and 1980s musical styles. Lyrically, it contains multiple references to cars and car parts including the 57′ Cadillac.

“Shut Up and Drive” was received with mixed reviews from music critics, who labeled its lyrics as fluffy and goofy. The song peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. On the UK Singles Chart, it reached number five, becoming Rihanna’s fifth top-five single. “Shut Up and Drive” peaked within the top 10 in nine other countries, including in Australia, Canada, Germany and Italy. Its accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and was shot in Prague, Czech Republic. It features Rihanna in a makeshift junkyard. Rihanna performed “Shut Up and Drive” on the Good Girl Gone Bad (2007–09), Last Girl on Earth (2010–11) and Loud (2011) concert tours.

Russian Roulette (song)

“Russian Roulette” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It premiered on radio stations worldwide on October 20, 2009 and was released as the album’s lead single on October 27 through Def Jam Recordings. Written and produced by Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony, “Russian Roulette” is a pop and R&B ballad that contains dark, morbid, and tense atmospheric elements in its composition. Lyrically, the single is about an abusive romantic relationship that ended abruptly. Music critics noted the lyrical theme as a response to the domestic violence case between Rihanna and her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown.

“Russian Roulette” received generally positive reviews from critics, with many praising Rihanna’s vocal performance and the song’s lyrics. It reached the top-ten in over twenty countries worldwide including number one in Czech Republic, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia and Switzerland. The song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Russian Roulette” also topped the UK R&B and US Hot Dance Club Songs charts. It was certified two-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) denoting sales of over two million copies in the United States alone.

The song’s music video, was shot by director Anthony Mandler, a frequent collaborator of Rihanna’s, and depicts Rihanna playing a game of the titular Russian roulette with her love interest played by American actor Jesse Williams. Other scenes include Rihanna in the woods where she is run over by a car, in a gas chamber, in a padded cell, and shots being fired at her underwater. The singer performed “Russian Roulette” on several occasions including on the sixth series of The X Factor in the United Kingdom, and on the Late Show with David Letterman in the United States. The song was included on the set list of Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth Tour. English singer George Michael performed a cover of “Russian Roulette” during his Symphonica Tour.

Run This Town

“Run This Town” is a song by American rapper Jay-Z. The song also features Barbadian singer Rihanna and American rapper Kanye West. It was written by the performing trio, with assistance from Ernest Wilson and Jeff Bhasker. Production of the track was made by West and Wilson (also known as “No I.D.”).[1] “Run This Town” was released as the second single from Jay-Z’s eleventh studio album The Blueprint 3, and is used as the theme song of Battlefield 4.[2]

“Run This Town” received mixed reviews from music critics; some praised what each member of the trio brought to the track, whilst others thought that Kanye West and Rihanna out-performed Jay-Z. The song was a commercial success, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in the United Kingdom. It additionally made top ten chartings in ten other countries including in Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Anthony Mandler, depicts the trio in a post-apocalyptic environment, featuring scenes involving angry protesters surrounding them. “Run This Town” was performed by Jay-Z, West, and Rihanna on the series premiere of The Jay Leno Show in the United States.[3][4]

Rockstar 101

“Rockstar 101” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The song features the British-American guitarist Slash of the rock group Guns N’ Roses. It was released on May 18, 2010, as the fifth single from the album. Rihanna wrote the song in collaboration with the producers The-Dream and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart; vocal production was carried out by Makeba Riddick. The album version is a hip hop song, while the remix EP’s consist of dance, dubstep and electronic music adaptations, some of which were remixed by Dave Audé and Mark Picchiotti.

Critical response to “Rockstar 101” was mixed; some critics praised Rihanna’s “bravado” while others criticized the “aggressive” tone. The song charted at number 64 on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number two on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. To promote the song, Rihanna performed on American Idol in April 2010. It has been included on the set lists of her Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–11) and Diamonds World Tour (2013). Melina Matsoukas directed the song’s music video, which portrays Rihanna impersonating Slash. She wears custom made jewelry designed by Fannie Schiavoni in some parts of the video, while Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker makes a cameo appearance.

Roc Me Out

“Roc Me Out” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). It was written by Ester Dean, Robert Swire, Gareth McGrillen, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen. The track was produced by StarGate (Eriksen and Hermansen) and Knife Party (Swire and McGrillen). “Roc Me Out” is a synthpop song reminiscent of Rihanna’s previous singles “Rude Boy” and “S&M”. It is set in “chugging” tempo and features heavy synths, “contagious” hooks and West Indian nuances. Lyrically, the song features Rihanna sexually seducing her lover, while revealing her “nasty secrets”. Contemporary music critics were divided in their reviews of “Roc Me Out”; some of them labeled the song as a highlight on the album, while others criticized its similarity to Rihanna’s previous singles. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, the song debuted on the lower regions of the singles charts in South Korea and the United Kingdom at number 73 and 176 respectively.

Right Now (Rihanna song)

“Right Now” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). The song features French disc jockey David Guetta. Rihanna co-wrote the song with R&B singers Ne-Yo and The-Dream, while their longtime collaborators, Norwegian production duo StarGate, co-produced the track alongside Guetta and his own longtime collaborators Nicky Romero and Giorgio Tuinfort. It was sent to contemporary hit and rhythmic radios in the United States as the fourth international single and fifth overall from the album on May 28, 2013. Musically, “Right Now” is an EDM and hip hop song. The lyrical content features Rihanna chanting to live life in the moment.

The song garnered a mostly positive response from music critics, many of whom deemed it as one of the highlights of Unapologetic, some critics were also divided by the song calling it safe. Upon the release of Unapologetic, “Right Now” charted on many charts worldwide, including the top ten of the UK Dance Chart. “Right Now” debuted at number 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching a peak of 50. Furthermore, it has topped the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart becoming Rihanna’s twentieth number one on the chart, thus surpassing Janet Jackson’s tally. The song performed well in Australia where it was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

No music video was shot for the song, and it received no televised performances as part of promotion. However the song was used as the promotional musical backdrop for the coverage of the 2013 NBA Playoffs and was used by lager company Budweiser as part of their global “Made For Music” campaign co-starring Jay-Z. The song was also remixed by mash-up artist DJ Earworm.

Rehab (Rihanna song)

“Rehab” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). Def Jam Recordings serviced the song to contemporary hit radio in the United States on October 6, 2008, as the eighth and final single from the album. It was released in the United Kingdom as a CD single on December 8, 2008. Development of “Rehab” began while Rihanna was accompanying Timbaland on Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveShow tour in 2007. Timberlake wrote the song in collaboration with his producers, Hannon Lane and Timbaland, and provided additional vocals. “Rehab” is a mid-paced R&B song with an emotional, melancholy chorus; the lyrics are about the protagonist’s painful memories of her former lover, who is portrayed metaphorically as a disease.

“Rehab” reached top-ten positions on the singles charts in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. It reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart and number 18 on the US Billboard magazine’s Hot 100. It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Anthony Mandler directed the accompanying music video, which was shot in Vasquez Rocks Park, near Los Angeles. It won the Urban Music Award for Best Music Video. Rihanna performed “Rehab” on the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007–09), and occasionally on the Last Girl on Earth (2010–11).

Princess of China

“Princess of China” is a duet recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay and Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for Coldplay’s fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto. The song was written by band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin, along with Brian Eno, and is influenced by the music genres of electronic rock, electropop and R&B. The song was released as the fourth single from Mylo Xyloto and was sent to US Mainstream radio on 14 February 2012. It was later released as a digital download on 13 April 2012. A companion EP to the single, featuring an acoustic version of the song, was released on 1 June 2012.

“Princess of China” was met with a generally mixed response from music critics, with some praising the collaboration between Martin and Rihanna, though others criticized it for being generic and uninspiring. The song performed well on international charts around the world. The song peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the UK Singles Chart. It has also reached the top ten of the Australian and New Zealand charts and five other international charts.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Adria Petty and Alan Bibby, was filmed in March 2012 in Los Angeles and released on 2 June 2012. The video depicts a complicated love story of Rihanna and Chris Martin, scenes of which include a sword fight and Rihanna imitating a multi-armed goddess. The video was met with positive reviews, with critics praising the Asian theme of the video. The song was performed live on the 54th Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Pour It Up

“Pour It Up” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It was serviced to urban radio stations in the United States on January 8, 2013, as the second US single, and third overall single from the album. It was later also sent to contemporary hit radio radios in the country. “Pour It Up” was co-written by Rock City and co-written and produced by Michael Williams and co-produced by J-Bo. It is a club and trap song with a minimal hip hop beat. Rihanna brags about her wealth on the song, which serves as both a strip club anthem and a declaration of independence.

“Pour It Up” received a mixed response from critics, some of whom cited it as a highlight on Unapologetic, whilst others felt it was out of place. Upon its release as a single in the US, “Pour It Up” debuted at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, on which it ultimately peaked at number 19. It also became Rihanna’s second number one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and reached number six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Rihanna performed the song on her fifth and sixth headlining tour, the Diamonds World Tour and Anti World Tour. The song’s official remix was released on March 20, 2013 and features additional rap verses from Young Jeezy, T.I., Rick Ross and Juicy J. Rihanna took pole-dancing lessons from Nicole Williams before the shooting of the music video.[1]

Pon de Replay

“Pon de Replay” is the debut single recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna, from her debut studio album Music of the Sun (2005). It was written and produced by Vada Nobles, Alisha Brooks, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. Her debut single, the song was released on May 24, 2005 as the lead single from the album. Prior to signing a six album record deal with Def Jam Recordings, “Pon de Replay” was one of three songs which was recorded for her demo tape to be sent to record labels. It is a dance-pop, dancehall and R&B song that features elements of pop and reggae. The lyrics revolve around Rihanna asking a DJ to turn the volume of her favorite songs up louder. The name means “play it again” in Bajan Creole, one of Barbados’ two official languages.

“Pon de Replay” received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who praised the song’s composition and its choice as the singer’s debut single. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number one in New Zealand and on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. It also reached number two on both the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart, whilst achieving top five positions in eight other countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and Switzerland. It was certified two times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America denoting shipments of over 2,000,000 copies. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Little X, and features Rihanna in a club with her friends, who ask the DJ to play their favorite song repeatedly.

Phresh Out the Runway

“Phresh Out the Runway” (also known as “Fresh Off the Runway”[1]) is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). It was co-written by Rihanna with French disc-jockey David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort and Terius Nash. It is the first time that Rihanna and Guetta had collaborated since “Who’s That Chick?”, released in November 2010. “Phresh Out the Runway” is a hip hop and rave song that contains heavy synthesizers and bass. Lyrically, Rihanna explains how if any of her crew does not respect her, they should no longer remain with her.

“Phresh Out the Runway” received positive reviews from music critics; most of them praised the composition, production and how Rihanna interpreted the song. However, the lyrics were subjected to criticism. Rihanna performed the track at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 7, 2012, along with the album’s lead single, “Diamonds”. “Phresh Out the Runway” was included on the set list of the 777 Tour promotional tour and the Diamonds World Tour. Upon the release of Unapologetic, the song debuted at number 35 on the UK R&B Chart and 177 on the UK Singles Chart. It also debuted on the US R&B Songs chart at number 21.

Only Girl (In the World)

“Only Girl (In the World)” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth album, Loud (2010). The album’s lead single, it was released on September 10. Crystal Johnson wrote the song in collaboration with producers Stargate and Sandy Vee. Rihanna contacted Stargate before Loud’s production and asked them to create lively, uptempo music. “Only Girl (In the World)” was the first song composed for the album, and the singer decided to include it on the track list before she recorded her vocals. Backed by strong bass and synthesizer, it is a Europop song that incorporates elements of Hi-NRG and rave in its composition. In its lyrics, Rihanna demands physical attention from her lover.

Critical response to “Only Girl (In the World)” was positive; a number of critics praised its composition and Rihanna’s decision to move away from the dark themes of her previous album, Rated R (2009). The song reached number one on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 chart two weeks after Loud’s second single, “What’s My Name?”, peaked at number one. It was the first time in the chart’s history that an album’s lead single reached number one after its second single. In the United Kingdom the song spent two weeks at number one and is the nineteenth-bestselling single of all time by a female artist, with over a million copies sold. The song peaked at number one in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland, and reached the top five in France, Germany and Switzerland.

Rihanna performed “Only Girl (In the World)” on Saturday Night Live in the United States, The X Factor in the United Kingdom and a shortened version at the 31st Brit Awards. Anthony Mandler directed the song’s music video, in which Rihanna is alone in an open natural landscape. The video suggests that she is the only female in the world, echoing the song’s title and lyrics, and critics praised its bright, colorful theme. “Only Girl (In the World)” won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011.

Numb (Rihanna song)

“Numb” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). It features guest vocals by American rapper Eminem, making it the pair’s third collaboration since the two official versions of “Love the Way You Lie”. Following the album’s release, “Numb” charted on multiple charts worldwide including in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Numb” lasts for a duration of 3:25.[2] The song’s instrumentation consists of an Egyptian flute riff and “a crashing bombastic beat.” “Numb” contains a sample of Kanye West’s song “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, written by West and Aldrin Davis. The lyric “Let the champagne smash/ Let that man get cash” from “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” is the sample used in “Numb”. The song’s lyrical content is “controversial” as it is about feeling “numb after taking drugs.” and a “homage to getting high.” Rihanna performs the lines

“Ecstasy in the air
I don’t care Can’t tell me nothing I’m impaired
The worst for wear”
in the first Verse. Eminem “spits” his verse, performing the lines
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, come here dear
Trying to get closer to you I’m motioning you to pull over boo I’m the siren that you hear
I’m the butt police, and I’m looking at your rear, rear, rear.”

Nothing Is Promised

“Nothing Is Promised” is a song recorded by American producer Mike Will Made It and Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. It was released at midnight EDT on June 3, 2016 to digital outlets as the lead single from Mike Will’s upcoming album, Ransom 2.[2][3]

Billboard described the track as “trap leaning”.[4]

In November 2014, released a snippet of a song via her official Instagram account, the song featured lyrics such as “Ain’t none of this shit promised, ain’t none of this promised” and “Ain’t none of this shit certain, ain’t none of it certain”, whilst the rest of the snippet featured “plinky synths and booming bass providing the only instrumentation.”[5] Following the release many assumed that it was a song for Rihanna’s then upcoming seventh studio album Anti (2016). In July 2015, Mike WiLL Made-It posted a 15-second video clip featuring a snippet of Rihanna singing, in June of the following year he released their collaboration as the lead single from his album.[6]

Nobody’s Business (song)

“Nobody’s Business” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). Co-written by Rihanna together with its producers Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Carlos “Los” McKinney, it features guest vocals by American singer Chris Brown. It is their third collaboration following the domestic violence case that happened between them in 2009. “Nobody’s Business” is a disco-pop and R&B-funk song that mixes Chicago stepping and house styles and features strings, piano, and a four-on-the-floor kick drum. It contains interpolation of the 1987 single “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson.

“Nobody’s Business” received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics with many of them labeling the song as standout on the album. Despite that, some journalists criticized Rihanna’s decision to collaborate with Brown again because of their former relationship and domestic violence case. Following the release of Unapologetic, as a result of the strong digital downloads, the song charted on multiple charts worldwide; it peaked at number 36 on the French Singles Chart, number seven on the UK Singles R&B Chart, number 63 on the UK Singles Chart and number 39 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

No Love Allowed

“No Love Allowed” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). The singer co-wrote the track together with Sean “Elijah Blake” Fenton, Alexander Izquierdo, Steve Wyreman and Ernest Wilson, who produced it under his production name No I.D.. Kuk Harrell and Marcos Tovar recorded the song at Record One Studios and Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles and Metropolis Studios in London; Harrell also did the vocal production. “No Love Allowed” is a electro-ragga and reggae song with an instrumentation consisting of a bubbly, dubbed-out groove, Caribbean and dubstep beat and loping drumless rhythms.

“No Love Allowed” received acclaim from contemporary music critics; many of them labeled it as a standout track on the album and likened it to the works of Jamaican musician Bob Marley and Rihanna’s 2011 single “Man Down”. Following the release of Unapologetic, “No Love Allowed” debuted on the charts in France, the United Kingdom and the United States. It peaked at number 101 in France, number 24 on the UK R&B Singles Chart, number 131 on the UK Singles Chart and number three on the US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. The song was included on the set list of Rihanna’s 2013 concert tour, the Diamonds World Tour.

Needed Me

“Needed Me” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer and songwriter Rihanna from her eighth studio album, Anti (2016). It was written by Rihanna, Brittany Hazard, Charles Hinshaw and Derrus Rachel together with its producer DJ Mustard and its co-producers Twice as Nice and Frank Dukes. The song was serviced to the urban radio stations on March 30, 2016, as a follow up single from Anti together with “Kiss It Better”. Afterwards, Def Jam released “Needed Me” to mainstream radio. “Needed Me” is a mello dubstep-flavored electro-R&B song, that contains a downtempo and loose production with synthetic sounds, and elements of electro bubble. The song’s lyrics discuss romantic rejection with some critics identifying a feminist overtone.

In the United States, the song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Rihanna’s 29th top 10 single on the chart. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by film producer Harmony Korine and premiered on April 20, 2016, in celebration of 420. The video is set in Miami and depicts Rihanna with a gun, riding on a motor bike, before attending a strip club where she kills a man. The video was compared to Korine’s film Spring Breakers. Rihanna performed “Needed Me” during the Anti World Tour.

The Monster (song)

“The Monster” is a song by American rapper Eminem, featuring guest vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna, taken from Eminem’s eighth album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013). The song was written by Eminem, Jon Bellion, and Bebe Rexha, with production handled by Frequency. “The Monster” marks the fourth collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna, following “Love the Way You Lie”, its sequel “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” (2010), and “Numb” (2012). “The Monster” was released on October 29, 2013, as the fourth single from the album. The song’s lyrics present Rihanna coming to grips with her inner demons, while Eminem ponders the negative effects of his fame.

Upon release the song was met with positive reviews from music critics, who compared the song to “Love the Way You Lie”. “The Monster” has successfully charted worldwide, topping the charts in twelve countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States’ Billboard Hot 100. It also marks Eminem’s first number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has reached the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Italy and Spain.

The song’s accompanying music video was directed by the American filmmaker Rich Lee, the video depicts Rihanna as Eminem’s therapist in a session, as previous videos from his career are shown and referenced including “My Name Is”, “Lose Yourself”, “3 a.m.”, “The Way I Am” and the 2001 Grammy Awards performance of “Stan” with Elton John. The video was well received and was nominated for several awards. Eminem and Rihanna performed the song live at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.[2]

Man Down (song)

“Man Down” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). Singer Shontelle and production duo Rock City wrote the song with its main producer, Sham. They wrote it during a writing camp, in Los Angeles of March 2010, held by Rihanna’s record label to gather compositions for possible inclusion on the then-untitled album. Rock City were inspired by Bob Marley’s 1973 song “I Shot the Sheriff” and set out to create a song which embodied the same feel but female perspective. It is a reggae ballad which incorporates elements of ragga and electronic music. Lyrically, Rihanna is a fugitive after she shoots a man, an action she later regrets. Several critics singled out “Man Down” as Loud’s highlight, while others commented on her prominent West Indian accent and vocal agility.

Def Jam released “Man Down” on May 3, 2011, as the fifth single from the album. In the United States, the single reached number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song topped the chart in France for five consecutive weeks and reached the top three in Belgium and the Netherlands. Anthony Mandler directed its music video, in which Rihanna’s character shoots a man after he rapes her. The video was criticized by the Parents Television Council, Industry Ears and Mothers Against Violence, who faulted Rihanna for suggesting that murder is an acceptable form of justice for rape victims. However, actress Gabrielle Union, a rape victim, praised the video for being relatable. “Man Down” was on the set list for three of Rihanna’s tours – the Loud Tour (2011), the Diamonds World Tour (2013) and The Anti World Tour (2016).

Loveeeeeee Song

“Loveeeeeee Song” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna recorded for her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). The song features vocals by American singer-rapper Future who also co-wrote, and music produced by George Jackson (previously known as Luney Tunez), Emmanuel Zaragoza (previously known as Mex Manny) and Future. Additional writing was done by Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Rihanna herself.[1] The song was released as the fourth single in the UK only and fourth overall from the album, impacting on urban radio stations in that region on April 3, 2013.[2]

“Loveeeeeee Song” is a sci-fi slow R&B song, that features lyrics the revolve around themes of love and affection that hear Rihanna singing in an accent. “Loveeeeeee Song” received general acclaim, some of whom complimented Rihanna’s vocals and called it a “stand-out track, while others called the song a “touching duet”. It has since then peaked at number 55 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and charted on the R&B Chart at number 17 in the United Kingdom.[3] The song is also included on the setlist of her Diamonds World Tour (2013).

Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary

“Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Rihanna with the song’s producers Terius Nash and Carlos “Los” McKinney. An electro-R&B, Electronica and new wave song, the two songs derive its musical structure from the genres of electronica and new wave. Lyrically, “Love Without Tragedy” is love-oriented while in “Mother Mary” the singer makes a confession about a moment in her life which she regrets.

The song received positive reviews from music critics. Many reviewers praised the deep meaning of the song and her vocal performance. Additionally, it received comparison to the works by The Police and their lead singer Sting. Upon the release of Unapologetic, “Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary” debuted at number 95 on the French Singles Chart, 113 on the UK Singles Chart and 13 on the UK R&B Chart, due to strong digital download sales. “Mother Mary” serves as the introduction to Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour (2013).[1]

Love the Way You Lie (Part II)

“Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth studio album Loud (2010). It features guest vocals from American rapper Eminem, who wrote the song alongside Skylar Grey and the producer Alex da Kid. It is the sequel to the 2010 hit single “Love the Way You Lie”, which appears on Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery. It received positive reviews from critics and was performed for at the American Music Awards of 2010 on November 21, 2010, as part of a medley with “What’s My Name?” and “Only Girl (In the World)”.

Love the Way You Lie

“Love the Way You Lie” is a song recorded by the American rapper Eminem, featuring the Barbadian singer Rihanna, from Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery (2010). The singer and songwriter Skylar Grey wrote and recorded a demo of the song alongside the producer Alex da Kid when she felt she was in an abusive romantic relationship with the music industry. Eminem wrote the verses and chose Rihanna to sing the chorus, resulting in a collaboration influenced by their past experiences in difficult relationships. Recording sessions were held in Ferndale, Michigan, and Dublin, Ireland. Backed by guitar, piano and violin, the track is a midtempo hip hop ballad with a pop refrain and describes two lovers who refuse to separate despite being in a dangerous love–hate relationship.

Interscope Records released the song in August 2010 as the second single from Recovery. Critics praised its melody but were divided on thematic aspects such as poignancy and accuracy. Eminem promoted the single with performances at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and festivals. The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, stars Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox in a violent relationship and shows Eminem and Rihanna in front of a burning house. The clip had a mixed reception due to scenes of domestic violence. Reporters suggested that the song and its accompanying video were influenced by Eminem’s and Rihanna’s relationships with their respective ex-lovers Kimberly Scott and Chris Brown.

Critics listed “Love the Way You Lie” among the best tracks of 2010 and of Eminem’s career. The song won many awards and received five Grammy nominations. It is Eminem’s best-selling single and ranked number one on several record charts, including the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. The single sold six million copies in the US and was the best-selling song of 2010 in the United Kingdom. Musical acts such as Cher Lloyd and The Band Perry have performed cover versions. Rihanna has said that the theme of domestic violence, a topic on which she claims many people do not have insight, is what makes the song effective. She later recorded “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)”, narrated mostly from her perspective.

Kiss It Better (Rihanna song)

“Kiss It Better” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album, Anti (2016). It was written by Jeff Bhasker, John Glass, Teddy Sinclair and Rihanna. The song was produced by Bhasker, while Glass was responsible for additional production and Kuk Harrell for vocal production. It was serviced the radio stations in the United States on March 30, 2016 together with “Needed Me”. “Kiss It Better” is a pop, synth rock and R&B power ballad, which features in its instrumentation “deep snaking synths”, drums and an electric guitar riff, which takes influence from 1980s and 1990s-pop power ballads. The song’s lyrics focus on a destructive relationship that the singer knows is wrong for her, but one she finds irresistible. It also deals with themes of mending broken fences and getting back together with a lover.

The single peaked at number sixty-two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and within the top fifty of the Australian and British charts. The song’s music video was directed by photographer Craig McDean and premiered on March 31, 2016. The video was inspired by dadaism and surrealism, and depicts Rihanna against a dark background. The song was included on the Anti World Tour as the closing song of each show.

 

Jump (Rihanna song)

“Jump” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Kevin Cossom, M. B. Williams, StarGate and Chase & Status, with production done by the latter two and Kuk Harrell. It samples the lyrics of the 1996 single “Pony”, performed by Ginuwine. Its composition and structure received comparisons to not only Justin Timberlake’s song “Cry Me a River” and Magnetic Man’s “I Need Air”, but also to some of Rihanna’s previous songs, including “Rude Boy” and “Red Lipstick”. A remix of the song called “Jump (Club Cheval Rap Remix)” by rapper Theophilus London was leaked onto the internet. “Jump” was serviced to Australian radio on January 24, 2014 as the album’s fifth Australian single and seventh overall.[2]

The song received generally positive reviews from music critics. Many reviewers thought that “Jump” stood out as one of a couple of highlights on Unapologetic, while a few others singled it out as the sole highlight. However, it prompted a mixed reaction from James Montgomery for MTV, who thought that the dubstep bass line produced a “mixed result”. Genevieve Koski for The A.V. Club, who wrote that the track should not have been included on the album as it is a poor song choice, commented that songs like “Jump” are responsible for simply furthering her career in the music industry. Following the release of Unapologetic, “Jump” debuted on the French Singles Chart at number 153 and the UK Singles Chart at number 150 due to strong digital download sales.

If It’s Lovin’ that You Want

“If It’s Lovin’ that You Want” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her debut studio album Music of the Sun (2005). It was written by Samuel Barnes, Scott La Rock, Makeba Riddick, Jean-Claude Oliver, Lawrence Parker, and produced by Poke & Tone. It was released on September 13, 2005, as the second and final single from the album. The lyrics revolve around “basically telling a guy, ‘If it’s lovin’ that you want, you should make me your girl because I’ve got what you need”.[1]

The song received mixed reviews from music critics, many of whom praised and criticised Rihanna’s vocal performance; its composition was also complimented. “If It’s Lovin’ that You Want” achieved moderate success around the world, reaching the top forty in few European countries, while reaching the top ten in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. In the United States, the song failed to match the commercial success of Rihanna’s previous single, “Pon de Replay”, peaking at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It managed, however, to reach number nine on the Pop Songs chart. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Marcus Raboy, was shot on a beach in California, and features the singer enjoying various activities, such as dancing and riding jet skis with her friends.

If I Never See Your Face Again

“If I Never See Your Face Again” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5 from the June 2008 re-release of the group’s second studio album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007). It was also included on the June 2008 re-release of Rihanna’s album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was originally included on the standard version of the album without the inclusion of Rihanna. It was written by band members Adam Levine and James Valentine, with production of the song helmed by Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Mike Elizondo, Mark Endert, Mark “Spike” Stent and Maroon 5. It was released as an Extended Play (EP) in Australia on May 22, 2007, and as an official single on May 2, 2008, in the United States.

“If I Never See Your Face Again” was originally intended to be a duet with Janet Jackson and appear on her Discipline album, although label problems interfered.[1] The collaboration with Rihanna later came to fruition when Levine asked her to add her vocal to the remix version, which she accepted. “If I Never See Your Face Again” is a pop and R&B song featuring instrumentation provided by synthesizers and a guitar. The song received a mixed response from music critics, who praised the song’s composition but criticized Levine and Rihanna’s vocal performance. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and shot on an indoor soundstage in Castaic, California. The concept for the video was “high-end erotica”.

Hate That I Love You

“Hate That I Love You” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It features vocals by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, who co-wrote the song with its producers StarGate. Def Jam Recordings released the song on August 21, 2007, as the third single from Good Girl Gone Bad. A Spanglish version featuring David Bisbal was made available on April 28, 2008. “Hate That I Love You” is a mid-tempo R&B song about the power of love, with influences of folk music. “Hate That I Love You” received generally positive reviews from critics, many of whom compared it to previous works by Ne-Yo.

The song achieved moderate success in comparison to other singles from the album, reaching the top twenty in thirteen countries. It reached number 15 on the UK Singles Chart, and number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Hate That I Love You” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) denoting shipments of over one million copies. The music video was directed by Anthony Mandler; in it, Rihanna’s and Ne-Yo’s characters meet their respective love interests. An edited Spanglish version of the video features scenes by Bisbal instead of Ne-Yo. Rihanna performed the song at the 2007 American Music Awards, and on Operación Triunfo respectively. “Hate That I Love You” was performed on Rihanna’s four worldwide tours—Good Girl Gone Bad, Last Girl on Earth, Loud and the Diamonds World Tour.

Hard (Rihanna song)

“Hard” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The song was written by Terius Nash, Christopher Stewart, Rihanna, and Jeezy, with vocals performed by the latter two. Nash and Stewart produced it under their stage names, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. “Hard” was sent to radio by Def Jam Recordings on November 10, 2009, as the second United States single from Rated R. It is a hip hop song and features military horns, hissing synthesizers, sharp beats and piano chords.

The song became Rihanna’s thirteenth top ten single on the US Billboard Hot 100, matching Beyoncé as the female artist with the most US top ten songs since 2000. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. An accompanying music video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, was filmed in Los Angeles in December 2009. In the video, Rihanna commands an army while clothed in stylized military costumes. After the video premiere, the song charted in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Rihanna performed “Hard” at Jay-Z’s concert at UCLA Pauley Pavilion and at the 2009 American Music Awards. The song was also included on the set lists of the Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–11) and the Loud Tour (2011).

Half of Me (Rihanna song)

“Half of Me” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy and Stargate, with production done by the latter two. It is a chamber pop song that sees Rihanna deliver vocals in an “experimental” fashion. Its lyrics have been described as a “personal essay”, with lyrics that discuss Rihanna’s unrepentant attitude in letting people into her life. She references Oprah Winfrey in the line “You saw me on the television”. The song garnered positive reviews from music critics, some of whom felt that it is “heartfelt” and “psychedelic”. Upon the release of Unapologetic, the song charted in Canada, France, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It debuted at number 10 on the UK R&B Chart.

Anti (album)

Anti is the eighth studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on January 28, 2016, through Westbury Road and Roc Nation. The singer began planning the record in 2014, at which time she left her previous label Def Jam and joined Roc Nation. Work continued into 2015, during which she released three singles, including the internationally acclaimed song “FourFiveSeconds”; they were ultimately removed from the final track listing. Anti was made available for free digital download on January 28 through Tidal and was released to online music stores for paid purchase on January 29.

As executive producer, Rihanna contributed to most of the album’s lyrics and collaborated with producers including Jeff Bhasker, Boi-1da, DJ Mustard, Hit-Boy, Brian Kennedy, Timbaland and No I.D. to achieve her desired sound. The efforts resulted in a departure from Rihanna’s previous dance and club music genres and created a primarily pop and R&B album, with elements of dancehall and soul. The producers incorporated dark, sparsely layered, minimalist song structures, with most of Anti’s lyrics dealing with the complexities of romantic love and self-assurance.

Amid heavy promotion and an anticipated release, the album was released to commercial and critical success. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200, moving 166,000 equivalent-album units in its first full-tracking week, and after two days of its release was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as a result of Samsung purchasing one million copies of the album in advance that were then given away as a free download. It was promoted with four singles, including the hit single “Work”, featuring Canadian rapper Drake, which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 becoming Rihanna’s fourteenth number one single on the chart. To further promote the album, Rihanna embarked on the Anti World Tour in 2016.

FourFiveSeconds

“FourFiveSeconds” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna, American musician Kanye West and English musician Paul McCartney. It was written and produced by West, McCartney, Mike Dean, Dave Longstreth and Noah Goldstein with an additional writing from Kirby Lauryen, Ty Dolla Sign, Dallas Austin and Elon Rutberg. Previewed by West at the iHeartMedia Music Summit on January 21, 2015, it was posted on Rihanna’s official website on January 24. The same day the song was made available for digital download. “FourFiveSeconds” is a folk-pop, pop and soul pop song with an instrumentation consisting of an acoustic guitar, organ and bass guitar.

Upon its release, it peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In doing so it gave Rihanna her 26th top-ten song on the chart, while McCartney made a record by ending the longest break between top-ten singles on the chart. The song also peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Internationally, “FourFiveSeconds” reached number one in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Sweden, as well as the top-three in Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

To promote the song, an accompanying black-and-white music video was directed by Dutch photographer duo Inez and Vinoodh in New York City. Rihanna, McCartney and West performed “FourFiveSeconds” for the first time at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8 held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles; the performance received highly positive reviews. The single has been covered by various recording artists, including Canadian rapper Drake and British singer-songwriter James Bay.

Fool in Love

“Fool in Love” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from the deluxe edition of her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). The song was written by Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, Henry Walter. Production was helmed by Lukasz Gottwald, Cirkut and Dean. Musically, “Fool in Love” is a rhapsodic ballad, and instrumentation consists of acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizers and drums. The lyrics revolve around Rihanna being the protagonist, and how she has met a relatively good man who her parents do not approve of, but requests that they accept her decision to be with him due to their love for each other, despite familial concerns.

It received comparisons to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Britney Spears’ “Criminal”. The song’s composition, production and vocal performance was acclaimed by music critics, however, some criticized its lyrics. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, “Fool in Love” debuted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 70, with digital sales of 6,536 downloads. It also charted on the UK R&B Chart at number 35 and on the UK Singles Chart at number 123.

Fly (Nicki Minaj song)

“Fly” is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper-songwriter Nicki Minaj from her debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010). The song was released as the eighth and final single from the album on August 30, 2011. It features additional guest vocals by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The track was written by Kevin Hissink, Will Jordan, J.R. Rotem, Clemm Rishad and Minaj herself, while production was helped by Rotem and Hissink. The song is a R&B track which incorporates the hip hop genre. The song is inspired by the emotion of soaring above and overcoming all stereotypes and negativity, to come out victorious.

In the United States, “Fly” reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked within the top twenty of the charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the latter country, the song became Nicki Minaj’s first number one on the UK R&B Chart. Furthermore, “Fly” marked top twenty positions on the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and Pop Songs charts and reached the top ten of the US Rap Songs chart at number nine.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Sanaa Hamri, depicts Minaj and Rihanna experiencing the destruction in a post-apocalyptic environment.

Farewell (Rihanna song)

“Farewell” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). The song was written by Ester Dean and Alexander Grant, with production helmed by Grant under his production name Alex da Kid. Instrumentation consists of a piano.

Music critics were divided in their response to “Farewell”. Rihanna’s vocal performance was praised and criticized alike, with some critics citing the song as her best vocal performance to date, while others wrote it lacked any sense of feeling. It also received comparisons to Beyoncé’s “Halo” and Adele’s “Someone like You”, as well as Rihanna’s own “Fire Bomb” (from her album Rated R). Upon the release of Talk That Talk, the song debuted at number 69 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart and number 155 on the UK Singles Chart.

Fading (song)

“Fading” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song was written by Jamal Jones and Ester Dean, whilst production of the song was completed by Jones under his production name, Polow da Don. Musically, the song samples Irish instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Enya’s “One by One”, whilst lyrically, the song is about leaving a man in a relationship. After Loud had strong digital download sales in the United Kingdom, “Fading” charted at number 187 on that country’s singles chart in November 2010. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised da Don’s production, but one critic criticized Rihanna for copying herself and failing to create something different. Some critics also compared it to one of Rihanna’s previous singles, “Take A Bow”. The song has also been performed on select dates of the Loud Tour (2011).

Drunk on Love (Rihanna song)

“Drunk on Love” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). The song was written by Ester Dean, Traci Hale, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen of StarGate and Baria Qureshi, Romy Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith of The xx, with production helmed by StarGate. A power ballad, “Drunk on Love” samples the melody of The xx’s song “Intro”, which was included on their debut album xx. Instrumentation consists of “a storm of drums” and “clattering synths.” The song garnered mixed reviews from music critics, as they were divided on the song’s composition as well as Rihanna’s vocal performance. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, the song charted at number 55 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart and number 153 on the UK Singles Chart.

Don’t Stop the Music (Rihanna song)

“Don’t Stop the Music” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). Written by Frankie Storm and produced by StarGate, it was released worldwide on September 7, 2007 as the album’s fourth single. The dance song, featuring rhythmic devices used primarily in hip hop music, samples the line “Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa” from Michael Jackson’s 1983 single “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”. Rihanna and Jackson were sued by Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, who claimed that the hook originated in his 1972 song “Soul Makossa”.

“Don’t Stop the Music” was critically acclaimed, with many music journalists praising its sampling of the “Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa” hook. It received a number of accolades, including a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. The song reached number one in more than 10 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart, it was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The single peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs charts. Certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it sold more than 3.7 million copies in the US.

Anthony Mandler filmed the song’s music video in Prague. In the video, Rihanna and her friends sneak into the back of a candy store which contains a secret club and she parties with club-goers. The singer performed “Don’t Stop the Music” at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards and the NRJ Music Awards in 2008, and included it on her Good Girl Gone Bad, Last Girl on Earth, Loud and Diamonds World Tour set lists. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized it as one of the most-performed songs of 2009. English recording artist Jamie Cullum recorded a cover version of the song as the second single from his 2009 album, The Pursuit.

Do Ya Thang (Rihanna song)

“Do Ya Thang” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, taken from the deluxe edition of her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). It was written by Terius Nash and Rihanna herself, with production helmed by Nash under his stage-name The-Dream. “Do Ya Thang” is an R&B song with prominent influences of music from the 1980s. The song uses “catchy” drum breaks, synths and “funky” and “subtle” hook. Lyrically, it is a complimentary love track that contains “curse” words and a repetitive chorus.

“Do Ya Thang” received predominantly positive reviews from music critics, with many of them praising its composition and sound, while also linking it to Rihanna’s previous works from her first studio album Music of the Sun (2005). Upon the release of Talk That Talk, the song debuted on the lower regions of the singles charts in South Korea and the United Kingdom; at number 80 and 136 respectively. It also debuted on the UK R&B Chart at number 38.

Disturbia (song)

“Disturbia” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008), a re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It was written by Andre Merritt, Chris Brown, Brian Kennedy and Rob. A!, with production of the song helmed by Kennedy. The song was released as the third single from the reloaded edition of the album, and seventh overall. “Disturbia” was sent to US Contemporary hit radio on June 17, 2008, and was released as a CD single in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2008.

“Disturbia” is an uptempo dance-pop and electropop song with a “sizzling” beat.[1][2] Lyrically, the song is about the experiences of anguish, anxiety and confusion. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who generally praised its dark musical tone, lyrics and beat, and noted that it is reminiscent of Rihanna’s previous single, “Don’t Stop the Music” (2007). “Disturbia” earned Rihanna an award for Best International Song at the 2009 NRJ Music Awards and a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

“Disturbia” was a commercial success, and peaked at number one in Belgium (Flanders) and New Zealand and became a top-ten hit in more than twenty countries including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks, and became Rihanna’s third number-one single from Good Girl Gone Bad and fourth overall on the Hot 100. The accompanying music video for “Disturbia” was directed by Anthony Mandler, which portrays Rihanna in various locations such as in a prison cell and gas chamber. “Disturbia” has regularly featured on the set lists of Rihanna’s tours and live performances since its release.

Diamonds (Rihanna song)

“Diamonds” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Sia Furler together with its producers, Benny Blanco and StarGate. The song premiered on September 26, 2012, during the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and was digitally released the following day as the lead single from Unapologetic. Def Jam Recordings serviced the single to contemporary hit radio in the United States on October 2. “Diamonds” is a mid-tempo electronic and pop ballad that features heavy synthesizers, orchestral sounds and electronic rhythms. The song’s lyrics serve as a departure from the themes of unhealthy relationships that were on Rihanna’s previous singles and contain a prominent concept of love.

“Diamonds” topped music charts in over twenty countries, including the United States, where it became Rihanna’s twelfth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and tied her with Madonna and The Supremes for the fifth-most number one singles in the chart’s history. “Diamonds” was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold over 3.5 million digital copies in the country. By May 2013, it had sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide and became one of the best-selling singles of all-time.

The song’s music video was shot by director Anthony Mandler, a frequent collaborator of Rihanna’s, and depicts her in four environments that represent the elements of earth, air, water and fire. The video received positive reviews and was praised for its imagery. Some critics believe that the heavily tattooed man intertwined with Rihanna’s arm in the video resembles Chris Brown. The singer performed “Diamonds” on television shows such as Saturday Night Live and The X Factor and included it on the 777, Diamonds and The Monster Tour set lists. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized it as one of the most performed songs of 2013 and 2014. The official remix of “Diamonds” featured rapper Kanye West and was released on November 16, 2012. The song has been covered by various recording artists, including Josef Salvat, who released his own cover of “Diamonds” as a single.

Complicated (Rihanna song)

“Complicated” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fifth studio album Loud (2010). It was written and produced by Tricky Stewart and Ester Dean. “Complicated” is a dance-pop, hip hop and trance music song, which also displays elements of pop, dance-pop and R&B. It contains lyrical content explaining how two people in a relationship can find one another complicated at times. The song was acclaimed by critics, as the majority of reviewers concluded that it was one of the best tracks to be included on Loud. Reviewers also praised Rihanna’s vocal performance in the song. Upon the release of the album in November 2010, the song charted at number 50 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart.

Cold Case Love

“Cold Case Love” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was written and produced by The Y’s (Justin Timberlake, Robin Tadross and James Fauntleroy II). Following Chris Brown’s assault on Rihanna, she started working on the sound of her new album. Timberlake who co-wrote “Cold Case Love” labeled the sound of Rihanna’s new project as a step forward for the singer. In February 2010, Rihanna admitted that the song’s lyrics are about her complicated relationship with Brown.

An R&B song, “Cold Case Love” has an instrumentation infused with a simple piano pattern, thumping bassline, violin and viola strings and electric guitar licks. Lyrically, it is a “melancholic and mature farewell” to a failed relationship. “Cold Case Love” received acclaim from contemporary music critics who labeled the song as a highlight on Rated R and additionally praised Rihanna’s vocals. The singer performed the song on her 2013 worldwide concert tour, Diamonds World Tour, in a medley with “Take a Bow” and “Hate That I Love You”.

Cockiness (Love It)

“Cockiness (Love It)” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). The song was written by Rihanna, Candice Pillay, D. Abernathy and Shondrae Crawford, with production helmed by Mr. Bangladesh. Conceptualized by Mr. Bangladesh, the producer revealed in an interview with MTV that the song had undergone many different versions before the final cut was included on the album. He stated that while he was writing and developing the song, Rihanna was the principal artist whom he wanted to record it.

“Cockiness (Love It)” is a dubstep and dancehall track. Instrumentation is provided by vocal whoops, drums and horns. The lyrics of the song revolve around declaring the singer’s desire for sex. “Cockiness (Love It)” received mixed reviews from music critics. Whilst some praised the song’s memorability and compositional structure, others criticized its overtly sexual lyrical content. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, the song charted in lower regions on the singles charts in South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Cheers (Drink to That)

“Cheers (Drink to That)” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song impacted US mainstream and rhythmic radio on August 2, 2011, as the seventh and final single released from Loud. The song was written by Andrew Harr, Jermaine Jackson, Stacy Barthe, LP, Corey Gibson, Chris Ivery, Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards, Avril Lavigne and Scott Spock, while production of the song was completed by Harr and Jackson under their stage name, The Runners. The song also contains samples from Lavigne’s song “I’m with You”, which is featured on her debut album Let Go (2002). Lyrically, “Cheers (Drink to That)” is a party-drinking song, with multiple references to drinking alcohol, including Jameson Irish Whiskey.

The song has received positive reviews from music critics, who praised the interpolation of Lavigne’s “I’m with You” and also commented that it would be a successful club song due to its lyrical content. “Cheers (Drink to That)” peaked inside the top ten in New Zealand and Australia, and charted at numbers 5 and 6, respectively. The song also peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the singer’s nineteenth top ten song on the chart. The music video for the song, directed by Evan Rogers and Ciara Pardo, shows footage of Rihanna on tour and different activities during her homecoming trip to Barbados. “Cheers (Drink to That)” was included on the set list of the Loud Tour (2011).

Can’t Remember to Forget You

“Can’t Remember to Forget You” is a song recorded by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira from her fourth English and overall tenth studio album, Shakira, featuring Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. Shakira began planning to new music in 2011; work continued into 2012, at which time she left her previous label Epic Records and joined RCA Records. The song was released as the lead single of the album on 5 January 2014 through RCA Records and Sony Latin Iberia. A solo Spanish-language version of the song, entitled “Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte”, was released on 24 January 2015.

The song was co-written by Shakira, Rihanna, John Hill, Tom “Kid Harpoon” Hull, Daniel Alexander, and Erik Hassle, while production was handled by Shakira, Hill, and Hull.[3] “Can’t Remember to Forget You” is an uptempo track that fuses reggae, rock and new wave pop.[4] Lyrically the song revolves around forgetting someone who is bad even though you love the person. Upon its release, “Can’t Remember to Forget You” was met with mixed reviews from critics; while critics praised the ska influences, they felt that the song overall was not memorable. Other critics noted similarities between the song and the music of the Police and Bruno Mars.

Commercially, the single fared well, peaking at eleven in the United Kingdom; the song also peaked within the top ten of Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland. In the US the song made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at twenty eight becoming Shakira’s highest-debuting track in the region, the song went on to peak at fifteen on the chart. The music video, which was shot in a Los Angeles mansion, was directed by Joseph Kahn and was premiered and uploaded to YouTube on 30 January 2014. The accompanying video featured both Shakira and Rihanna in revealing outfits and a “naked embrace”. The song was performed live for the first time on iHeartRadio.

California King Bed

“California King Bed” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The sixth single from the album, it was released on May 13, 2011, by Def Jam. Priscilla Renea and Alex Delicata wrote the song with its main producers, Jermaine Jackson and Andrew Harr of The Runners. Its recording took place in 2010 in the studios We The Best in Miami and Burst HQ in Wisconsin. Released digitally on iTunes Store May 13, 2011, it began to be played on April 4 in Australian radios and May 31 in the US. Later, after their impact on radio areas, the song was also issued on CD single format in Europe and also an extended play (EP) digital with nine remixes from the original track.

The song had a moderate effect on music charts, leading the tables Slovakia, Poland and reaching the five best-selling bands in Germany, Australia, Austria, New Zealand and Portugal, while on the Billboard Hot 100 reached the 37th position.

Break It Off

“Break It Off” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006), and features guest vocals from Sean Paul. It was written by Donovan Bennett, Paul, K. Ford and Rihanna, while production was handled by Don Corleon. The song was released on November 13, 2006, as the album’s fourth and final single. “Break It Off” is a futuristic pop-dancehall song, which is layered over an electro-reggae beat.

Critical reception of the song was positive, with reviewers praising the collaboration between Rihanna and Paul and as a return to the former’s roots. “Break It Off” made chart appearances on the singles charts of the United States and Belgium. It peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number six on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. In the Flanders region of Belgium, it peaked at number 10. Rihanna performed the song at Radio One Big Weekend in 2007 and it was included on the set list of her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007–09), and was subsequently included on the accompanying DVD release, entitled Good Girl Gone Bad Live.

Bitch Better Have My Money

“Bitch Better Have My Money” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was written by Jamille Pierre, Bibi Bourelly, Rihanna, Travis Scott, Kanye West and WondaGurl and produced by Deputy, co-produced by West, together with additional production by Scott and WondaGurl. The song was digitally released on March 26, 2015, through the iTunes Store. “Bitch Better Have My Money” is a trap song with a hip hop beat and represents a notable musical departure from the previous single, “FourFiveSeconds”.

Upon release critics gave the song mixed reviews, finding the song catchy and ready to be played in clubs, but thought it was a step down from the preceding single. “Bitch Better Have My Money” reached the top-10 in eight countries, including New Zealand and France, as well as the top-20 in six more countries including the Canada, United States, and Australia. To promote the song Rihanna performed at the 2nd iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 29, 2015. An accompanying music video was released on July 2, 2015.

Birthday Cake (song)

“Birthday Cake” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). After it leaked onto the internet, fans expressed interest in the track being included on Talk That Talk, but it was later revealed that the 1:18 (one minute, 18 seconds) length that leaked was in fact the final cut and was not being considered for inclusion on the album. Due to a high level of fan interest, the song was included on the album as an interlude. The full length version, also known as the official remix of the track, featuring Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, was premiered online on February 20, 2012, to coincide with Rihanna’s 24th birthday. The song peaked in the top fifty.

The lyrics to “Birthday Cake” express the desire to have spontaneous sex. Music critics were divided on “Birthday Cake”, with the majority both praising and criticising the song’s sexual lyrical content. Several critics compared the song to the previous track on the album “Cockiness (Love It)”, which also consists of sexually explicit lyrics. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, the song debuted on the lower regions of the singles charts in South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Bad Girl (Rihanna song)

“Bad Girl” is a song initially recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna and American recording artist Chris Brown for the soundtrack of the film Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009). Their version of the song was excluded from the soundtrack, in favor of a version performed by the American girl group The Pussycat Dolls. Rihanna and Brown’s version of the song was leaked on the internet on January 6, 2009. The song is about an addiction to shopping, and instead, ore specifically, buying shoes and handbags. Hollywood Records’ decision to not include Rihanna and Brown’s version was criticized by Ryan Brockington for the New York Post, but Michael Quinn for BBC Music was complimentary of The Pussycat Dolls’ version. Rihanna and Brown’s version charted at number 55 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

American Oxygen

“American Oxygen” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was written by Alex da Kid, Candice Pillay, Sam Harris and Rihanna; Alex da Kid and Kanye West produced it. Written over the course of a year, “American Oxygen” was inspired by the 1984 single “Born in the U.S.A.” performed by Bruce Springsteen. It was made available for streaming on Tidal on April 5, 2015, and released for digital download on April 14 via the iTunes Store. The song has patriotic lyrical content about a new America and the chasing of the American dream.

“American Oxygen” received positive reviews, with music critics praising the maturity of the lyrical content. Darren Craig, Jonathan Craven and Jeff Nicholas of the Uprising Creative directed the music video for “American Oxygen”, which premiered exclusively on Tidal on April 6. It depicts numerous moments from American history while Rihanna sings in front of a large American flag. Critics noted the patriotic feeling of the video, comparing it to Billy Joel’s music video for his 1989 single “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. Rihanna performed “American Oxygen” for the first time at the Final Four of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis.

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