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"Pon de Replay"
Single by Rihanna
from the album Music of the Sun
B-side "Should I"
(with J-Status)
Released August 22, 2005
(see release history)
Format Digital download, CD single, 12" maxi single
Recorded February 2005
Genre Dance-pop, dancehall
Length 4:07 (Album Version)
3:34 (Radio Edit)
Label Def Jam, SRP
Writer(s) Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers, Alisha Brooks, R. Fenty
Producer Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Gold (RIANZ)
Rihanna singles chronology
"Pon de Replay"
(2005)
"If It's Lovin' that You Want"
(2005)
Music video
"Pon de Replay" at YouTube (requires Adobe Flash) (posted by mercuryrecordsuk)

"Pon de Replay" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song was written by Rihanna and Valda Nobles and produced by Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken, and Evan Rogers for her 2005 debut album, Music of the Sun. Her debut single, the song peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first top five single; it also peaked at number-one in New Zealand, number two in the UK and at number six and number seven in Australia and Canada, respectively. The beat for "Pon de Replay" was also used in Natasja Saad's hit "Mon De Reggae".

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Background

After meeting music producer Evan Rogers, Rihanna began recording song for her demo recordings with the help of Rogers and his partner Carl Sturken.[1] The demo took a year to record, eventually being a four-song demo, which included her first hit "Pon De Replay."[1] She stated that when she first heard "Pon de Replay", she didn't want to record the song because she felt that the song was very sing-songy and very Nursery rhyme.[2] After she started recording the song, she went along with it and started liking it.[2] Shortly after finishing recording her demo, Rihanna moved to New York along with Rogers in January 2005 to send her demo to various record labels and people within the industry. In February 2005, then-label head Jay-Z heard the demo and asked her to audition for the label who subsequently signed her in one day.[3]

Writing and release

"Pon de Replay" was written and produced by Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers while working on her demo recordings. The song was eventually added to the album and released as the album's lead single.[1] "Pon de Replay" was first made public in the mainstream media on March 17, 2005 on MTV News.[4] The single was officially released on August 9, 2005 to Australian music retail and on August 22, 2005 in the United Kingdom.

Music and lyrics

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Musically, "Pon de Replay" is an uptempo dance-pop song. Predominantly reggae,[5] it is set in common time in F# minor, sawing dance-pop and contains mild R&B infused beats.[5] Lyrically, "Pon de Replay" talks about the joy of dancing,[6] telling the DJ to repeat the song over and increase the volume.[6] The song contains the lyrics "Hey Mr. DJ", which is mostly used in songs that lyrically talk about dancing as evident in songs like "Play" by Jennifer Lopez and on "Music" by Madonna.[6] Rihanna explained the song title by saying, "It's just language that we speak in Barbados. It's broken English. Pon is on, De means the, so it's just basically telling the DJ to put my song on the replay."[7]

Critical reception

The song received generally positive reviews. Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic said that "Pon de Replay" is driven by booming dancehall-lite beats and a reggae vocal cadence [...] "it's a simple dance-pop song at its core, with standard English-language singing as well as a can't-miss singalong hook."[8] Barry Walters of Rolling Stone magazine described the song as "a poppy piece of dancehall reggae with slapping, syncopated beats recalling big-band jazz."[9] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine called the song a genuine dance club trend in sight and described it as a dancehall-pop mixture.[10] However he also noted that the song owes plenty of its sweat and shimmy to Beyoncé's "Baby Boy."[10] Bill Lamb of About.com said, that the primal drums of the song are reminiscent of early 80's new wave classics by the likes of Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow.[11]

Chart performance

In the United States, "Pon de Replay" entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart debuting at number ninety-seven.[12] The song entered the top ten for the issue dated July 16, 2005.[13] It rose to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 30, 2005,[14] in addition to peaking at number two on the Pop 100.[15] The song spent three weeks at number two,[12] and twelve weeks on the top ten,[16] however despite spending twelve weeks on the top ten, the song was held off the top spot by Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together", which spent fourteen non-consecutive weeks at number-one,[17] and also held off the top spot by Pussycat Dolls's "Don't Cha" from the Pop 100. The song reached number-one on the Hot Digital Songs chart. "Pon de Replay" was also a major dance hit topping both the Hot Dance Club Play and the Hot Dance Airplay chart for two weeks. It also performed well on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart peaking at number twenty-four; most of its chart points had been received from airplay from pop stations and from its digital downloads. In an unusual situation, the track reached number six on the Hot Rap Tracks, an unlikely supporter of the song. On the non-Billboard chart, ARC Top 40, the track hit number-one. After twenty-seven weeks on the chart, "Pon de Replay" was certified platinum for selling over 1,000,000 copies by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Music video

The video for "Pon de Replay" was directed by music video director Little X.[18] The video is set in a club.[18] The video begins with Rihanna and two her friends arriving at a club where everybody is bored and not dancing because of the low music.[19] She steps up on a platform, wearing a silver belly top with baggy jeans, and begins singing and dancing the song, causing the DJ, played by DJ Cipha Sounds, to turn the music up and everybody to start dancing.[19] Scenes of people dancing in the club are inter cut with images being juxtaposed of Rihanna singing leaning against the wall wearing a light blue short dress.[19] Rihanna is also featured belly dancing and an additional cameo appearance from Kardinal Offishall.[20] The video ends with people in the club formed in a circle dancing in the middle. The music video was also popular receiving much play from MTV and BET. It peaked at number two on MTV's Total Request Live spending thirty-seven days on the countdown; it was not able to retire due to the early introduction of the music video for her second single, "If It's Lovin' That You Want". The video reached number four on BET's 106 & Park and remained on the countdown for over twenty days.

Track listing

CD single (European version)

  1. "Pon de Replay" (Radio edit) — 3:34
  2. "Pon de Replay" (Remix featuring Elephant Man) — 3:37

CD maxi-single (European version)

  1. "Pon de Replay" — 3:36
  2. "Pon de Replay" (Cotto's Replay Dub) — 6:48
  3. "Pon de Replay" (Instrumental) — 4:05

Extras:

"Pon de Replay" (Video) — 3:37

German CD Single

  1. "Pon de Replay" (Album Version)
  2. "Pon de Replay" (Cotto's Replay Dub)
  3. "Pon de Replay"
  4. "Pon de Replay"
UK iTunes EP
  1. "Pon de Replay" — 3:35
  2. "Should I" (with J-Status) — 3:07
  3. "Pon de Replay" (Cotto's Replay Dub Version) — 6:49

iTunes EP

  1. "Pon de Replay" (Pon De Club Play Version) — 7:32
  2. "Pon de Replay" (Cotto's Replay Dub Version) — 6:47

Covers and parodies

Pop girl group Girl Authority covered the song in 2006 for their self-titled debut album. "Weird Al" Yankovic also covered part of the song in his polka medley "Polkarama!" from the album Straight Outta Lynwood.

Charts

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 5
Belgium Singles Chart 5
Canadian Singles Chart 3
Danish Singles Chart 4
Dutch Top 40 15
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 2
Finnish Singles Chart 8
French Singles Chart 18
German Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 6
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Spanish Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 5
Swiss Singles Chart 3[21]
UK Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[22] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[22] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[22] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[22] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[22] 24

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Say Hello" by Deep Dish
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
number-one single

October 8, 2005
Succeeded by
"I Like It (But I Don't Need It)" by Vivian Green
Preceded by
"These Words" by Natasha Beddingfield
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay number-one single
September 28, 2005
Succeeded by
"And She Said..." by Lucas Prata
Preceded by
"Axel F"
by Crazy Frog
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart
number-one single

October 10, 2005 – October 17, 2005
Succeeded by
"Popcorn"
by Crazy Frog

Release history

Region Date
United Kingdom August 22, 2005 (2005-08-22)
Canada August 23, 2005 (2005-08-23)
Japan
United States

References

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  3. ^ "Rihanna: Biography". People. http://www.people.com/people/rihanna/biography. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  
  4. ^ Index
  5. ^ a b "Rihanna - Pon De Replay Sheet Music". Music Notes.com. Alfred Publishing Company. http://www.musicnotes.com/download/Suite/default.asp?ppn=SC0021747. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  6. ^ a b c Rule, Doug (May 4, 2006). "Soundwaves: Rihanna, Cascada, Duran Duran, more". Metro Weekly. http://www.metroweekly.com/nightlife/soundwaves/?ak=2099. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  7. ^ "Rihanna Interview". Kidzworld. http://www.kidzworld.com/article/5853-rihanna-interview. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  8. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "allmusic ((( Music of the Sun > Overview )))". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:xq3ibkj9dakn. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  9. ^ Barry, Walters (2005-09-08). "Rihanna: Music of the Sun". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/rihanna/albums/album/7579447/review/7583534/music_of_the_sun. Retrieved 2007-08-18.  
  10. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (August 31, 2005). "Rihanna: Music Of The Sun". Slant Magazine. http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=630. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  11. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Review Of Rihanna's 'Pon De Replay'". About.com. Top40.about.com. http://top40.about.com/od/reviews/gr/rihannapon.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  12. ^ a b "Rihanna - Pon De Replay - Music Charts". Music chart. http://acharts.us/song/823. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  13. ^ Jeckell, Barry (2005-07-07). "Mariah Still No. 1 As 'Idols' Fade". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000974797. Retrieved 2009-01-11.  
  14. ^ Jeckell, Barry (2005-07-21). "Mariah's 'Together' Holds Off 'Replay' Charge". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000989352. Retrieved 2009-01-11.  
  15. ^ http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/music/article-20264498-details/Albarn+knocks+Oasis+off+No1/article.do
  16. ^ Jeckell, Barry (2005-09-22). "Kanye Keeps Digging No. 1 Single". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001178998. Retrieved 2009-01-10.  
  17. ^ Jeckell, Barry (2005-09-01). "Mariah Matches Hot 100 Milestone". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001053107. Retrieved 2009-01-10.  
  18. ^ a b "Pon De Replay". Def Jam Records. 2008-10-23. http://www.islanddefjam.com/artist/videos_single.aspx?artistID=7366&mid=2144. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  19. ^ a b c "Rihanna – Pon de Replay". Universal Music Group. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyToptnynBY. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  20. ^ "Kardinal Offishall's Biography". Last.fm. http://www.last.fm/music/Kardinal+Offishall/+wiki. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  21. ^ Chart positions @ Australian-charts.com Retrieved June 2009
  22. ^ a b c d e Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Rihanna

Simple English

"Pon de Replay" is the first single released in 2005 off the album Music of the Sun by pop singer Rihanna.

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"Pon de Replay" ("Play It Again") is a song written by Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers, and Alisha Brooks for pop singer Rihanna's debut album, Music of the Sun (2005). Produced by Nobles, Struken, and Rogers, it was released as the album's first single in summer 2005. The song peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first Top 5 single; it also peaked at number 1 in New Zealand, number 2 in the UK and at number 6 and number 7 in Australia and Canada, respectively. The beat for "Pon de Replay" was also used in Natasja Saad's hit "Mon De Reggae". Pon de Replay was also a major dance hit topping both the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and the Dance Radio Airplay chart for 2 weeks. It also performed well on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts peaking at #24; most of its chart points had been received from airplay from pop stations and from its digital downloads. In an unusual situation, the track reached #6 on the Hot Rap Tracks, an unlikely supporter of the song. On the non-Billboard chart, ARC Top 40, the track also hit #1. Pop girl group Girl Authority covered the song in 2006 for their debut album. The song was the 21st best sell of 2005 with 3,970,000 units sold.[1]

The hit single, "Pon de Replay" was first made public in the mainstream media on March 17, 2005 by publicist, Jonathan Hay through co-producer Vada Nobles on MTV News.[2]

Rihanna

Rihanna
[[Image:‎|220px|alt=|Rihanna performing in Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour]]
Rihanna performing in Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour
Background information
Birth name Robyn Rihanna Fenty
Born February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20) (age 23)
Origin Saint Michael, Barbados
Genres Pop, R&B, reggae, dance-pop, electronica, electropop, dancehall
Occupations Singer, model, fashion designer, music director
Years active 2005–present
Labels Def Jam Recordings
Associated acts Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, T.I., Timbaland
Website Official Site

Track listing

  • CD single (European version)
  1. "Pon de Replay" (Radio edit) (Brooks, Alisha/Rogers, Evan/Sturken, Carl/Nobles, Vada) — 3:34
  2. "Pon de Replay" (Remix featuring Elephant Man) (Brooks, Alisha/Rogers, Evan/Sturken, Carl/Nobles, Vada) — 3:37
  • CD maxi-single (European version)
  1. "Pon de Replay" (Brooks, Alisha/Rogers, Evan/Sturken, Carl/Nobles, Vada) — 3:36
  2. "Pon de Replay" (Cotto's Replay Dub) (Brooks, Alisha/Rogers, Evan/Sturken, Carl/Nobles, Vada) — 6:48
  3. "Pon de Replay" (Instrumental) (Brooks, Alisha/Rogers, Evan/Sturken, Carl/Nobles, Vada) — 4:05
  • Extras:
"Pon de Replay" (Video) — 3:37

Music Video

In the music video, directed by Little X, Rihanna and her friends arrive at the club where everybody is bored and not dancing because of the low music. Rihanna steps up and sings the song, causing the DJ to turn the music up and everybody to start dancing. The music video also features Rihanna doing some belly dancing moves. The music video was also popular receiving much play from MTV and BET. It peaked at #2 on MTV's Total Request Live spending 37 days on the countdown; it was not able to retire due to the early introduction of the music video for her second single, "If It's Lovin' That You Want". The video reached #4 on BET's 106 & Park and remained on the countdown for over 20 days.

Covers & Parodies

"Weird Al" Yankovic covered part of the song in his polka medley Polkarama! from the album Straight Outta Lynwood

References

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