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It spent seven weeks at the top and has sold more than six million copies.
"Love the Way You Lie" earned five Grammy Award nominations including for Record and Song of the Year.
Although timing suggested that it is about the domestic abuse in Rihanna's relationship with Chris Brown, songwriters Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony claim that is not the case, and any song Rihanna recorded at that point in her career would be seen as about Chris Brown.
The result was a powerful, critically acclaimed #1 pop hit.
For Rihanna, it all began with the island dance sounds of "Pon de Replay." It was one of three songs included on her initial demo sent to record labels.
The translation of the phrase from Bajan Creole is, "Play it again." Jay-Z was the first executive to respond to the demo and Rihanna was soon signed to Def Jam.
Rihanna turned in a hip hop direction on "Hard," and she enlisted the rapping talents of Jeezy to help out.
The military themes in the accompanying music video directed by Melina Matsoukas were criticized by some as trivializing war. Working once again with Star Gate, Rihanna returned to her Caribbean island background for the sound of "Rude Boy." She taunts an unnamed suitor in the song in a sexually suggestive fashion.