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AdamAloud
post Jun 21 2015, 12:06 PM
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In a totally original idea shush Sats forum, to celebrate 10 years of Rihanna slaying the charts worldwide we will be looking back at all of her singles so far. This week we go right back to the beginning, 'Pon de Replay'!

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Pon De Replay

01 New Zealand
02 Ireland
02 United Kingdom
02 United States
03 Norway
03 Switzerland
05 Austria
05 Belgium (Flanders)
05 Denmark
05 Hungary
05 Sweden
06 Australia
06 Germany
06 Italy
08 Finland
14 Belgium (Wallonia)
15 Netherlands
18 France
18 Spain

Certifications:
2x Platinum: United States
Platinum: Australia
Gold: Sweden, Denmark

Sales:
AU: 70,000
DM: 15,000
SE: 30,000
US: 2,000,000
UK: 214,700
WW: 4,000,000

Share with us your thoughts and memories of Rihanna's debut single biggrin.gif


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post Jun 25 2015, 01:59 PM
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We'll just gloss over the fact this thread went 5 days without a reply

I remember seeing the video of 'Pon de Replay' a lot on The Box and Smash Hits during the summer holidays. I wasn't mad on it at the time and I didn't buy the single until a couple of years later (in a bargain bin in Asda or Woolworths). It's definitely not a Rihanna classic and I think if you asked member of the public what Rihanna's first single was I'm sure a large proportion would say 'Umbrella'!

It's by far the best song from her debut album though so they made the best possible choice concerning her debut single.
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post Jun 25 2015, 02:03 PM
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I still love this, not her best or anything but definitely a knockout debut. I can't believe it's been TEN years though, I feel quite old at 18 thinking about that laugh.gif
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post Jun 25 2015, 05:12 PM
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omg i was NINE.
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post Jun 25 2015, 05:50 PM
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what a total JAM music.gif it seems very forgotten about these days which is a shame, I very much loved it at the time, a very strong debut.

I was EIGHT when this was in the charts mellow.gif
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post Jun 25 2015, 07:39 PM
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Oh how I remember discovering this song and then looking for it for over a year wub.gif
Still an absolute tune I go back to regularly
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post Aug 10 2015, 12:25 PM
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Wow!

I was eleven when I first heard this. This was a quality tune from her. Didn't think this time ten years ago that she become one of the biggest female artists.
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I was 11 as well. It's definitely a relatively lowkey debut single—here in the US it was overshadowed by "We Belong Together". I think it seemed like she was just the latest in a wave of R&B/pop starlets (Ciara and Amerie scoring big hits before her, Cassie after her); no one could have guessed she'd be the most successful artist of anyone coming out during the mid-'00s.
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post Sep 3 2015, 12:01 PM
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Rihanna's first hit Pon De Replay is 10 years old!
By Justin Myers

Can it really be 10 long years since the Official Singles Chart was first graced with the dazzling brilliance of the one and only Rihanna? It is, you know.

Yes, 10 years ago this week, Rihanna made her very first chart entry with the mighty Pon De Replay. It's one of RiRi's most underrated tracks, but it's the song that started everything – where would we be without it?

To celebrate the impact of Rihanna's debut, we delve into the stats and present you with Pon De Replay… in numbers.

2

10 years ago this week, Rihanna went straight in at Number 2 with debut single Pon De Replay. It spent two weeks there, so never made it to the top. Sadface.

17,604

So Rihanna didn't get to Number 1, but who did? That would be Oasis with The Importance of Being Idle. And the 17,604? That's how many copies Rihanna trailed behind them when they took the top spot.

8

The number of weeks Pon De Replay spent in the Top 40 before waving a fond farewell in October 2005.

213

In the last 10 years, Rihanna has spent an incredible 213 weeks in the Top 10. That's over four years. Four!

81,935

Back when people still got physical with the Official Singles Chart, over 81,900 of you tripped down to the shops – or clicked 'buy', this wasn't the Dark Ages, after all – and got your hands on a bright shiny CD single. And here it is:

171,322

Over 171,000 of you have downloaded the song since its release. That's around the same number of people who go to Glastonbury every year.

3,329,334

Pon De Replay has racked up a whopping 3.3 million listens since we started counting streaming toward the Official Singles Chart in 2014. That's quite a few Glastonburys, when you think about it.

25

Since Pon De Replay, RiRi has scored 25 Top 10 hits – that's 26 in total, maths experts. Her most recent was FourFive Seconds, which peaked at Number 3 in March 2015.

7

Pon De Replay was the first of seven Rihanna songs to peak at Number 2. The others? Oh, we spoil you, don't we? Here you go: SOS (2006), Unfaithful (2006), Live Your Life (with T.I. in 2008), Russian Roulette (2009), Rude Boy (2010), Love The Way You Lie (with Eminem, also in 2010). Amazing.

4

The number of million-sellers Rihanna's got in her handbag. They are Number 1s Only Girl (In The World), We Found Love, Diamonds and that team-up with Eminem, Love The Way You Lie.

35

The peak position of Pon De Replay's parent album and Rihanna's debut, Music of the Sun. Rihanna very probably wasn't too happy with that and took action – she's not missed the Official Albums Chart Top 10 since.

285,650

When you add up the streaming, the downloads and the good old physicals, the total chart sales figure for Pon De Replay is a very respectable 285,650.
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post Sep 3 2015, 06:11 PM
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Only so few? I thought this was HUGE? Altho it was released in 2005 when sales were quite low but still
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post Sep 3 2015, 06:24 PM
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That is huge by 2005 standards...
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post Sep 3 2015, 06:35 PM
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Hence "I know sales were low in 2005", just didn't realise they were THAT tragic

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I don't remember this being an especially massive hit to be honest (even though it was #2.) At least from my perspective, it was very quickly forgotten until 'SOS'. Those sales are what I'd expect.

It is pretty impressive that she's become such a superstar. When this song charted, I don't think anyone expected her to be here 10 years later.
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