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Andrew.
post Sep 19 2016, 05:12 PM
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Out of Rihanna's 8 lead singles what would you put as your favourite and what ones do you think should've been released later in the era/not at all?

I put 'Diamonds' , it remains my favourite Rih song to this day. wub.gif I was kinda hmm about it when it first came but I soon realised the error of my ways ;o. I think she generally gets it right with her lead single choices, half of these aren't my favourite from their albums but all are probably the most commercial.


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post Sep 19 2016, 05:16 PM
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01. Diamonds
02. Umbrella
03. Work
04. We Found Love
05. Only Girl (In the World)
06. Pon de Replay
07. SOS
08. Russian Roulette
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post Sep 19 2016, 05:27 PM
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We Found Love
Diamonds
Only Girl
Work
SOS
Russian Roulette
Umbrella
Pon De Replay
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post Sep 19 2016, 05:27 PM
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even pon being last is TIGHT
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post Sep 19 2016, 05:37 PM
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I was torn between 'Umbrella' & 'We Found Love', but went with the former as it's still fantastic to this day, and while I still do like 'We Found Love', the overplay killed it at the time and while I am starting to warm to it again, it's still way too overexposed.

As for the other poll, I think all of her lead singles have been spot on, but if I had to choose one then it would have to be 'Work', as I'm still not all that keen on it, but honestly don't think anything else from 'Anti' would have worked at all.
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post Sep 19 2016, 05:41 PM
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Umbrella >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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post Sep 19 2016, 05:59 PM
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She's been pretty good with choosing surefire hits for lead singles, even though none of those are my favourites. Russian Roulette stands out as the most forgotten on the list though. Rude Boy clearly saved that era and should have been the lead.
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post Sep 19 2016, 06:03 PM
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Work
We Found Love
Russian Roulette
Diamonds
Umbrella
Pon De Replay
SOS
Only Girl (in the World)

Although 'Rude Boy' was a much bigger hit, I don't think it would've worked as the lead single for 'Rated R'. It's not very representative of the album and doesn't really go with the overall darker theme she was starting to explore. I think she's had all of the lead singles pretty spot on really! Even though I'm not a fan of 'Only Girl' whatsoever, it was definitely the best choice for lead single
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post Sep 19 2016, 06:16 PM
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01 Work
02 Russian Roulette
03 Umbrella
04 Only Girl (In The World)
05 We Found Love
06 Diamonds
07 SOS
08 Pon de Replay

And I love Russian Roulette but Rude Boy really should have been lead!
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post Sep 19 2016, 06:16 PM
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1. Umbrella (my fave of hers wub.gif wub.gif wub.gif)
2. SOS
3. Pon de Replay
4. Diamonds
5. Only Girl (In the World)
6. We Found Love
7. Russian Roulette
8. Work

Don't think any of them were misfires really! Work's only last because overplay has well and truly killed it for me. I picked Russian Roulette in the poll mainly because Rude Boy could've opened the era with a bigger hit but I don't think it was a bad decision.
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post Sep 19 2016, 06:29 PM
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Diamonds is my fave heart.gif It still sounds incredible. The only one which shouldn't have been lead is Russian Roulette! The others were all fab choices.
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post Sep 19 2016, 06:34 PM
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QUOTE(JosephStyles @ Sep 19 2016, 08:16 PM) *
Don't think any of them were misfires really! Work's only last because overplay has well and truly killed it for me.


Was 'Work' played a lot on UK radio? On Dutch radio I only heard it during the top 40 so they were forced to play it.
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post Sep 19 2016, 07:52 PM
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We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
Work (feat. Drake)
Diamonds
Pon de Replay
Umbrella (feat. Jay Z)
Russian Roulette
Only Girl (In the World)
SOS

Quite the list


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post Sep 19 2016, 08:51 PM
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Pon de Replay > We Found Love > SOS > Only Girl (In The World) > Diamonds > Work > Russian Roulette > Umbrella

I didn't really want to vote for the second poll question but as it forced me to I went with 'Russian Roulette' just because it was the least successful of these, but I really think it was the right choice - it introduced a very different mood and persona to someone who had gone supernova with her last album, and it really set the tone for her career to come.

'Umbrella' is the only one I would ever skip and I am a bit over it atm but I think it may just be a phase because it still is a world beater of a song, and obviously integral to her whole career.

I don't think I'll ever get over what an absolute jam Pon de Replay is wub.gif
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post Sep 20 2016, 03:05 AM
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I love all her leads minus 'Work', which is the worst song I've ever heard. It literally frustrates me.
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post Sep 20 2016, 04:18 AM
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omg this was so hard to choose between OG and Diamonds but went with OG.

Also Work should have never been a single and let alone a lead one (even though it worked for her).
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post Sep 20 2016, 03:24 PM
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I've tried this since the topic went up and I CAN'T DO IT. drama.gif Well I can't come up with a definitive list!

As of now, here it is! The top 3 are CONSTANTLY changing.

01. Russian Roulette
02. We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
03. Umbrella (feat. Jay Z)
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04. Diamonds
05. S.O.S
06. Work (feat. Drake)
07. Pon De Replay
08. Only Girl (In The World)


All good, it's just OGITW falls slightly TOO much on the safe side and generic side of things for me. 5-7 though are changing within each other too! drama.gif

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As for the poll I obviously opted for 'Russian Roulette', mainly down to how daring and new it was/is. I still don't know any song like it that's out there now! So unique and as much as I prefer other songs from 'Loud' over OGITW, safe and generic was what she needed to get the public back on side after 'Rated R' under performed.

I voted 'SOS', just because (I had to) I think that or 'Break It Off' would've been perfect lead singles and I prefer BIO as a song, so. Yeah. (It wouldn't let me just vote in the first poll pirate.gif)
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post Sep 20 2016, 10:53 PM
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"we found love" will always be #1 for me for purely sentimental reasons. my ranking would go:

1. we found love
2. umbrella
3. sos
4. only girl
5. work
6. diamonds
7. russian roulette
8. pon de replay
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post Sep 21 2016, 12:25 PM
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Added a N/A option to the second part of the poll, because I do genuinely believe none of them were a mistake, all were the perfect choice for the first single from their respective albums.

'Diamonds' is my personal favourite, but I'd say 'We Found Love' and 'Umbrella' were the best lead single choices.
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post Sep 21 2016, 11:16 PM
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'Umbrella' the best single choice followed by 'We Found Love' and 'Diamonds, then 'Pon de Replay'
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