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post Sep 14 2017, 03:28 PM
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Welcome to Rihanna's #ThrowbackThursday thread! cheer.gif

Each week we're going to bring you a Rihanna moment from the past 12 years (and counting) of her career - whether it's a single or album release, iconic performance or another miscellaneous moment from Rihanna's career that happened within the same week.

We're going to kick off with this week in 2010 when "Only Girl (In The World)" was released as a single (September 10).

In many ways, this was the track that the fans wanted Riri to come back with the previous year when she presented "Russian Roulette" (but thankfully she made us wait and we got Rated R, among her top three albums ever). It's an all-out, in your face pop-dance banger and showed the world that Rihanna was back on top form. It definitely took a bit longer to grow on me than her previous poppier efforts but I can undeniably say that I love it now and it's definitely one of her most well-remembered singles amongst the general public.

"Only Girl" became her eighth US number one single, following "What's My Name?", and her fourth UK number one single. It was the fourth best-selling song of 2010 in the UK and was her fifth song to be certified at least 5x Platinum in the US. It also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, France and Ireland, amongst others. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Best Dance Recording and won, becoming Rihanna's then-fourth Grammy win.

Iconic performances:
The X Factor 2010
2011 Brit Awards

What are your thoughts on "Only Girl (In The World)"? Where would it rank amongst Rihanna lead singles for you?
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14/09/17: "Only Girl (in the World)"
21/09/17: "Cheers (Drink to that)"


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post Sep 14 2017, 03:32 PM
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It's definitely one of her most iconic tracks among the GP! I was addicted to this when it came out but idk lmao, I think I overplayed it for a long time and I can't really listen to it because of that laugh.gif I was so excited for this single, the amazing 'Rated R' album had solidified her as one of my faves and my excitement for her was at an all time high. wub.gif Really instant on me as well ohmy.gif
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I'll never understand the love for this, definitely one of her worst singles for me.
Well I can see why it did well I guess, but I just never return to it and was never a huge fan of it, especially after loving basically everything about the 'Rated R' era. That red hair tho heart.gif
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This week for Throwback Thursday, we're going back to 2011 which was perhaps the peak of Rihanna's chart domination in the UK.

"Cheers (Drink to That)" was the 7th (yes, SEVENTH) single released from Loud - no mean feat given that there are only 11 songs on the album - and was making waves in the UK throughout September of that year, before finally reaching its peak of #15 on 18 September 2011.

In the lead-up to the album's release, this was definitely one of my most anticipated tracks, given the Avril Lavigne connection (the song samples her song "I'm with You"). I was a bit disappointed with it at first but retrospectively it's a very interesting use of the sample and the song itself is definitely a bop.

It's definitely not her most well-remembered song but I think when you have as many classics as Rih has, she can let it slide. I'm also pretty sure she's never performed it on TV, and it was only included during her 'Loud' tour and never since.

Alongside its UK peak, "Cheers (Drink to That)" reached the top 10 in the US and has since been certified 2x Platinum there. It also reached the top ten in Australia, Canada and New Zealand and the top twenty in Ireland.
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I remember being so excited when I heard about the Avril sample then being completely let down by this. sad.gif I don't think I've ever really liked this haha, a lowpoint on the Loud album which is otherwise amazing. heart.gif (bitch needs to put LTWYL part 2 back on Spotify though)
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Probably my favorite song on 'Loud', after her best song 'Man Down' of course.

Also love the video. So carefree and fun to sing along wub.gif.

I kind of dislike the use of the sample though. Avril's voice is so annoying in it.
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