"S&M" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). It was released on January 21, 2011, as the fourth single from the album. American songwriter Ester Dean wrote the song in collaboration with Stargate and Sandy Vee, the producers. Backed by bass beats, a keyboard and guitars, it is an uptempo dance-pop and Eurodance track that samples the synthesizer line from Depeche Mode's 1984 song "Master and Servant". The lyrics revolve around sex, sadomasochism, bondage and fetishes.
Critical response to "S&M" was mixed: some critics praised its sound while others criticized the overtly sexual lyrics. The single charted at number two on the United States' Billboard Hot 100, but with combined sales from a remix that features Britney Spears, it became Rihanna's tenth and Spears' fifth number-one single on the chart. The song peaked at number one in Australia, Canada and Poland, and reached the top five in France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
To promote the song, Rihanna performed a shortened version at the 2011 BRIT Awards and sang the remix with Spears at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Melina Matsoukas directed the song's music video, which was, in part, Rihanna's response to disparaging critics. It portrays softcore sadomasochist acts and fetishes. The video was banned in many countries and restricted to nighttime television in others. Critics complimented Rihanna's sensuality and the vibrant colors. Photographer David LaChapelle filed a lawsuit alleging that the video incorporates ideas from his photographs. Rihanna and LaChapelle settled the case for an undisclosed sum of money.File Hashes