Rihanna and usher dating 2016
He chose Rihanna to collaborate in part based on both of them having past experience with difficult relationships.
The song became Rihanna's first #1 pop hit single in the U. Shaffer Smith, aka Ne-Yo, wrote the song, and it was produced by the Norwegian duo Star Gate.
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 icy, haunting recording received strong critical acclaim, and it reached the pop top 10.
Red hot Canadian rapper Drake collaborated with Rihanna, and together they soared to #1 on the US pop singles chart after only three weeks of release. " earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap / Sung Collaboration.
Star Gate, Sandy Vee, and Ester Dean collaborated on the songwriting of "S&M." The recording samples the synthesizer line from Depeche Mode's sadomasochism themed 1980s hit "Master and Servant." Rihanna stated that she had a personal interest in the sexual activities described in the song.