“S&M” is a song performed by Barbadian recording artist Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), better known as simply Rihanna. “S&M” was taken from Rihanna’s fifth studio album, Loud (2010). Through Def Jam Recordings , the song was released as the third official single from the album on January 21, 2011. It was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Sandy Wilhelm and Ester Dean, and produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee. The track also derives genres from electro, dance-pop and dance music. “S&M” received generally mixed reviews from most of the critics. The song has charted successfully peaking within the top ten in twelve countries so far, including Australia where it reached the pole position for five weeks, New Zealand at number two, United States at number three and also number three in the United Kingdom. It also reached number three in Ireland and number one on the UK R&B Singles Chart. It peaked at number one at the US Hot Dance Club Songs. The accompanying music video for “S&M”, directed by Melina Matsoukas, shows Rihanna punishing the members of the media who have hurt her, including gossip blogger Perez Hilton. The video was banned in several countries, while being restricted to nighttime TV-only in others. Additionally in the UK, “S&M” was deemed too raunchy for daytime airplay and has hence been re-edited and re-named “Come On” for some radio stations, with others playing the original version. Rihanna performed the song on the BRIT Awards, in 2011. Rihanna performed “S&M” for the first time at the 2011 Brit Awards on February 15, 2011, as part of a medley with her two other singles from Loud
, Only Girl (In The World”” and What’s My Name?” It was also performed on the Australian leg of the Last Girl on Earth Tour.