Rihanna’s “S&M” has already created quite a stir with its lyrics, which were deemed too hot for daytime play by BBC Radio 1, and with its kinky, candy-colored music video, which was reportedly banned in 11 different countries .
And now it seems that even the song’s title is giving some folks fits … including Rihanna herself.
It all starts with the brand-new U.K. Top 40 Singles chart, which is compiled by the British-based Official Charts Company and unveiled every Sunday on Radio 1. In this week’s chart, “S&M” officially debuts, but, strangely enough, it does so with the title “Come On.” It’s not clear who made the change — the OCC, the BBC or perhaps even Rihanna’s record label, Island Def Jam — or even why, but that hardly mattered to RiRi, who took to her Twitter account to express her outrage.
“Are you f—ing kidding me??? I’m on it!” she wrote in one tweet after being asked by a fan about the new title. When asked by another fan if she was OK with the change, she replied, “Absolutely Not!”
A spokesperson for the OCC wasn’t aware of the “S&M” flap when contacted by MTV News, but did point out that, on the version of the Top 40 that appears on the organization’s target="_blank">Web site, the song retained its original title.
An e-mail to BBC Radio 1 seeking comment on the matter was not responded to by press time, nor were e-mails sent to Rihanna’s reps. In the latest edition of the U.S. singles chart — the Billboard Hot 100 — the song sits at #66 … under its original title.
What do you think of Rihanna’s song title being re-named? Is it too racy as is? Tell us in the comments!