January 25, 2016


Watch Rihanna Discuss "SOS" & Coming to America: Class of 2006 Video

In 2006, Rihanna had just turned 18 and was still getting used to living in America. She was also scoring her first No. 1 hit with the club classic, "SOS." For the latest Fuse video clip from the vault as part of Class of 2006 Week, we take a look back at Rihanna recalling the early makings of the "Tainted Love"-sampling hit.

"I wasn't very familiar with Soft Cell, simply because I grew up in Barbados," a teenage RiRi tells the hosts of former Fuse countdown show, Daily Download. "I was a little nervous because you can either re-do a hit single and totally screw it up, or you can do it even better--all depending on how people like it. And luckily people loved it. I knew I loved it, but i just kept my fingers crossed until it hit radio."

Of course, "SOS" was the lead single off Rihanna's A Girl Like Me album that included other hits like "Unfaithful" and "Break It Off" with Sean Paul. Rih told us that it was her first time recording rock-infused music (for the fan favorite deep cut "Kisses Don't Lie"), an early sign she would become the genre-less artist she is today:

"Growing up in Barbados, I am not really exposed to rock music a lot. So after I moved to the United States, I was exposed a lot of different types of music—rock being one of my favorites. And I remember when I finished my first album, I remember saying to L.A. Reid, 'On my next album, I have to do a rock and reggae mashup.' We went to Barbados, we wrote and recorded it. It's called 'Kisses Don't Lie.'"

Watch both clips above and stayed tuned for loads more of uber-nostalgic and jaw-dropping clips from '06 on Fuse and here at Fuse.tv all throughout Fuse's Class of 2006 Week.