“Pon de Replay” is the debut single recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her debut studio album Music of the Sun (2005). It was written and produced by Vada Nobles, Alisha “M’Jestie” Brooks, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. Her debut single, the song was released on May 24, 2005 as the lead single from the album. Prior to signing a six album record deal with Def Jam Recordings, “Pon de Replay” was one of three songs which was recorded for her demo tape to be sent to record labels. It is a dance-pop and R&B song. The lyrics revolve around Rihanna asking a DJ to turn the volume of her favorite songs up louder. The name means “play it again” in Bajan Creole, one of Barbados’ two official languages.

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