A Girl like Me is the second studio album by Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna. It was released through Def Jam Records on April 19, 2006 in Japan, on April 24 in the United Kingdom, and on April 25 in the United States. For the production of the album, Rihanna worked with Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Stargate and J. R. Rotem with label-mate Ne-Yo who wrote the album's second single. Musically, the album incorporates a combination of pop, reggae and ballad elements which received mixed reviews by music critics.

Some critics gave the album positive reviews stating that she gracefully avoids the sophomore disappointment while others compared the album to her previous effort. A Girl like Me was released less than eight months after her debut album. It peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and on the UK Albums Chart. The album was successful in other Countries, entering the top ten in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Japan while topping the charts in Canada on the Canadian Albums Chart.

A Girl like Me spawned four singles; "SOS", which became her first single to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, "Unfaithful" and "Break It Off", both reaching the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, however, the third single, "We Ride", failed to reprise the success of the previous singles. The album was re-released as an expanded double-disc deluxe package in Germany, which includes her previous hit single, "Pon de Replay". The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Worldwide, the album sold over 3.5 million copies.

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About working with Ne-Yo: "He is one of the sweetest, sweetest people I've ever met, ever worked with. He's an amazing songwriter. I remember after hearing "Let Me Love You" [which Ne-Yo wrote for Mario], I was like, "Who the hell wrote this song?" And everyone was like, Ne-Yo, Ne-Yo, this kid Ne-Yo. And one day I was working in the studio with Poke & Tone on "If It's Lovin' That You Want" and Ne-Yo stopped by. So we finally got to meet, and he's like, "Yeah, we gotta do something," but we never got around to it on the first album. So for the second album, I was like, "You know what? I have to work with that guy Ne-Yo." And it made it a lot easier because he's on the same label I am. So we went into the studio and we started working on this song "Unfaithful." And it's one of my favorite songs on the album.


A Girl like Me spawned four singles; "SOS", which became her first single to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, "Unfaithful" and "Break It Off", both reaching the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, however, the third single, "We Ride", failed to reprise the success of the previous singles. The album was re-released as an expanded double-disc deluxe package in Germany, which includes her previous hit single, "Pon de Replay". The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Worldwide, the album sold over 3,5 million copies.

Rihanna's first concert tour took place in the United States during the summer of 2006. Rihanna continued to tour that year as the special guest for the Pussycat Dolls, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas.

 

 

TRACKLIST:

1. "SOS" - 4:00
Ed Cobb, Jonathan Rotem, Evan Bogart

2. "Kisses Don't Lie" - 3:52
Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Rihanna Fenty

3. "Unfaithful" - 3:48
Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Shaffer Smith

4. "We Ride" - 3:56
Hermansen, Eriksen, Makeba Riddick

5. "Dem Haters" (featuring Dwane Husbands) - 4:19
Rogers, Sturken, M. Hallim, V. Morgan, Michael Flowers, Aion Clarke

6. "Final Goodbye" - 3:14
Curtis Richardson, Luke McMaster, Charlene Gilliam

7. "Break It Off" (featuring Sean Paul) - 3:34
Sean Paul Henriques, Fenty, Donovan Bennett, K. Ford

8. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (featuring J-Status) - 3:23
Rogers, Sturken, A. Thompson, D. Virgo, A. Barwise, B. Barwise, O. Stewart

9. "Selfish Girl" - 3:38
Rogers, Sturken

10. "P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You)" - 4:11
Rogers, Sturken

11. "A Girl like Me" - 4:18
Rogers, Sturken, Fenty

12. "A Million Miles Away" - 4:11
Rogers, Sturken

Bonus Track

13. "If It's Lovin' That You Want (Part 2)" (featuring Cory Gunz) - 4:08
Jean Claude Olivier, Samuel J. Barnes, Alaxsander Mosely, Scott Larock, Lawrence Parker, Riddick

VIDEOS


S.O.S.


Unfaithful


We Ride