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Album: A Girl Like MeReleased: 2006Charted:
"S.O.S." is the Morse code signal for distress, chosen because it is a simple series of 3 dots ("S") followed by 3 dashes ("O"), and 3 more dots that can be repeated over and over until someone hears it. It was used in the days when the telegraph was used for communication, and while those days are long gone, the phrase "S.O.S." continues to be used as a symbol of distress.
This song samples "Tainted Love
," a 1981 hit by Soft Cell, which was originally recorded by Soul singer Gloria Jones. Ed Cobb, who wrote "Tainted Love," made out well when his obscure Soul song was covered into two #1 hits, meaning he receives songwriting credit and royalties on all these songs.
Some of the lyrics came from "Tainted Love," including, "I toss and turn, I can't sleep at night."
In this song, Rihanna sings about how she is confused over her feelings for a boy.
The song has two music videos. One is a Nike promotional video featuring Rihanna dancing in a nightclub. In the official video directed by Chris Applebaum, Rihanna is shown telling the object of her affection that she's going to signal S.O.S.
Rihanna is a Barbadian (Bajan) Pop singer with musical influences from dancehall and R&B. She was born in 1988 and her real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.