In this acoustic guitar-driven burner, Beyoncé sings from the standpoint of a woman who is addressing her lover, who has been cheating on her. She's telling him that he can be easily replaced.
Ne-Yo wrote the lyrics for the girl power anthem, which were inspired by his aunt and her unfaithful lover. Speaking on his VH1 Behind The Music special, the R&B singer-songwriter described how his aunt had a successful career and was very generous with her boyfriend until he cheated on her. "I remember him coming to the house," recalled Ne-Yo, "and him looking in the closet and going, 'Where's my this, where's my that?' and she said, 'Oh, in the box to the left of the closet. Everything you own is in that box and everything I bought is over here.'"
Beyoncé's Spanish language version of this song did very well, making the Top 10 on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. The title in Spanish is "Irreemplazable."
This is the second American #1 for the Norwegian production team Stargate. "So Sick
" by Ne-yo was the first.
This won The Soul Train Music Award For Best R&B/Hip-Hop Single By a Female and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Song.
This stayed #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks, more than any other record in 2006, making it the most successful single of the year.
This was the best selling US single of 2007, with Rihanna's "Umbrella
" in second place.
Beyoncé performed this song with the Country band Sugarland at the 2007 American Music Awards, where she was presented an honorary award as International Artist of the Year.
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When Stargate originally submitted this to Beyoncé, she didn't care for the drum beat. The production team reworked the drums and re-submitted the track and Beyoncé then embraced the song.
The rapper Lil Wayne referenced this song on his 2008 track, "Comfortable
This wasn't specifically penned for Beyoncé. Ne-Yo wrote it more as a Country song and had Faith Hill and Shania Twain in mind.