Rihanna Single Was Toned Down By Record Label

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February 9, 2011 | 11:35am EST

Bosses at the BBC have defended a radio-friendly version of Rihanna’s controversial track S&M – because the special edit of the song was provided by her record company.
The Bajan beauty reacted with fury after learning her latest single – which features risque lyrics about sex, whips and chains – was introduced to Radio 1 listeners on Sunday as Come On.

Taking to her Twitter.com page, she raged, “Are you f**king kidding me??? I’m on it!”

But BBC chiefs have spoken out about the toned-down track, revealing Rihanna’s music bosses provided a risk-free radio edit of the song so younger listeners could hear it on the airwaves.

A BBC spokeswoman tells WENN, “We couldn’t play the edit we had so we asked the record label and they provided us with a radio edit.”

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