Rihanna was wary about recording a sequel to hit track LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE with Eminem - because she was convinced the original could not be bettered.
The song stormed the charts this summer (10), spending seven consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in America and reaching number one in 22 other countries.
Eminem began work on follow-up Love the Way You Lie (Part II) - but Rihanna almost refused to take part.
She tells MTV.com, "When I first heard the idea about doing a part two, I was just completely against it. I just felt like you couldn't beat the original. There's no way you can outdo that, so why compete with it?"
However, the Umbrella hitmaker's reservations were dispelled when she headed into the studio with the rapper.
She adds, "We heard a broken-down version that was stripped down, just piano... I fell in love with it. We recorded it, then we did another version to the stripped-down version with drums, then we did another version with drums and Eminem. And then that was the one that just felt really good. I love both: I love the broken-down version, as well as the new one with Eminem."