The wait is ova â€“ for one of the most hotly anticipated new albums in recent history, as multi-platinum, award-winning Def Jam recording artist Rihanna announces the completion of her fourth original studio album, Rated R, scheduled to arrive in the physical and digital marketplace on Monday, November 23rd.
Rated Râ€™s first single pick, â€œRussian Rouletteâ€ was launched at 11:23am EST on October 20th worldwide. The â€œRussian Rouletteâ€ video, directed by Anthony Mandler, was premiered in prime-time on ABC.
â€œRussian Rouletteâ€ was written and produced by fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo, whose long track record with Rihanna includes the #1 hit â€œUnfaithfulâ€ (2006, from A Girl Like Me), their Top 10 duet â€œHate That I Love Youâ€ (2007, from Good Girl Gone Bad), and #1 pop/ #1 R&B â€œTake A Bowâ€ (2008, from Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded). In addition to Ne-Yo, other producers and writers on Rihannaâ€™s new album include the team of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, Chase & Status, Stargate, Justin Timberlake and more.
Rated R is the long-awaited follow-up to Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007), which contained the non-stop string of hit singles that began with the MTV VMA and Grammy Award-winning global #1 hit â€œUmbrellaâ€ (featuring Jay-Z), then â€œShut Up and Drive,â€ â€œHate That I Love Youâ€ (featurÂing Ne-Yo), and â€œDon’t Stop the Music.â€ Good Girl Gone Bad spent 98 total weeks on the Soundscan chart, earned cumulative sales of more than 36-times platinum in at least 20 territories around the world, and spun off the CD+DVD package Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) â€“ which continued the string of hits with the #1 â€œTake A Bow,â€ and the #1 â€œDisturbia.â€
Good Girl Gone Bad was the third album release in less than two years by the 21-year old Barbados native Rihanna. It followed-up 2006â€™s RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, which contained the back-to-back hits, â€œS.O.S.â€ and â€œUnfaithfulâ€; and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the world-wide smash, â€œPon De Replay.â€