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Editors’ Notes

Between the release of Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R, Rihanna became the most-watched pop star in the world. Her violent altercation with boyfriend Chris Brown ignited a horrifying media circus, and there was intense speculation as to how she would use Rated R to address the turmoil in her personal life. A theme of lost love is evident in “Fire Bomb,” “Photographs” and “The Last Song,” while “Stupid In Love” contains a haunting reference to the Brown incident: “Don’t understand it / Blood on your hands / And still you insist / On repeatedly trying / To tell me lies.” Even the less personal songs have a brooding aura, exemplified by the terror and vulnerability of the lead single, “Russian Roulette.” The larger-than-life performances of “G4L” and “Rockstar 101” have more in common with Depeche Mode than Beyoncé. It’s exciting to hear Rihanna pushing into darker, more challenging territory, even as she retains the glamour of a futuristic diva. It would have been easy for a pop star of her stature to gloss over personal tribulation, but instead Rihanna confronts her pain head-on with the confessional “Cold Case Love.”

Customer Reviews

Rated R (Clean Version)

When I saw the original Rated R cd I was surprised that they were all explicit! But I'm glad that they made a clean version! Keep it up!

GO GET IT!!!

Loving this album real "HARD"...Rihanna took a little step away from the pop, and got into more R&B/Hip-Hop in this album (not all the songs btw). Rude Boy, Hard, Russian Roulette are my favorite so far!

The Best Album of the YEAR

Rihanna delivers a solid comeback....like only she can!

Biography

Born: February 20, 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Rihanna established her dance-pop credentials in summer 2005 with her debut smash hit, "Pon de Replay," and continued to demonstrate hit potential in subsequent years (e.g., "S.O.S." in 2006; "Umbrella" in 2007; "Disturbia" in 2008). However, it was the singer's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, that made her a full-fledged international pop star with a regular presence atop the charts. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, she exhibited a certain star quality...
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