News: Rihanna's "Rated R" Album Cover Premieres Online

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 1:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Rihanna's official Rated R album cover has debuted online and features her posing alone with a signature 'R' in the background.

The solo project's cover premiered online Tuesday (October 27) morning.

PopEater is proud to exclusively premiere the cover for her impending album, Rated R. The grainy black-and-white cover shows the R&B queen draped in hand jewelry and covering one eye. The Rated R cover was shot by famed photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who says that "Rihanna was looking to create something a bit new for the look of the album." Von Unwerth goes on to say that Rihanna is "so beautiful, sweet and tough at the same time -- and a pleasure to shoot," adding that she's "fantastic to work with -- very giving, very creative, very involved in every aspect of the shoot, and ready to push the boundaries." (PopEater)

Rihanna's new single, "Russian Roulette," debuted last week.

Reaction to "Russian Roulette?" Kinda dark. The track opens with a rhythmic heartbeat, alternating, scary-movie staccato piano lines and Rihanna's breathy voice. Sample lyric: "So just pull the trigger/As my life flashes before my eyes/I'm wondering will I ever see another sunrise." It ends with a woman's drawn breath and a gun shot. This ain't your Umbrella-toting, Shia-dating Rihanna of yesteryear, folks. (Wall Street Journal)

Speculation has grown on whether the track is addressing her former boyfriend Chris Brown.

The first single from Rihanna's new album is out...and some think it's about an abusive relationship. The song, "Russian Roulette," was actually written by Ne-Yo, but with lyrics like: "As my life flashes before my eyes/ I'm wondering, will I ever see another sunrise?" Some say it's impossible to listen to the song without thinking about Chris Brown. Rihanna's new album, Rated R, comes out November 23rd. (KNX 1070 News)

Images of the singer's photo shoot for the new track have also been circulating online.

"Russian Roulette" sees the 21 year-old strip off, posing topless with nothing but a strip of wire wound around her chest to protect her modesty. With her hair slicked back, an eye patch completes the angry look. For one shot she wore fishnet stockings and suspenders, a grey tweed tail coat and thigh-high black leather boots. But no trousers. She was seen strutting down a wooden boardwalk and clinging on to a wire fence while singing. (Daily Mail)

Rihanna's Rated R is slated to land in stores Monday, November 23rd via Def Jam.

Check out Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" below:

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