Rihanna, the Grammy-Award-Winning singer, has confirmed that her new album will be titled "Rated R" and yesterday she released her first official single, "Russian Roulette." [listen here] The new 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. [Rihanna – "Russian Roulette" – Listen Here]
Now what exactly is the song about? Many people are saying its addressing her former boyfriend Chris Brown. The new track 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. [Rihanna – "Russian Roulette" – Listen Here]
Rihanna – Debuts Her First Single "Russian Roulette"