The wait is over 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 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 "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), then "Shut Up and Drive," "Hate That I Love You" (featuring Ne Yo), and "Don't Stop the Music."
''Rated R'' is the fourth studio album by Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna, released November 20, 2009, on Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place during March to November 2009 at several recording studios, and production was handled primarily by Chase & Status, StarGate, The-Dream, Ne-Yo, and Brian Kennedy. Conceived after Rihanna's assault by her then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, ''Rated R'' features a prominently foreboding and angry tone, in terms of musical and lyrical direction, and incorporates elements of hip hop, rock, and dubstep.
The album debuted at number four on the US ''Billboard'' 200 chart, selling 181,000 copies in its first week, making it Rihanna's highest-selling debut in the United States. It became her third consecutive platinum album in the US and produced five singles that achieved chart success, including ''Billboard'' hit "Hard", Dance/Club hit "Rockstar 101", and international hits "Russian Roulette", "Rude Boy", and "Te Amo". Upon its release, ''Rated R'' received generally positive reviews from most music critics. According to Rihanna's record label, the album has sold nearly 3.8 million copies worldwide. - Wikipedia