RIHANNA’s CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM – RATED R – TOPS BILLBOARD R&B CHART
RATED R’S SOUNDSCAN DEBUT IS THE BIGGEST OF RIHANNA’S CAREER
RIHANNA SET TO MAKE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE DEBUT THIS WEEK; NYC CONCERT TO STREAM LIVE ON MYSPACE TOMORROW NIGHT
“The real triumph here is artistic…Rihanna has transformed her sound and made one of the best pop records of the year…” – ROLLING STONE (4 STARS)
“A complex and fascinating portrait of a young woman’s emotional process … Rihanna is exceptionally brave on ‘Rated R,’…”- LOS ANGELES TIMES (4 STARS)
“Rihanna had yet to make her big artistic statement. She has now. Rated R, her gritty 4th album, is her coming-of-age manifesto, her Control…it’s deeper and darker, harder and heavier than anything you would have expected…Brava.” – PEOPLE (4 STARS)
“A bleak, adamant album that’s both brave and skillful…‘Rated R’ does what divas do: leverage personal troubles into music. And with it, Rihanna never lets her sorrows overwhelm her musical craftsmanship or the determination behind it.” – NEW YORK TIMES
(December 2, 2009 – New York, NY) Rolling Stone raved “one of the best pop records of the year.” The Chicago Sun Times called it “by far the best, most layered and most heartfelt effort of the 21-year-old artist’s career.” Critics and fans alike have been raving about Rihanna’s new album Rated R, which makes its debut today atop the Billboard R&B Albums chart at #1. With over 181,000 copies in its first week of release, Rated R stands as the biggest first-week Soundscan tally of Rihanna’s career.
After a whirlwind promotional tour leading up to the release of Rated R – including a London concert broadcast on MTV, BET and VH1 and performances on the American Music Awards, The Late Show with David Letterman and a Good Morning America concert in New York City’s Times Square – Rihanna’s two singles, “Russian Roulette” and “Hard” feat. Jeezy, are everywhere. Already exploding at radio, “Hard” was the #1 most added record at both the pop and urban formats, and was the greatest gainer at rhythm.
Rihanna will make two very special appearances in New York City later this week. Tomorrow, Thursday December 3rd, she will perform her first major New York area concert in over a year, with a special show at Hammerstein Ballroom sponsored by Myspace, Jetblue and radio station Hot 97. The show will stream live on Myspace.com/Rihanna at 9pm EST tomorrow night. Then, on Saturday December 5th, Rihanna will make her Saturday Night Live debut as musical guest.
Stay tuned for more on Rihanna and her incredible new album, Rated R…