It’s OFFICIAL, RiRi is back. If you had any doubts her new album “Loud” didn’t have HIT written all over it, cast them away now. After checking out a preview of her new CD, I’m sold her “Rated R” days are OVAH. Loud is Rihanna at her best. Fun, whimsical, poppy, danceable and a million other peppy adjectives.
Her new album is set to hit stores on November 16, 2010. If you can’t wait that long, check out the audio preview below. Besides “Only Girl (In The World)”, Rihanna has a few solid tracks on her new offering. I love the duet with Drake, “What’s My Name”, the catchy opening track “S&M”, the ballad “California King Bed” and the mid-tempo “Fading”. Overall there isn’t a bum track on the album. Nowadays artists are often criticized for being singles artists and filling up their albums with lame fillers. That isn’t the case with Rihanna’s “Loud“. Don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself below.
2. “What’s My Name” (featuring Drake)
3. “Cheers (Drink to That)”
5. “Only Girl (In the World)”
6. “California King Bed”
7. “Man Down”
8. “Raining Men” (featuring Nicki Minaj)
11. “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” (featuring Eminem)
iTunes bonus tracks
12. “Love the Way You Lie” (Piano version)
13. “Only Girl (In the World)” (Music video)
14. “Only Girl (In the World)” (Remix) (Pre-order only)
Currently Rihanna is over in Europe doing a major promotional tour. On Thursday, she turned on the Christmas lights at the city’s Westfield shopping centre, kicking off the Holiday season. This week she’s in Madrid for MTV’s European Music Awards. I’m sure the week before the release, expect Rihanna to be everywhere in the US pimping out her CD. It won’t reach Taylor Swift levels of sales, but hopefully it’ll have a solid showing.