She debuted Russian Roulette, the first single from her hotly anticipated album, Rated R, on Ryan Seacrest’s show.
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The soaring ballad follows a woman on the verge of taking a turn at the suicide game: You can see it through my chest/That I’m terrified/But I’m not leaving/I know that I must pass this test/So just pull the trigger.
The song, which eerily ends with a gunshot, was written and produced by Ne-Yo, who also wrote her 2006 No. 1 hit Unfaithful and dueted with the Grammy-winning singer on the Top 10 smash Hate That I Love You. The video for the song is expected to premiere in prime-time on ABC.
The video for the track is directed by Anthony Mandler, who has directed seven of Rihanna’s videos including Unfaithful and Disturbia, as well as Hate That I Love You with Ne-Yo.
Rated R, Rihanna’s fourth album, drops November 23.
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