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The Legendary Official R I H A L L A H Thread


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At this point Rihanna is pretty much the biggest pop star on the planet, so when she drops an album it's a really big deal. No surprise, then, that her seventh album is launching with maximum fanfare. She performed two new songs this weekend on Saturday Night Live. Today she will board a chartered Boeing 777 with representatives of her management company, Roc Nation, her record label, Island Def Jam, and her fan club, the Rihanna Navy, as well as a select group of media (including Complex's own Soo-Young Kim) to fly around the world and rip stages in 7 cities over 7 days. Welcome to Rihanna's life.

Last Friday at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan we finally (after checking our cell phones and recording devices at the door, and donating to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort) got a chance to listen to the music itself. We did our best not to be swayed by the $18 glasses of wine (get that money, Jay!) or by all the fly ladies and industry poobahs in the building, or by the image of Rihanna smoking blunts filled with diamonds on a jumbo screen—not even by Rihanna herself when she strolled in the club near the end of the session—but our three word review of this album (if we wrote three-word reviews) would be: "Believe the hype."

Unapologetic sounds like Rihanna's best album yet. Also her most uninhibited, which is saying a whole lot.

Note that we said "best" and not merely "biggest." As successful as her previous releases have been, this one will likely be even more mega. It's stacked with A-list writers and producers—including features from Eminem, Future, and Chris Brown—and it taps into the pop music zeitgeist via every conceivable format and subgenre without feeling forced or contrived. Yep, Unapologetic is going to be a monster.

But it's also better: more cohesive, more listenable from top to bottom than any of her previous efforts. Like many pop superstars, Rihanna has always been more of a singles artist than someone who created fully conceived albums. But Unapologetic is something else. The name of the game is making the audience believe you believe the words you're singing. But the fact is that these songs sound rawer and more personal than anything she's done in the past.

If you want to find out more about the music that will be pumping out of every radio, stereo, nightclub, and mobile device for the next year or so, keep on reading this track-by-track breakdown.

http://www.complex.com/music/2012/11...-unapologetic/

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I don't know what's going on, but this year MADE me a huge Rihanna fan. I think it's the illuminati. :ph34r::devil:

Welcome to the "I didn't like Rihanna but now I love her" Club, I've been a member since 2010 (even tho technically I never disliked her, I just didnt care about her really till 2010....then last year I realized I loved her lol. WELCOME Henry WELCOME, we've been waiting

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i'm glad it hasn't leaked yet that mean its gonna make money and a sure fire to be #1

It doesn't...it means the same people that downloaded the last album will download it on Monday when ti finally hits the net :lol:.

She better go #1 tho :umm:. She has NO competition except One Directions 2nd week sales and Nicki Minaj's re-released. Keyshia won't do well imo...though her last CD sold 128,000 first week...

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It doesn't...it means the same people that downloaded the last album will download it on Monday when ti finally hits the net :lol:.

She better go #1 tho :umm:. She has NO competition except One Directions 2nd week sales and Nicki Minaj's re-released. Keyshia won't do well imo...though her last CD sold 128,000 first week...

My thoughts exactly, people talkin about "Keyshia might beat Rihanna" Like Keyshia is a chart threat, I love Keyshia, but a chart threat.....on any chart, she is not.

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