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Rated R
Studio album by Rihanna
Released November 20, 2009
(see release history)
Recorded March-November 2009
Milk Studios, Germano Studios
(Manhattan, New York)
Metropolis Studios
(London, England)
Studios Davout
(Paris, France)
Paper V.U. Studios, Westlake Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, pop, hip hop, rock, dubstep
Length 51:55
Label Def Jam
Producer Chase & Status, The-Dream, Chuck Harmony, Brian Kennedy, Ne-Yo, Antonio "L.A." Reid (exec.), Rihanna (exec.), StarGate, Tricky Stewart, will.i.am, The Y's
Rihanna chronology
Good Girl Gone Bad
Rated R
Singles from Rated R
  1. "Russian Roulette"
    Released: October 20, 2009
  2. "Hard"
    Released: November 2, 2009
  3. "Rude Boy"
    Released: February 9, 2010

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 prominantly 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.[1] It became her third consecutive platinum album in the United States and has spawned three US top-ten hit singles, including "Russian Roulette" and "Hard" peaked at numbers nine and eight, whilst "Rude Boy" gave Rihanna her sixth number one Hot 100 hit. Upon its release, Rated R received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 76/100 from Metacritic.



Rihanna's previous album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) was a commercial success and received generally favorable reviews from most music critics.[2] The album featured five top ten hits—three US number one hit singles—including the international breakthrough single "Umbrella." In regards to the Rated R album, there was much speculation as to whether any of the songs on the album would be about former boyfriend Chris Brown.[3] Ne-Yo, who has written songs for Rihanna in the past, said he would not write a "Chris Brown bash song for Rihanna" because he doesn't "think that needs to be a song that's sung or written," and also because of his friendship with Brown.[3] Chuck Harmony, who produced the album's lead single, felt that no matter what song "Rihanna released as her comeback single people would immediately think it was about Chris Brown."[4]

Ne-Yo said in an interview to "expect an edgier, almost angrier Rihanna on this one" and that she "says some things on this album that you've never heard her say before," while Akon stated that he is "going to lighten her up" and that he doesn't "want an angry Rihanna."[5] He then stated that the album is definitely more edgy than the way we're used to seeing Rihanna, and described the album as liberated.[6] Justin Timberlake, who has also worked with Rihanna, said that Rihanna has "grown up a little bit and she has things that she can say."[7] He also added that because of the huge success of Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna wants to make sure that "she isn't pigeonholed into one sound or vibe" commenting: "She broke onto the scene so hard with the last record — to have that many songs on the charts is impressive. I think that the smartest thing she's doing is not trying to emulate what she did but move forward."[7]

The album's first single, "Russian Roulette", conveys darker themes than Rihanna's past singles, but Chuck Harmony had stated that the song "isn't indicative of the rest of the album".[8] Harmony explained that the song and the album "are a reflection of Rihanna's growth as an artist" and that it "is definitely taking her to another level."[8] Christopher "Tricky" Stewart talked about the song he and The-Dream contributed to and about the album as a whole describing the song as an uptempo and edgy club banger while stating that the album is different than her past works.[9]

In February 2010, Rihanna said that she liked the album but her next would be much less intense; "I really like the bottom, the grime of it. But if I were to combine that with more energetic, up-tempo pop records, then I think that would be a happy marriage. And that's where we'll probably go next.[10] When asked what the most important song to her was, she stated that she doesn't have one that is most important, however, "Fire Bomb" and "Cold Case Love" are some of her favorites. She also stated she does enjoy the "fun" songs on this album as well including "Rockstar 101", "Hard", and her latest single, "Rude Boy."[11]


Rihanna began recording songs for the album in March 2009.[12] The album was recorded over a span of approximately eight months from March to November 2009.[12] The recording sessions for the album took place at Milk Studios in Manhattan, New York, Metropolis Studios in London, England, Studios Davout in Paris, France and at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.[13] Rihanna worked with several different song-writers and producers on the album, including Chuck Harmony, The-Dream, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Chase & Status, Stargate,[12][14] Demo, and Justin Timberlake.[15][16][17] She first began working with Adonis Shropshire who stated that she was just easing back into the studio with a couple of ideas here and there over the last couple of weeks.[18][19] Rihanna also worked with Stargate who added that the collaboration was "very rewarding" and "inspiring for us", commenting: "I don't think we should talk about titles just yet. We don't really know which songs are gonna make it, but it feels exciting."[12] It was later revealed that Stargate originally produced a collaboration between Rihanna and Canadian rapper Drake.[20] Eventually, however, for reasons unknown, the song did not make the final cut for the album.[21]

During the summer, Rihanna had recording sessions with Atlanta record producer Chuck Harmony and singer-songwriter Ne-Yo.[4] She took a wider role in the songwriting process and worked with Ne-Yo on a number of songs although he didn't know exactly what songs were kept for the album.[22][23] While working together, he felt that Rihanna wasn't the same girl as the one he worked with a few years before and stated that she had become more comfortable in her skin now.[23] In terms of musical direction, Rihanna requested somber vibe songs for the album, but not just dark for the sake of being dark; she wanted dark songs that had some kind of meaning.[24] Harmony wanted "Russian Roulette" to stand out and felt that the song should be darker, edgier and more morbid just to try it out.[4] Rihanna was comfortable with the vibe and the lyrical content of the song and eventually phoned in to Ne-Yo to tell him that it was one of her favorites.[4]

Rihanna then continued recording the album with production duo Chase & Status. After listening to one of their tracks, "Saxon," Rihanna got in contact with Chase & Status and wanted to work with them because she loved the feel of the drums and wanted a similar thing for her album.[25] They had a pair of sessions with Rihanna and worked together for a few weeks in an undisclosed location.[25] Chase & Status worked with her on songs that had a dubstep vibe, although whenever Rihanna didn't like something she would let them know.[17] On one of the tracks, Rihanna came up with a melody and idea to give the song the kind of vibe she wanted.[17] In October 2009, she concluded recording sessions with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream.[26] Dream and Tricky flew out to Paris and played a few songs for Rihanna which included the songs "Hard" and "Rockstar 101."[27] The song "Hard" stood out from all the songs because she felt that it had such an arrogance to it.[28] In the song "Rockstar 101," British and American guitarist, Slash, contributed a bass guitar on the track while "Photographs" is a duet with will.i.am.[29] In addition, Ester Dean co-wrote the song "Rude Boy."[30] Singer-songwriter Kesha recently said that she wrote a song for Rihanna that she hopes will appear on her next project which could be a remix album, a reissue of Rated R or her next studio album.[31]


Rated R features a darker and foreboding tone than Rihanna's previous work.[32][33] Primarily an R&B and pop-oriented album,[32][34][35][36] it also incorporates musical elements of hip hop, rock, and dancehall.[37][38] The album's production is typified by a sleek sound and incorporates ominous synthesizers, intertwining guitar licks, tense beats, minor-key melodies, and polyrhythmic vocal harmonies.[32][36][39] Songs such as "Madhouse", "G4L", and "Wait Your Turn" incorporate elements of dubstep, including brooding synths and grumbling basslines.[34][40][41] Rihanna discussed its musical direction in an interview for Glamour magazine, stating "The songs are really personal. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s really hip-hop: If Lil’ Wayne and Kings of Leon like my album, then I’ll feel good".[42] On Rated R's musical style, music journalist Jim DeRogatis perceived that it only incorporates elements of rock, writing "Though there's nothing inherently rock 'n' roll or 'super-fearless' about lacing slick, synthesized dance-pop grooves with a little electric guitar, some of it courtesy of Slash, a quarter of a century after 'Thriller', there is a more insistent punch and electrifying energy in the 13 grooves on 'Rated R'".[43]

The lyrical content of Rated R features generally bleak views on love and boastful lyrics concerning perseverance and overcoming adversity.[37][39][44] The album's lyrics are characterized by grim, raw and angry tones,[37][45] and songs that contain boastful and persevering themes are characterized by images of violence and brutality.[33][37][38][46] Its lyrics are also distinguished by prominent profanity.[37][43] While several music writers perceived its lyrics as allusions to Rihanna's assault by Chris Brown,[47][38][45][48] journalist Jon Pareles wrote that the album "doesn't specifically address those events, but it hardly ignores them".[44] According to music writer Ann Powers, regret is a significant theme on the album: "The songs on 'Rated R' never have their singer apologize for the man who so seriously wronged her, but they do acknowledge the other emotions that come with separation, even from a partner who's also a perpetrator. Those feelings include regret, tenderness and deep sadness".[38]

Release and promotion

On October 15, 2009, Rihanna released a statement along with a picture on her official website saying, "The Wait is Ova. Nov 23 09" which was the release date for Rated R.[49] The following day, Rihanna shot a promotional music video for "Wait Your Turn" which premiered on her official website on November 3, 2009.[50][51] A snippet of the song with the title "The Wait is Ova" also appeared as background music for a promo video of the album as well as an uncommented countdown clock on her website. After the release of the promo video for "Wait Your Turn", producer Mikkel S. Eriksen had confirmed that the song would be released as the second single from Rated R.[52][53] However, it was later announced that "Hard" was chosen instead. On November 5, 2009, Rihanna's first televised interview since her altercation with Chris Brown aired on Good Morning America in support of the album.[54] In addition to appearing on Good Morning America, the interview continued the folllowing day on ABC's 20/20.[55] On November 16, 2009, Rihanna premiered songs from the album during her first solo concert since allegedly incident with Brown at the Brixton Academy in London which was sponsored by Nokia.[56] Nokia had also given away free tickets to fans for the show.[57] Rated R was released on November 23, 2009, in North America and the United Kingdom,[58][59] which was the same US release date as Britain's Got Talent breakout Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment and pop singer Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster.[60]

Rihanna appeared in the December 2009 issue of Glamour magazine,[42] the January 2010 issue of GQ magazine,[61] and the February 2010 issue of W magazine.[62] She also appeared and performed on the American Music Awards on November 22, 2009,[63] Good Morning America on November 24, 2009,[64] The X Factor on November 29, 2009, Saturday Night Live on December 5, 2009,[65] BET's 106 & Park on December 10, 2009,[66] and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 1, 2010.[67] Three days later, she performed at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam on VH1 along with performers Timbaland and Justin Bieber.[68] In the United Kingdom, she performed "Rude Boy" on the Alan Carr: Chatty Man on February 25, 2010 and on GMTV the following day.[69] Rihanna then promoted the album in Berlin when she signed autographs and performed at the ECHO Awards on March 3, 2010. Rihanna is also set to perform at the Kids Choice Awards on March 27, 2010.[70]


On October 8, 2009, Rihanna was shooting pictures in Berlin in a nude body suit and white fur coat.[71][72] The photos are thought to be on the front cover or booklet of the album.[72] The image for the album was shot by fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth who stated that "Rihanna was looking to create something a bit new for the look of the album."[73] von Unwerth, who has also shot other album covers such as, The Velvet Rope (1997) by Janet Jackson, Back to Basics (2006) by Christina Aguilera and Blackout (2007) by Britney Spears,[74] went on to say that Rihanna was involved in every aspect of the shoot and was ready to push the boundaries.[73] The album cover was released on October 27, 2009, which features Rihanna in a moody, contemplative pose wearing a leather top with her hand covering her right eye and each finger wrapped in an intricate set of rings.[74] The black-and-white cover was compared to the outrageous 1980s album covers by singer Grace Jones.[74]

The brand and styling of Rated R was conceived by British artist and director Simon Henwood, the creative director of the campaign.[75] "We talked extensively for months before the album's release, and looked at every aspect of the campaign - from styling to stage ideas and visuals," Henwood revealed in an interview with ArjanWrites.com. "Everything comes from the music, and this is her most personal album to date - so everything draws from it in one way or another."[76] He designed the "R" logo seen on the album cover, which "is a two edge sword [...] One side symbolizes strength and the other vulnerability. I designed it as a 3D object first that changes form in rotation as an animation - It forms the logo shape at the end of the loop."[76] He took inspiraton from the songs and the film The Omega Man.[76] Henwood also conceived the look and feel of the album's artwork, videos and TV spots, and will also contribute to Rihanna's forthcoming tour, including the show's stage design, costumes and background visuals.[76]


  • "Russian Roulette" was released as the first single from the album.[77][78][79][80] It was released as a digital download in the United States on November 3, 2009. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one hundred, and peaked at number nine, giving Rihanna her twelfth top ten single of her career.[81] The song has reached the top ten in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France and the Republic of Ireland. On January 12, 2010, the single was certified silver in the United Kingdom.[82][83]
  • "Hard" was released as the second North American single.[84]. It premiered on US radio on November 2, 2009.[85] The song features American rapper Young Jeezy. It reached a peak position of number fourteen on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Rihanna her thirteenth top ten.[86][87] The song also managed to reach number forty-two on the UK Singles Chart and number fourteen on the UK R&B Chart on downloads alone.[88][89]
  • "Rude Boy" was released as the album's third single from the album. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna's sixth Hot 100 number one single and fourteenth top ten hit of her career. It was also the album's third consecutive top-ten single and highest charting.[90] In addition, it made Rihanna the female artist with the most number one singles on the chart since 2000. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number fifty-two, eventually peaking at number two there and at number one on the UK R&B Chart.[91][92][93] It also reached number-one on the Australian Singles Chart, making it Rihanna's fourth number one single in Australia.[94]
Other songs
  • "Te Amo" charted in Sweden at 52[95] and also charted in Brazil thanks to heavy airplay.[96]
  • "Wait Your Turn" was released as a promo single prior to the album's release, and a video was made.[97] The song reached number forty-five on the UK Singles Chart and number thirty-two on the Irish Singles Chart solely on downloads.


Rihanna confirmed the Rated R Tour to MTV News on December 3, 2009. She said that tickets for the tour would go on sale in the coming weeks. "We gonna be going on tour in the spring and the tickets are going to be up for presale in a couple weeks, actually," she told MTV News on the set of her "Hard" video. "It's going to be a worldwide tour, so it's going to be a very long tour. ... We'll definitely be in your city, so look out for that."[98] On December 9, 2009, Rihanna announced new dates for her 2010 Tour. These include plays in Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom. To date, there have been 27 dates announced beginning in April 2010. Jamie King will serve as the tour director with Simon Henwood as the creative director. Pixie Lott is confirmed as one of the supporting acts for all tour dates in the United Kingdom.


Commercial performance

In the United States, Rated R debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 181,000 units in its first week, beating her previous album Good Girl Gone Bad's first week sales of 168,000,[99] and making it her highest selling week ever.[100] The album was also Rihanna's fourth top ten album in the country and her second highest album chart position.[101] It also topped Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, becoming her first album to top the chart. On January 8, 2010, Rated R was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with an estimated 1,000,000 copies shipped to date.[102][103]

In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number sixteen and was certified gold in just four days.[83] The album has so far shipped at least 300,000 copies and has been certified platinum by British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on January 25, 2010.[83] It is Rihanna's joint-second most successful album in the country, above her first album, Music of the Sun which sold 200,000 copies and joint with her second album, A Girl like Me which sold at least 300,000. On the issue dated January 24, 2010, the album rose to number thirty having been at thirty-four the previous week.[104] The following week, it rose again from number thirty to twenty-seven. On February 21, 2010, the album rose from number thirty-one to number twenty-six, and then climbed even further the following week to its debut and peak of number sixteen.[104] It was also the highest climber that week.[104] On the issue dated March 7, 2010, the album broke into the top ten, landing at number nine in its fifteenth week.[105][104] The following week, the album rose to number two on the R&B chart. It is Rihanna's fastest selling album of her career in the United Kingdom, receiving a platinum certification in just over two months of its release. This beats her previous album, Good Girl Gone Bad, which went platinum in just over three months.[102]

Despite debuting at only number fifteen in Australia, the album was certified gold its second week on the chart. However, by its fifth week, the album sat at number twenty-nine. In its sixth week, though, the album jumped nine places to number twenty, and with the release of the album's third single, "Rude Boy", Rated R set a new high of twelve on March 7, 2010.[106] In Poland, the album peaked at number five and received a gold certification, selling 20,000 copies in just one month,[107] beating Good Girl Gone Bad's sales of 20,000 in two years.[108] In Sweden, Rated R rose dramatically to a peak position of number nineteen on the issue dated January 29, 2010, after being at thirty-four its previous week.[109] In New Zealand, the album debuted at number fourteen[110] and in Finland it debuted at number twenty-eight eventually climbing to number fifteen.[111][112] As of February 2010, the album has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.[113]

Critical reception

 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[32]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[37]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[114]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[38]
The New York Times (favorable)[44]
NME (8/10)[115]
Pitchfork Media (6.1/10)[33]
PopMatters (5/10)[47]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[116]
Slant 4/5 stars[45]
USA Today 3/4 stars[117]
The Village Voice (mixed)[48]

Upon its release, Rated R received mostly positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 76/100 from Metacritic.[118] Entertainment Weekly writer Leah Greenblatt gave the album a B rating and called it "a raw, often unsettling portrait of an artist who is, she insists, no longer a Girl at all".[37] Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot gave it 3½ out of 4 stars and called it "powerful and moving art".[119] Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times commended Rihanna for her maturity on Rated R and called it her "best, most layered and most heartfelt effort", giving it 3 out of 4 stars.[43] NME's Ailbhe Malone gave it a rating of 8/10 and described it as "a startlingly masculine record – in sound and in attitude".[115] The Times writer Ed Potton shared a similar sentiment and gave it 4 out of 5 stars, describing it as "By turns syrupy and strident, part lament, part tooled-up revenge fantasy, this is the best record Rihanna has made".[40] Despite writing that its theme "weighs the album down with biographical association", Tiny Mix Tapes gave the album 3½ out of 5 stars and called it "a better-than-average pop album".[34] Los Angeles Times writer Ann Powers praised Rihanna's performance and gave the album 4 out of 4 stars, calling it "a complex and fascinating portrait of a young woman's emotional process after enduring abuse".[38] The Boston Globe's Sarah Rodman gave a generally favorable review of the album called it "an interesting snapshot of several current events, including Rihanna’s evolution as a performer and the confluence of tabloid culture and pop art".[120]

Despite commending Rihanna for her vocals, The Guardian's Alexis Petridis gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and viewed its lyrical allusions to her assault by Chris Brown as a weakness, stating "You can see why Rihanna has chosen to litter her album with apparent allusions to the assault: as people are going to read references into the album regardless, you may as well throw them a bone. But there's more to her than the public's prurient interest in her private life. That you can't tell that more often from Rated R is the album's big flaw".[114] Sean Fennessey of Spin gave it 2½ out of 5 stars and perceived that the album does not suit Rihanna's ballad-based strengths, writing that she "has the sort of even-keeled, toneless voice that's rarely expressive enough to convey fury".[121] Pitchfork Media's Ryan Dombal gave it a 6.1/10 rating and viewed its ballads as weaknesses.[33] Emily Tartanella of PopMatters shared a similar sentiment and stated "its attempts at 'serious', and 'thoughtful' songs just wind up falling flat".[47] The Washington Post's Chris Richards wrote that the album "bristles with a formless rage" and viewed Rihanna's performance as impersonal, stating "She dispatches soulful vocal runs with antiseptic precision, making it hard to discern if she's truly seething or just pantomiming ire. Is she grappling with demons? Or projecting the image of a singer grappling with demons?"[46] Michaelangelo Matos of The A.V. Club found its music "turgid" and wrote that its lyrics "are like excerpts from a therapy session".[122] In a mixed review of the album, Rob Harvilla of The Village Voice perceived its subtext relating to her assault by Chris Brown and the incident's media spotlight as having a negative effect on the album, stating "Rated R's low points are pretty bad. But its high points, thrilling as they are, might make you feel even worse".[48]

However, USA Today's Steve Jones viewed Rihanna's incident with Brown and its ensuing media spotlight as an influence in "pushing her further into the edgier territory she staked out on 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad".[117] Jones gave the album 3 out of 4 stars and wrote that "bolder and often explicit lyrics and more assured vocals reflect a growing confidence and artistic maturity".[117] Jon Pareles of The New York Times called Rated R "both brave and skillful" and praised Rihanna for her determination and musicianship.[44] Allmusic's Andy Kellman gave it 4 out of 5 stars and wrote "Much of this daring album is absolutely over the top, bleak and sleek both lyrically and sonically, but it’s compelling, filled with as many memorably belligerent lines... as a rap album made ripe for dissection".[32] In a rave review of the album, Digital Spy's Nick Levine gave it 5 out of 5 stars and wrote that "this is the record – startling in vision, startlingly good in execution – that elevates her from popstar to pop artist".[123] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine called it "100-percent grit and grind" and compared it to Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope (1997), perceiving that both albums contain a similar confessional nature and "radiate an unmistakably, nakedly autobiographical vibe".[45] Rolling Stone's Jody Rosen wrote favorably of the album's grim theme and called Rated R "one of the best pop records of the year".[116] Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt named it the best pop album of the year.[124] Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot ranked it number eight on his list of the top albums of 2009.[125]

Track listing

Track Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Mad House"   Makeba Riddick, Will Kennard, Saul Milton, Robyn Fenty Chase & Status 1:34
2. "Wait Your Turn"   James Fauntleroy II, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Kennard, Milton, Takura Tendayi, Fenty Chase & Status, StarGate 3:46
3. "Hard" (featuring Young Jeezy) Terius Nash, Christopher Stewart, Fenty, Jay Jenkins The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 4:10
4. "Stupid in Love"   Shaffer Smith, Eriksen, Hermansen StarGate, Ne-Yo 4:01
5. "Rockstar 101" (featuring Slash) Nash, Stewart, Fenty The-Dream, Tricky Stewart[27] 3:58
6. "Russian Roulette"   Smith, Chuck Harmon Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo 3:48
7. "Fire Bomb"   Fauntleroy II, Brian Kennedy, Fenty Brian Kennedy 4:17
8. "Rude Boy"   Eriksen, Hermansen, Ester Dean, Riddick, Robert Swire, Fenty StarGate, Robert Swire 3:43
9. "Photographs" (featuring will.i.am) William Adams, Jean Baptiste, Michael McHenry, Allan Pineda will.i.am 4:46
10. "G4L"   Kennard, Milton, Fauntleroy II, Fenty Chase & Status 3:59
11. "Te Amo"   Eriksen, Hermansen, Fauntleroy II, Fenty StarGate 3:28
12. "Cold Case Love"   Justin Timberlake, Robin Tadross, Fauntleroy II The Y's 6:04
13. "The Last Song"   Fauntleroy II, Kennedy, Ben Harrison, Fenty Brian Kennedy, Ben Harrison 4:16

Bonus downloads with Nokia Comes With Music subscribers.[126]


Credits for Rated R adapted from Allmusic.[127]

  • Vocals - Robyn Rihanna Fenty
  • Executive Producers: Antonio "L.A." Reid & Robyn Rihanna Fenty
  • Management: Marc Jordan and Christa Shaub
  • A&R: Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith, Jay Brown
  • Art Direction and Design: Ciarra Pardo, JP Robinson, Simon Henwood, Alex Haldi & Robyn Rihanna Fenty
  • Photography: Ellen von Unwerth, JP Robinson, Simon Henwood
  • Styling: Mariel Haenn, Robert Zangardi, Simon Henwood
  • Featuring vocals: Justin Timberlake, Young Jeezy, Will.I.Am
  • Creative Album & Tour Director: Simon Henwood
  • Tour Director: Jamie King

Charts, certifications and procession

Chart positions

Chart (2009-2010) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[128] 12
Austrian Albums Chart[129] 7
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[130] 16
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[131] 16
Canadian Albums Chart[132] 5
Croatian Albums Chart[133] 10
Czech Republic Albums Chart[134] 15
Danish Albums Chart[135] 32
Dutch Albums Chart[136] 22
Finnish Albums Chart[137] 15
French Top 50 Digital Chart[138] 1
French Albums Chart[139] 10
German Albums Chart[140] 4
Greek Albums Chart[141] 12
Irish Albums Chart[142] 7
Italian Albums Chart[143] 33
Japanese Albums Chart[144] 10
Mexican Albums Chart[145] 51
New Zealand Albums Chart 14
Norwegian Albums Chart[146] 1
Polish Albums Chart[147] 5
Russian Albums Chart[148] 9
Spanish Albums Chart[149] 23
Swedish Albums Chart[150] 19
Swiss Albums Chart[151] 1
UK Albums Chart[104] 9
UK R&B Albums Chart[152] 2
US Billboard 200[153] 4
US R&B/Hip Hop Albums [154] 1


Country (2009-2010) Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Australia ARIA Gold[155]
France SNEP Gold[156]
Germany Media Control Charts Gold[157]
Ireland IRMA Platinum[158]
Poland ZPAV Gold[107]
Russia NFPF Gold[159]
Switzerland IFPI Platinum[160]
United Kingdom BPI Platinum[83]
United States RIAA Platinum[102]

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
S.O.S. by Diam's
French Top 50 Digital Chart number-one album
November 28, 2009
Succeeded by
The E.N.D. by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
Heavy Metal Fruit by Motorpsycho
Norwegian Albums Chart number-one album
February 5, 2010
Succeeded by
The Baseballs by Strike!
Preceded by
The Fall by Norah Jones
Swiss Albums Chart number-one album
December 6, 2009
Succeeded by
I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle
Preceded by
Before I Self Destruct by 50 Cent
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart number-one album
December 5, 2009
Succeeded by
Untitled by R. Kelly

Release history

Region Date Label(s) Format
Australia[161] November 20, 2009 Universal Music CD, Digital Download
Poland[163] November 21, 2009
United Kingdom[164] November 23, 2009 Mercury Records
United States Def Jam Recordings
Denmark Universal Music
Brazil[165] November 24, 2009
Argentina[166] November 26, 2009
Taiwan November 27, 2009
Chile[167] December 31, 2009


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