“ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD)” FIRST LEAD SINGLE GOES TO RADIO AND CLUBS TODAY, SEPTEMBER 7th, UPTEMPO TRACK PRODUCED BY STARGATE
Rihanna makes chart history in 2010 with #1 “Rude Boy”:
• First female artist of the past decade to chart six #1’s on the Hot 100
• Ties Madonna with seven #1’s on the Hot Dance Airplay chart
Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna ties her with Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga for most #1’s (six) on Pop Songs Radio Airplay chart
(New York, NY) No sooner had world-class megastar Rihanna wrapped up the final show of her sold-out “Last Girl On Earth Tour” in Chicago last week, than she turned her attention to her brand new fifth studio album on Def Jam Recordings. LOUD, set to arrive on November 16th, has been described by insiders as a return to the uptempo dance grooves of her earlier records.
Setting the scene for LOUD is the first lead single, “Only Girl (In the World),” which goes to radio and clubs today, September 7th. The uptempo track is produced by Stargate, the Norwegian team whose career has been intertwined with Rihanna (and her fellow Def Jam hitmaker Ne-Yo) since 2006, including “Unfaithful,” “Don’t Stop the Music,” “Hate That I Love You” (featuring Ne-Yo), “Take a Bow,” and her most recent #1 global smash, “Rude Boy.”
Earlier this spring, the RIAA double-platinum “Rude Boy” (the fifth multi-platinum certified song of Rihanna’s career) hit #1 on a slew of charts – including Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot 100 Airplay, and MediaBase’s Pop, Hot Dance Radio, Hot Dance Clubs, Rhythm, and Urban charts. With “Rude Boy”’s success, Rihanna became the first female artist of the past decade to chart six #1’s on the Hot 100 – and tied Madonna in first place with seven #1’s on the Hot Dance Airplay chart (launched in 2003).
Prior to “Rude Boy,” 2009’s “Russian Roulette” also made chart history for Rihanna – as her 12th Billboard Hot 100 career hit, placing her second (after Beyoncé) among female Hot 100 artists in the decade since 2000. After “Rude Boy,” Rihanna was back on the charts as featured artist on Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” – which hit #1 on the Pop Songs Radio Airplay chart, and tied Rihanna for the most #1’s (six) on the chart, with Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.
LOUD follows-up Rated R (November 2009) and its sequel Rated R: Remixed (May 2010). Previously, the double-platinum Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007) contained the Grammy-winning global #1 hit “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z), then “Shut Up and Drive,” “Hate That I Love You” (featuring Ne-Yo), and “Don’t Stop the Music.” The CD+DVD package Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) continued the hits with the #1 “Take A Bow,” the #1 “Disturbia” and Top 20 “Rehab.” Good Girl Gone Bad was the third album release in less than two years by Barbados native Rihanna, who turned 22 on February 20th. It followed-up 2006’s RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, which contained the back-to-back hits, “S.O.S.” and “Unfaithful”; and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the world-wide smash, “Pon De Replay.”