In a new installment of Rihanna's cryptic viral-marketing campaign, the singer's Web site now features a countdown clock, letting fans know that on October 20 at 11:23 a.m., something big is about to happen. There's no exact word on what that will be, but presumably the singer will release her first single off her forthcoming album, which previous cryptic messages indicated is due on November 23. [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] was also reportedly seen shooting a video in New York over the weekend, lending credence to that theory.
There have been no additional messages posted on her Twitter account since the initial "The Wait Is Ova. Nov 23 09" that appeared last week, but in a new interview with Rap-up.com, "Umbrella" producer Tricky Stewart reveals that Rihanna will in fact release the album on November 23 and that the track he produced for her could be the album's first single.
"Everything's about to happen really fast, so it's not gonna be long," Stewart said about the release of their track, which was written by The-Dream. "It's gonna be here in the next couple days. ... We delivered a very, very big record, but I can't say what the name of it is or anything, just for the simple fact that it's actually top secret. It's definitely going to be a single. It's either going to be the first or the second single. I do know that."
Tricky didn't want to reveal too much about the song, but he did say that "it's uptempo. It's a club banger and it's edgy." He also shared that there will be a rapper on the track, but didn't specify who.
In photos posted on the fansite RihannaDaily.com on Friday, Rihanna appears to be filming a video. The photos show her walking on a wooden dock or bridge of some kind, wearing a blond Mohawk, an eye patch, above-the-knee boots and a big gray sweater. No additional details have emerged about the video shoot.