After going deep and dark on her last album, [artist id=”1940303″]Rihanna[/artist] has returned to the dance floor with her new single “Only Girl (in the World).” The song, which premiered early Tuesday morning (September 7) on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, plays off the title of her Last Girl on Earth tour and was produced by the Norwegian production team Stargate, who were also behind her hits “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Hate That I Love You.”
On the high-energy track, Rihanna yearns for her lover to keep her at the center of his attention over a pulsing electro beat. The singer’s voice remains silky on the verses, then bursts out on the song’s monstrous chorus.
“Want you to make me feel like I’m the only girl in the world/ Like I’m the only one that you’ll ever love/ Like I’m the only one who knows your heart/ Only girl in the world,” she belts.
“Only Girl” is a departure from “Russian Roulette,” the stark lead single from her 2009 album Rated R. The new track only furthers speculation that the singer’s fifth album, Loud , will contain material that isn’t as dark as the songs on her last full-length.
Back in June, producer Sean Garrett told MTV News that he was working with Rihanna on material that was “very positive and very explosive. Heavy in the club.”
Last week, Ri tweeted at Seacrest a hint that new music would drop soon : “In less than 10 dayz ima send u sumn special,” she wrote, “and ur gonna play it OVER and OVER, like I’m the only girl in the world!”
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