It’s getting mighty Loud as we approach the November 16 release of [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist]‘s new album. With two singles already out, “Only Girl (In the World)” and “What’s My Name?,” three more tracks off her forthcoming record have made their way online.
Nicki Minaj joins the party with Rihanna for the sure-to-be-club-banger “Raining Men.” The girl-power anthem combines Rihanna’s pop-superstar swagger with Nicki’s hip-hop it-girl swagger. The tune finds Minaj adopting an island accent for her verse. Meanwhile, the chorus pretty much sums up the bravado of the heavily hip-hop-influenced track, as Rihanna sings, “Falling like the rain/ So we ain’t running out/ Always raining men/ So what you worried about.”
Another leaked tune is the Stargate-produced “S&M.” Rihanna stays on the dance floor with the song as she meows over a throbbing beat, “Feels so good being bad/ There’s no way I’m turning back.” Then, for the song’s naughty chorus, she busts out lines like, “I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it/ There’s sex in the air/ I don’t care, I love the smell of it/ Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me.”
The final leaked track, “Cheers (Drink to That),” is a definite party anthem in the making. Rihanna’s sexy, island-flavored vocals vibrate over the tune’s bumping beat. The song gets some help thanks to a sample from Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You.” Lavigne’s wailing yodel compliments RiRi’s assured bellow on the track.
Rihanna recently discussed Loud with MTV News, explaining why it has a more up-tempo vibe than last year’s Rated R. “A lot has — I won’t say changed, but a lot has evolved since then,” she said. “A lot of growing up, a lot of responsibility in terms of taking control of my business and stuff like that.”
So what do you think of the new Rihanna tunes? Tell us in the comments.