It's getting mighty [article id="1651058"]Loud[/article] 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 [article id="1651131"]"What's My Name?,"[/article] three more tracks off her forthcoming record have made their way online.
[article id="1649780"]Nicki Minaj[/article] 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.
[article id="1651479"]Rihanna recently discussed Loud[/article] 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.