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Just Jared, which got a preview of nine tracks from the album, reports that the singer is channeling her roots on Loud, saying that it has "lots of island flavor."
And a little bit of sex appeal, too. The track "S&M" is reportedly "the naughtiest song of all," and it features these raunchy lyrics: "I may be bad but I'm perfectly good ... 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 track "Cheers" samples Avril Lavigne's 2003 single "I'm With You." Just Jared predicts the song will be a hit, saying, "This song will be so huge in clubs, bars, and everywhere that serves alcohol. Everybody will be raising a glass!"
Another track, "Man Down," includes siren noises and the lyrics, "I pulled out my gun ... Oh mama, mama, mama, I just shot a man down in central station. Never thought I'd do it. Whatever ever happened to me. Why did I pull the trigger. What am I gonna do?"
The website reports that the songs "California King (Bed)" and "Fading Away" are both "beautiful ballad[s]." And while Drake let slip that he's been working on the album, the fruits of their collaboration weren't played during the preview. What was previewed, however, was a duet between Ri and Nicki Minaj. Called "Raining Men," it has a chorus that plays on the children's counting rhyme "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe." Perhaps Rihanna and Nicki are paying tribute to Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber?
JustJared reported that "What's My Name?" will be the second single. Rihanna was recently spotted shooting a video for that song in New York. The leaked song "Who's That Chick?" won't appear on Loud, but it's also fairly uptempo.