New Music: Rihanna – ‘Russian Roulette’

Russian Roulette

The wait is officially ova. Rihanna plays a dangerous game of “Russian Roulette” on the eagerly-anticipated first single from her fourth album Rated R, due November 23. The dark and haunting song was written and produced by Ne-Yo (“Unfaithful,” “Hate That I Love You,” “Take a Bow”). The follow-up to 2007′s Good Girl Gone Bad also features contributions from Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, Chase & Status, Stargate, and Justin Timberlake. A video for the single, directed by Anthony Mandler, will premiere in primetime on ABC.



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77 Comments

  1. emil

    Kinda alright. Too much like Unfaithful.

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    xdrien Reply:

    @emil, This song does not sound like unfaithful at all, just listen to it again and the lyrics are completely different as well.

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    xdrien Reply:

    @emil, but I agree its just alright. I assume there is better and more to come

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  2. Giselle

    Go Rihanna! Her voice matured a little bit over a year. It’s a smash.

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  3. Just--heartless

    I love This song !! Is so Biauthiful !! MA MA MIa elle est Trés Belle CEtte Musique !!

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  4. 816_KC_Killa

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!…..im in love…rihanna is back!

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  5. Lioness

    Voice sounds good. song imo, not that bad, not that great.

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  6. Baron

    I love the arrangement of the song and her voice sounds really smooth and strong, but as far as the lyrics? I guess I don’t get it, maybe the video will help hit the point of the song home.

    Is she talking about taking a leap of faith, or is she really playing a game of russian roulette? Not too sure what she’s talking about (and not too sure if I’m supposed to try to understand, either).

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  7. tell'em

    This is deep and the more I hear it the more I like it.

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  8. Concerned listener

    I really expected an uptempo song, Rihanna is playing Russian Roulette with her career!!!

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  9. Carl

    Dissappointed.

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  10. HMM

    they hyped all of this up for this? it’s a good song, but a worldwide smash hit? NO.

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  11. bass_man

    She sounds good. It’s a bit anti-climatic, but I like it.

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  12. DALE23

    its okay………

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  13. jon2sICK

    FREAKING IN LUV WITH IT NE-YO AND HER GOT ANOTHER SMASH HIT ON THERE HANDS WITH THIS ONE AND THE COVER IS SIIICCKNESS!!!

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  14. bajan

    wow, i am so in love… yes riri only mature people can understand this song

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  15. Unknown

    Et allez… toutes les groupies en premier. Viendront ensuite les commentaires plus intéressants je suppose.

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  16. #

    rapper?

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  17. iPHRESH

    U MUST PULL THE TRIGGER 2 LIVE AHHH HA! LUVZ IT HENNY LETTING U HAVE IT!!!

    ITANIMULLI

    ;)

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  18. Stephonne

    It will be a worldwide hit. You can tell by the way its written and performed. It appeals to a truly international and stateside taste. She is playing the game just right and giving us all something we didn’t expect: a song with edge, maturity, mystery and great vocals. I don’t know about that image though, lol. A tad bit too much. I love the Rated R title. Mr. Ried is doing some genius things with this girl. This is art and Rihanna is doing something I didn’t expect when she first came out on the scene, becoming legendary. Great work Def Jam, Roc Nation and Ms. RiRi. Nothing bad to say.

    P.S. I sort of feel like this song is about the CB relationship/incident if you really listen to the lyrics.

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    travis Reply:

    @Stephonne, i agree with everything you said,people are hating already because its something they never saw coming.but that is what good artist do,the unexpected.Why would you want the same thing from that person,and when u want something new still be unsatisfied.

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    CHRIS Reply:

    @Stephonne, i agree as well. You should work in the business. If you dont already. Cause you know what your talking about.

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  19. niah

    i luv it. i like the way the beat plays and how shes say trigger right before the second verse. hot!

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  20. Chris

    This should be an album song not a lead single. I think they picked the wrong song. I like it but it won’t get to #1. Just my opinion.

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  21. DeeDee

    It’s nice, I’ll like it more after a few listens though!

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  22. wtf

    i was over this song the minute i heard it..

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  23. SwaggerAreUs

    Rihanna is back to kill…the charts of course. This girl’s album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ was on the charts for 40+ weeks…that’s amazing. Rihanna has a solid fanbase now and this track is a great re-appearance on the scene. I’m glad the wait is ova. Let’s get this video now Rih.

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  24. CEO

    this is the worst song ever, im so disappointed, i kinda feel bad for her. oh well, we all know lady gaga will reign the charts that week enywho.
    -natas

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  25. ME

    HOT!!

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  26. Lolita

    Rihanna is a smart ass girl! She doesn’t let the game play her. Everyone expected a huge dance record, and instead she chose a dark ballad. Something different that will have everybody talking. She’s on every blog and radio right now. Needless to say, this will be a hit definitely.

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  27. Elijah

    This song is great. Listen, it’s time to grow with Rihanna. This song will leave her stamp on the music industry. Rihanna did something that everyone didn’t expect from her- a slow moving haunting ballad instead of a dance club song as her first single. Rihanna is growing as an artist, and it shows very well.

    Can’t you feel the pain in the record? Can’t you see how Rihanna is hurting. Listen to the song a few times in a row. It touches your heart…..pull the trigger… I know how it feels to be in a relationship with hurt and pain…don’t you?

    Rihanna hurts just like everyone else, and when you’re hurt, you dont want to dance- she’s just not in that state of mind. Her marketing team and label did an excellent job of helping Rihanna grow, not stifling her by putting out a dance reord as the first single….

    Watch her perform this song live— and watch closely– some tears will form in her eyes— because they did in mine!!! All I could think about was the photos of beaten Rihanna when I heard this…..it really sad. I wonder what Chris Brown thinks of the song.

    Musically it will be #1 hit…..

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  28. test123

    produced by Chuck Harmony

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  29. HAAAAA

    it sounds good but i thought it was gonna be an uptempo/dance track

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  30. An0thrDream

    I love it, lyrically, musically, vocally. its awesome

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  31. Stephonne

    Sorry to comment again but I tear up every time I play this which has been pretty much non stop… I don’t do that, lol. This song is special. This is her statement on that whole situation and I’m sure there is more to come. Incredible…

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  32. Joey

    I Looooove it, and in fact it is edgy. It’s just not what we all expected from her. But that’s a smart move. Cause everyone is dissapointed at this point, but once they get used with it and it’s getting played on the radio people will fall in love with it. This is a grower and it’s beautiful for the weather that is coming. And all of her rivals (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Britney) are comming with those clubheaters, so why follow their footsteps if you can make your own way.

    Smart move, and I LOOOVE this song!

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  33. Bryxxx

    I LooOoove it!

    She’s showin that she’s more mature, and she improve her voice. I Love the song, It’s so dark so everything.

    Usually i’m not a fan of Rihanna but now….

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  34. 100% Nikehead

    This is a hit but her second single will be much better. Dream and tricky stewart produced the second single with Drake which is gonna be an incredible record so this is just luke warm to the rest of her material thats gonna be on the album

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  35. P

    I like it.

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  36. frenchie

    i don’t love this song, i can listen it once, that’s all. sorry i think i’ll not buy the album if it’s include songs like that.

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  37. Neuri

    first listen: wasnt that bad but wasnt great either.
    the track is good but idk not feeling it yet…

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  38. Jay

    Love Rihanna, but I expected something different. It’s a nice song and this is actually the best I’ve heard her sound. I really think the Tricky Stewart track is gonna be the one…I wanna hear that one so bad! This should do well though. Definitely not better than Umbrella.

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  39. anonymous

    Hmmm… I will say not what I expected at all. I think it will grow on me, BUT I do like it. I guess I like it bc it shows growth both vocally and lyrically. She has a song that has something to say and I think that’s what’s missing in a lot of today’s music. This is true art & her album (if its any sort of reflection of this song) will be a divine art in every way if she’s taken the same direction. Great choice!

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  40. queen beyonce

    its unfaithful part 2 its alright the song will probably grow on me

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  41. Jogn

    This sounds like something Satanic, to be honest.

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  42. double c

    no offense but how do you get up tempo from russian roulette i was kinda expecting a ballad from when i saw the title. good job rihanna

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  43. TOKYO

    5/5 STARS

    THE SONG HAS SLAYED THE WORLD WIDE WEB
    ITS SLAYING THE NATIONS RADIO AIRWAVES

    NOW ALL THATS LEFT TO SLAY IS iTUNES

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  44. Isis

    Okay don’t get it and don’t want to! She should have come out with a song of empowerment this ish is boring! Maybe the next single will be better…i hope so. It doesn’t matter because the women’s rights groups, etc will make sure it’s successful. The video is premiering prime time on ABC. All the “symphathizers” “Chris haters” will be sure to buy it, but they won’t listen to it again.

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  45. justin

    WOW AMAIZNG songc oming from a non rihanna fan ! I like a lot better than most ish on radio and for those who think Gaga’s single is better …i’ll pray

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  46. Dillon_68

    I think its a grower, I don’t instantly love it.

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    Dillon_68 Reply:

    @Dillon_68, after 17 listens on my iPod and my favorite Urban Station adding it to their playlist, this has officially became my favorite song!

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  47. mal

    hhhmm ok, not shit lol, not amzing, but i think i like it. not what i expected. her voice sounds less whiney meaning her vocals are improving!

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  48. michael

    maybee after a few more listens it will grow on me, I would like to see the music video for this one, I kinda wanted a dance number, but at the same time this is the first time to hear her acknowledge what happened back in Feb.

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  49. sosicc_witswagga

    very very interesting cover i like it.. i like the guitar rifts i like the beat its cool i love it i wana c the video.. 2 the person that said it sound like unfaithful not at all.. her vocals have improved

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  50. dr

    WOOOOOOW I WAITED HOURS 4 THIS AMAZINGGG. THIS GIRL IS ON HER A GAME.

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  51. smh

    shes gonna do a interview with diane sawyer

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  52. 10 is ciaras

    sry, 2 all yal dat lik da track
    but REAL TALK in january wen people were expectin ciaras never ever to be uptempo and it wasn’t, it failed

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  53. Joyams

    So suprised of the choice of the first single. It’s good, but not at all what was expected from the pictures, title, and video… Hope the album will be good. They told us it will be completely different from what she did, she changed, and so on…but i didn’t heard the difference yet.

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  54. hautmess

    aw man…

    *Price is right fail sound*

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  55. shay babez

    cant wait till ciara come & shut the games this is bullshit!
    ciara im begging u please bring the heat

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  56. kim

    dont like it

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  57. Catie

    Wow, i was not expecting this. I thought her new single would be this huge club banger but instead it was closer to a dark ballad. It’ll defintely have to grow on me, i’m not loving it right now.

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  58. Jay2009

    After 50 listening sessions, I got through it and I kinda like it, it’s really mature, dark and deep, her universe is different and her voice has improved (not THAT much but in a good way) but I think that a sound as heavy as “RR” should be sang buy a powerfull voice, Leona or Beyonce would have killed it, but it fits Rihanna correctly, anyway I’m still waiting for a club banger, cause THAT ain’t gonna be a number one, sorry

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  59. New York

    Rihanna i like it a lot all haters fall back

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  60. q

    her best song ever

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  61. Truth

    it’s produced by Chase & Cash not Ne-Yo

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  62. baksoul

    uh uh i told ya everybody expected a uptempo song and this bitch who’s got no vocal talent come with a ballad .And i smell a flop in the air

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  63. Me and Me

    The song is ok, but it’s not a contender against Umbrella. It’s good and I like the lyrics, but you can just literally find the bullet and lodge it into your brain rather than playing with faith because the song compared to Umbrella, is comparing Ciara & Rihanna to Beyonce, there’s no competition.

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  64. Me and Me

    Utter failure, but she’ll sell still, people are still feeling sorry for her, getting beat up. That’s why I’ll be buying the album, I pity her, she needs the sales.

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  65. Me and Me

    Oh and last comment, the cover art was totally jacked from Amerie. If you look at Ameries pics for her album, you notice that she was going for the painting, body look. Rihanna’s however isn’t as excessive with it though, as it’s only the barbwire but credit goes to Amerie, and it sucks because it doesn’t even match what the song is saying, that’s why people are disappointed. Rihanna’s all looks but NO show!!

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  66. Taijmonae Parker

    this song is good have 2 hear the rest of the album but i hate the cover for the 1st single

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  67. reggg

    rihanna rihanna she is back i love this song not going lie i did want a club banga but this just shows tge wait not over she sounds amazing and i cant wait for the live and video version top 10!!!!

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  68. Lalala

    wtf??? Monster single my ass. This is bullshit I came into work late to here the premire n then this is wat I get. WTF?! I wanted a club banga not this slow shit. n the song dont make sence n its stupid. Use the single cover 4 a hotter song btw. stil buyin the album but this is so not singel material

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  69. Mikey

    TRUST ME THE SONG IS A GROWER!!!! I like whatever Rihanna does but for the first five listens I was pretty dissapointed but now I’m actually starting to like the song…I really want a club banger though and I know there’s sum crazy bangers on the album!!! I guess my “Wait ISN’T ova”

    P.S. I’m really anticipating the second single (it could be the banger I’m looking for) produced by Tricky Stewart and there is a “new” rapper on the track. I’m thinking Drake but we never know and I learned from this single that we should expect the unexpected CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  70. alicias a homewrecker

    Its ok.

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    twitter.com/dayhaaler Reply:

    @alicias a homewrecker,

    lol at your nickname!!

    RR is ok, nothing special

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  71. michelle

    this song is good

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