Album Cover: Rihanna – ‘Rated R’

Rated R

Rihanna goes to the dark side once again on the grainy black-and-white cover of her fourth album Rated R shot by famed photographer Ellen von Unwerth. The set, arriving November 23, features the single “Russian Roulette” with contributions from Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Stargate, and Chase & Status.

“Rihanna was looking to create something a bit new for the look of the album,” von Unwerth told PopEater. “[She's] so beautiful, sweet, and tough at the same time—and a pleasure to shoot.”

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52 Comments

  1. L

    she looks trashy and classless try again sweety…

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  2. Kyle

    I actually really like. It looks dark and mysterious.

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  3. Yan

    Bring me some colors please. TERRIBLE cover.
    But i like her new Logo.

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  4. FreshlyTuff

    Mmmm
    This is just Boring
    If you were walking by it in a record store
    you wouldn’t stop and pick it up .
    And what makes it worst its in black and white
    Really depressing cover
    No thank you

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  5. (T) In ThE ZoNe

    :|

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  6. Andre Le Dale

    Grace Jones of the 21st century. 11/23/09

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  7. Carl

    Robotic glove?…. SASHA! I dunno it doesn’t seem like anything different that we’ve seen her doing in previous photoshoots or strolling down the street. I was expecting something much more OUT THERE.

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  8. Beyonce Fan

    omg!!! can we say SASHA!!!!

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    jim Reply:

    @Beyonce Fan, that glove looks nothing like the one beyonce wears.

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    Mikey Reply:

    @Beyonce Fan, omg!!! can we say HATER!!!

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  9. gina

    Not feeling it- trying to hard and Grace JONES she is not- ugghh!!!

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  10. Giselle

    If you don’t like this cover you probably don’t like or understand fashion, at all. It’s almost like her photo shoot with Vogue Italia. I love it!

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  11. LOL

    These Beyonce fans are delusional! I mean really…so she’s wearing a glove. That means she’s trying to be like Beyonce? This girl doesn’t need to try. She has IT!

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    L Reply:

    @LOL,
    sorry but the robotic style was alreavy use by Beyoncé in her 2007 BET performance and in 2008 in her Sasha Fierce Era!
    sorry but Rihanna is a little bit late cause we are almost in 2010

    TRY AGAIN RIHANNA CAUSE YOU ARE (ANOTHER TIME) LATE

    shout out to lady gaga who steal you chair in teenies hearts ;)

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    LOL Reply:

    @L, I don’t care what Beyonce did nor will I ever care. We are all different. If she wants to wear that glove, SO WHAT! Get over it.

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    jim Reply:

    @L, this cover is hot… thats not even a glove she’s wearing on this cover.

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    L Reply:

    @jim,
    This aint hot at all infact it is kinda repulsive…Def jam must have a bad mmanagement team after MC flop Rihanna is up next no one will buy this repulsive cover

    she pretends to be edgy but wearing robotic style uses in 2007 isnt edgy at all in late 2009 I’ m just sayin’…

    this kinda sad she used to be sexy but now she becomes the joke of the industry…

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    Mikey Reply:

    @LOL, I agree with LOL and I like both women but Beyonce does one thing original and now everybody has to wear bare hands

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  12. Danielit0

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  13. HMM

    Somebody please get these gay Beyonce fans off of this RIHANNA post.

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  14. jim

    I love this cover… It’s dark and thats the kind of stuff she wants… It looks hot.

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  15. DatBitch

    So I guess were not gonna see her in. A “island dress” or hear some of her reggae music on this album neither…my my she is brainwashed by the music industry…smh.She was soo pretty b4, now she just dresses like a tramp most of the time.

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  16. brandon

    wow the things people say yall are stupid for real get a life

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  17. amaroth

    you guys really believe beyonce did the glove thing first huh?
    and the cover reminds me of discipline album cover kind of..

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    Burmy Reply:

    “Rated R”?

    Does this mean the album’s getting a Parental Advisory sticker?

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    Mikey Reply:

    @Burmy, I don’t think so I think the “Rated R” just stands for “Rated Rihanna” and symbolizes her growing up as a person and as a artist

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  18. d

    bey fans always reaching

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  19. Julien

    So now we just wait for a tracklist!!! So Rap-Up be the first to get it!!

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  20. bass_man

    People said the same thing when Janet Jackson released her “The Velvet Rope” cover. It really doesn’t matter. It’s the music.

    I really like the cover. I love the dark direction, because she’s not hiding anything. If she came out with Pon De Replay, Pt. 2 and cotton candy in the videos, I’d be upset.

    This is where the girl’s life is right now..

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  21. 6R

    DONE WIT HER FOR A LONG TIME !

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  22. Taijmonae Parker

    yall r a little 2 obessive over beyonce now u kno wel beyonce anit never do ne thing like dat n besides everybody copies off of everybody so please calm down….ne who im not sure bout the cover mmmm maybe it will grow on me

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  23. SwaggerAreUs

    Technically, Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” album cover was grayscaled just like this one so the comments about it being too dark is an understatement. Rihanna is doing her own thing. She’s broken out of the Barbadian shell that we knew from ‘Pon De Replay’ and thought it was gonna be another ’1-hit’ but she surprised us all and we’ve grown to love her.

    Black & White states classic and timeless. Yes, she’s not Grace Jones she looks 10xs better than what Grace Jones has ever done…

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    l Reply:

    @SwaggerAreUs,
    gaga is a way more Grace Jones than Rihanna

    GGGB cover was classy this one is disgusting and trashy
    I mean which kind of parent will let their kids buying her new music:
    first the suicide anthem
    now the gothic cover!

    Rihanna aint relevant anymore

    she seems lost

    I mean I know that she is a newmoney and dont know how use her money but her clothes are terrible and uggly and her stylist has make big mistakes during the fashion week
    many people in the fashion world call her a W..re now
    she isnt the sweet lady she used to be
    this is why people will buy Susan Boyle, Gaga ,Britney and Kathrin McPhee Album before her…this cover is kinda terrific

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    SwaggerAreUs Reply:

    @l, The point behind the Grace Jones reference is not a compliment. Grace Jones is not attractive. Rihanna is. This cover is disgusting and trashy? I’m not seeing how this can be label trashy with a facial shot and disgusting because of what?

    And you’re saying Rihanna isn’t revelant anymore…is this why her single debut at #27 on the Billboard Charts? You mentioning people like Susan Boyle and Katherine McPhee…those people are irrelevant to Hip-Hop/R&B entertainment. This is Rap-Up.com. This site caters to artists like Rihanna, so whether you like Rihanna or not doesn’t change the fact that she’ll remain relevant in this mainstream media. Sorry.

    P.S. Rihanna’s fashion sense is one of the most influential that we’ve seen in a long time. She’s a F**kin’ Rockstar.

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    SwaggerAreUs Reply:

    Most influential styles that we’ve seen in a long time.

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    l Reply:

    @SwaggerAreUs,

    best swagger jacker we have seen in a long time:
    beyoncés robot style and gaga trashness, fefe dobson eva simons haircuts…

    sorry but jacking your contemporaries dont make a style icon but someone with no personality…
    she is #35 in billboard rnb charts cause her label has paid the radio to play her suicid anthem
    it is not her sales…

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    SwaggerAreUs Reply:

    @l, Best Swagger Jacker? I believe Rihanna has a stylist. People borrow different looks from different times whether it be recent or inspired from the past. In Beyonce’s “Diva” video she wears a dress that was custom made to fit Jennifer Lopez and she wore it a very long time ago, and Beyonce recovered the same dress. Does this make Beyonce a ‘Swagger Jacker’…No, it means that her stylish found something that she thought would best resemble and portray her to match the element of the video. People use the word ‘Swagger Jack’ around too loosely. So everyone was inspired by baggy jeans is this a form of ‘Swagger Jacking’…Skinny Jeans is popular now, but does this mean it’s ‘Swagger Jacking’ from the jerking movement?

    Her label has paid the radio to play her suicide anthem? You’ve been watching too much ‘Dreamgirls’. Rihanna’s previous album has went 30+ times platinum in over 20 countries. So have they paid the radio stations in foreign countries to keep her album on the charts for 2 years from it’s release date. I’m pretty sure it’s her relevancy and not necessarily her ‘sales’.

    Rihanna doesn’t need to jack those who are not even relevant enough to speak of and hold positions on charts. What hit singles have FeFe Dobson had besides, “I Want You”, Who is Eva Simons? Lady Gaga is beyond weird. I’m not at all a Rihanna fanboy but I can spot greatness when it’s staring me in the face.

    wtf Reply:

    @SwaggerAreUs, clearly you dnt understand fashion and know what a rock star is…she is what of our century???? ROTFLMAO…you rihanna stans are stupid..even with the world sympathy at her feet which she sucked the life out of by pretending she was a victim she came in at number 27??? again ROTFLMAOOOOOOOOO….i never knew that but this is funny as hell..i agree, this mimi number 2..the clock is ticking and i am so glad..i am so tired of this manufactured chick who is praised cause of sympathy…she has no talent whatsoever…this cover is pure rubbish..nothing creative or new here..this is not grace jones inspired…its pathetic..this i will skip by the music stands..well not that i WILL ever buy her music anyways..she annoys the hell out of me!! NEXT!!!!!

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    SwaggerAreUs Reply:

    @wtf, A Rihanna stan? These haters man…this is Roc Nation, Pledge of Allegiance!!!! The only stan I’m for is Janet, cause she’s the pioneer for all these female artists, but this isn’t even about Janet right now.

    Rihanna is a great artist and it’s been proven before the incident with Chris Brown. Both of them were at the peak of their careers. To say that the world has sympathy for her is not the reason behind her success. This is the first single we’ve heard from Rihanna since the incident. Who cares about Grace Jones?! Please stop mentioning her name.

    I was quoting Jay-Z when I said Rihanna is a f**king rockstar. This clearly states you don’t know anything about Hip Hop…and I don’t know fashion??? Can you please link me to a photo of you, a facebook profile, anything? Fashion sense is what you make of it. People is in love with Rihanna whether you like or care for her. She has talent which is the reason why every artist that Jay-Z is behind usually succeeds. *coughs* Kanye West. I doesn’t matter if you like her or not. You’re stupid and a clown if you think that she going anywhere cause you’re not going to purchase her album. I’m sure it’ll be #1…

    BTW: I’M NOT A RIHANNA ‘STAN’, BUT I AM A FAN. ANYONE WHO REPLYS LEAVE A LINK.

    rario9 Reply:

    @SwaggerAreUs,
    Grace Jones is much more attractive than Robot.
    Robot is a Grace Jones wanna be and she will never be as edgy or as fierce as Grace Jones, NEVER!

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    SwaggerAreUs Reply:

    @rario9, You’re absolutely correct. Whoever Robot is Grace Jones is probably much more attractive, but what does that have to do with Rihanna?

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  24. Ahzumjot

    This Chris Brown issue really got her… I’m sure it just was planned and it was good promotion for both of them… Brown apologized and now he can transform ya again…

    But the new RiRi-song still s**** hard!

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  25. dr

    IF I HEAR BEYONCE NAME BROUGHT UP ONE MORE BUMBACLOT TIME!!!!! WHEN IT COMES 2 RIHANNA N GAGA IMMA CUT SOMEBODY IN THIS BISHH.

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  26. Dominicano

    she doing a demon signal in that picture

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  27. sassy

    Reenoona stans catching feelings over the internet

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  28. joe

    demonic robotic.
    overrated cow.

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  29. CC

    Brilliant cover. It’s just a freaking taste of the album art guys. Most of the others are too rude to have on the cover… her album art is in her The Wait Is Ova promo video.

    & the glove…
    my god you guys are stupid to think she is copying Beyonce;
    the glove is nothing like that.
    for one…it’s freaking made out of leather -
    like the rest of her garment.

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  30. Harvey

    That album is wack as hell. I ain’t feelin’ it.

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  31. Harvey

    Excuse me, I mean that album cover.

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  32. Dave

    Look at everybody bring Beyonce into this. Beyonce has nothing on her. Hell she can’t even get people to stay interested in her even after she releases like what is it 9 singles from her boring album? And that’s a fact, because as soon as her ass started to fade who’d she grab for help to get back in the game? Lady GaGa.

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  33. reddlion

    trying to hard to be like beyonce, just do you , because you got the look and the body.

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  34. elmo34

    Beyonce only puts out stuff thats popular for the time being. this time last year, she was poppin, but she is tryna hold on to that popularity by putting out 1000 single off of 1 album. and she is releasing all this b.s a day after rihanna drops her album. i like all b’s stuff, but as soon as she sees someone else about to get their shine, she coincidently pops up with something. who’d she grab this time? Lady Gaga cuz she kno that they’re stuff will be a hit. but as far as rihanna, i am anticipating her album and i think she is truly on her way to being an icon, nd i wish CB the best of luck too.

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