LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Pop singer Rihanna on Tuesday released her first new single, “Russian Roulette,” since being assaulted by former boyfriend and singer Chris Brown in February on the eve of the music industry’s Grammy awards.
The single, written and produced by rapper Ne-Yo, premiered on Rihanna’s web site, rihannannow.com, and it will be on the singer’s fourth studio, called “Rated R”, that is set to hit stores on November 23, her record company Def Jam Records said.
A “Russian Roulette” music video, which was directed by Anthony Mandler, is scheduled to debut on ABC.
The-Dream, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Chase & Status and Justin Timberlake are among other artists and producers who appear on “Rated R”, the follow-up to Rihanna’s 2007 album “Good Girl Gone Bad”, which spawned the hit single “Umbrella”.
That album has sold more than 2.5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Editing by Bob Tourtellotte