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Dark & Edgy: Rihanna’s new sound and look

October 18, 2009
Rihanna Rated R

'Rated R', Rihanna's upcoming album

The grainy black-and-white cover was shot by iconic photographer Ellen von Unwerth in Berlin on October 8-9 (after Rihanna hit up Paris Fashion Week) for Rihanna’s new album, Rated R. Rihanna gave few more hints on her 2009 album after performing at the Jingle Bell Ball event in London recently.Rihanna, 20, told the Dailystar:

I’m going to start work on my next album early in the year. There may be a cool collaboration, but you’ll have to wait and see.

In an interview Popeater, Von Unwerth said:

Rihanna was looking to create something a bit new for the look of the album. She’s so beautiful, sweet and tough at the same time–and a pleasure to shoot. We had so much fun giving her a bit of edge–I loved taking her beauty and finding a new dramatic look. She’s fantastic to work with–very giving, very creative, very involved in every aspect of the shoot, and ready to push the boundaries.

Rated R will be released on November 23rd, 2009. Download Russian Roulette here .

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