World-class pop star Rihanna has once more heightened the intensity of her tasteful music, smashing the charts with much more of her celebrated uptempo dance grooves with the release of her new album, Loud. “Yes it is called ‘Loud’,” Rihanna told fans while appearing on Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show. “Get loud everybody. Get crazy. Get excited. ‘Cause I’m pumped. I’m just gonna be me, because that’s what you guys love the most, and that’s what makes me feel best. Just being normal, normal for me is Loud!.” Perhaps what makes this particular album so unspoiled is that each song is tailor-fit to Rihanna’s persona and definitely no one but she could pull it off.
Setting the scene for Loud is the first lead single, “Only Girl (In The World)” which has been steaming off local music charts and club scenes in the metro. This single’s debut became an instant hit across radio airplays indicating significant fate resembling that of Rihanna’s massive hits from her previous albums. Loud follows-up Rated R (November 2009) and its sequel Rated R: Remixed (May 2010). Previously, the double-platinum Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007) contained the Grammy-winning global #1 hit “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z), then “Shut Up and Drive,” “Hate That I Love You” (featuring Ne-Yo), and “Don’t Stop the Music.” The CD+DVD package Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) continued the hits with the #1 “Take A Bow,” the #1 “Disturbia” and Top 20 “Rehab.” Good Girl Gone Bad was the third album release in less than two years by Barbados native Rihanna, who turned 22 on February 20th. It followed-up 2006’s RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, which contained the back-to-back hits, “S.O.S.” and “Unfaithful”; and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the world-wide smash, “Pon De Replay.”