Rihanna’s ‘Rude Boy’ Single Cover

Published: Saturday 9th Jan 2010 by Trent
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As we indicated earlier this week, Rihanna’s camp has selected ‘Rude Boy’ as the next single from her ‘Rated R’ LP. Well, just a short while ago, the artwork for the single was released. AllAccess reports that ‘Rude Boy’ will officially impact radio on February 9th.

This is basically an alternate version of one of the shots in the ‘Rated R’ cover art (seen here). Nonetheless, it works well with the ‘sex sells’ theme that her label has been pushing lately. As one of the better songs on the album, I hope that her team is able to provide a strong video for the record like they did with ‘Hard’ and ‘Russian Roulette’, and avoid creating a toilet-worthy clip like ‘Wait Your Turn’.

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  1. Dawon January 9, 2010

    WHAT A FLOP!!! DOES THIS H** HAVE TO BE NAKED IN EVERY PICTURE SHOT AND A CIGARETTE IS NOT CUTE SWEETIE! I’M SO GLAD PEOPLE FINALLY SEE HOW MUCH A GIMMICK THIS CHICK IS! THAT’S WHY SHE FLOPPING…LMAO! ONLY SOLD 498K COPIES IN 6 WEEKS LOL!!!

  2. sky January 9, 2010

    i love the song but this whole bad girl image. just no

  3. Qui January 9, 2010

    Rihanna is not flopping, I may have you to know!!! and what, you want rihanna to wear a long dress or something when the song title is RUDE BOY!!!!!! I’m thinking it’s supposed to be s*** dammit!!!!

  4. Qui January 9, 2010

    TGJ’s staff clearly hates rihanna!!! I bet if rihanna gives to charity or something( which she has done alot of) you guys would make something negative of it

  5. Ben January 9, 2010

    I prefer the other cover where she is oiled up with the Grace Jones makeup on her face. This is just another one of her “censored” photos, very plain. But damn, she IS really trying hard with the whole “s** sells” thing. Like desperately though, kinda like she’ll pose kneeling down to a man’s crotch next.

  6. SG January 9, 2010

    Does “Dawon” know anything about the charts?

    Rated R is NOT a flop. It has sold 500K in six weeks and has hit the 1 million mark internationally — selling faster than any of Rihanna’s previous LPs and much faster than most other artists of her caliber.

  7. necyscruiser January 9, 2010

    can we say FAIL, she is a flop
    her handlers are trying every trick in the book

  8. HELL NAW January 9, 2010

    can we say street w****…..she look so cheap……

  9. beyoncestan January 9, 2010

    hmm seeing as how i’ve been labelled a hater i will offer up something nice to the hope grabbing stans! I can’t say i like her but i thought wait your turn video was kinda cute like jay made her into a lil gangsta having a street video which is what they said, wait your turn was apparently lways only meant for urban radio and for the streets, russian is pop i guess….

    but lawd knows she didn’t pull off this G thing sorry just had to end it with that haha bye riri who can honestly say shes hot she like a stick at least (sorry for mentioning it but its true) bey represents a real woman

  10. Qui January 9, 2010

    @SG…..yea youre right, i didnt wanna name numbers cuz i didnt know the exact

  11. Mya January 9, 2010

    That record label trying to get to them sales up they just put out a video for Hard now this.

  12. It’s me again January 9, 2010

    I saw this artwork several days ago. How does that equate to this being released “just a short while ago” ?

  13. Nicky January 9, 2010

    Sorry haters….

    Rihanna is not a flop

    1.2 Million albums sold worldwide for a month and a half 🙂

    She’s on the heels of Jay Z and Whitney who sold 1.9M and 1.6 M worldwide respectively since September!

    http://www.mediatraffic.de/year-end-albums.htm

    Sorry HATERS ! 🙂

  14. CRAMPED January 9, 2010

    Next week top ten:

    Ke$ha (RCA/RMG debut) 130-140k
    Susan Boyle (Columbia) 100-105k
    Alicia Keys (J/RMG) 60-65k
    Lady Gaga, The Fame (Interscope) 60-65k
    Mary J. Blige (Geffen) 50-55k
    Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 40-45k
    Black Eyed Peas (Interscope) 40-45k
    Alvin & The Chipmunks, The Squeakquel (Rhino) 35-40k
    Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster (Interscope) 30-35k
    Justin Bieber (Island/IDJ) 30-35k

    Isnt it funny that every week Lady Gaga ALBUMS outsell Rated R?

  15. CRAMPED January 9, 2010

    @ nicky.

    1.2m? That’s a lie. Rated R pass the 1 million mark last week.

  16. Dawon January 9, 2010

    @ SG yes honey I know all about the charts! I know that selling 498K copies in 6 weeks for a artist like Rihanna’s (Who has performed EVERYWHERE and had TONS of promotion) IS CONSIDERED A FLOP!!!!!

    1 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE IN 6 WEEKS IS NOT ANYTHING TO BRAG ABOUT WHEN BEYONCE, ALICIA KEYS, LADY GAGA ETC…DO IT IN 1-2 WEEKS!!!! LMAO

  17. HJNJ January 9, 2010

    Its so funny how Riri stans want to put her on Bey and A. Keys level one minute, but when you mention they outsold riri with their first week sales and its taken her 6 weeks to do 500K in US they want to say you can’t compare. Def Jam is not happy about these lackluster sales and neither are you guys. Now, you all are hoping for a top ten for hard which may make it by the skin of her teeth (or body for that matter). Yall standards have dropped, it used to be #1s now you’re settling for top 10! SMH

  18. It’s me again January 9, 2010

    Seriously people. How is Rihanna’ sales relevant to anybody but Rihanna, the people who work for her and her record label. As a fan or non-fan the only thing you should concern yourself with is her talent. Stop acting like you’re getting a cut of any pay check.

  19. ant January 9, 2010

    ok…i hate this cover, and this image “gangster rhianna”…but i love this song because its like her old/ older style of music. Best song on that album!
    ..of which i only liked 2 songs, 2 others were just ok. She needs 2 put some clothes on, clean her image up again and do something else with that hair!
    well at least its a good single, the other ones sucked something terrible. I hope she at least performs “Rude Boy” decently. Dont mess my song up chick!

  20. Rihanna Flop January 9, 2010

    looks like a complete junkie
    rihanna, where are your clothes? Guess it’s a h** thing/desperate way to sell
    see what no talent resorts to? smh

  21. Rihanna Flop January 9, 2010

    her worldwide numbers SHOULD=U.S. NUMBERS ALONE BY NOW that does not impress me one bit lol
    lmao six weeks and JUST MANAGED TO HIT GOLD? When there are artist out there who can do that easily in their FIRST WEEK OF RELEASE? give me a break
    Black eyed peas old ass album outselling her LOL (i think it’s like 30 weeks old, rihanna 6 weeks)
    Where are her #1 singles off Rated Garbage? where? where? where? lol it’s ok rihanna stans save yourselves the embarrassment and don’t answer that question

  22. bobs January 9, 2010

    HARD is the #7th most played song on US radio right now. RUSSIAN ROULETTE peaked at #2 on the United World Charts, and went at least top 10 in EVERY country it was released. Rihanna is on her 4th album, and it’s her fasting selling to date. The losers who are pissed that Chris Brown has EATEN dirt and simply jealous. Poor boy can’t even cross 300k worldwide in 6 weeks – and has the worst reviewed album on 2009 on Metacritic, 9th worst reviewed of ALL TIME. There’s your flop people.

  23. Rihanna Flop January 9, 2010

    @HJNJ
    LMAO i totally agree rihanna stans used to talk about #1’s now they settle for a top 10 lol!!!

  24. It’s me again January 9, 2010

    Anyhoo… (voice of sanity in a thread of mentally unstable fans and non-fans of Rihanna emotionally arguing amongst themselves over who live their lives most vicariously through celebrities) …it’d be most interesting to see Rihanna try to sing this song live since it’s so heavily auto-tuned.

  25. anonymouss January 9, 2010

    @ Dawon

    everybody on the radio is a gimmick -.-

    thats what u need to sell in this country. even beyonce & alicia & mariah got gimmicks.
    beyonce got the go-girl anthems, alicia got her piano-soulstress thing, mariah got her slow songs that all sound the same.

  26. anonymouss January 9, 2010

    oh and btw…HO!!!! this is only rihanna’s fourth album and she already gotta resort to stripping all her clothes off to get people’s attention?? this isnt even classy…its just so pathetic.

  27. S*** January 9, 2010

    Wise Choice. This Album is meant to carry out on all the themes of rated R Movies: guns(RR,g4l), violence(g4l, wait), suspense&horror(Mad House, Fire Bomb, RR), Fear(RR, SIL) Profanity(Rockstar, Hard etc) & ofcourse S**(Rude Boy)…

  28. Jojo January 9, 2010

    the song is ok but the cover is a big NO…
    i mean at least she has nothing else to take off…so it can’t get any worse..

  29. deedee January 9, 2010

    Rated R had the potential to be the 1 of the best pop album of 2009. I have nothing against the album, I just think the wrong artist released it. If it was somebody like FeFe Dobson, Kelis, Pink, No Doubt, Christina Aguilera , hell even britney spears crazy a**, released it, the album would have made more sense. I think 1 of the main reason that the album flopped is because people were confused and turn off, because how can you claim u are a victim of domestic violence and in the same breath youre singing bout guns, suicide. and the majority of rihanna’s fans are under 18 yrs old. what parent is gonna buy their kids a cd bout guns and suicide.? and the fact that rihanna did a 180 on this album, people were expecting GGGB type of album,didnt help the album sells.
    yes to most people selling 500k (not even), in 7 weeks in the U.S. and selling a total of 1mil worldwide is not flopping. but this is not just anybody were talking bout. this is suppose to be 1 of the badest b****** in the music industry and the fashion industry.
    and this is rihanna’s 4th album, to me she got lazy, she said f*** it, all I got to do this time around claim am a victim and people gonna buy my album. when that didnt work, let me show my a** in every magazine. yes
    rihanna is a very pretty and s*** woman, but thats it.. she hasnt improved in her singing and her live perfomances.she tries to destract us by wearing s*** outfits.

  30. deedee January 9, 2010

    l think its time for rihanna teams to try something new for the rude boy video. they need to try something else beside her being half naked. I mean all they trying to do is use s** to sell this album. and its really sad watching this girl go down like this.
    yes shes not the only artist who uses s** to sell an album, but the majority of artist wo use s** to sell an album, has something more to offer. they know how to sing, dance and entertain people. WHAT CAN RIHANNA DO?

  31. Erica January 9, 2010

    To all the rihanna stans..Im a rihanna fan, But can I ask you a question:

    “What does her album sales have to do with her being naked, if she is selling well, then why does she need to stoop this low?

    That’s my question. Her album is good, but all this that she is doing is EXTRA that she doesn’t have to do.

  32. kenney January 9, 2010

    Well its doing a lot better than Memoirs is. Memoirs hasn’t even cracked 400k. But yea the whole “s** sells” is apparently obvious. She been flashign all kind of her snatch here lately

  33. bobs January 9, 2010

    Erica, Kenny, etc.. Read the previous posters comment. The theme for the album is RATED R.. So everything is sexed up, violent, etc.

  34. Just me January 9, 2010

    Are those the same boots Chris wore on his album cover?

  35. Soul Truth January 9, 2010

    im NOT going to be sorry for this comment.

    for a woman who was “abused” to say that she supports other women and hopes that they can be strong enough to seek help in domest violence situations to do what rihanna does is a joke. Rihanna used her domestic abuse to promote herself and her album. then she went excessive in the video for Hard which featured lots of violence (a back handed jab at armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan) and was totally inappropriate as it glamorised war. She also tried glamorising violence in the clip for russian roulette, frankly the imagery for this album is disgraceful. rated r is an advocate for violence and s**, it shows the sad state of the music industry that s** and violence are being used to promote an album from a domestic abuse victim. not only is it trashy but its deeply downgrading. im going to be a bit forward and say that at least Chris Brown’s record was better that Rihanna’s. Frankly Rated R is more of a fashion peice that a serious album as it shows a lack of depth but emodies violence and s** as marketing tools for rihanna’s stripped naked and serious image. the key ingredient missing is a decent voice. “Rude Boy” is a pretentious song thats rather boring. don’t expect miracles now.

  36. deedee January 9, 2010

    @ Erica, I’m not even a fan of rihanna, but I like some of her music. I agree to what u said..if her album selling so well, why does she need to show her a** in every video, magazine, ect..?
    yes her album is named RATED R..but y did she release it now? the point most of us is trying to make is, u can t go on national tv and claimed u were victimized, and released and album talking guns and killing urself. its like somebody crying r***, and then become a prostitute, people not gonna take ur a** seriously. they gonna call ur a** a fraud.
    and now shes trying so hard to be a s** symbol.shes doesnt have to try that hard.we already know she s***.

  37. number1k9 January 9, 2010

    Looks like this and the single cover for “Hard” should have been switched!

  38. Raychel January 9, 2010

    @soul truth
    not all song on rihannas album promote s** and violence
    perhaps the reason she is going into this direction is because of her label
    she dosent know when to say no
    its like they control her
    but her voice is verry good on fire bomb, cold case love, and the last song
    those songs are VERY good
    but since the label wants her to sell S** and a bad girl image
    they push her to promote rude boy
    when im sure her choice would have been a ballad.

    rihanna is not in control anymore I dont think
    its like she is def jams robot
    and she has no choice but to follow what they say
    but not every song on rated r is bad
    some of the songs are truly an inspiration
    but her label simply wants her to sell
    so they take the songs that have little meaning and are catchy
    and promote them

  39. Nicky January 9, 2010

    @ Cramped

    No boo
    Rated R has sold close to 1.2M. Add the numbers up thanks.
    Why compare Rih and her. Rih is doing the R+B/HIPHOP/ROCK thing , Lady Gaga is Pure Pop. Thanks boo.

    @ Dawon

    Please take your gay ass of the site. Thanks boo.
    Not a flop boo . 1.2M and counting. Faster track than GGGB which sold over 8Million. Thanks Boo.

  40. Erica January 9, 2010

    @Raychel and deedee, well said ladies!!

    It’s sad she has to do this b/c she signed that contract!!!! It’s sad…when your in control, you don’t have to do this type of stuff unless you want to. This is the lowest point…nudity…

    If she doesn’t respect herself, her team won’t either. She has to stand for something, or maybe she just agrees with this….it’s crazy. Why didn’t they interview her about this on 20/20…this is a role model? You gotta be kidden’ me….

    Like I said, If her album was selling WELL you can keep your clothes on and be s***, like Alicia Keys..etc.

  41. Erica January 9, 2010

    @Bobs, You are right, that is the theme..but s*** doesn’t always mean naked..U see where im coming from? =]

    She is a puppet, plain and simple. She my girl…but she has absolutely NO say so. It’s sad.

  42. deedee January 10, 2010

    I dont why people keeps saying Rihanna is a puppet. you think as big of a star she is, she’s not making her own decisions on anything that has to do with her appearances and her album?..yes in the beginning her label try to turn her to another beyonce, and then GGGB came out, they took kelis and fefe dobson looks and ran with it.
    after that rihanna decided to push the envelope and try to become a s** symbol.
    people needs to stop making excuses and say its rihanna’s label thats making her do h** s*** to sell an album.
    rihanna herself said when she was doing the GQ magazine pics, L.A Reid told her to put some clothes on. now does that sound like its her label whos telling her what to do?

  43. Dawon January 10, 2010

    @ Nicky…Keep throwing those flop ass numbers around. 1.2 million in s** weeks whoop dee doo! REAL ARTIST SELLS 1.2 MILLION IN 2-3 WEEKS! She’s already gonna sell under 30k this upcoming week…I doubt if she hit platinum in the U.S and 3 million Worldwide. You Rihhoe fans mad cause she getting her ass whoop on the charts by Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and everyone else! LOL….

    SHE CANT EVEN GET A TOP 5 RECORD THIS TIME AROUND AND STILL NO #1 ALBUM LMAO!!! YOU GIRL IS A FLOP!!!! JUST DEAL WITH IT !!!!!!

  44. Dawon January 10, 2010

    SIX WEEKS LOL…I MEAN

  45. mez January 10, 2010

    so what is wrong with being naked…she has a beautiful body…

    list of artists who have used s** to sell

    Madonna
    Samnatha Fox
    Britney
    Christina
    D’angelo
    Omarion
    B2K
    Elvis Presley
    Ciara
    Beyonce
    Dstiniys CHild
    SWV
    LLcoolJ etc etc

    Rihanna will bde fine ….the haters need to go support the ugly people

  46. Yehp January 10, 2010

    i love RIHANNA ;D

  47. f*** beyonce January 10, 2010

    @ Mez dont forget Janet has used the s** thing for almost 10 years
    funny thing that most of the haters on here are beyonce stans they are so threaten by rihanna stupid ass f***

  48. seriously? January 10, 2010

    she HAS to shoot this vid in Barbados. it’s only right

  49. SMITH January 10, 2010

    @ F*** BEYONCE…..BEYONCE FANS ARE THREATENED BY RIHANNA LMAO…THAT’S A GOOD JOKE!!! GO SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE B****. BEYONCE FANS ARE NOT NO WAY NEAR THREATENED BY RIHANNA….LMAO!!!!

    When Rihanna can achieve a #1 album, 10 grammy’s, Billboard’s Woman of the year, Female artist of the Decade and sell more than 200k the first week then WE MIGHT be threatened by Rihanna, until then go sit down stupid Rihhoe fan! LOL….

  50. WTF January 10, 2010

    yawn, just like the album this single is not going anywhere and that is a FACT..hard is the 7th most played song and cant even crack the top ten..she is only in the top 20 on billboard coz of airplay..noone wants to buy that s*** and that is REALITY…this is a disaster and i am glad she is flopping like stale bread…a WW victim with all the promo and takes over a month to get a mill..fans are happy about that??? fact is her album has already peaked..i guess hooking up with kempt and putting him her vid will try and get her some interest…YAWNNNNNNNNNNNN

    maybe they should try thier hand at the remix or better yet give it up!!!

  51. MS.CLAY January 10, 2010

    @ SMiTH c0sign %100000000

  52. grego January 11, 2010

    Rudeboy is the best radio friendly song i guess so its a good single choice i just dont see what the video is gonna be about being on that its a party track and she cant dance another fashion video i presume ehhhh and i kno shes gonna sound crazy tryna make her voice sound like this live haha but w.e rated r is still a gr8 album i love Stupid in Love and Firebomb

  53. Soul Truth January 11, 2010

    LOL… I love how all the rihanna fans are rallying round to try and defend this picture. It is cheap trash. Rihanna is a domestic abuse victim and also had leaked naked pictures of her on the internet. Now why would a woman who has suffered that want to use s** to sell her record? the only reason why is cus she knows she is a rubbish singer and so this is the only gimmick she can use to sell the records which are all dark and somber. “Cold Case Love” is the best song on the album but even that song references her domestic abuse. “Fire Bomb” is a song full of violent metaphors and “The Last Song” is a ballad that should be sung by someone with a voice.

    @Raychel… one word love… “delusional” if you think rihanna’s music is inspirational. how does constantly appearing naked with weapons (or in sexual poses) inspire domestic abuse victims? This album was rushed to capitalise on Riri’s abuse incident.

    So what if this is her fastest selling album… that just goes to show its a fad. true success comes in how many hit singles it produces, how long it stays in the charts etc. by february 2010 rihanna will have released 4 singles from the album which would have only been out around 3 months! that says it all… desperate and pathetic.

    By the way beyonce fans have nothing to worry bout, she shits all over rihanna.

  54. Soul Truth January 11, 2010

    LOL… I love how all the rihanna fans are rallying round to try and defend this picture. It is cheap trash. Rihanna is a domestic abuse victim and also had leaked naked pictures of her on the internet. Now why would a woman who has suffered that want to use s** to sell her record? the only reason why is cus she knows she is a rubbish singer and so this is the only gimmick she can use to sell the records which are all dark and somber. “Cold Case Love” is the best song on the album but even that song references her domestic abuse. “Fire Bomb” is a song full of violent metaphors and “The Last Song” is a ballad that should be sung by someone with a voice.

    @Raychel… one word love… “delusional” if you think rihanna’s music is inspirational. how does constantly appearing naked with weapons (or in sexual poses) inspire domestic abuse victims? This album was rushed to capitalise on Riri’s abuse incident.

    So what if this is her fastest selling album… that just goes to show its a fad. true success comes in how many hit singles it produces, how long it stays in the charts etc. by february 2010 rihanna will have released 4 singles from the album which would have only been out around 3 months! that says it all… desperate and pathetic.

    By the way beyonce fans have nothing to worry bout, she beats rihanna any day

  55. HAY GIRL 127 January 11, 2010

    why are u hating

    as long as riri got some fans and a top ten album she is fine

    its most than we got

  56. stx January 11, 2010

    why are people keep bringing up domestic abuse and s**. What does being a domestic abuse sufferer, have to do with rihanna being sexual? So just because you got beat up, you can’t be sexual or s*** ? That has got to be the dumbest explanations i’ve ever heard. Did it ever occur to you holier than thou people that rihanna is 21 feeling like she is grown now, and wanting to step outside the safe girl next door zone. Her album is called Rated R, her last one good girl gone bad, so this new look shouldn’t have come as a surprise to any of you. GGGB, saw her going a little more riskee with her sound and look, and Rated R is showing that she is pushing the envelope a little more with what she has started with GGGB. So what does domestic abuse has to do with this? I just don’t see your point. and at dee dee your ramblings are so ridiculous it ain’t funny, all this mess about people selling s** is okay as long as they got talent and what could rihanna do? Let me answer that question about what rihanna can do. She could have you writing daily paragraphs about her talent or lack of talent, while all the while still maintaining in a fickle business after 4 years in the game. Still one of the most recognized artists world wide, endorsements, bringing in millions, selling records, making news wherever she goes, and all at the tender age of 21. It seems like all of the accolades rihanna has achieved is bothering your ass and that’s why you can’t seem to get her off your mind. You can hate, disapprove, rail, and get upset all you want, but it still won’t stop rihanna. You were hating before rated r, and you still couldn’t stop her from selling and making it to platinum status world wide. In life they are gonna be lovers and haters, and rihanna should thank them both on her way up.

  57. stx January 11, 2010

    @soul truth, so since ri’s album was rushed to capitalize on her domestic abuse, was Chris’s as well, because he did the abusing and you all fail to level the same accusations against him. And Rihanna’s album is no fad. Its just good plain and single and people who even said they won’t buy it are now breaking down and getting it, because they can’t deny the album is solid. All that mess about releasing singles is just your warped opininon. She can release as many as she wants, as fast as she want to. Who say you have to follow one predictable pattern of music release. She has plenty more good songs on the album, so if she want to release weekly its her perogative. You sound more desperate than rihanna, desperate in trying to get your hateful points across. The point is your a nobody trying to come at rihanna, while rihanna has the world at her feet. Nobody is checking for you boo, but rihanna commands attention. Why you vex?

  58. Raychel January 11, 2010

    @stx thanks
    I was about to comment on her post but you got to it first 🙂

  59. jblank January 16, 2010

    JBLANK
    January 16, 2010 at 5:06 am

    I think “rude boy” is a great single and will get people in an up-tempo mood to jam up. Its catchy and fun and kinda brings her fans back to her roots. She did the slow jam with RR then had “Hard” which kinda reclaimed her status that she is here and apologetic about it. With Rude boy captures a light harded single that will be perfect for airplay on urban and pop radio but will also bring her back to her dance track hits.

    I just hopes her video captures the essence of the song and that she exhibits her caribbean dancing roots. Great pic for a single! I think think shes saving “stupid in love”, maybe “firebomb”, Te amo” and “photographs” for future singles… we will see has this pans out. But i trust in her team that things are strategic and true. I love love love love her album because its true, cathartic, relatable and ppl can empathize in some way shape and form. We all go through adversity and different points and times in live and it all counts on how you’ve learned and grown from it. And stay true to yourself.

    I also love “cold case love” that was helped by Justin Timberlake and also “Rock star”. Her album is eclectic it was a release exhibits wat she was going thru. She even said that she didnt care if this album sold successfuly but that the content meant more to her to get it out. And i respect that. I can lisen to her album straight thru……

    Very very cathartic, true, and balanced with the up tempto jams, reclaiming your status, and acknowleding the conflicts you go through. love love love the album.

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