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Rated R is the fourth studio album by Barbadian R&B singer-songwriter Rihanna, released November 20, 2009 on Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place during March to November 2009 at Milk Studios and Germano Studios in Manhattan, New York, Studios Davout in Paris, France, and Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. Conceived after Rihanna's assault by her then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, Rated R features a foreboding and angry tone, in terms of musical and lyrical direction.

The album debuted at number 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 181,000 copies in its first week. It is Rihanna's highest-selling debut in the United States. Upon its release, Rated R received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 76/100 from Metacritic.
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Label:  Def Jam
Release Date:  November 23, 2009
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review by . December 24, 2009
I like this album even though Rihanna is in a dark place
   She's in a murderous mood for sure, which is why at a certain point I began referencing the artist by a new, more fitting nickname: "Rihannoir."  Lyrically, Rihanna has all but rejected the meaningless dance floor romps to ballsy statements and sarcastic jibes.       Distrust and hurt is written largely on a number of the tracks here (given that she doesn't write most her own material, she has to find others to voice her anger and frustration). It …
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