Rihanna: Only Girl (In the World)

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Posted October 12, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0

‘Rude’ Boy’ diva is out to to claim dominance in discotheques with latest single

When “Rude Boy” exploded onto radio, it was a life-saver for Rihanna. Her label had almost given up on her Rated R album after “Russian Roulette” started to worry fans. Their good girl went deep into edgy and more controversial content. But the #1 hit single, “Rude Boy,”  saved the day; topping the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. “Only Girl (In the World),” produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee, hopes to do the same. The tempo and energy, much lighter than “Rude Boy,” is set t0 a hard Eurodance-pop pulse with laser-like synths and throbbing bass beats. When the chorus launches, the headlining lyric becomes a reality as she sings only to an isolated synth chord. Perfect timing since the singer puts the club on pause; giving the “only girl in the world” lyric stronger credibility. Don’t expect this to cross into her R&B camp like “Rude Boy did.” This one was totally designed to put Rihanna on neo-Donna Summer turf with Ke$ha and Lady Gaga.

J MATTHEW COBB

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J Matthew Cobb

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