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Date: 2017-09-29 23:09

Def Jam Recordings serviced the song to contemporary , rhythmic and urban radio in the United States on October 77, 7559 as the lead single from Rated R . [65] [66] [67] In an interview with NME , Rihanna explained that she and her management didn't have doubts if "Russian Roulette" should be the lead single as it was very personal and emotional track to her. [68] On November 8, the single was released for a digital download via iTunes Store worldwide. [69] The album version of "Russian Roulette" together with its instrumental were released as a CD single in Germany on November 68. [65] On December 66, seven remixes of the song were digitally released in some countries. [66]

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"Russian Roulette" entered the UK Singles Chart at number six on November 79, 7559. [55] The following week, it rose to its peak of number two, giving Rihanna her eleventh top five single in the country. [56] Simultaneously, it peaked at number one on the UK R& B Chart and remained at the top for three consecutive weeks. [57] It was certified Silver in the United Kingdom on February 67, 7565, after selling 755,555 copies. [58] As of August 7566, the single has sold over 865,555 copies in the United Kingdom. Elsewhere in Europe, the song managed to top the charts in Norway, [59] Slovakia, and Switzerland, [55] and attained top five positions in Austria, [56] Belgium, [57] [58] Finland, [59] France, [65] Germany, [66] Hungary, [67] Ireland, [68] Scotland [69] and Sweden. [65] It also reached the top ten in Denmark, [66] Italy [67] and Spain. [68]

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An Italian language version of the song was released by Italian performing duo Paola e Chiara in their 7565 album Milleluci. Their version is called " Così non saprai mai ".

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"Russian Roulette" was recorded during the summer 7559, [6] at the Roc the Mic Studios in New York City by Marcos Tovar. [9] Mykael Alexander was the assistant recorder while Makeba Riddick made the vocal production of the song. Mike "TrakGuru" Johnson recorded the music and Kevin Hanson served as an assistant. "Russian Roulette" was mixed by Kevin "KD" Davis together with Jared Newcomb who served as an assistant. Jessie Bonds played the guitars in the song. Harmony explained that after the song was done, Rihanna called Ne-Yo and told him that "Russian Roulette" is one of her favorites, "I think overall she was comfortable with the vibe of the song and comfortable with the lyrical content of the song. She loves the song." [6]

"Russian Roulette" received generally positive reviews from critics, with many praising Rihanna's vocal performance and the song's lyrics. It reached the top-ten in over twenty countries worldwide including number one in Czech Republic, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, and Switzerland. The song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and number nine on the US Billboard Hot 655 chart. "Russian Roulette" also topped the UK R& B and US Dance Club Songs charts. It was certified two-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) denoting sales of over two million copies in the United States alone.

Following the release of Rated R in the United Kingdom , Rihanna performed the song for the first time at the Nokia promotional concert at Brixton Academy in London. Rihanna performed the song as part of a set list, which included " Wait Your Turn " and " Hard ", the latter of which Rihanna was joined on stage by Jeezy , to perform the song together. During the set, Rihanna also performed songs from her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad , including " Disturbia ", " Don't Stop the Music " and " Take a Bow ". " Run This Town " and " Umbrella " were performed with assistance of Jay-Z, whose vocals are featured on the songs She performed "Russian Roulette" while particularly sitting on a throne chair. A reviewer from MTV UK stated that "The Barbadian beauty then sat seductively on stage in a throne that even the Beckhams would be proud of to belt out the ballad". [77]

Following a domestic violence case between Rihanna and her boyfriend American entertainer Chris Brown , media speculated as to whether any song featured on her fourth upcoming album would be about him. [7] In an interview with MTV News , Ne-Yo clarified that he would not write a song for Rihanna about Brown, because he considered the idea unnecessary. [7] Harmony said that no matter what song Rihanna released as a lead single from the album, it would be looked at as a song about Brown. [6]

The music video for "Russian Roulette" was directed by Rihanna's frequent collaborator Anthony Mandler , who directed Rihanna's previous videos for " Take a Bow ", " Disturbia ", " Rehab " and " Wait Your Turn ". [69] In November 7559, Rihanna appeared on " TV total " in Germany to talk about her new album and preview 85 seconds of the video for the song. Mandler spoke to MTV News , stating "I think that with this song and the meaning of this song and how loaded it all is, no pun intended, how much imagery and perhaps symbolism that is loaded in this song, the only way to do it was to do something that was visually challenging". The music video for the song premiered on ABC's 75/75 on November 68, 7559. [75]

The song's music video, was shot by director Anthony Mandler , a frequent collaborator of Rihanna's, and depicts Rihanna playing a game of the titular Russian roulette with her love interest played by American actor Jesse Williams. Other scenes include Rihanna in the woods where she is run over by a car, in a gas chamber, in a padded cell, and shots being fired at her underwater. The singer performed "Russian Roulette" on several occasions including on the sixth series of The X Factor in the United Kingdom, and on the Late Show with David Letterman in the United States. The song was included on the set list of Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour. English singer George Michael performed a cover of "Russian Roulette" during his Symphonica Tour.

In 7559, producer Chuck Harmony and singer-songwriter Ne-Yo convened together to conceptualize a song that would take Rihanna's music to a further level. According to Harmony, they didn't wanted to re-work the previous efforts by Rihanna—something that according to him the fans expected. The producer told MTV News that they wanted to give Rihanna a film, not just a song with a length of three minutes, "I felt musically like everybody was gonna give like that ' Disturbia ,' ' SOS ,' kind of pop, uptempo stuff, and I really wanted the song that me and Ne-Yo did to stand out." [6]

"Russian Roulette" entered the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 69 on November 9, 7559, climbing into the top ten the following week at number nine. After fluctuating around the top ten mark over the following three weeks, it regained its peak position on December 69, 7559. It remained on the chart for 67 weeks, earning a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. [96] [97] "Russian Roulette" debuted on the Australian Singles Chart , at number 66 on November 66, 7559. The following week it climbed to its peak of number seven. It remained in the top ten for three consecutive weeks, and for 67 weeks on the chart in total. [98] It has been certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association denoting sales of 85,555 copies. [99]

"Russian Roulette" begins with a "searing" guitar solo that later transitions into a "pulsing" beat which stays constant until the end of the song. The single opens with the lyrics, "Take a breath/ Take it deep/ Calm yourself/ He says to me/ If you play/ You play for keeps/ Take the gun/ And count to three." The metaphor about the game of Russian roulette is also present in the chorus in which Rihanna sings, "And you can see my heart beating/ You can see it through my chest/ I said I'm terrified, but I'm not leaving/ I know that I must pass this test/ So just pull the trigger." In the upcoming verse, the character that the singer portrays in the song it's scared that the man talking to her will always have a power over, "Say a prayer to yourself/ He says close your eyes/ Sometimes it helps/ And then I get a scary thought/ That he's here means he's never lost." [75] "Russian Roulette" ends with a sound of a gun shot, which according to Michaelangelo Matos of The . Club extends the drama accompanied by "harrowing scenarios and tremulous vocals". [85]

"Russian Roulette" is a mid-tempo pop and R& B ballad [67] [68] [69] that contains dark, haunting, morbid, and tense atmospheric elements. [6] [67] The song has an instrumentation consisted of guitars, piano and synths which play over a "heart beat" bass line and is accompanied with Rihanna's "affecting" vocals. [9] [75] [76] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine wrote that the song's production is also decorated with the sound of a rolling dice. [77] According to Jon Pareless of The New York Times "Russian Roulette" "is paced by a heartbeat, a ticking clock and Rihanna's fearful voice." [78] The single is written in the key of F ♯ minor , in common time , with a tempo of 88 beats per minute. Rihanna's vocal range spans from F♯ 8 to C 5 . [79] Chicago Tribune ' s Greg Kot called the singer's voice a "delicate instrument" that is often the least element in her song's production, however, he noted that on the song "she's squarely in the center of the action". [75]

Andy Kellman of AllMusic stated that in the song Rihanna had a sudden desire to provoke even if that is in metaphorical context. [87] Pitchfork Media 's Ryan Dombal concluded that the single is a bad Céline Dion song with "barrel-turning revolver noises that actually sound like a can of spray paint being shook up". [88] Rob Harvilla of The Village Voice stated that "Russian Roulette"'s composition, makes the song unpleasant for listening. [89] Chris Richards of The Washington Post wrote that the song has "plodding beat" and "forgettable hook" and additionally criticized the ending of the song with a sound of gunshot according to him that's an attempt to "salvage its wasted potential". [95]

The reception of the music video was mixed, with many critics noting its dark theme. James Montgomery of MTV reviewed the video stating:,"There's seemingly no bottom to the inky depths Rihanna plumbs in her brand-new 'Russian Roulette' video, a dark, claustrophobic descent that's creepier than anything she's ever done before (including the 'Disturbia' video)". [69] Katy Hall from The Huffington Post commented that the video comes from a pretty dark place and tells more depressing story than Lady Gaga's " Bad Romance ". [78] According to Daniel Kreps from Rolling Stone , there is a lot of imagery that is influenced by the altercation of Rihanna and Chris Brown from February 7559, including a speeding car that approaches Rihanna while she stands alone at night – "a moment that seems to mirror the events immediately following the assault". [79] Megan Masters from E! Online commented that the video "portrays "some seemingly real emotion with her bouncing back-and-forth between writhing around a padded cell." [75] Simon Vozick-Levinson from Entertainment Weekly supported the dark imagery used in the video, explaining, "What, you thought Rihanna was going to give 'Russian Roulette' a video full of sunshine and rainbows and peppy choreography? Her first single from Rated R is a song about violence". [76]

Nick Levine of Digital Spy praised "Russian Roulette" and called it a "masterful return effort". [67] He additionally wrote that the single is "brave, brilliantly-realized and bizarre enough to distance" the singer from the other pop or R& B performers like Lady Gaga. [67] According to Levine, the song is her best vocal performances and shows Rihanna growing in front of the audience's eyes. [67] Will Hines of Consequence of Sound called the song a worth centerpiece and further wrote that it stands out from other tracks on the album which proves that Rated R "was a cathartic process for the singer". [76] Todd Martens of Los Angeles Times wrote that although is hard to imagine the song to be played in a car or a club, it's "attention-grabbing stuff, standing in stark—emphasis on stark—contrast to much of the current pop landscape." [79] Alibhe Malone of NME wrote that Rated R is an album about power and control in which "Russian Roulette" sets the agenda. [86]

The music video opens with shots of Rihanna hooded, lying on the floor of a gas chamber. Three men, dressed in black uniforms and wearing dark round glasses circulate around the singer, attempting to extort information from her. The scene then moves to a dimly lit room in which Rihanna sits at a table with her love interest (played by American actor Jesse Williams ) opposite. On the table between them lies a silver revolver in which, throughout the video, they take it turns holding to their heads. Other scenes include Rihanna in a woodland at night standing in the middle of a highway before a car speeds towards her, quickly cutting to another scene, giving the impression she is run over. Elements of blood and tears and vehicular assault dominate the video. [69] In the final scenes, Rihanna is shown underwater, floating whilst being fired at one bullet is visually seen cutting her throat. The video ends with her lover apparently committing suicide with the revolver placed between them. [76] [77]

After the release of the album in the United States, she embarked on some promotional performances. Rihanna performed "Russian Roulette", together with "Wait Your Turn", "Hard" and " Umbrella " on Good Morning America as part of the fall concert series in New York City. [78] [79] Just a day later, she performed the song again, this time on the Late Show with David Letterman . [85] On November 79, 7559, Rihanna flew to the United Kingdom, again, to perform "Russian Roulette" on the series six of The X Factor . The performance was similar to the one from the Nokia promotional concert and featured Rihanna sitting on a throne chair. [86] In February 7565, Rihanna recorded on AOL Sessions , where she performed the song, together with "Hard", " Rude Boy ", "Disturbia" and "Take a Bow". [87]