Rihanna Rocks Barbed-Wire Outfit on New Single Cover

"Russian Roulette" is the first off her new album "Rated R"

By Caitlin Millat
|  Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009  |  Updated 11:32 AM PDT
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R&B superstar Rihanna debuted her new single "Russian Roulette" on Ryan Seacrest's nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday, marking her return to the charts just six months after ex-boyfriend Chris Brown physically abused her.

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R&B superstar Rihanna debuted a new single -- and sexy image -- on Ryan Seacrest's nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday, marking her return to the charts with an edgy single and nearly nude cover shot just six months after ex-boyfriend Chris Brown physically abused her.

Rihanna appears wearing nothing but what appears to be barbed wire on the album cover of "Russian Roulette," the first single off of the singer's new album  "Rated R."

The song follows a woman grappling with questions of suicide -- one of the ballad's verses ends with the eerie lyric "so just pull the trigger," while the song finishes with a single gunshot.

The single was produced by Ne-Yo, the mastermind behind her chart-topper "Unfaithful." Ne-Yo also dueted with Rihanna on the hit "Hate That I Love You."

The singer's return to the studio is her first solo recording experience since her public spat with Brown, which escalated into a physical altercation that left Rihanna's face bruised, captured in a picture that circulated through the media and was splashed across tabloid headlines.

Brown and Rihanna made attempts to reconcile but remain split. Brown, the singer behind hits like "Run It" and "Kiss Kiss," was sentenced to probation and community service, which he is currently doing in Los Angeles.

'Rated R" will drop November 23, which Rihanna announced on her newly formed Twitter page and her Web site late last week.

Listen to "Russian Roulette" here.

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