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Rihanna Announces Initial North American Dates for 2011 Tour

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna has announced the first few North American dates of her 2011 Loud tour.

The tour is currently set to begin June 4 in Baltimore, Maryland, and right now dates are scheduled through July 23, but more dates will be announced soon.  The Loud tour will feature an all-new production, costumes and stage design.

Tickets go on sale starting on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, at and

Here are Rihanna's tour dates so far:

6/4 -- Baltimore, MD, 1st Mariner Arena
6/7 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
6/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
6/30 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
7/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/21 -- East Rutherford, NJ, Izod Center
7/23 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum

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Rihanna Sets Chart Records with Ninth Number One Hit

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna is now the "Only Girl (In the World)" to score four number ones in a single calendar year.  Her song of the same name has just risen to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 -- making her the only female artist ever to take four trips to the top in one year.

In addition, "Only Girl" becomes Rihanna's ninth number one hit overall.  She's now scored the most number ones of any artist since the year 2000.

Additionally, this marks the first time in the history of the Hot 100 that an album's lead single has hit number one after the second single has already done so.  Rihanna's "What's My Name" overtook "Only Girl" to land the top spot a couple weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's new CD Loud enters the Billboard chart at number three, with first-week sales of 207,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the most any of her albums have sold in a single week.  Loud is Rihanna's fifth top 10 album -- all her previous albums have reached the top 10, as well.

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Rihanna Previews New Album Tracks in London 

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(LONDON) -- Rihanna gave some British journalists a sneak peek at her new album, Loud, playing them give tracks at a London bar on Tuesday night. reports she told the crowd that the album is "sassy and flirtatious," adding, "You have to listen to it loud.  That's how it sounds best."

She adds, "I want to dance to every song, and I know that's what people like, something that makes them dance."  Noting that she hates albums where "you've only got, like, four [good] songs and you have to skip [tracks]," Rihanna said, "I wanted to make an album that you could just press play."

After playing "Only Girl (In the World)," "S&M," "What's My Name," "Cheers" and "California King Bed," NME reports Rihanna also confirmed Drake and Nicki Minaj are both on the album, which comes out Nov. 16.

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New Rihanna Song Samples Avril Lavigne

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamA song on Rihanna's new album, Loud, will reportedly sample a track from singer Avril Lavigne.  The blog got an exclusive preview of the disc earlier this week, and reveals that one track features a sample of Lavigne.  The blog reports that the song, called "Cheers," samples Lavigne's 2002 hit song "I'm with You."   According to JustJared, the song "is so unbelievably catchy," and adds, "This song will be so huge in clubs, bars and everywhere that serves alcohol."

As far as the other songs on the record, the blog reports that one, called "S&M," is very "naughty," and features lyrics like, "Sticks and stones may break my bones/But chains and whips excite me."  The album is set to be released in November.

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