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Rated R is the fourth studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on November 20, 2009 by Def Jam Recordings

Rated R was included in three top-10 albums lists by critics for 2009. In her year-end list of best albums, Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt named it the best pop album of the year. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune ranked it number eight on his list of 2009’s best albums. Jonah Weiner of Slate ranked Rated R number 10 on his list and hailed Rihanna as one of the “women who have a stranglehold on the pop zeitgeist.”