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Rihanna to get more 'dancey rather than dark' with new single 'Only Girl'

August 25, 2010 |  1:54 pm

RihannaLooks like Rihanna wasn’t kidding when she proclaimed her "reign just won't let up” on the swagger-touting single “Hard.”

Though the wheels are still spinning on her tour in support of her eight-month-old fourth disc, “Rated R,” Rihanna already has her sights set on her next project -- and reigning the charts again (she currently holds the No. 1 spot thanks to "Love the Way You Lie," a collaboration with Eminem.)

Confirming months of online speculation, the UK’s Big Top 40 has spilled the beans on a new single, titled “Only Girl,” which is set to premiere Tuesday.

“Get ready for dancey rather than dark,” the station tweeted about the single.

When we caught up with one of Rihanna’s main songwriters, Makeba Riddick (she penned Rihanna’s last hit, “Rude Boy”), earlier this summer, she said she was working with the chart-topper but was tight-lipped about the sound and direction of the new project.

“She’s the type of artist that, she’s on the road a lot and she’ll have an entourage that’s like family. It’s really fun, but it’s a lot of work,” Riddick later said of her frequent collaborations with Rihanna (the two have worked together on all four of Rihanna's albums). “Her schedule, my schedule, photo shoots and all of that -- and trying to meet the deadlines from the label.”

Rihanna's “Last Girl on Earth” trek wraps its North American leg Saturday before picking back up in Australia in February.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Rihanna performs next to a junkyard car at Staples Center on July 21 during her "Last Girl on Earth Tour." Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times.

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