But if I were to combine that with more energetic, up-tempo pop records, then I think that would be a happy marriage. The recording sessions for the album took place at Milk Studios in Manhattan, New York, Metropolis Studios in London, England, Studios Davout in Paris, France and at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.Rihanna also worked with Norwegian producer duo Star Gate, who mused that the collaboration was "very rewarding" and "inspiring for us", commenting: "I don't think we should talk about titles just yet.
The whole thing was a dark dream; a chance for her to express all these things without being specific/literal." Henwood also conceived the look and feel of the album's artwork, videos and TV spots, and also contributed to Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour, including the show's stage design, costumes and background visuals.
Rihanna shot a promo video for the event which took place at the Brixton Academy in London.
It also attained top ten positions in over twelve other countries.
The album produced six singles, including the international hits "Russian Roulette", "Rude Boy" and "Te Amo", in addition to "Hard".
The album cover was released on October 27, 2009 and features Rihanna in a moody, contemplative pose wearing a leather top with her hand covering her right eye and each finger wrapped in an intricate set of rings. We went to Paris for Fashion Week, met with designers, sat and made drawings/designs together for the photo shoot/costume pieces, etc," Henwood revealed in an interview with Muu Muse.
"Everything comes from the music, and this is her most personal album to date—so everything draws from it in one way or another." For the visual creation of the era, Henwood took inspiration from the film The Omega Man and the book The Lathe of Heaven, "We wanted to create her a world that was personal...
"She broke onto the scene so hard with the last record — to have that many songs on the charts is impressive.
I think that the smartest thing she's doing is not trying to emulate what she did but move forward", Timberlake explained.
She premiered songs from the album during the event which was her first solo concert since the incident with Brown.