Rihanna Opens Up About Leaked Police Photo as "Hard" Hits the Net

November 3, 2009 9:12 AM ET

Just hours after Rihanna's second Rated R single "Wait Your Turn" leaked and her reps confirmed the LP's track list and guests, a third Rated R song found its way onto the Internet: "Hard," featuring Young Jeezy. Written by The-Dream, "Hard" appears to be the song producer "Tricky" Stewart previously called an edgy "club banger," Rolling Stone reported. The pair were also the brains behind Rihanna's smash "Umbrella," a song that's more like "Hard" than the reflective "Russian Roulette" and "Wait Your Turn." "No fear ... I'm so hard," Rihanna sings over a swirl of synthesizers and a pounding piano. "Brilliant, resilient. ... I see you aiming at my pedestal so I think I better let you know that I'm so hard." Hear "Hard" after the jump.

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Rihanna is slated to appear in a pair of ABC News interviews, and Glamour has named her Woman of the Year in their next issue. In the magazine interview, Rihanna explains how her February altercation with then-boyfriend Chris Brown turned her life upside down: "I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day."

Watch Rihanna's new video for "Wait Your Turn" here.

Rihanna doesn't mention Brown — who pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to probation, anger-management classes and community labor. But she expresses disappointment over the leaked police photograph from the night of the incident. "It was humiliating; that is not a photo you would show to anybody. I felt completely taken advantage of," Rihanna says. "I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the Internet, and it's my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was [supposedly leaked by] two women."

Rihanna adds that the experience has made her "stronger, wiser and more aware."

Hear "Hard" here:

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