A look at ''Russian Roulette,'' the first single from the upcoming album ''Rated R''

On Oct. 20, Rihanna (at her video shoot in NYC) debuted ”Russian Roulette,” the lead single from her Nov. 23 album Rated R — and, well, it’s no ”Umbrella.” Instead, she delivers a theatrical, almost dirgelike ballad with bleak couplets like ”As my life flashes before my eyes/I’m wondering will I ever see another sunrise.” Hmmm. What could that be a reference to?