Upon its release, Talk That Talk received generally favorable
reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number three
on the US Billboard 200, with first week sales of 198,000 copies
in the United States. As of July 2012, the album has sold 964,087
copies in the United States. The album peaked at number one in
Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom,
where it debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling
163,000 copies in its first week. As of December 2011, the album
has been certified two-times platinum by the British Phonographic
Industry (BPI) for shipments of 600,000 copies.
Six singles have been released from the album. The debut single,
"We Found Love" was released on September 22, 2011,
and quickly became Rihanna's eleventh number one in the US, remaining
at the top spot for ten non-consecutive weeks. The track also
topped the charts in 26 additional countries. "You Da One"
was released as the second single, with moderate worldwide success.
The eponymous "Talk That Talk", featuring rapper Jay-Z,
and a remix of "Birthday Cake" were sent to radio as
the album's third and fourth US singles. "Where Have You
Been" was released as the third international and fifth US
single, reaching the top ten of twenty countries around the world.
On September 7, 2012, a remixed version of "Cockiness (Love
It)" featuring rapper A$AP Rocky was released as the sixth
and final single.
As of November 2012, the album had sold over 3.2 million copies
See, people ... they want me to be a role
model just because of the life I lead. The things I say in my
songs, they expect it of me, and [being a role model] became more
of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make
music. That's it.
The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, with
first-week sales of 198,000 copies in the United States, slightly
below her last album, which also debuted at number three with
207,000 copies. In its second week, the album sold an additional
68,200 copies in the United States, dropping to number 7 on the
charts and bringing its total sales to 266,400 units sold. The
album has been certified platinum in the United States, having
sold 1,015,000 copies as of October 2012.
In the United Kingdom, the album was certified platinum by the
British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 300,000 units
after six days of sale. Talk That Talk debuted at number one on
the UK Albums Chart, selling more than 163,000 copies in its first
week. With the album and "We Found Love" both at number
one, it made Rihanna the only female artist in the UK to simultaneously
have a number one single and album twice in the same year with
a different album and single. The other double chart topper being
"What's My Name?" and Loud in January 2011. On December
9, 2011 the album was certified two-times platinum by the British
Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 600,000 copies in
the UK. As of June 26, 2012 it has sold 850,000 copies. It was
the second biggest selling R&B / hip hop album of 2011 in
the UK, only beaten by Rihanna's previous album, Loud (2010).
On August 12, 2012, the album returned to the number one position
of the UK Albums Chart, selling 9,578 copies, making it the UK's
lowest-selling number one since records began.
On February 20, 2012, a full length remix version featuring Chris
Brown of the original interlude "Birthday Cake" premiered
coinciding with Rihanna's 24th birthday. It was sent to radio
as the fourth US single from the album on March 6, 2012. The official
remix reached number two on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs,
subsequently managing a peak of number 24 on the US Billboard
Hot 100 chart, despite no digital release of the remix or music
A remixed version of the song featuring rapper A$AP Rocky was
released as the sixth and final single from the album on September
Rihanna released only 3 videos through this era.
"We Found Love" was the first performed song from the
album, as it was performed for the first time on November 14,
2011 at Rihanna's Loud Tour (2011) in London.
Rihanna closed Barclaycard Wireless Festival 2012 in London.
Opening with a medley of Only Girl (In The World), Disturbia and
S&M. You Da One, Birthday, Man Down and Talk That Talk, Wait
Your Turn, Where Have You Been, What's My Name, Run This Town,
Take A Bow, Cheers, Watch And Learn, Rude Boy were included.
RiRi's Egyptian themed set played host to her live band and energetic
troupe of dancers, and the show looked as vibrant and diverse
as it sounded.
For an encore, it was a soaring and stripped back version of
Love The Way You Lie, and RiRi showed off more with a pitch-perfect
rendition of Umbrella.
For her final number Rihanna sent 65,000 fans mental with a fist-pumping
version of her HUGE global hit We Found Love.
During the "2012 Summer Tour" Rihanna has also performed
BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend in London - June 23 & 24,
Kollen Festival in Oslo, Norway - June 29, 2012
Peace & Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden - June 30, 2012
Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka, Japan - August 18 & 19,
2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival - September 21, 2012
Crystall Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan - October 6, 2012
1. "You da One"
Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, Robyn Fenty John Hill, Henry
Walter; Dr. Luke, Cirkut
2. "Where Have You Been"
Dean, Gottwald, Adam Wiles, Walter, Geoff Mack; Dr. Luke,
Cirkut, Calvin Harris