Rihanna, Jesse McCartney, David Archuleta, Shontelle, Kevin Rudolf | Allstate Arena | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Rihanna, Jesse McCartney, David Archuleta, Shontelle, Kevin Rudolf Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. 2008

Though she made a fairly humble entree onto the scene, distinguished as she was by no more than her tutelage under Jay-Z, Rihanna has become the most exciting thing to happen to pop in the past half decade (save for Lil Wayne, who’s in a stratum all his own). She’s also had one of the most dazzling transformations, going from just another R & B Lolita to a leather-and-lace Ronnie Spector for the 21st century—a highly accessible tough girl with a big smile, a bigger voice, and thick swaths of eyeliner. There isn’t a bad track on Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (Def Jam), this summer’s uber-edition of her 2007 breakthrough album, and it yielded two new number-one singles. You can be sure she won’t slow her roll anytime soon. Jesse McCartney, David Archuleta, Shontelle, and Kevin Rudolf share the bill. a 7 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont, 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212, $15-$125. A —Jessica Hopper

Price: $15-$125

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