Hearts will begin racing, pulses will quicken and blood will start pumping once you catch a peek at the scantily clad Rihanna on her ultra-sexy Rolling Stone cover. The pop diva is shown sporting a pair of skimpy, spray-on shorts that barely cover her derriere.

Rihanna is also wearing an itty bitty white top and red bandana wrapped around her wrist. Her hair is styled in a wild mane of fiery red curls, a look she has been rocking over the past few months in lieu of her signature pixie cut. The scorching issue hits stands on Friday and subscribers out to check their mailboxes for burn marks.

While the magazine has yet to release choice quotes from the article  -- those are coming Wednesday -- the cover does nod to the accompanying article, making reference to RiRi's attraction to the dark side, bad boys and sexting. We can't wait to hear what the 'Only Girl in the World' singer, who is single after splitting from her most recent beau, Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp, last year, has to say about all those matters. Will she open up at all about her ex Chris Brown, from whom she split after a domestic dustup? After all, recent rumors have circulated that ABC is trying to get Brown and Rihanna together for a sit-down interview.

Rihanna also recently graced the cover of Vogue, looking elegant in a gold dress, so she is certainly showing both sides of her personality with her opposite cover looks!