Last year came and went without a new album, but not all hope is lost. Soon, Robyn Fenty may drop her long-awaited ninth studio album — four whole years after 2016’s ANTI was released.
Recently, everyone’s favorite bad gal has been steadily clocking studio time, working on a collection of tracks that will — let’s just say in blind faith — be stacked with bangers.
The 31-year-old artist has been teasing new music for some time, but as she told chat show host in 2018, we’ll have to wait patiently for the juicier details — and we’re still waiting. In January of last year, a first teaserbest365体育投注app showed a glitter-filtered RiRi at work in the studio, along with a two-second melody that had the album was arriving in 2019. Check it out below.
Since then, we’ve been gathering all the information we can find about the album that has been dubbed R9 by fans, from the release date to potential collaborations and album artwork.
best365体育投注appKeep scrolling for everything you need to know about Rihanna’s new album.
Rihanna’s new album release date
This February, the Barbadian singer spoke to Entertainment Tonight and revealed that the status of R9 is “to be continued.” So, as of right now, we still have to wait for an official release date.
Back in March 2019, Rihanna’s best friend and project manager, Jennifer Rosales reposted a photo of her child (originally shared by Rihanna), with the caption: “When tia gives you the first listen 😎. .”
However, in a June 2019 interview for the cover of Interview magazine, Rihanna kept things vague.
best365体育投注app“It really does suck that it can’t just come out, because I’m working on a really fun one right now. I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete.”
best365体育投注appShe added, “It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, ‘Even if I don’t have the time to shoot videos, I’m going to put an album out.'”
When asked directly if she had a release date in mind, she said: “I wish I knew. I have blocked off a solid period of time for the studio next month.”
Rihanna’s new album tour
As pointed out last year, RiRi fans noticed that leaked tour dates popped up in Google searches, with the first date appearing to be Portland, Maine on April 12, 2019. Once again, however, the date came and went without a peep, so it’s unclear if we’ll be getting a new tour anytime soon.
Rihanna’s new album tracklist
No tracklist has been revealed as of yet, but based on Rihanna’s previous albums, it’s probably safe to assume that we can expect between 10 and 14 new tracks.
Rihanna’s new album cover art
Currently, we know nothing about the artwork Rihanna has selected for R9. The ANTI cover, which was designed by Israeli artist Roy Nachum, is to date, so perhaps we can expect something equally as conceptual on the next album.
Rihanna’s new album guest appearances
Recently, the singer told The Cut that she’s working on new musicbest365体育投注app with Pharrell Williams. “I’m going to be in the studio. I’m so excited actually. I can’t say who I’m working with, but it’s somebody I’ve been wanting to work with for a long time. Okay, I’ll tell you. It’s Pharrell.”
best365体育投注appApart from Pharrell, we could see appearances from Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Calvin Harris, or Future, if her previous collabs are anything to go by.
In an interview with in May 2018, Rihanna revealed that she was planning on making a reggae album, which might have been in reference to R9. Vogue speculated that she could be working with Supa Dups, a producer who has worked with genre icons including Beenie Man, Sean Paul, and Elephant Man. Shaggy, meanwhile, reportedly refused to work on R9 after he was allegedly asked to audition for the job.
Rihanna’s inspiration for the new album
In , for the publication’s November 2019 issue, Rihanna confirmed that R9best365体育投注app is indeed reggae-inspired.
“I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album,” she said. “It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks […] Reggae always feels right to me. It’s in my blood. It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It’s always the same high. Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”