Rihanna’s new album is reportedly set for release in December and we are READY!
According to journalists who recently attended Universal Music France’s Open Session event, Rihanna will release her highly-anticipated ninth studio album later this year. It’ll be her first album since 2016’s Anti, which spawned hits like “Needed Me” and “Work.”
Rihanna has not commented on the reports, but she did note she’s eager to drop it during a conversation with Interview Magazine in June.
“It really does suck that it can’t just come out because I’m working on a really fun one right now,” she said. “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. 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.'”
“I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out,” she explained to Interview magazine. “Now, it’s like a carousel. I do fashion one day, lingerie the next, beauty the next, then music the next. It’s like having a bunch of kids and you need to take care of them all.”
While many details aren’t yet available, it is known that the album will be a reggae album.
“Though it’s too soon to name a full list of collaborators, one early influence may be Supa Dups, the Jamaican-born record producer who has worked with such dancehall greats as Beenie Man, Sean Paul, and Elephant Man,” writer Chioma Nnandi said in Rihanna’s cover story for Vogue’s June 2018 issue.