One query has been plaguing Rihanna for what seems like perpetually: the place’s the brand new album? As followers eagerly await her to drop new music, right here’s what we all know.
Rihanna has an in depth physique of labor – eight studio albums, two remix albums, a handful of EPs, and numerous singles – however by the way in which followers react each time she does something, you’d suppose she’s been holding out. Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty can’t publish an image on Instagram, take pleasure in herself whereas watching a DJ’s live stream, or virtually do something with out somebody popping up and demanding that she releases a brand new album. It’s nearly as dangerous as followers begging for Adele’s new document.
Nevertheless, 2021 marks the longest interval that followers have gone with no new Rihanna document. Her final full-length was 2016’s Anti, a triple-Platinum album finest recognized for its chart-topping single – and considered one of her frequent collabs with Drake — “Work.” Anti adopted 2012’s Unapologetic, which contained arguably Rihanna’s largest track, “Diamonds.” Till 2021, the 4 years between Anti and Unapologetic had been the longest hole followers endured between Rihanna initiatives, as she used to place out albums at a way more frequent tempo.
Her debut studio album, 2005’s Music of the Solar, was rapidly adopted up by A Lady Like Me in 2006. Lady Gone Dangerous (2007), Rated R (2009), and Loud (2010) closed out the last decade, that means that Rihanna launched 5 albums in as a few years. Speak That Speak arrived in 2011, with Unapologetic arriving a yr later. Whereas different artists danger oversaturating the market with such a prolific output, Rihanna maintained a gradual stage of commercial and important success. Outdoors of her debut launch, all of her albums have gone Platinum quite a few instances, and her lowest rating on Metacritic is 61.
So, there may be an viewers simply ready to offer Rihanna all their cash, however from the way in which she responded to a fan at first of 2021, she is likely to be good. “New yr’s decision: apply the stress,” she captioned a Jan. 1 IG publish that includes her in a metallic outfit. “Decision must be releasing the album,” a snarky fan added within the feedback, which prompted Rihanna to reply with, “This remark is sooo 2019. Develop up.”
When Will Rihana’s New Album Be Launched?
As of Might 2021, we don’t know when Rihanna’s album will drop, and truthfully, it’s finest to cease asking.
“If considered one of y’all motherf-ckers ask me about the album another time once I’m making an attempt to avoid wasting the world, not like y’all president….on sight,” she stated during an April 202 Instagram Dwell chat, probably referencing then-president Donald Trump, and the way she had pledged to donate a $5 million to world coronavirus reduction through her Clara Lionel Basis. Nevertheless, she did give followers some optimistic information nearly a yr after this rant.
After Anti spent a record-breaking 5 years on the Billboard 200 chart – making her the primary Black artist to attain such a aim – she posted an Instagram video to have fun. Like clockwork, followers stated she ought to “celebrated [Anti] by releasing a track.” “I think I should,” she stated. “Simply 1 tho lol.” This was, clearly, only a troll from Rihanna.
In July 2020, whereas doing a promotional tour for Fenty Magnificence, Rihanna defined why it’s been taking so lengthy to complete her ninth studio album. “I can’t wait to place one thing out that I’m actually happy with and enthusiastic about,” she stated in an interview with Entry On-line. “It most likely is gonna be ahead of my followers suppose, however I’m simply gonna go away that alone as a result of I obtained sufficient stress, questions, and, ‘R9, when’s the album coming.’ They don’t go away me alone. I haven’t uncared for them. Music continues to be my child.”
Throughout the dialog, she additionally defined that when she was first making Anti, a “paparazzi caught me going into the studio and after that, they thought my album was popping out that week,” she stated. “So, Anti to them, took perpetually… so anytime you give them a bit, however of data that I’m engaged on music, they count on it to return now as a result of, prior to now, it’s labored like that. n the previous, I’d shoot out an album in three months, however now, I don’t have the luxurious of doing that as a result of I’ve this different child [her Savage x Fenty lingerie line].”
Nevertheless, as of Might 2021, we don’t have a particular launch date.
What Is Rihanna’s New Album Known as?
“So, up to now it’s simply been R9, due to the Navy,” Rihanna stated in an interview with The New York Times, referencing her followers’ fandom identify. “I’m about to name it [“R9”] most likely, ’trigger they’ve haunted me with this “R9, R9, when is R9 popping out?” How will I settle for one other identify after that’s been burned into my cranium?
Followers thought that she introduced the album’s title in 2019. “to all my mates/household/coworkers who I’ve but to get again to prior to now months…please forgive me,” she captioned a November 2019 Instagram post. This yr has been fairly an awesome one, and I’m engaged on that ish known as Stability. brb.” Rihanna probably meant she was engaged on the “work-life stability,” however followers, hungry for any scrap of details about the undertaking, immediately began asking, “Is her new album known as Stability?”
What’s Rihanna’s New Report Going To Sound Like?
Reggae – or an analogous facsimile. Rihanna confirmed, in a 2019 interview with Vogue, that she was placing out a Reggae-flavored undertaking. “I like to take a look at it as a reggae-impressed or reggae-infused album,” she stated. It’s not gonna be typical of what as reggae. However you’re going to really feel the weather in all the tracks.”
“Reggae all the time feels proper to me. It’s in my blood,” the Barbadian singer stated. “It doesn’t matter how far or lengthy eliminated I’m from that tradition, or my setting that I grew up in; it by no means leaves. It’s all the time the identical excessive. Despite the fact that I’ve explored different genres of music, it was time to return to one thing that I haven’t actually homed in on utterly for a physique of labor.”
Followers obtained a preview of what the album is not going to sound like, courtesy of singer Skylar Grey. Throughout a September 2020 IG Dwell session, dubbed a “Reject Party,” Skylar performed the music that she wrote for different artists that had been, in the end, rejected. This was when Rihanna was supposedly doing a little type of reggae album,” she stated throughout the video. “I don’t know if she’s nonetheless making a reggae album or what. However that is the track we did for it. I don’t have the entire track.” Within the snippet, Skylar is heard singing the phrases “no stress,” which might join this monitor to the phrase Rihanna utilized in her Jan. 1/New Yr’s Decision publish.
Who Will Characteristic On Rihanna’s New Album?
Within the years following Anti’s launch, Rihanna has appeared on N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” in 2017, teamed with Future for his track “Egocentric,” joined Bryson Tiller for DJ Khaled’s “Wild Ideas,” jumped on Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty,” and – most not too long ago – teamed with PARTYNEXTDOOR for “Consider It.” It’s potential that Kendrick, PND, and Bryson might lend their vocals to R9. At this level, it’s unsure.
“I’m going to be within the studio. I’m so excited, truly. I can’t say who I’m working with, however it’s any individual I’ve been desirous to work with him for a very long time,” she informed The Cut in 2020. “Okay, I’ll let you know. [It’s] Pharrell [Williams].”
RiRi additionally stated who wasn’t going to be on the album: her longtime collaborator and on-again/off-again fling, Drake. When The New York Instances requested if she was going to collaborate with him once more, she stated, “Not anytime quickly, I don’t see it occurring. Not on this album, that’s for certain.” She additionally shot down rumors of Woman Gaga being on the album (“It’s not within the books proper now, however I’m not in opposition to it.”)
What Songs Are Going To Be On Rihanna’s New Album?
Like all the things else with the album, as of Might 2021, we don’t know. Rihanna did shed some gentle on the vibes she hopes these new songs will carry.
“Now it’s extra what do I really feel, personally? What do I need to put out as an artist? How do I need to play it with my artwork?” she stated in an October 2020 interview with the Associated Press. “How do I need to interpret that, reimagine that? As a result of it’s been so structured earlier than. You do pop, you do that style, you do this, you do radio, you do who’s following you and your followers. However now, it’s similar to – what makes me blissful? I simply need to have enjoyable with music.”
“All the things is so heavy,” she continued. “The world that we reside in, quite a bit is overwhelming—each single day. And music, I’m utilizing that as my outlet. I simply need to have enjoyable with that.”
“He that may have persistence can have what he’ll,” goes a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Which means, if you’d like R9, you bought to attend for it. It’s coming – probably this yr – and as one other maligned proverb goes, “Good issues come to those that wait.”