Is Rihanna Releasing a New Album Soon? This Major Clue Suggests She’s Up to Something
If you’re a Rihanna fan, you know there’s a bit of a music drought going on at the moment.
It’s been more than three years since Rihanna released new music and nearly a year since the Barbados-born singer promised that a follow-up to 2016’s Anti was on its way. As you can imagine, fans are growing increasingly impatient for new tunes — but don’t lose faith, RiRi fans.
The “Love on the Brain” singer made a move on social media that suggests that she might be preparing to drop an album any moment now.
Rihanna reportedly followed Spotify on social media
On July 29, a Twitter account named “Fenty Stats” pointed out that Rihanna followed Spotify on Instagram. The account also noted out that she unfollowed Tidal, the streaming service owned by her mentor, JAY-Z.
As fans started freaking out over the move, Spotify decided to shake things up, posting a photo of the singer alongside a caption that read, “Hi [Rihanna].” It also posted a photo of her song, “Where Have You Been,” asking a question that has been on fans’ minds for the past three years.
“What is happening?” one person wondered in the comments. “She is coming,” commented another.
What has Rihanna said about her album?
In December of 2018, the “Needed Me” crooner announced that her ninth studio album would hit stores in 2019. The album will reportedly be reggae-inspired.
“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.
Later, in January 2019, songwriter and producer The-Dream said the long-awaited project was just “about done.”
“She’s cooking. … She’s about done. Super close,” he told Hot 97, according to Billboard.
Rihanna has been trolling fans about the album
Now that the year is coming to a close and there’s still no album, fans have been reaching out to the singer on social media regarding a potential release date. But instead of providing a definitive answer, she’s chosen to troll them.
On July 11, for example, she took to Instagram and Twitter to post the caption:
Me: Album coming in 2019
Navy in July:
She added a video clip from Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, in which Karlie Redd tearfully declares, “It was all a lie.”
The Navy felt thoroughly called out. One person commented, “i can’t believe i stan a liar,” to which the singer replied with a series of laughing emojis.
Why is it taking so long?
Well, Rihanna is a busy woman. Not only does she have a music career, but she’s also balancing acting gigs, a makeup business, fashion ventures, and her personal life, which includes a relationship with Saudi Arabian businessman Hassan Jameel.
She elaborated on why the album is taking so long in a June cover story with Interview magazine.
“I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out,” she explained. “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,” she said.
So it makes sense that the album hasn’t arrived yet. But she made it clear that she’s committed to releasing it.
“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,” she continued.
With any luck, the album will come soon. But for now — Alexa, play Anti.