Is Rihanna Still Releasing New Music Even Though She’s Taking a Much-Needed Break From Work?

In order for Rihanna to continue being the boss babe she is, the singer needs to take a break every now and again.

The 31-year-old recently took to Instagram to announce the she is taking some time away from her very busy career to find some “balance,” in her life.

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While many are happy that the Fenty Beauty mogul is taking some time to herself, other people really want to know whether or not she’s still planning to release new music?

People really want to know that status of Rihanna’s upcoming album

We all need a break every once in a while but Rihanna needs a lot more than that after the year she’s had.

On November 13, the singer posted a selfie on Instagram, explaining in the caption that 2019 had been an incredibly busy year for her.

Although RiRi has been ultra successful growing her multi-millionaire dollar empire this year alone, she’s realized that being a mogul has made her neglect personal relationships in recent months.

“To all my friends/family/coworkers who I have yet to get back to in the past months…please forgive me,” the singer wrote. “This year has been quite an overwhelming one, and I’m working on that ish called Balance. brb.”

While many fans are applauding the “Diamond” singer for giving herself a much-needed breather from work, others took to the comments to hound her about her new album.

After sharing her post, RiRi’s stylist and Fenty’s junior creative director, Jahleel Weaver, decided to poke fun at the frequent questions she receives about the status of her upcoming ninth studio album.

“Where’s the album, heaux?!!!” Weaver commented, which the singer replied back to with, “I don’t need this kinda negativity in my life!” She then let Weaver know that he was officially “BLOCKT.”

Is Rihanna going to release new music this year?

Although Weaver was just joking around, this isn’t the first time the singer has come across people asking her about new music.

The last time fans heard new material from the singer was back in 2016 when she released her studio album, ANTI.

Ever since then, many fans have been patiently waiting for RiRi to grace the world with some new tracks.

Though many of us weren’t expected new music from the singer for at least another year or two, Rihanna revealed in 2018 that new material was, in fact, coming.

“I’m doing music. Simultaneously doing lingerie, makeup, film, amongst a couple other things that I enjoy,” she replied to a fan on Instagram who asked where the new music was. “When the music is ready, you won’t have to ask for it. But it’s coming. Just not today sis. I’m hype too tho, it can’t come soon enough.”

A few months later, Rihanna revealed to fans on Instagram that her ninth studio album, or R9 as many people refer to it as, was going to drop in 2019.

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While this obviously put fans into a frenzy at first, it now seems less and less likely that this album is going to be released this year.

Although there is a possibility it could happen, we can easily assume that RiRi is putting off releasing her new album until the entire thing is perfect.

Maybe the reason’s she’s taking a break is to focus solely on her music away from all distractions?

Whether or not this is the case, Rihanna will release new material when she is good and ready — and we already know that it’ll be worth the wait.