This Is the Reason Why People Think Rihanna Has a New Song Out

For Rihanna‘s fans, the release of new music seems like a distance memory. Almost four years since the release of her album, ANTI, the Navy is yearning for some new tunes.

Because of a recent co-sign, some folks seem to have mistakenly thought that Rihanna is on the new track, “Best on Earth,” from Russ and BIA.

RIhanna at AFI Fest 2019
Rihanna at AFI Fest 2019 | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Who are Russ and BIA?

Russ and BIA, 27 and 28 respectively, are American recording artists who both sing and rap. Russ, whose real name is Russell Vitale, is perhaps best known for his 2015 single, “What They Want,” which reached No. 83 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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BIA, whose real name is Bianca Landreau, is of Puerto Rican descent. She was discovered on YouTube and was signed by Pharrell. BIA starred on Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip Hop from 2014-2015. In her career thus far, she’s worked with J Balvin, Rich the Kid, Vince Staples, and more. She was the opening act for one leg of Ariana Grande‘s Dangerous Woman Tour.

BIA is the featured artist on Russ’s latest song, “Best on Earth,” which was released in October.

Why would people think Rihanna is featured on ‘Best on Earth’?

There are two major reasons why fans think that Rihanna is the featured artist on “Best on Earth” instead of BIA.

For one, Russ name-drops Rihanna on the song during one of his verses.

I might have to fly her out to Mykonos
Or maybe to Japan so I can hit her like I’m Ichiro
She knows what the f**k is up, I don’t gotta dumb it down
Tatted like Rihanna, p**sy singing like it’s ‘Run The Town

Then, after the song dropped, Rihanna gave a shoutout to Russ and BIA on social media. She wrote, “thank you @bia and @russ for my new fav song #BestOnEarth.”

For folks who were not privy to the song before (or didn’t read the caption), they may think that Rihanna is the second vocalist on the track as BIA’s style and voice on the song are similar to Rihanna’s signature sing-speak.

What fans are saying about ‘Best on Earth’

If you somehow thought BIA was actually Rihanna on the song, you aren’t alone. People on social media have been open about their mistake.

“I thought Russ + Bia was Russ + Rihanna. still into it though,” tweeted one person.

Someone else tweeted, “I thought Rihanna had that song with Russ? That was someone else?? BIA? Woooooow.”

“Bia sounds like Rihanna on the Best on Earth song. The first time I heard it I got so exited [sic] thinking my girl made new music. maybe it’s just me lol,” added another.

One fan even said, “Why no one actually talk about the fact that Rihanna actually didn’t make new music. BIA just sounds like her. I got played so hard. but what’s sad is I keep listening to the song imagining Rihanna is actually rappin. I’m desperate desperate.”

With all these comparisons, maybe BIA and Rihanna will have a collaboration soon!