You could say that Rihanna fans have become impatient in anticipation of her ninth studio album, while really getting past the point of impatience – and with good reason.
The Grammy winner has not released an album since January 2016, when she dropped her magnum opus, Anti, including the blockbuster singles “Work” with Drake, “Need me”, “Kiss It Better” and “Love on the Brain”. She’s been teasing and teasing and teasing her next project ever since, but other companies – namely her multimillion-dollar Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin brands – have delayed the process.
# R9, as fans temporarily called the album, has been in the making for at least two years. Rihanna first confirmed that she was ‘in the studio and working on new music’ in June 2018 as she came up The Graham Norton Show. Even then, she remained Mom about the details and teased, “You’ll just have to wait.”
When asked for an update 15 months later, the Barbadian resident was equally tight-nosed. “Well, of course I am a confident woman, so whatever I do, I will be sure – be it album, perfume, lingerie, makeup or fashion,” she said. Entertainment tonight in September 2019. “You have to wait, Navy. I’m very sorry.”
That said, not everything about the album was top secret. Rihanna confirmed it was inspired by her reggae and dancehall roots, and Pharrel Williams and The dream are on the shortlist of producers who help her bring everything together. As for the release date, well, even RiRi has no idea.
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