Rihanna’s most recent album, ‘ANTI,’ was released in 2016, thus RiRi owes us new music and a new album, right?
The ‘Work’ actress, who welcomed her first child with boyfriend A$AP Rocky in May of last year, eventually released her first song in six years with ‘Lift Me Up’ for the Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, swiftly followed by ‘Born Again’, and fans are now wishing for a new album more than ever.
Following her interview with Vogue, the outlet reported that Robyn R. Fenty registered a new song titled “Private Loving” with the music-rights organisation BMI few weeks later.
Here are all the specifics regarding Rihanna’s upcoming album, from a possible release date to the track listing, as we’ve gathered all the hints over the years…
What Is the Title of Rihanna’s New Album?
Rihanna has not yet announced the title of her forthcoming album, but social media has been referring to it as #R9, as it will be her ninth studio album.
Since fans have referred to it as R9 for so long, the singer is now unable to come up with a more suitable moniker. She stated in an interview with the New York Times: “Thanks to the Navy, there has just been R9 so far. Because they have plagued me with “R9, R9, when will R9 be released?” I am likely to refer to it as such. How can I accept another name if this one is etched into my brain?”
What’s the Release Date for Rihanna’s New Album?
We know that Rihanna has spent time in the studio throughout the previous year, but she has not yet announced a release date for R9.
Since the release of ‘Rated R,’ Rihanna has typically published her albums around November, with the exception of ‘ANTI,’ which was released in January; therefore, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that she releases her new album in the coming months.
In her interview with Vogue for their November 2019 issue, Rihanna was asked about the release date of her forthcoming album, and she stated that she worried the Navy’s reaction.
After grimacing in response to the question, Rihanna warned the reporter: “No, my God, you’re going to die for that! And they will murder me even more! I’m speaking to the Navy, my frightful fans… However, they have earned it — they brought me here.”
And when asked by Anna Wintour herself about the release date, she merely said, “Pending” before feigning concealment from the Navy.
As a result of the confirmation that Rihanna would headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February 2023, fans are more certain than ever that the album is imminent, with some believing that new singles will be previewed during the performance.
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Which Songs Will Be on Rihanna’s New Album?
DeCarlo, whose actual name is Terrence Coles, has received approval for two songs he provided to Rihanna, and he is now offering a hint about what fans can expect from R9.
DeCarlo told Metro.co.uk, “As far as Rihanna is concerned, nothing is certain until it actually occurs, but I’ve been able to work on it.
Nobody knows when she will release it or what songs she has recorded over the past few years. But working with a number of my industry-affiliated buddies and being able to make cool music was enjoyable. I believe it’s safe to say that Rihanna steers her own ship, and she will release music whenever she wishes.
DeCarlo revealed the songs he penned for the icon, adding, “It’s possible that two will make it, and hopefully so… Simply said, it’s all about love, the universal language… Clearly, it is about love and healing. Going through that experience in life, whether it be with family or friends, and attempting to mend the love inside each other.'”
Are There Any Collaborations on Rihanna’s New Album?
Raye confirmed that she had been creating songs for Rihanna’s upcoming album during our summer 2019 interview, but she was unable to say whether she will be featured on the final product.
Rihanna did admit that she had collaborated with Lil Nas X, but she remained tight-lipped about the nature of their collaboration, hinting that it may not even be music-related.
She told Vogue that it might not even involve music.
Other rumoured collaborators on the album include Cardi B, longtime collaborator Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky, and Diplo, who told iHeartRadio, “We spoke a bit because she’s currently writing a lot of new music for her forthcoming record, and hopefully we can connect.”
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Is Rihanna Making a 10th Album Already?
A few years back, a theory stated that Rihanna’s upcoming record could be a double album, which, if we’re being absolutely honest, got us really thrilled.
However, the rumour may have sprung from the fact that Rihanna is already planning her ninth studio album.
During an interview for the November issue of Vogue, RiRi stated: “We always introduced the music by stating that we were going to create two distinct works of art.
“One was going to be influenced by the music I grew up with. And one was going to be the progression of my future musical direction.”
Will Rihanna’s New Album Be a Reggae Album?
Rihanna has also stated multiple times that a Reggae album is in the works, stating to Vogue: “I prefer to consider it a reggae-influenced or reggae-infused album. It will not be typical of reggae as you know it. However, you will perceive the elements in each tune.”
Rihanna says her next album will be experimental.
“You’re not gonna expect what you hear. Just put that in your mind like whatever you know of Rihanna is not gonna be what you hear.” pic.twitter.com/49A6NqLY1Q
— Rap Alert (Backup) (@rapalert4) September 22, 2021
When asked why reggae was the foundation of her record, the 33-year-old responded: “Reggae always makes me feel good. It runs through my veins. No matter how distant or how long I am from the culture or setting in which I was raised, it never departs. It’s the same high every time. Even though I’ve experimented with different genres of music, I felt it was time to return to something I hadn’t fully focused on for a body of work.
The actress of Savage X Fenty recently claimed that her next project will feature an altogether different sound, telling the AP: “You will be surprised by what you hear. Consider this in your mind.
“What you know about Rihanna will not match what you hear. I am quite experimental. I’m having a good time, and it will be completely different.”