There’s no doubt that Rihanna has been on fire in the past few years. From launching a fashion, underwear, and makeup line to doing philanthropic work, Bad Gal has a busy schedule. She keeps her fans on point with her Fenty Puma apparel line and Savage x Fenty undies. Her highly-diverse makeup range is a real highlight in the world of beauty. Rihanna herself is a fashion and beauty maven that serves major #inspo everywhere she goes. It seems that just one thing is missing: her music.
Fans have been eagerly waiting for years for the singer to drop new songs. After releasing her double-platinum album ANTI in 2016, we haven’t heard anything from Bad Gal RiRi. She has accepted a few collaborations with other artists but hasn’t released her own songs.
It turns out that 2019 is already a total game-changer! The Bajan beauty is set to release her new R9 album soon! Funny enough, R9 is the unofficial name of the new album. Fans came up with the name hoping that Rihanna will drop the new material ASAP. The good news: her album is reportedly ready to come out!
Rihanna really likes to keep us in the dark with very few information available about the new songs. However, she has hinted that it will have a heavier dancehall and reggae influence like some of her previous songs. Her ultra-popular songs “Rude Boy” and “Work” have a dancehall vibe, so expect to hear more of that sound in the upcoming album. Rihanna explained that she wants to honor her Carribean roots with the upcoming music release.
"Every artist, every producer, every songwriter in Jamaica or of Jamaican descent has been working on[Rihanna’s album] and has little snippets of publishing or production credits on it," a source has also confirmed the reggae vibe of the album.
Moreover, the singer confirmed that the album is dropping sometime in 2019. Oh, come on, when RiRi? Tell us already!
Okay, she is definitely on it judging by that video of her in the studio cooking some new music. However, when fans started to brag about Rihanna’s finished R9 album, she responded in the comments on Twitter:
“It ain’t done til it’s done sis.”
A moment of silence.
Why it takes so long? Sources claim that Bad Gal RiRi is about to bless us with two albums at once! One it will be focused on “chart-friendly” songs while the other will be more moody and experimental.
Even if it’s not 100% finished, the new album must be dropping very soon. Namely, her producer The Dream confirmed to US radio station Hot 97 that Rihanna is almost ready to release fresh material.
"She's cooking, she's about done. She's about done. Super close," the producer revealed during the interview that aired at the end of January 2019.
One thing is for sure: #R9 era is about to happen in a matter of days or months. You better get your comfiest dance shoes ready because Bad Gal’s beats will undoubtedly set you on fire!