It has been almost three years since Rihanna dropped an album. The international singer has been collaborating on singles with stars but hasn’t released a music album since 2016’s Anti. Rihanna has been busy with her clothing and makeup but fans have been thirsty for her new album, which they have dubbed as R9. There were reports that RiRi fans could expect a new set of songs to be released this year. But the singer apologised a few weeks ago and asked fans to wait patiently. Rihanna has now shared a new update from her music front to confirm that she is releasing two new albums.
Featuring on the cover of Vogue’s November issue, Rihanna revealed she has been trying to get back to the studio and make some new music. The 31-year-old singer confessed she is doesn’t have the luxury of locking herself up and churn out music. However, she is working on the albums. She also revealed that the theme of her new songs.
“I have been trying to get back into the studio. It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before. I know I have some very unhappy fans who don’t understand the inside bits of how it works,” she said. “I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album. It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks,” she adds.
“Reggae always feels right to me. It’s in my blood. It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It’s always the same high. Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work,” she explains.
Asking if she would consider giving up music, Rihanna assured fans she would never give up music. “Music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. It’s the weird language that connects me to them. Me the designer, me the woman who creates makeup and lingerie — it all started with music. It was my first pen pal-ship to the world. To cut that off is to cut my communication off. All of these other things flourish on top of that foundation.”