Rihanna R9 Album: Release Date, Songs And Everything The Star Has Said About New Music

9 October 2019, 16:45 | Updated: 9 October 2019, 17:11

Rihanna's New Album Is On The Way
Rihanna's New Album Is On The Way. Picture: Getty

Rihanna said in her Vogue interview her R9 release date is "pending".

Rihanna's last album was 'ANTI' all the way back in 2016, so we kinda deserve a brand new album from RiRi, right?

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The 'Work' star has teased brand new music for a while now and it appears she's going to be dropping a brand new album on us very soon.

And following her recent sit-down with Vogue, the publication confirmed that weeks after their chat one Robyn R. Fenty registered a new song called 'Private Loving' to the music-rights organisation BMI.

Here are all the details on RiRi's new music...

What is the title of Rihanna's new album?

At the moment, Rihanna hasn't revealed the name of her brand new album, but social media has been referring to the project as #R9 as it's going to be Rihanna's ninth studio album.

As fans have referred to it as R9 for so long, the singer is now struggling to think of a more fitting name. In an interview with the New York Times she said: "So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy. I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this 'R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?' How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?"

What's the release date for Rihanna's new album?

We know that Rihanna has been in the studio at various points across the past year, but so far she hasn't confirmed a release date for R9.

Ever since she released her album 'Rated R', Rihanna has mainly released her albums in November, although 'ANTI' was released in January, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that she drops her new album over the next few months.

In her interview with Vogue for their November issue, Rihanna was quizzed about her next album's release date and she admitted she feared the Navy's reaction after being asked the question.

After grimacing at the question, Rihanna told the journalist: "No, oh my God, they’re gonna kill you for that! And they’re going to kill me more! I’m talking the Navy—my scary fans... But they’ve earned it – They got me here.”

And when she was quizzed by Anna Wintour herself on the release date, she simply said: "Pending" before pretending to hide from the Navy.

Are there any collabs on Rihanna's new album?

When we caught up with Raye over the summer, she confirmed she'd been writing songs for Rihanna's new album, but couldn't confirm whether she'd be making an appearance on the final release.

Rihanna did confirm she's been working with Lil Nas X but she wouldn't let slip what it specifically was, teasing it may not even be music related.

She told Vogue: "It may not even be with music".

Other rumoured collaborators on the album include Cardi B, long-time collaborator Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky and Diplo, who told iHeartRadio, “We talked a little bit because she’s writing a lot of new music right now for her next project and, hopefully, we can connect.”

Rihanna has kept a low-key profile in recent months
Rihanna has kept a low-key profile in recent months. Picture: Getty

Is Rihanna making a 10th album already?

Last year, a theory emerged that suggested Rihanna's new album could actually be a double album and if we're being completely honest, that news got us seriously excited.

Speaking to Metro, one source claimed, “Rihanna wasn’t happy with how her last album performed – even though she loved how it turned out, she knows she needs a new project full of smash hits to avoid two back-to-back flops."

They added: "She’s currently recording two albums – one full of chart-friendly songs, and another made up of moody and experimental tracks – and is considering releasing a double disc if she feels the songs won’t mesh well on the same album.”

However, the story could have come from the fact Rihanna is actually already planning a tenth album.

During her interview with Vogue for their November issue, RiRi said: "We always went into the music this time around saying that we were going to do two different pieces of art.

"One was gonna be inspired by the music that I grew up listening to. And one was gonna be the evolution of where I’m going next with music.”

Will Rihanna's new album be a Reggae album?

Rihanna has also confirmed a Reggae album is in the works on numerous occasions, explaining to Vogue: "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."

Asked why she chose reggae to be the base of her album, the 31 year old added: "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.”

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