Rihanna's Ninth Album: Release Date, Tracklist & Everything You Need To Know
9 August 2018, 15:50
The #R9 era is coming.
It's hard to believe it's been over a year since Rihanna fans began rejoicing in the glory that was the 'ANTI' era.
Despite not releasing any solo material in 2017, Bad Gal has been slaying the fashion and beauty industries, as well as supporting her many philanthropic causes and featuring on a number of chart-topping singles.
Nevertheless, The Navy is always anticipating new material - as are the rest of the world - and are ready for the #R9 era to begin.
Here’s everything we know about #R9 so far.
What is it called?
While the official title of Rihanna's ninth studio album is currently unknown, fans have been affectionally calling it 'R9' since the release of her previous album, 'ANTI'.
When will it be released?
No release date has been confirmed for #R9. Between 2005 and 2012, Rihanna released an album a year (excluding 2008), and left four years after that before releasing 2016's 'ANTI'. Could she return to her old pattern of year-on-year drops? Or wait another four years to release new material?
In April 2018, reports surfaced that RiRi is currently working on not just one album, but two - one full of "chart-friendly songs", and another comprised of "moody and experimental tracks" - and may release them as a double-disc album.
On 15th June 2018, during an interview on The Graham Norton Show with her Ocean's 8 castmates, Rihanna revealed that she is currently working on new music. "I am actually in the studio at the moment,” she said. When Norton asked her if the album was coming in time for Christmas, she replied "You’ll just have to wait and see."
What songs are going to be on there?
No tracklist has been confirmed yet.
In her June 2018 cover interview for Vogue magazine, Rihanna confirmed that her ninth album will be a reggae album. The record may be influenced by Jamaican-born producer Supa Dups who has worked with the likes of Beenie Man, Sean Paul, and Elephant Man.
According to Breathe Heavy, the star allegedly registered two new songs on ASCAP titled 'Phatty' - a reggae influenced song - and 'Only One Who Knows' at the end of 2017.
'Phatty' was reportedly penned by Rihanna and reggae artist Buju Banton - Ri is a big fan and even filmed a Snapchat of herself listening to his music earlier this year. Furthermore, Ri was spotted heading to a recording studio in New York wearing a shirt with Banton’s face on the front - so fans think this collab is a strong possibility.
Earlier this year, a song called 'Louvre' was allegedly listed as a new single, but the report was later rubbished by Ri herself.
Who features on it?
During the course of 2017, Rihanna appeared alongside the likes of Pharrell ('Lemon'), Kendrick Lamar ('LOYALTY'), DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller ('Wild Thoughts'), Calvin Harris ('This Is What You Came For') and Future ('Selfish'). These - and more of her frequent collaborators - are hotly tipped to be working closely with Ri on her new album.
Writing camps are reportedly underway for the Bajan beauty's new album, with artists including Chase & Status, Raye and Diplo all vying for a spot on #R9. Despite recently revealing that Rihanna turned down his music, Diplo let the news slip during an interview with iHeartRadio.
On the topic of Rihanna, he said: "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."
The songstress has been spotted leaving recording studios in London, New York City and Paris since the release of 'ANTI'.
Singer H.E.R has revealed that she is working on "secret projects" with Rihanna.
In June 2018, rumours surfaced that Cardi B could potentially feature on Rihanna's lead single for her ninth album. Fans on Twitter have allegedly claimed that a radio station in Dallas, TX, says the collaboration will drop in August.
Rumor has it that Cardi B will be featured on Rihanna's upcoming lead single! Lets hope it's true!— (Ch)ART Craze (@ChartCraze) 20 June 2018
What does the artwork look like?
No artwork has been revealed for #R9 yet.
When does Rihanna's tour start?
No tour dates have been confirmed. Ri's last tour - The Anti World Tour- ran from March 2016 to November 2016, and included 75 shows across dates in North America, Europe and Asia. The starlet wrapped up the European leg of the tour in the UK over two dates at V Festival 2016.