Get ready for the next soundtrack to your summer, as Rihanna just confirmed that new music is on the way!
The Work singer finally addressed all of the speculation around her forthcoming studio album in an interview with T: The NYTimes Style Magazine published on Sunday.
In candid conversation, the songstress opened up at length about her upcoming high-end fashion line called Fenty, with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group.
But naturally, fans were all ears when the conversation shifted to the rumors of a new reggae album in the works.
When asked flat out if the rumor was true, the 31-year-old simply replied, “yeah.”
This is a far nicer reply than one a fan received after pestering the Fenty Beauty owner for new music at a make up event late last year, LOLz… but back to the interview!
The multi-hyphenate artist continued, revealing she’s working hard on her next project, though it still doesn’t have an exact release date yet (womp!). Rihanna added she might already have a name for it though, as members of her Navy fanbase can’t seem to let go of one title in particular:
“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?”
Rih went on to debunk a few other rumors floating around the Internet that hinted at a possible collaboration with Mother Monster herself, Lady GaGa.
When asked how that theory came up in the first place, she replied:
“Maybe because she followed me on Instagram. It’s not in the books right now, but I’m not against it.”
Ahh! Did you catch that last part, Perezcious readers?
Not against it doesn’t sound like much of an enthusiastic answer… but it’s also not a straight up “no, never” either! Considering the island vibe she’s going for, it makes sense why Gaga would be absent from this particular project.
But would you be down for a track with these two, knock-out female talents in the future? We certainly would!
On that note though, the beauty business mogul did let us know there’s one artist we shouldn’t expect to hear on R9: Drake.
The ANTI singer made it clear she won’t be hopping on a track with her ex anytime soon, adding:
“Not anytime soon, I don’t see it happening. Not on this album, that’s for sure.”
We can’t say we’re surprised there!
But seriously, between dominating the fashion and beauty industries AND creating new music for the masses, the woman is booked, busy, and living her best life. Go girl!
Thoughts, Perezcious readers? Are YOU excited for new music from Rihanna? Intrigued by the reggae vibes or longing for those old chart-topping pop hits?
Sound off in the comments below!
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