It’s been nearly four years since Rihanna released her last album, 2016’s Anti, and fans are desperate for more. While she previously said the project would come out in 2019, that no longer seems so likely. In a recent social media post, the “Needed Me” singer said that she is “refusing” to release her highly-anticipated ninth studio album.
Rihanna announced on Instagram in late 2018 that the project would come out in 2019. The album is heavily influenced by reggae — something Rihanna hasn’t really done since her earlier works.
“I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album,” she said in Vogue’s November 2019 issue. “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.”
Though it’s too soon to name a full list of collaborators, one early influence may be Supa Dups, the Jamaican-born record producer who has worked with such dancehall greats as Beenie Man, Sean Paul, and Elephant Man,” writer Chioma Nnandi said in Rihanna’s cover story for Vogue’s June 2018 issue.
In January 2019, songwriter and producer The-Dream said the long-awaited project was nearly finished.
“She’s cooking. … She’s about done. Super close,” he told Hot 97, according to Billboard.
But Rihanna hasn’t said much since then. Instead, she’s been busy building her portfolio as a businesswoman. She’s mostly focused her attention on her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, and her fashion brand, Fenty.