Are we getting a new Rihanna album soon? While we may not be sure about the answer to that question, we are quite sure about the status of the Barbadian singer’s long-awaited album R9.
Rihanna on Sunday hinted at the status of her upcoming album. On her Instagram page, she teased her fans by posting a hilarious video of a dog bobbing its head to the song “Jump Around” by House of Pain.
She captioned the post: “update: me listening to R9 by myself and refusing to release it.”
R9 is what Rihanna and fans are calling her upcoming album. The term is a reference to the fact that the project will be her ninth studio album. In October 2018, Rihanna referred to the new music as R9 when she joked about her fans dedication and demand for new music in an Instagram post. In the humorous post, she used a picture of her with eager fans at a Fenty Beauty launch overlaid with a meme-like graphic with text that reads: “When your fans keep asking you for new music.” In the caption to the post, she called the pressures she faced over the new album, the “R9 chronicles.”
Rihanna confirmed to Vogue in October 2019 that her new album is “reggae-inspired or reggae-infused,” noting that 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.”
2019 has been a very busy year for Rihanna, she launched a fashion line, Fenty Maison, with luxury giant LVMH—becoming the first woman to create an original brand for them and the first woman of colour to front one of their fashion houses. She expanded her Fenty Beauty empire; starred in the film Guava Island; hosted an inclusive fashion show for her Savage x Fenty lingerie line which she streamed for all her fans; and released a photo book titled The Rihanna Book.