Get ready, Rihanna fans, for 2019 is the year Robyn Fenty will drop her ninth studio album. Yep, three years since 2016’s ANTI, everyone’s favorite bad gal is back in the studio and gearing up to release a collection of tracks that will — let’s just say in blind faith — be stacked with bangers.
The 30-year-old artist has been teasing new music for some time, but as she told chat show host Graham Norton last summer, we’ll have to wait patiently for the juicier details. Her most recent teaser showed a glitter-filtered RiRi at work in the studio, along with a two-second melody that already has fans believing she’s coming to save 2019. Check it out below.
In preparation for the drop, we have gathered all the information we can find about the album that has been temporarily dubbed R9, from the release date to potential collaborations and album artwork. So keep scrolling for everything you need to know about Rihanna’s new album.
Rihanna’s new album release date
Thanks to a comment penned by Rihanna herself, we know for sure that the new album will drop at some point in 2019. A specific release date, however, is yet to be announced.
On March 12, Rihanna’s best friend and project manager Jennifer Rosales reposted a photo originally shared by Rihanna, depicting her child with the caption “When tia @badgalriri gives you the first listen 😎. #newmusic.” This could suggest that we’re getting closer to hearing new Rihanna music.
As NME pointed out on February 21, many RihRih fans have noticed that leaked tour dates have popped up in Google searches, the first date appearing being Portland, Maine on April 12, 2019. The tour dates, which have not been confirmed by Rihanna, suggest to many that the release date for her ninth album might happen before Rihanna’s first reported live appearance of the year.
Rihanna’s new album tracklist
No tracklist for Rihanna’s R9 has been revealed as of yet, but based on previous albums, it’s probably safe to assume that we can expect between 10 and 14 new tracks.
Rihanna’s new album cover art
Currently, we know nothing about the artwork Rihanna has selected for R9. The ANTI cover, which was designed by Israeli artist Roy Nachum, is her favorite to date, so perhaps we can expect something equally as conceptual on the next album.
Rihanna’s new album guest appearances
In an interview with Vogue in May 2018, Rihanna revealed that she had plans to work on a reggae album, which could be what R9 is. Based on that statement, Vogue speculated that she could be working with Supa Dups, a producer who has worked with genre icons including Beenie Man, Sean Paul, and Elephant Man.
At the moment, all potential album guest appearances are pure speculation, but if previous collabs are anything to go by, we could see inclusions from Pharrell Williams (“Lemon”), Kendrick Lamar (“Loyalty”), DJ Khaled (“Wild Thoughts”), Calvin Harris (“This Is What You Came For”), or Future (“Selfish”).