Last year came and went without a new Rihanna album, and though she told Vogue in March that she was “very aggressively working on music,” R9 has yet to receive a release date. Thankfully, her latest comments confirm that the wildly anticipated album won’t disappoint — when RiRi deems us ready to receive it, that is.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Rihanna gave an update of sorts. “I am always working on music and when I am ready to put it out in the way that I feel fit, it’s gonna come out. And you’re not going to be disappointed when it happens. It’s going to be worth it.”
That might be welcome news for some, but not for her army of stans. The Navy has waited four long years since 2016’s ANTI. All the while, Rihanna has taken great pleasure in teasing the project, dubbed R9.
While her comments indicate that the project is close to ready, it wasn’t the release date announcement fans were hoping for. And to be fair, she’s been teasing R9 since 2018, occasionally suggesting that the album is complete and that the drop is imminent, while at other times it seems as though she’s still hard at work.
No tracklist has been revealed as of yet, but based on Rihanna’s previous albums, it’s probably safe to assume that we can expect between 10 and 14 new tracks.