Bajan pop-star took four songs from Sia earlier this month
Fans have been speculating that the singer may release new album ‘Anti’ this month (December) after she launched a new website for the record in mid-November. Speculation suggested that the album would be streamed on Tidal with a wider release planned for December 4. However, that failed to materialise.
Rumours have been rife about the singer’s forthcoming album, with singles ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ and ‘American Oxygen’ both released earlier this year, as was ‘FourFiveSeconds’, a collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
Speaking to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 this weekend, Sia let slip that she recently played Rihanna a collection of songs she has written with the view to them making it onto ‘Anti’.
“The other night she came over and listened to half of 25 songs I played her because she’s still looking for songs for her new album,” Sia told Whiley. Sia wrote Rihanna’s 2012 single ‘Diamonds’ and recently revealed that she offered her own song ‘Alive’ to her only to see it rejected.
“She was there to listen to songs and see if there was anything that she was into,” Sia added. “It was a business meeting for sure. She took four [songs] but I don’t know if they’ll end up [on the album].”
Rihanna recently pulled out of a schduled live date as she worked on finishing the album. She decided against performing at the recent Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and was replaced on the bill by Ellie Goulding.
Rihanna officially launched her eighth studio album in September at an exclusive gallery party in LA, during which both the ‘Anti’ title and the accompanying artwork were revealed.
Speaking to NME earlier this year, Rihanna revealed that she has not finished work on her new album but promised she will deliver “something great” for fans eager to hear new music.
Asked for a status update on the album fans had dubbed ‘R8’ in the absence of any concrete information. “It’s not done!” she said. “To me, it’s never done until it’s done. Until the final moment.”
Despite not having a release date for her new album, Rihanna will tour the UK next summer.
The Weeknd and Big Sean will support Rihanna on all European dates on the Antiworld Tour, which makes it to Britain in June.
The UK and Ireland tour dates for 2016 are as follows:
Ricoh Arena, Coventry (June 14)
The Principality Stadium, Cardiff (June 16)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland (June 18)
Aviva Stadium, Dublin (June 21)
Wembley Stadium, London (June 24)
Hampden Park, Glasgow (June 27)
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester (June 29)