Could work on album number eight be complete?
Rihanna has hinted that she has finished work on new album ‘Anti’.
A protracted release has plagued Rihanna’s eighth studio album but a tweet she sent this afternoon (January 25) appears to suggest that the record is done and can be listened to.
“listening to ‘Anti'” she tweeted alongside a picture of herself wearing a crown and bejwelled headphones.
Speculation about ‘Anti’s release date reached a new high late last year when Rihanna 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 in 2015, as was ‘FourFiveSeconds’, a collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
Speaking to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 in December, Sia let slip that she had recently played Rihanna a collection of songs she had written with the view to them making it onto ‘Anti’.
“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 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 in September, 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 in the 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)