Rihanna has confirmed that she’s in the studio working on a new album.
The pop star appeared on The Graham Norton Show last night (June 15) to promote Ocean’s 8. She was joined by fellow co-stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter.
During the interview, the singer said that the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Anti‘ is currently being recorded. “I am actually in the studio at the moment,” she told Norton. When questioned whether the new LP could be out by Christmas, Rihanna asked how much a fan had paid the host, before teasing: “You’ll just have to wait and see.”
Last month, it was revealed that the ‘Umbrella’ icon’s next record would be reggae-influenced. New material is said to have been inspired by Bob Marley and the influential record producer Supa Dups. “She plans to make a reggae album,” said Vogue writer Chioma Nnandi during Rihanna’s cover feature.
The singer recently responded to a fan’s plea for an update on her next release. “She coming sis!” she said.
It was also reported that Rihanna is working on a double album this time around, having been let down by the response to ‘Anti’.
“Rihanna wasn’t happy with how her last album performed – even though she loved how it turned out, she knows she needs a new project full of smash hits to avoid two back-to-back flops, a source told Metro.
“She’s currently recording two albums – one full of chart-friendly songs, and another made up of moody and experimental tracks – and is considering releasing a double disc if she feels the songs won’t mesh well on the same album.”