Rihanna has revealed that she’s working on a reggae album in a new interview.
The star fronts the new issue of Vogue. In the accompanying feature, writer Chioma Nnandi says that the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Anti’ will be influenced by Bob Marley and the influential record producer Supa Dups; best known for his work with Beenie Man and Sean Paul. “She plans to make a reggae album,” Nnandi states in the feature.
The update comes after the Barbadian artist assured fans that new music was on the way earlier this week. “She coming sis!” the singer told a fan when they asked about the whereabouts of new material. A source close to Rihanna also claimed that there could well be two new albums on the way.
Elsewhere in the Vogue feature, Rihanna details her favourite Bob Marley songs, saying “I’m gonna sound like a real tourist when I tell you my top Bob songs; ‘Three Little Birds,’ ‘No Woman, No Cry,’ and ‘Redemption Song.'”
She also speaks about her relationship with previous collaborator Drake (“We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either,” Rihanna says, “it is what it is.”) and discusses her growing Fenty business empire. Talking about her make-up range – which covers a full spectrum of 40 skin shades – she says that she’s taken aback by the way that Fenty Beauty shook up an industry that often caters almost exclusively to white women. ““As a black woman, I could not live with myself if I didn’t do that,” she explains. “What I didn’t anticipate was the way people would get emotional about finding their complexion on the shelf, that this would be a groundbreaking moment.”’
Asked about the pressure she feels being labelled a role-model, meanwhile, the mega icon was equally candid. “That title was put on me when I was just finding my way, making mistakes in front of the world,” she tells Nnandi. “I didn’t think it was fair. Now I understand the concept, but at that time I was the same age as the girls who were looking up to me. And that’s a really hard place to be in as a teenager.”