- Rihanna said she might release new music in the near future!
- Her eighth album, Anti, just hit five entire years on the Billboard 200, making Rihanna the first Black female artist to achieve that feat, and she marked the milestone on Instagram.
- When a commenter suggested she celebrate by releasing new music, she replied, "I think I should," adding the "soon" emoji.
2021 might just be the Navy's year: Rihanna said she's thinking about releasing a new single, five years after the release of her eighth studio album, Anti. Said album just hit an incredible new milestone, which Rihanna celebrated on Twitter—and in the comments, she suggested that new music could be on the way.
Anti has now spent five whole years on the Billboard 200 album chart, as Twitter's @chartdata reported earlier this week (opens in new tab), making Rihanna the first Black female artist to achieve that feat. To celebrate, Rihanna shared a video on Instagram, comprising iconic clips from the Anti era. "grateful to the most High for putting die hard supporters in my circle," she captioned the post, hashtagging #Anti and #WomensHistoryMonth. "congrats to everyone that contributed to this era, thank you team."
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In the comments, one fan responded, "celebrate by releasing a song !!" And Rihanna sent stan hearts across the globe into ecstasy with her response: "I think I should," she wrote, adding the "soon" emoji. It's likely to be a single rather than an album, she clarified, writing in a subsequent comment, "just 1 tho lol." One is just fine, Rihanna! We will take it and take it gladly!
Rihanna's been ever so slightly busy in the years since releasing Anti, creating lingerie line Savage X Fenty, and makeup range Fenty Beauty, and luxury maison Fenty, and skincare line Fenty Skin, and, reportedly, upcoming haircare line Fenty Hair (opens in new tab). But somehow, she's found time to work on new music too, telling the Associated Press last October that she's held "tons of writing camps" to develop a new album (opens in new tab).
"You do pop, you did this genre, you do that, you do radio, but now it’s just like, what makes me happy? I just want to have fun with music," she shared. "Everything is so heavy. The world that we live in is a lot. It’s overwhelming every single day. And with the music, I’m using that as my outlet."
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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