Rihanna reveals details about upcoming album

Fans can look forward to a reggae-infused album

18 October 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Rihanna would never quit music for good because it is the foundation on which the rest of her endeavours flourish. The 31-year-old star hasn't released an album since 2016's Anti but has embarked on a number of acting projects and seen her lifestyle empire explode, but she insisted they don't mean she'll give up singing as her music is the foundation on which the rest of her endeavours flourish. Asked if she'd ever quit music, she said: “Music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. “It's the weird language that connects me to them. Me the designer, me the woman who creates makeup and lingerie it all started with music. It was my first pen pal-ship to the world. To cut that off is to cut my communication off. All of these other things flourish on top of that foundation.” But the Diamonds hit-maker admitted her other commitments have stopped her from focusing on her music as much as she'd like. She told America's Vogue magazine that she has been trying to get back into the studio. “It's not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before. I know I have some very unhappy fans who don't understand the inside bits of how it works.” However, Rihanna knows she wants the album to be reggae-infused.

She would like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album. It's not going to be typical of what you know as reggae. But you're going to feel the elements in all of the tracks. “Reggae always feels right to me. It's in my blood. It doesn't matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It's always the same high. Even though I've explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven't really honed in on completely for a body of work.” While her ninth album doesn't yet have a release date, the Umbrella hit-maker is already in the discovery stage for the follow-up. She said: “We always went into the music this time around saying that we were going to do two different pieces of art. “One was going to be inspired by the music that I grew up listening to. And one was going to be the evolution of where I'm going next with music.”