Rihanna Hints With "Isis" & "Love Now" for Seventh LP

The title of Rihanna's seventh LP is becoming an elaborate top secret puzzle left for her fanbase to solve. So far, all clues point to "Isis."

It all started earlier this month when the French leg of Def Jam accidentally tweeted,"Nouvelle annonce ce jeudi a propos de Rihanna sur notre compte." Fans and media got on Google Translate and were quick to deduce that a new album was on the way, exactly a year following the release of Talk That Talk. (Since 2005's Music of the Sun, the singer has been releasing one album a year, with the exception of 2008 which saw her on the road promoting her most successful album to date, 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad.)

News of the Diamonds World Tour followed, and over the weekend Rihanna revealed backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that the new album's first single, dropping this Wednesday (Sept. 26), would also be titled "Diamonds." Things were slowly starting to connect.

The next piece of the puzzle came today when Rihanna announced a new website for the album, www.rihanna7.com, in a series of tweets. On the webpage, her "R" logo is made up of a collage of words believed to be song titles and lyrics off her next album. In addition to "Diamonds," some of the other graffiti includes "What's Love Without a Tragedy," "Just Want to Be Found," "Complete Woman," "I Want You to Stay," "Chapter 7" and lots of shout-outs to her fanbase aka Rihanna Navy. However two things stuck out, the words "Isis" and larger print "Love Now."

"Isis" appears twice and has been an obsession for the singer lately. "Isis" is known in Egyptian mythology as "The Female of the Throne." Wikipedia states the goddess was "worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patron of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, and she listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers."

Rihanna recently got a large tattoo inked across her lower chest of the ancient goddess and spread the news of her new tatt with a tweet that read: "Goddess Isis - Complete Woman - Model for future generations - #GRANGRANDOLLY - always in and on my heart." (#GRANGRANDOLLY being a shout out to her late grandmother Dolly who passed away this summer.)

Rihanna has also taken the "Isis" concept to the stage, both performing from a throne at the VMAs and riding in on a ship when she helped close the London Paralympics alongside Coldplay and Jay-Z.

We're just sayin' all this fuss about "Isis" would make sense when it comes to an album title for Rihanna's seventh studio album. And when you put into play, Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad street cred, revealing an album title by way of a subtle tattoo would be a first in the pop star world. But, then again, there are a million and one other possibilities too. A nod to her beloved fanbase i.e. "My Navy" is also long overdue.

The guessing game is fun. Give it a try. What do you think Rihanna's new album will be called?

From the Web

More on Vibe

Rick Kern/Getty Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Teyana Taylor Hints At Music Retirement, Says She Feels Underappreciated

Teyana Taylor is feeling underappreciated. Taylor hinted a possibly retiring from music in an Instagram post thanking fans for her music Spotify end-of-the year numbers.

The “Bare Wit Me” singer wracked up over 167 million Spotify streams, from 15.2 million listeners, across 92 countries. “I ain’t gone [sic] front in times of feeling super [underappreciated] as [an] artist, receiving little to no real push from the ‘machine,’ constantly getting the shorter end of the stick, being overlooked, I mean the list [goes] on and on lol,” she wrote on Friday (Dec. 4).

Taylor added that she’s “retiring this chapter of my story” with the comfort of knowing that she’s walking away with “peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!”

She went on to thank her day one supporters and new fans. “I love you and I thank you for everything & don’t worry y’all know all hustlers have the understanding that when one door closes another will open.”

This isn’t the first time that Taylor has aired out her frustrations with the music industry. She put the Grammys on blast last month for snubbing female R&B singers, and previously spoke out about the mishandling of the rollout of her debut album, K.T.S.E.

Taylor’s last studio project, The Album, was released in June.

Read her full Instagram post below.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Jimmy Neutch- Shumpert (@teyanataylor)

Continue Reading
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

Letitia Wright Responds To Backlash After Post Questioning COVID-19 Vaccine

After catching backlash for tweeting a YouTube video questioning the ingredients of a COVID-19 vaccine, Letitia Wright went back to social media on Friday (Dec. 4) to explain her reasoning.

“My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intension of posting this video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else,” wrote the Black Panther star.

my intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies.

Nothing else.

— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020

if you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself....you get cancelled 😂

— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020

The criticism started after Wright shared a video titled, COVID-19 Vaccine Should We Take It?, on Thursday (Dec. 3). As the post began circulating social media Wright tweeted, “If you don’t conform to popular opinions but ask questions and think for yourself…you get cancelled.”

Wright also liked a tweet reading “Cancel Black Panther 2 immediately,” and another tweet calling for her character to be recast.

Wright, 27,  isn’t alone in being skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines. According to a Pew Research survey conducted in September, only 32% of Black Americans surveyed said that they would take the vaccine. Some of the distrust dates stems from the 1932 Tuskegee Experiment where hundreds of Black men were unknowingly infected with syphilis.

The U.K. is expected to become one of the first countries to get Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. The region has received 800,000 doses and will begin mass vaccinations next week. A U.S. vaccine could be released by the end of  December.

Continue Reading
Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Ashanti And Keyshia Cole Sign On For Verzuz Battle

Season 2 of Verzuz is already off to a good start. Ashanti and Keyshia Cole are next in line for a Verzuz battle, it was confirmed on Friday (Dec. 4).

The R&B stars will go up against each other for a “celebration of women empowerment” next Saturday, Dec. 12. The “Legendary Ladies Night” will be streamed on IG Live and Apple Music.

Yeah, it’s official! The paperwork is IN 🚨🚨 It’s a legendary Ladies Night on Saturday, December 12th with @Ashanti and @KeyshiaCole.

Which Libra you got?!

Saturday, December 12th, 5PM PT / 8PM ET. Watch on our IG or in HD on @AppleMusic.

Drinks by @Ciroc Merch by @NTWRKLIVE pic.twitter.com/UCWJvaEl0y

— Verzuz (@verzuzonline) December 4, 2020

Both multi-platinum selling singers have impressive stats. Ashanti’s catalog of solo hits include “Foolish,” “Rock wit U,” “Rain On Me,” “Happy,” and “Baby.” On the collaborative tip, the Grammy winner joined Ja Rule on singles like, “What’s Love?” and “Always on Time.”

She was also featured on Lloyd’s debut single “Southside,” “Into You” by Fabolous, and “Body on Me” with Nelly. And she of course wrote songs for Jennifer Lopez and more.

Cole’s breakout single, “I Changed My Mind,” dropped in 2004 and her career took off from there. The Oakland native boasts a slew of classic R&B singles like “(I Just Want It) To Be Over,” “I Should Have Cheated,” “Let It Go,” “I Remember,” “Heaven Sent,” “Love,” and “Trust.” As a featured artist, Cole appeared on Sean Paul’s “(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me,” Young Jeezy’s “Dreaming,” and Diddy’s 2006 single “Last Night,” to name a few.

Although they’re technically going up against each other for Verzuz, there’s no beef between the two artists who previously collaborated for the title track off Cole’s 2012 album, Woman to Woman.

Continue Reading

Top Stories