It’s been nearly three years since Rihanna dropped an album. Besides rumors that the 30-year-old singer will unveil a double project to boast a collection of reggae/dancehall songs while refraining from alienating her mainstream fan base, supporters haven’t heard much.
But on Thursday (Dec. 13), a fan posted a video of vocal producer Kuk Harrell’s Instagram Live where he said a few things about Rihanna’s upcoming album. An Instagram user asked, “How’s R9?” to which Harrell chuckles and says that he often gets bombarded with that question.
The vocal creative behind artists like Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, and Beyonce simply said that “R9” — being that it will be her ninth studio album — “…is great.”
Kuk talking about R9 pic.twitter.com/IqAzdN9lfd
— 🍃 (@sameolbobyn) December 13, 2018
“R9 is amazing. It’s incredible. And that’s all I’m going to say,” Harrell added.
The Bajan artist’s last album, Anti, was released in January 2016 and topped the charts in America. The soundscape became another hit for the “Umbrella” singer, spawning four international top 10 singles and went platinum three times over in the U.S. No wonder the self-proclaimed Good Girl Gone Bad feels the pressure.
In October 2018, the singer-turned-entrepreneur/actress shared a meme on social media referencing how fans continuously heckle her about the new album: “I feel attacked. ***valley girl who’s never been attacked voice*** R9 chronicles.”
i feel attacked. ***valley girl who’s never been attacked voice*** R9 chronicles. pic.twitter.com/68LVkj7oBz
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 5, 2018
What do you think Rihanna will have in store on her new project?