Bajan billionaire Rihanna says her long overdue album R9 will finally be released this year. She made the revelation during a recent interview with British Vogue, that was published on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
I want it to be this year,” she told British Vogue “Like, honestly, it’d be ridiculous if it’s not this year. But I just want to have fun. I just want to make music and make videos
“And I need the right background music with the visuals. I can’t just go shoot a video to me talking,” she added in the interview.
Although her fans have been on an emotional roller coaster of anticipation, to being disappointed about suspected release periods over the last two years, the singer admitted that the delay is owed to her obsession with perfection and outdoing her last album—Anti.
“When you come off of an album like Anti…In hindsight, it really is my most brilliant album. I say that because in the moment, I didn’t realise it. But it always felt like the most cohesive album I’ve ever made. When you break it down and you realise this album goes from ‘Work’ to ‘Kiss It Better’ to ‘Needed Me’ to ‘Love on the Brain’ to ‘Sex with Me’ to ‘Desperado’ and somehow it all fits and not for a second did you glitch?” she rhetorically asked in the interview.
“…But there’s this pressure that I put on myself. That if it’s not better than that then it is not even worth it.” she told British Vogue “It is toxic. You’re right. It’s not the right way to look at music because music is an outlet and a space to create, and you can create whatever. It doesn’t have to even be on any scale. It just has to be something that feels good. It could just be a song that I like. It literally could be that simple.”
Again, she reiterated that she will no longer hold herself in a headlock and give herself grace to execute the project.
“So I realised that if I keep waiting until this feels right and perfect and better, maybe it’s going to keep taking forever and maybe it’ll never come out and no, I’m not down to that. So I want to play. And by play, I mean I have my ideas in my head, but I can’t say them out loud yet,” she said.
Rihanna has has released eight studio albums, two remix albums, one reissue, seven box seats,and three extended plays. Since the beginning of her career in 2005, Rihanna has sold 60 million album units and 215 million digital tracks worldwide,making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.