It's been two years since Rihanna released her eighth album ANTI with the No. 1 hit "Work" featuring Drake (who are reportedly no longer friends). Between all of her projects - from the movie "Ocean's 8," a Fenty Beauty make-up line that accrued $100 million in sales in just 40 days, a new Savage x Fenty lingerie line on the heels of launching - Rihanna is also thinking about her ninth studio album and what direction she's going to take.
The Barbados singer-songwriter revealed to Vogue magazine during her cover story which was released May 3 that her follow-up to ANTI will be a reggae influenced album. For true fans of Rihanna, this doesn't come as much of a surprise considering her first single "Pon de Replay" in 2005 favored the genre. She's covered Bob Marley's classic "Redemption Song" on tour sharing a message of upheaval in life since she traveled to New York where her busy career would kick off at the age of 16. She tells Vogue that some of her favorite songs of Marley's are three of his hits - "No Woman, No Cry," "Redemption Song" and "Three Little Birds."
Rihanna has cited Bob Marley as one of her favorite artists of all time and even has a shrine dedicated to the reggae great. She has an entire room dedicated to Marley which includes a giant black and white painting, books and lyric books and a colored theme that is in the fashion of the Jamaican flag.
It's still very early to have any idea who is going to collaborate with the superstar but signs point to Supa Dups who is Jamaican-born and has worked with Beenie Man, Mary J. Blige and Sean Paul. Supa Dups has also lent his hand to Rihanna already, co-producing several of her releases.
Rihanna's previous album ANTI debuted at No. 27 on the Top 200 Albums chart before reaching No. 1. The album had been certified Platinum by the RIAA just after two days of release due to Samsung purchasing one million copies for a deal between the tech giant and herself (through Tidal). However, because those copies were distributed as free downloads through Samsung, those copies were not eligible to be included on the Top 200 Albums tally. Its lead single "Work" spent nine weeks atop the Hot 100 songs chart and fourth overall single "Love on the Brain" continues to be played on Adult radio stations nearly two years after its September 2016 release.