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Rihanna Talks About Her New Album 'R9', 'There Are No Rules'

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By Brian Morales

Rihanna one of the biggest artists of the last decade, with multiple best selling albums ,and even a few acting roles,

Rihanna has been on an absolute tear. Musically however, Rihanna has not released an album since her 2016 feature 'Anti', which included hits like 'Needed Me' and 'Love on the Brain'.

After a four year hiatus, Rihanna recently opened up, and absolutely shocked her fans with the announcement of a brand new album in the works simply titled 'R9'.

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Rihanna on 'R9'

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In an interview from late last month, Rihanna spoke to British Vogue about her new album, "I am very aggressively working on music," said Rihanna, sound like she's hard at work. The ninth album does not currently have a release date, "I can’t say when I’m going to drop" said Rihanna.

The new album, admittedly, has some reggae influences but Rihanna doesn't want there to be just one particular genre: "I don’t want my albums to feel like themes" she told Vogue.

There Are No Rules

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"There are no rules. There’s no format. There’s just good music, and if I feel it, I’m putting it out." said Rihanna confidently. When you are as successful as Rihanna has been in her music venture, we can only imagine you tend to adapt different styles, and experiment with all the different genres.

"I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything – I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre – now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want" Rihanna continued.

What's Rihanna Been Doing?

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Rihanna is planning to have somewhere between 12 and 15 songs on the album. It is going to be nice to hear Rihanna on the radio again, and hopefully she is able to repeat her long-time success from before.

What has Rihanna been up to nowadays? It looks like the star has been focused on her other business ventures including her Makeup line (Fenty Beauty), luxury fashion house (Fenty Mansion), lingerie brand, and an upcoming skincare product titled Fenty Skin.

What Took So Long?

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One of the reasons why the album took so long is because of her other interests, Rihanna opened up in an interview:

"I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out...Now, it’s like a carousel. I do fashion one day, lingerie the next, beauty the next, then music the next. It’s like having a bunch of kids and you need to take care of them all."

We can't wait to see what Rihanna has next!

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