Rihanna has about 500 songs for her anticipated follow up to 2016's Anti, her collaborators have revealed in a recent interview.
The new details come from the Rolling Stone, which has spoken to producers and other sources who has knowledge about the next still-untitled anticipated album. Apparently, unnamed dancehall and reggae artists have been submitting songs to be considered for Bad Gal RiRi's ninth album in past year and a half.
Rihanna's 9th Album
The 30-year-old has been everywhere this year, making a name for herself as an actress on the big screen and on television, as well as growing her own beauty and fashion brand. However, she has been taking some time off of her multiple different ventures in order to develop her next album.
The Barbadian star first confirmed that she has been working on RiRi #9 in a cover interview with Vogue. She also revealed that the album will have reggae influences.
True to her word, the Rolling Stone now revealed that Rihanna has been sourcing talents from Jamaica to work on her upcoming album.
"Every artist, every producer, every songwriter in Jamaica or of Jamaican descent has been working on [Rihanna's album] and has little snippets of publishing or production credits on it," said one unnamed source.
An insider also revealed that RiRi and Roc Nation are scouring some 500 songs to find their next big hits.
"[Rihanna's team] have, no lie, 500 records for this project [from] different producers and writers," said a dancehall producer. "They're only choosing 10 records. They've been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I've been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project."
The publication adds that the recording artist already has chosen eight songs for her upcoming album. Only one or two tracks will be added until they can start prepping for the anticipated release. As of this writing, no projected release date for the album has been announced.
It has been over two years since Robyn Rihanna Fenty released her last album, Anti, which spawned hits such as "Work" and "Love on the Brain." The album shot to number 1 of the Billboard 200 immediately after it had come out.
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