Pop singer Rihanna has led her fans on sort of a scavenger hunt for the last month with her ANTIdiaRY website run via Samsung, as the singer is preparing to release her highly-anticipated album “ANTI,” formerly called R8.
Anti is the upcoming eighth studio album by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, scheduled to be released through Roc Nation and Westbury Road.
According to The Today Show Australia, Rihanna’s ANTI is arriving in time for Christmas.
“@Rihanna has an extra special Christmas present for her fans, releasing her 8th studio album “Anti” tomorrow,” reading, The Today Show spilled the beans in a since-deleted tweet.
The deletion of the tweet suggests that the Today Show said something they shouldn’t have.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise, but is not all that unexpected since Rihanna is going on a major tour for the project in 2016 with Travi$ Scott.
On October 8, 2014, she posted a picture of herself in the studio, working on the album.
American singer Ne-Yo, and also her frequent collaborator, in an interview with Capital Xtra on November 11, regarding Anti said… “The stuff I’ve heard is absolutely incredible. I can’t speak on what it sounds like because I’ll get in trouble. But I definitely feel like people are gonna enjoy it. Anybody that’s a Rihanna fan is gonna stay a Rihanna fan, and anybody that’s not might become a Rihanna fan … just gear up for it.”
On February 8, 2015, during his Grammy Awards red carpet interview, West explained how the collaboration came to fruition:
“I’m executive producer of Rihanna’s album, and I said I’d done a few songs with Paul McCartney and she couldn’t get past this record. She had to have it on her album. … So now we at the Grammys doing it”.
During a press for Home, on March 16, Rihanna told MTV News that she recorded a lot of songs for the album:
“That are really, really big songs. From the jump, they just blow up. And I wanted to kind of get back to—not that they weren’t real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever.”
She also stated that she wanted to record songs that could be “timeless” and she could perform them in a span of 15 years:
“Not any songs that were burnt out. I find that when I get on stage now, I don’t want to perform a lot of my songs. They don’t feel like me.”
In an interview with V magazine, Rihanna described the album as both “soulful” and “aggressive” at the same time whether is in a musical, lyrical or vocal context.
The Anti World Tour was announced on 23 November 2015. The Samsung-sponsored tour will start in February 2016, with Travis Scott supporting in North America, and The Weeknd and Big Sean supporting at selected European dates.
Preview some tracks presumably to be on Rihanna’s new album “ANTI.”