Just when we thought this year couldn’t get any better for the pop culture phenomenon that is Rihanna, we find out she’s been secretly recording new music for her ninth studio album over the past year. 2017 has been a very busy year for the Wild Thoughts singer. Everything ranging from her acting roles in the hit series Bates Motel and her supporting role in Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to her widely anticipated fashion collections with sports brand Puma and to her Fenty Beauty makeup line which stores are struggling to keep on shelves, it may seem there is absolutely nothing Bad Gal Riri cannot do.

Although a follow-up album is what is expected of her considering music being why she’s famous in the first place, we never expected to hear of new material so soon. Especially since we’d been kept waiting almost 4 years for her last project ANTI which dropped in January 2016. This is even more surprising due to how full her schedule has been looking lately.

Shakka, a British singer-songwriter who was hired to as part of Rihanna’s writing camp claims to have heard some of the new songs and they’re “absolutely insane” according to him. “She’s definitely coming out with new stuff,” he mentions to Capital XTRA. “The songs that we heard in that session, in that writing camp, were insane.”

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He continues, “So I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, a bunch of my songs make the album too”. I think it’s safe to say that the world agrees with him. Shakka, 28, had previously confirmed his c`ontributions to #R9 when he’d told Metro.co.uk “I was in a room with a bunch of people I proper respected from people who worked in Worst Behaviour for Drake and Loyalty for Kendrick Lamar.”

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Coincidently, producer DJ Dahi who also produced Big Sean‘s ‘I Don’t F**k With You’ and a bunch of tracks on Madonna‘s Rebel Heart album is also working on the project. This gives us a slightly clearer vision of what this album might sound like.

There has been no talk on a release date just yet but the world will continue to wait with baited breath as the 29-year-old Bajan princess does her magic.

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