Rihanna may be plotting her return. The global star has been known to toy with fans’ emotions in the past when it comes to releasing her upcoming album R9, but has now proclaimed she’s ready to drop new music.
The Barbados-born multi-hyphenate took to Instagram on Wednesday (March 24) to celebrate her award-winning eighth studio album, ANTI. The record, released in 2016, has now spent five years on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first album by a Black woman to reach the milestone.
“Grateful to the most High for putting die hard supporters in my circle,” RiRi wrote of the accomplishment on Instagram. “#Anti #WomensHistoryMonth. Congrats to everyone that contributed to this era, thank you team.”
In the comments, fans pressured the singer to mark the milestone with a new release.
“Celebrate by releasing a song!!” one fan wrote.
“I think I should [soon],” Rihanna replied, adding, “Just [one] tho lol.”
Later in the day, Rihanna also replied to a Hollywood Unlocked Instagram post, which asked fans which artist they’d like to see her collaborate with. The post mentioned artists like Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Asian Doll, Doja Cat, Saweetie and City Girls’ Yung Miami. Rihanna ended up siding with the latter, commenting on the post, “Careshaaaaaaaa” —Miami’s birth name.
The City Girls rapper was into the idea as well, replying, “[Rihanna] savage summer 2021 let’s goooooooo.”
The last fans heard from Rihanna was her surprise appearance on PartyNextDoor’s 2020 album, PartyMobile. Although the singer hasn’t offered any new solo music in years, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been hard at work. Earlier this month, Harper’s Bazaar reported that Rihanna was expanding her Fenty empire by adding a new hair products line. A trademark application for the brand, called Fenty Hair, was reportedly filed on March 3.
According to the outlet, the line will include “everything from styling, straightening, relaxing and waving products, as well as hair color and even hair glitter.”
See Rihanna’s latest hints at new music and a possible Yung Miami collaboration below.