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Since the release of her last album Anti in 2016, Rihanna has welcomed two children and become a billionaire thanks to her two businesses, Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty. Now, the singer will finally give her fans what they have been craving for over half a decade: new music and concerts.
Entertainment Tonightreports that Rihanna is planning to make her musical return next year and has a deal with Live Nation. The outlet learned that she will release new songs and is also planning a world tour for 2024–2025. The exact timeline was not specified, but still: The music is coming, at long last.
“I want it to be this year,” she said then. “Like, honestly, it’d be ridiculous if it’s not this year. But I just want to have fun. I just want to make music and make videos.”
While Rihanna admitted that Anti was her “most brilliant album,” she conceded that its legacy and her perfectionist tendency have been getting in the way of her releasing her next work.
“I realized that if I keep waiting until this feels right and perfect and better, maybe it’s going to keep taking forever and maybe it’ll never come out and no, I’m not down to that,” she said of the upcoming album. “So I want to play. And by play, I mean I have my ideas in my head, but I can’t say them out loud yet.”
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