Rihanna is reportedly closing out 2019 with a new album. According to multiple French reporters covering Universal Music France’s Open Session event, Universal revealed the multi-platinum singer’s ninth studio LP will be released in December.
Last year, RiRi told a fan the album would drop in 2019 when asked about its release date via Instagram.
— Steven Bellery (@StevenBellery) September 6, 2019
— Eric Bureau (@Eric_Bureau) September 6, 2019
— Jason Moreau (@jasonmoreau_) September 6, 2019
Rihanna has stayed relatively quiet about her highly anticipated project, but she did note she’s eager to drop it during a conversation with Interview Magazine in June.
“It really does suck that it can’t just come out because I’m working on a really fun one right now,” she said. “I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete. It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, ‘Even if I don’t have the time to shoot videos, I’m going to put an album out.'”
The Grammy winner’s last album, ANTI, was released in 2016. The LP peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.