After five long years away from making music, a question on everyone’s tongue has been when will Rihanna make her return to music.
With the Barbados born star being a fashion designer and business mogul in her own right, she hasn’t released an album since Anti in 2016.
Featuring last year on PARTYNEXTDOOR track BELIEVE IT, fans were excited that this was the first sign of her highly anticipated return.
The Sun revealed that Needed Me crooner has been secretly working on her ninth album.
They reported that she is in LA working on a video shoot, which is to involve British director Raja Virdi, who has worked with big names such as Sam Smith.
A source told the publication: “Rihanna has been secretly working on new music for a long time and her ninth album has finally come together.
“She has kept fans waiting for a long time — and the pandemic slowed things up even more.
“The project is still tightly under wraps but Rihanna will be filming a new music video in Los Angeles in July.
“Raja has been brought on board by Rihanna and her team, and he will be flying out to oversee everything.
“Rihanna met him during a project she did with Westminster University fashion students in January last year and she wanted him to be the brains behind the video.”
It has been reported that all of the details surrounding the music and video shoots are “closely guarded”, but the inside source told the publication that Rihanna “never disappoints”.
This isn’t the first time Rihanna, 33, has been seen to be making efforts on the album fans refer to as “R9”.
In conversation with Vogue, Rihanna said that the album would be “reggae-infused”.
She said: “Reggae always feels right to me. It’s in my blood. It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves.
“It’s always the same high. Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”