Industry experts weigh in.


We’re beginning to understand why Rihanna named her new album ANTi.

She’s certainly not rushing the record’s release to appease the time restraint The Navy placed upon her. Industry experts, including music giant Billboard, suspected she’d drop the album exclusively via TIDAL Nov. 25 followed by a world-wide release the following week, but we’re inching towards the end of the year and there’s no evidence Riri is planning on debuting it any time soon.

If she shared the album on TIDAL first, the trickling momentum would surely die before a global launch, so that’s more than likely out. Now that we assume HOW Rihanna will share the album, the burning question is WHEN.

Adele’s reign with 25 isn’t slowing down and created an uphill battle for other artists to land at No. 1. By the year’s end, she’s expected to sell seven-million albums total and is on track to move another 650K albums this week, reports Hits Daily Double. She’ll eclipse any artist for the foreseeable future, including Coldplay’s “A Head Full Of Dreams,” who should debut just under 200K this week.

It appears Rihanna will wait until the first quarter of 2016, and when she does, HDD predicts she’ll sell 150K “if this were a conventional physical/digital rollout.” Meaning, if she doesn’t employ some Samsung giveaway.

Now that we have an idea of HOW and WHEN Rihanna will release ANTi, the only other question we need to ask is WHY?

In other news, Rihanna added several more dates to her ANTi tour. See them in bold below:

Feb. 26 – San Diego, Calif., Viejas Arena
Feb. 28 – San Jose, Calif., SAP Center At San Jose
March 1 – Phoenix, Ariz., Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 4 – Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
March 5 – Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
March 6 – Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
March 8 – New Orleans, La., Smoothie King Center
March 9 – Atlanta, Ga., Philips Arena
March 12 – Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
March 13 – Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
March 15 – Miami, Fla., AmericanAirlines Arena
March 18 – Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
March 19 – Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Bank Arena
March 20 – Charlotte, N.C., Time Warner Cable Arena
March 22 – Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
March 23 – Buffalo, N.Y., First Niagara Center
March 24 – Auburn Hills, Mich., The Palace Of Auburn Hills
March 26 – Hartford, Conn., XL Center
March 27 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
March 30 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
April 2 – Newark, N.J., Prudential Center
April 3 – Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
April 5 – Quebec City, Quebec, Centre Vidéotron
April 6 – Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre
April 7 – Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre      
April 9 – Baltimore, Md., Royal Farms Arena
April 10 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
April 13 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
April 14 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre     
April 15 – Chicago, Ill., United Center
April 18 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
April 20 – Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
April 21 – Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
April 23 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Rogers Arena
April 24 – Seattle, Wash., KeyArena At Seattle Center
April 27 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 29 – Las Vegas, Nev., Mandalay Bay Events Center
April 30 – Las Vegas, Nev., Mandalay Bay Events Center
May 3 – Inglewood, Calif., Forum
May 4 – Inglewood, Calif., Forum
May 7 – Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena

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