R9 is still in the works.
In the time since ANTI, Rihanna transformed from mega pop star to mega business woman, but no matter how lucrative FENTY products are, music is her bread and butter. While The Navy continues to pressure the singer to release new music, some interesting news popped up.
According to an unearthed publishing on singer-songwriter Priscilla Renea’s profile on Primary Wave, touted as one of the largest independent music publishing and talent management/production/entertainment companies (the same company that shed light on Danja’s involvement on Britney’s new record), she co-created a song with Rihanna titled “Break Up To Make Up.”
Priscilla is responsible for co-writing Rih’s “California King Bed” off 2010’s Loud, and Ariana Grande’s recent release, “Imagine,” among many others.
Curiously, Primary Wave has since deleted Priscilla’s page that included the listing, however the Internet is forever. Where there’s smoke… there’s fire.
We don’t know what “Break Up To Make Up” sounds like (or if it’s even real, and if it is someone’s getting fired), but it could land on one of several albums Rihanna is reportedly creating: one pop-centric and the other experimental. There’s buzz the latter is reggae-influenced.
Rih confirmed the news she’s making a reggae-inspired album. Check out this Q&A with the NY Times:
JH: Is “Good Girl Gone Bad” your favorite album?
RF: No, because that was a transition. I don’t know what my favorite album is — I’m sure if I put all my favorite songs together, it would be a really sick album. Maybe I should do that one day.
JH: You should troll your fans by doing that. Be like, “New album, y’all!”
RF: They would hate me. They would take me down.
JH: I’m not in the Navy,29 but I am Navy adjacent. So I have to ask some questions I saw floating around the message boards.
RF: O.K. [Laughs.]
JH: Is it true you are doing a reggae album?
JH: You are? O.K., are you collaborating with Lady Gaga?
JH: Oh, they think you’re doing a collaboration with Lady Gaga.
RF: Maybe because she followed me on Instagram. It’s not in the books right now, but I’m not against it.
JH: Are you going to collaborate with Drake again?30
RF: Not anytime soon, I don’t see it happening. Not on this album, that’s for sure.
JH: What is the album called?
RF: Uh, I don’t know yet.
JH: If you don’t know yet, then you probably don’t know when it’s coming out?
RF: I don’t.
JH: Do you have any names under consideration?
RF: No, so far it’s just been R9,31 thanks to the Navy. I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this “R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?” How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?
JH: It’s this gift to the fans who have been most hungry for it.
RF: That would be cute.
Us Weekly claims Rihanna’s new project is finished.
“[Rihanna’s team] have, no lie, 500 records for this project [from] different producers and writers,” a dancehall producer told Rolling Stone. “They’re only choosing 10 records. They’ve been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I’ve been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project.”
Rihanna R9 2025.
? A new song tilted “Break Up To Make Up” has been registered on Priscilla Renea’s website. The songwriter previously wrote Rihanna’s “California King Bed” and “Watch N’ Learn”, Pitbull’s “Timber” or Ariana Grande’s “Imagine”. #R9 ? pic.twitter.com/D1UnYsHSpK— Rihanna News (@Rihanna2) January 31, 2019
Break up to Make up -Rihanna (2019) pic.twitter.com/Jb1Zv7p42f— ?? (@bkdudeee) January 31, 2019