Rihanna has been known more for her cosmetics and fashion lines recently. With no album released since 2016's ANTI, and no released songs since featuring on N.E.R.D's 'Lemon' at the tail-end of last year, we've been wondering when the Caribbean chanteuse would grace us with new music.
Despite an apparent hiatus from her music career, she has still been setting records. Rihanna recently received an award from Billboard for 124 million streams, which she proudly shared on Instagram.
I’m grateful for this honor! Thank you God, and thank you to my fans and supporters for holding me down and propelling me forward throughout the years! @riaa_awards thank you for always acknowledging us music peeps!! One Love always....#Repost from @riaa_awards : With 124 million song awards spanning 44 separate songs, @badgalriri is the #1 #RIAAtopcertified artist for digital songs #RIAAGoldandPlatinum60
Another Instagram post, one much more cryptic, may hint at what is to come.
Referencing ANTI song 'Needed Me'', Rihanna posted a photo of two older style televisions, one on top of the other. She also tweeted the same image and caption.
The mysterious picture has Twitter all in a tizzy.
WTF im having a meltdown right now @rihanna whats going on #R9 o what pic.twitter.com/lSkd37ktVK— bitch i’m (@thefentyboy) April 17, 2018
Okay so 🤔 What does this mean sis? The beginning of #R9? Like queen, I cannot take anymore riddles. I need more of you in my life 😩💔 https://t.co/bY7cmIWmIJ— Brianna Campbell (@Briannanna_) April 17, 2018
WEVE BEEN TOLD RIH!!!! #R9 IS COMING!!!!! https://t.co/UU1p2B6YYk— TYLEЯ FEИTY (@tylerfenty1996) April 17, 2018
One fan joked about how long Rihanna takes to release an album.
If Rihanna uses the word "SOON" to say something about #R9, that's the day I lose hope in humanity and add another 2 years on the wait list for the album— #R9 Jan 2019- Jbe⠗na⠗d 🇨🇼 (@Jbernardoo) April 17, 2018
This fan had an interesting theory, linked to Rihanna's upcoming lingerie line.
Guys... I've come up with an idea. pic.twitter.com/nl0ZXp7Ehn— ⠁⠙⠗⠊⠁⠝ (@AdRihannavy) April 17, 2018
In fact, a lot of fans had the same thinking. And the verified Instagram account, Savage X Fenty, has been followed by Rihanna. Neither the Instagram or Twitter for Savage X Fenty has posted anything, and some were quick to point out that the top TV screen in Rihanna's Instagram post appeared to depict a woman's chest.
After a bit of a backlash against Fenty Beauty and a demand for new music, will her lingerie line be enough to get her back in some people's good graces?
We'll have to wait and see what Savage X Fenty turns out to be.
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