Rihanna’s longtime vocal producer has teased her ninth studio album is sounding “incredible.”
Kuk Harrell — who worked with the star on her last album ANTI, as well as co-writing her hit songs “Umbrella” and “Only Girl (In the World)” — recently responded to one of the 30-year-old singer’s fans who asked for an update on Rihanna’s new music.
During an Instagram Live, they asked him: “How’s R9?” Harrell replied: “R9 is great. R9 is amazing. It’s incredible, and that’s all I’m going to say.”
The “Diamonds” hitmaker last updated fans in September, promising new music is “coming.”
Rihanna hasn’t released any new music since 2016’s ANTI, but she assured fans that she’s working on new material and, although it’s not quite ready yet because she’s been busy focusing on her lingerie line, her makeup collection and film work — including Ocean’s 8 — the new tracks will arrive in the near future.
Responding to a fan on Instagram who asked where her new music was, she replied: “I know I know sis. I’m doing music. Simultaneously doing lingerie, makeup, film, amongst a couple other things that I enjoy.
“When the music is ready, you won’t have to ask for it. But it’s coming. Just not today sis. I’m hype too tho, it can’t come soon enough. (sic)”
The beauty hasn’t given much away when it comes to her next release, but it’s believed she may be gearing up to drop a double-disc album next year.
Back in June, Rihanna confirmed that she had been back in the studio, but she refused to divulge whether it would be ready in time for this Christmas.
There’s no title name yet, but her fans have been referring to it as R9 online.