How to listen to ANTI like Rihanna. (It’ll cost you…)

Here’s how to listen to the new album like RiRi, after she teased finishing work on ANTI yesterday.

Rihanna listening to ANTI on Dolce & Gabbana headphones – Loaded
ANTI Clearly doesn’t stand for RiRi’s feelings on capitalism, then. Image Photo Twitter

When Rihanna announced that she’s finally finished her long awaited album ANTI, she did so with typical style. But the price of the headphones she was listening to ANTI on is truly ridiculous.

The tweet that announced ANTI’s completion is reminiscent of the album’s cover art by Israeli-born Roy Nachum that was unveiled last year, in which Rihanna sports some exceedingly regal headphones adorned in Swarovski crystals and an inbuilt crown.

The cans are from fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, meaning you too can style it out like Rihanna. For a mere £4,600.

The Dolce & Gabbana online store lists the cans as “napa leather rhinestone headphones with crown”. They also ship with a cushioned case – which looks more lavish than most people’s bedspreads.

Rihanna producer/songwriter Kuk Harrell has also suggested that ANTI is complete. Harrell, who worked with Rihanna on Umbrella and her album Loud, posted a picture holding a drink alongside the caption: “Mission accomplished.” Rihanna later replied to the post with eight red balloons, the readymade emoji which Rihanna has adapted to reference ANTI’s cover art.

It isn’t the first time this year a musician has dropped material with a common emoji after Future’s mixtape Purple Reign, released last week, was followed by a series of purple umbrella memes.

Rihanna’s single FourFiveSeconds, a collab with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, was originally mooted as a track to feature on both ANTI and West’s album SWISH. But after West’s tracklist omitted it when it was aired yesterday, it’s uncertain whether the track will feature on ANTI.

Little was known of 20-year-old Bitch Better Have My Money co-writer Bibi Bourelly before that single dropped. But she has also worked on the unreleased song Higher, suggesting she is involved on ANTI. Other musicians said to have worked on the album include Sia, Florence Welch and Grimes.

Rihanna had an active day on social media following the crowned headphones post, liking a series of fan tweets posted using #ANTIisFinishedParty.

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Loaded reporter Robert McCallum has written for many leading culture magazines and websites about music, sport, science, politics, fashion and arts. Follow Robert at @therobmccallum

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