Amidst speculation that Anti is due to drop this week, Rihanna has dropped the first song off the album.
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Rihanna is reportedly set to release her long-delayed album Anti this week, which has been three years in the making, with the album possibly even being released tomorrow.
Although new albums are traditionally released on Friday, it’s claimed that Anti will be released this Thursday.
Rihanna revealed on Monday that Anti was finished, when she posted an announcement on Twitter featuring her listening to the album in a pair of £5,000 Dolce & Gabbana diamond headphones.
Anti will be Rihanna’s first album since Unapologetic in 2012, which ended her run of releasing an album a year for seven years since her debut Music Of The Sun. It was believed to originally be set for release early in 2015 after lead single FourFiveSeconds was released in January. Further singles Bitch Better Have My Money and American Oxygen have been released since. It’s not known if any of those three tracks will make the cut on Anti.
Rihanna begins her tour for Anti on February 26 in San Diego, so insiders had long predicted the album would need to be released before then. Releasing Anti this week would also mean that it would avoid clashing with her friend Kanye West’s new album Waves, which is released on February 11.
Details of who is working on Anti have officially been kept under wraps, but Sia, Ty Dolla Sign, Natalia Kills, X Ambassadors, Kiesza and Alex Da Kid have all said they’ve written songs for the album, while Calvin Harris – who produced her single We Found Love – has said that he’s had songs rejected for the record.
Rihanna’s tour for Anti reaches the UK for seven dates in June. Support is from The Weeknd and Big Sean. The tour coincides with Glastonbury, but it’s not thought Rihanna will play the festival with Adele, Coldplay and Muse widely tipped be this year’s headliners.
Coventry Ricoh Arena (14)
Cardiff Principality Arena (16)
Sunderland Stadium Of Light (18)
Dublin Aviva Stadium (21)
Wembley Stadium (24)
Glasgow Hampden Park (27)
Manchester Emirates Stadium (29)
Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn