Drake and Rihanna may be hard at work completing their highly anticipated studio albums, Views From The 6 and Anti, respectively, but it appears that the duo may be teaming up for a new collaboration after a preview of Rihanna and Drake’s rumored new track appeared online yesterday.
On Saturday, DJ Akademiks took to Twitter to tease what appeared to be a preview of a new song from Drake’s impending Views From The 6 album. The brief, nine-second preview featured an audio recording of Drake singing, but no official word regarding a track title was confirmed alongside the snippet.
Just hours after the preview was posted, DJ Akademiks took to Twitter to announce that Rihanna’s record label contacted him regarding the snippet and asked him to remove the video.
“Remember that Snippet I tweeted out with Drake singing?? Turns out roc nation on behalf of Rihanna sent over noticed to remove..Use ur brain,” DJ Akademiks explains, hinting that the song in question is either a collaboration between Drake and Rihanna or a reference track for the songstress.
DJ Akademiks continues, “Basically, that song either not on Views or a collab wit Rihanna but could even be a reference for Rihanna..Who Knows..,” before adding, “and yes I complied n removed it.”
Once fans began inquiring about the notice from Rihanna’s record label, the DJ further explains, “Damn bro…I gotta break it down? Roc Nation who reps Rihanna owns the right to the Drake snippet….”
DJ Akademiks then provided proof for skeptical fans by sharing a notice from Instagram notifying him that the preview he posted had been removed at the request of the rights owner, Rihanna, on behalf of her rep from Roc Nation.
“Proof cuz we don’t do LIES…,” DJ Akademiks reveals, “Or assumption. Rights holder: RIHANNA.”
Proof cuz we don’t do LIES… Or assumption. Rights holder: RIHANNA. pic.twitter.com/LPolXF8v21
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) December 20, 2015
While neither Rihanna nor Drake have commented on the speculation regarding a new collaboration, Brand New Hip Hop alleges that the track in question is reportedly titled “Long Distance,” and will feature both Drake and Rihanna on the song. Currently, it’s unclear whether or not the track will be released as a single or appear on Rihanna’s Anti album that is rumored to release in January.
While the preview has since been removed, fans have already taken to social media to gush over the rumored Drake and Rihanna collaboration, given the duo’s success with previous tracks like Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?” and Drake’s “Take Care.”
Rihanna and Drake previously sparked rumors of a potential collaboration earlier this year after the duo was photographed entering the same NYC recording studio in May, Daily Mail reports.
The news comes just one week after Sia seemingly confirmed speculation that Rihanna has yet to complete work on her eighth studio album.
While Rihanna has already announced her “Anti World Tour,” which kicks off in February and features Travis Scott as a guest performer, and debuted the cover art for the highly anticipated project, Sia admitted in an interview with BBC Radio last week that Rihanna is still searching for new songs for her album.
“The other night she came over and listened to half of 25 songs I played for her because she’s still looking for songs for her new album,” Sia explained, “She was there to listen to songs and see if there was anything that she was into. It was a business meeting for sure. She took four but I don’t know if they’ll end up [on the album].”
Similarly, Drake’s Views From The 6 sparked rumors of a January release after a mysterious teaser video appeared online earlier this month, although Drake has yet to personally confirm a date for the album’s official release.
What do you think of a potential Drake and Rihanna collaboration?
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