Rihanna ‘R8’ Release Date: Will She Drop Her Highly Anticipated Album This Thursday?

Rihanna hinted to her fans on social media that she may be releasing some new music on Thursday, March 26. The pop singer took to Instagram to share a photo of her rumored R8 album. The photo was taken by “FourFiveSeconds” director Inez & Vinoodh, according to MTV News.

The album cover shows Rihanna in a different light. The performer rocks thick eyebrows and even thicker lips. Rihanna is also seen wearing chandelier earrings, messy hair, and a black motorcycle jacket with nothing on underneath. Though she’s still naked, it’s a clear departure from the usual sexy looks fans are used to seeing her in.

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She captioned the photo: “rihannaNOW.com #R8 #BBHMM #March26 [sic]” This could be a hint that Rihanna is dropping her highly anticipated eighth studio album on iTunes and on her official website. Maybe she will pull a “Beyoncé” by dropping her album when her fans least expect it! She may make it a visual experience by including music videos along with each of the songs. Rihanna fans can only hope, as they patiently wait for her album’s release.

Rihanna’s website was also down due to the increase of sudden traffic, the news site reported. Her official website should hopefully work by now, if you can get on. Rihanna’s fans have been calling her eighth album R8 on Twitter and Instagram. Some fans have also been speculating that the hashtag #BBHMM stands for “B**ch Better Have My Money,” which could also hint towards a new single or a new album.

It’s unclear what Rihanna’s new album will be called. Rumors swirled for months about the release date of her album. Rihanna’s last album, Unapologetic, was released three years ago, according to Time. Interest grew when she released her first single, “FourFiveSeconds,” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. She also teased two other songs to her “Rihanna Navy” on Instagram.

This announcement just happened a few days before her animated film, Home, premieres in movie theaters across the nation. Rihanna lends her voice to a little girl named Tip who becomes friends with an alien fugitive named Boov (Jim Parsons).

The Inquisitr previously reported about the direction that the singer is going to take on her new album. Rihanna said that she no longer wants to create hit songs; she wants to make “timeless” songs.

“I wanted to kind of just get back to … not that they weren’t real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever.”

“I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years. I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years, not any songs that were burned out. I find that when I get on stage now, I don’t want to perform a lot of my songs because they don’t feel like me. So I want to make songs that are timeless.”

Are you looking forward to the release of Rihanna’s R8 album?

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