Fans have been waiting for new details of Rihanna’s highly anticipated new album, Anti. And it looks like the singer’s eighth studio album is set for release sometime soon.
Rihanna announced her upcoming world tour, according to Friday, Nov. 27 reports. She’s also expected to release her new album today. Rumors circulated that RiRi is expected to release Anti on Tidal Hifi and on Samsung phones via the Anti-Diary website, according to a report via Showbiz 411. The mysterious website requires you to unlock some of the videos that will help you crack the mystery of her elusive new album.
Rihanna previously promoted her upcoming album at the American Music Awards last Sunday night. In the new promotional deal, Samsung launched an exclusive interactive website for Anti, which is only accessible through Samsung smartphones. The series of ads released during Sunday night’s broadcast revealed very little details about Rihanna’s album. The ads feature a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, Rihanna posing in a series of shots, a cartoon version of Rihanna, and braille print that points fans to a promotional website: ANTIdiary.com.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 23, 2015
Visitors who can access the site will see creepy photos of a white bedroom, stick figure drawings, and Rihanna walking through a room. In addition to Rihanna’s Black Friday release on Tidal, the Guardian also reported that her new album will be released to other streaming services on Dec. 4.
Earlier this week, the pop star announced that she will be taking a global tour next year to promote Anti. Rihanna will begin her tour on Feb. 26 in San Diego, followed by 70 shows around North America and Europe before wrapping it up on Aug. 12 in Zurich, according to a report via AFP. Rihanna also revealed that her world tour will not be the same name as her album. The singer will be selling tickets for her tour exclusively for subscribers of Tidal, the streaming service started by rapper Jay Z.
Back in October, the New York Post revealed that Rihanna signed a $25 million deal with Samsung to help sponsor her album and her upcoming world tour. According to inside sources that spoke with the New York Post, Samsung will use the singer to promote its latest Galaxy phones and will give users to exclusive Rihanna-related content for its Milk Music radio service.
As fans continue to wait for Rihanna’s new album to drop, Yahoo accidentally published its fill-in-the-blanks review of Anti. The article actually included blank spaces, leaving room for specific details such as song titles to be inserted with the generic descriptions. The review quickly went viral on social media and made fans question if Rihanna’s album is really worth the wait.
Assuming this Yahoo fill-in-the-blanks review of the new Rihanna record is real, it’s mind-boggling. pic.twitter.com/QO1aFIMyKu
— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) November 27, 2015
— David Swan (@swan_legend) November 27, 2015
So far, Rihanna hasn’t released any other new singles off her upcoming album. Earlier this year, she released “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney, “American Oxygen,” and the controversial video for “BBHMM.” The singer is releasing some new music, but with the help of her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Rih and Breezy are collaborating for his surprise new mixtape, Before The Party, which he released on Nov. 27.
Rihanna and Chris Brown worked together on the sexy new track called “Counterfeit.” The surprising new song also features Kelly Rowland and Wiz Khalifa. An insider told the Hollywood Life that Rihanna has been wanting to work with Chris Brown again.
“Rihanna wanted to be featured on Chris’ new album and do a collaboration with him. She’d be hurt if she wasn’t [on his new album].”
This isn’t Chris’ official new album. Royalty will be released on Dec. 18. The exes have previously collaborated on the songs “Put It Up” and “Birthday Cake,” off of Rihanna’s last album, Talk That Talk.
Are you looking forward to Rihanna’s Anti album and world tour? What are your thoughts on her new song with Chris Brown? Sound off below in the comments section.
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