Rihanna may be keeping mum regarding an official release date for her eighth studio album, Anti, but it looks like Rihanna is giving fans a sneak peek of what they can expect for the highly anticipated project while unlocking the second portion of her ANTIdiaRy experience on Saturday.
Last week, Rihanna announced her official collaborative partnership with Samsung in the form of a new website, known as the “ANTIdiaRy,” to promote the impending release of her new album. The site, which can only be accessed via a mobile device, features several interactive rooms that fans can access in an attempt to unlock clues regarding Rihanna’s Anti album.
Rihanna released her first commercial teaser for ANTIdiaRy during last weekend’s American Music Awards and unlocked the first interactive room, “The Bedroom,” to coincide with the teaser’s release.
While the website provided little information regarding Anti‘s release, Rihanna later went on to announce her plans to tour in the U.S. alongside “Antidote” rapper and rumored boyfriend Travis Scott and in the U.K. alongside The Weeknd.
On Saturday, Rihanna took to Instagram to announce that the second installment of her ANTIdiaRy experience, known by fans as “#R2,” has been unlocked on Anti‘s official website. In addition to her announcement, Rihanna provided a 30-second teaser video that shows Rihanna entering a recording studio with the message, “There’s more than meets the eye. The next #ANTIdiaRy room is now open,” Daily Mail reports.
After entering the second room for the ANTIdiaRy, appropriately titled “The Studio,” fans are able to unlock several videos that appear to feature voice recordings of famous artists like Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Big Sean.
The new clips instantly sparked rumors of some potentially star-studded collaborations for Rihanna’s Anti album, prompting fans to take to Twitter to speculate on who may or may not be featured on Rihanna’s upcoming album.
One fan took to Twitter to write, “Ok Beyoncé and lady gaga’s voice are on this and I’m not ok,” while another adds, “The thought of Rihanna ft. Lady Gaga is just…No words can describe!”
While Rihanna has yet to confirm speculation regarding any collaborations on her album, previous rumors have suggested that The Weeknd, Big Sean, and Travis Scott will all be featured on Anti.
The latest update in Rihanna’s mysterious promotion for Anti comes just one day after fans were met with disappointment after learning that Anti had not dropped on TIDAL despite heavy speculation of a Black Friday release for the album.
Earlier this week, NME reported that Rihanna was planning a surprise release for Anti on Jay Z’s streaming service before seeing a full public release for the album on December 4.
Fans took to Twitter yesterday to express their disappointment and frustration over the lack of news from Rihanna after learning that Rihanna had in fact not released the album on TIDAL as expected despite choosing to offer pre-sale tickets for her upcoming tour via the music streaming site.
TIDAL members – mark your calendar for 11/30 at 10am local time to get your exclusive pre-sale tickets for @badgalriri’s #ANTIWorldTour. Details will be in your TIDAL account via web browser, desktop app or mobile app! http://smarturl.it/AntiWorldTour
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Despite not dropping Anti on Black Friday, Rihanna did provide fans with some new music on November 27 after ex-boyfriend Chris Brown released a surprise mixtape that featured Rihanna and rapper Wiz Khalifa on his new song, “Counterfeit.”
The eyebrow-raising collaboration between Rihanna and Chris Brown has further sparked rumors of a potential collaboration on Rihanna’s Anti album as well, although neither Rihanna nor Chris Brown has confirmed the rumors.
While it looks like Rihanna fans are still holding out hope for a December 4 release date for Anti, new rumors are beginning to suggest that we may not see Rihanna’s new album until early 2016, just weeks before Rihanna embarks on her U.S. tour in February.
What do you think of Rihanna’s second ANTIdiaRy teaser?
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