Rihanna has not yet released her highly-anticipated new album, Anti, but she is adding more dates to her upcoming world tour.
On Wednesday, December 9, Rihanna announced that she’s adding second shows in Brooklyn, Las Vegas, Montreal, Toronto, and Inglewood, California. The additional dates were added “due to overwhelming demand.” It’s Rih’s first headlining tour since 2013.
The North American leg of the tour kicks off on February 26 in San Diego and runs through May. The “Anti World” Tour now has 40 stops. Rihanna will then head over to Europe in June to perform in the U.K., France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. Travis Scott, Rihanna’s rumored boyfriend, will perform with her in North America, whereas The Weeknd and Big Sean will join her on the European leg of the tour.
Presale tickets for the “Anti World Tour” are on sale through Thursday, December 10 at 10 p.m. for American Express card members and TIDAL members. General ticket sales for the additional shows will begin on December 11. Visit RihannaNow.com for more information.
Meanwhile, Rihanna is continuing to tease fans about the release of her new album. Over the past few weeks, she’s been unlocking new “rooms” on her ANTIdiaRY website. She collaborated with Samsung to create the mysterious website as part of the #ANTIdiaRy campaign. There are eight rooms in all, each giving clues and telling the story of Rihanna’s music career. Fans have guessed that once the eighth room is unlocked, Rihanna will finally release her eighth studio album. Makes sense.
Rihanna has only unveiled the mystery to “Room 4,” as seen in the trailer below.
The sexy new video shows RiRi straddling a nervous man in a chair as she tattoos his forehead. Then dark ink drips out of his nostrils and onto the floor.
The teaser videos and the announcement of the world tour reveal that Anti is expected to arrive in the next few weeks, but the album still doesn’t have an official release date. According to industry insiders, the first week sales of Rihanna’s new album is going to be lackluster for sure.
“If this were a conventional physical/digital rollout, handicappers think it would debut with 150k. But has her team at Roc Nation figured out a way to make the Samsung giveaway count toward her sales total? Will these releases be subject to a ‘Tidal curse’?”
It’s been almost a year since she released her last single, “B**ch Better Have My Money.” While Rihanna’s new era has been dubbed as “messy” by many, the singer has revealed that she will showcase her Puma collection at New York Fashion Week in February.
The singer was named as the new creative director of the shoe brand earlier. Now she will debut her Puma by Rihanna collection during NYFW on Friday, February 12 at 8 p.m., according to Vogue. However, the news has yet to be confirmed by Rihanna’s or Puma’s reps. But Rih has teased the news by tweeting a link to Paddle8 auction giving away two front row tickets to the fashion show.
The auction will benefit the singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation and will include other listings such as a Jeff Koons piece, a Lynn Ban ring, and a trip to Jamaica to meet Usain Bolt. The top bidder on Rihanna’s auction will also receive a preshow styling session, backstage access to meet the bad gal, and an after-party invite, along with one of every signed piece in the Puma by Rihanna Fall 2016 collection. The starting bid on this auction is $15,000, but Paddle8 says that the opportunity to meet Rihanna herself is “priceless.”
The singer will also be attending her very own Diamond Ball today in Los Angeles. The black-tie event also benefits her Clara Lionel Foundation, which Rihanna launched in 2012 in honor of her grandparents, Claire and Lionel Braithwaite. She previously spoke to People about the reaction to her event.
“It’s overwhelming to see so many of the people that I care about come together to support a cause that is near and dear to my heart.”
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