hmv.com presents… Albums Of 2015: #29 Rihanna
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Adele…). Today we're looking forward to the return of Rihanna...
A little background…
Rihanna has churned out an impressive seven albums since her 2005 debut LP, Music of the Sun. The most recent of these, 2012's Unapologetic (which you can preview on the right hand side of this page), was a story of two halves: the first handful of tracks were awash with EDM stylings and dubstep beats, while the second half of the album was more ballad-orientated and carried a theme of dysfunctional relationships, presumably in reference to her relationship with Chris Brown. A host of producers from David Guetta to Labrinth populated the album, which yielded a massive hit for the singer in the form of the Sia-penned 'Diamonds'.
In the three years that have passed since then, she's left the Def Jam imprint and signed up with Jay-Z's Roc Nation, and by December 2013 news was already beginning to surface about some of the producers enlisted to work on her eighth studio album, including a returning David Guetta. Kiesza is also believed to have written a number of new songs for Rihanna, but it's not clear whether these will all end up on the album.
Rihanna is rarely out of the tabloid eye for long, but in terms of new music it had all gone fairly quiet up until this week when Rihanna surprise released a new collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, named 'Four Five Seconds', but at the time of writing there is no confirmation from any of the three artists involved whose album the track will appear on, if any.
What is it called?
There's no official word on a title for the album just yet.
What will it sound like?
Difficult to say. Unapologetic represented a bit of a shift in direction for Rihanna, moving away from her R&B roots and heading down a more pop, dancefloor orientated avenue. The reported return of David Guetta for at least some of the tracks indicate that may continue, but then a host of other producers are also rumoured to be on the case.
So who else is producing It? Are there any big-name guests?
Other names mentioned so far include DJ Mustard, Nicky Romero and Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins. More recently, news surfaced that Calvin Harris and John Newman are also reported to have contributed to the new record.
As for guests, there's no word on this beyond the Kiesza collaborations we already mentioned, but if 'Four Five Seconds' does appear on a Rihanna LP, then there's two big names for you right there.
Will it really come out this year? And when?
No release date has been revealed yet, but it sound as though the new LP has been in the pipeline for at least a year now and given that Rihanna is fairly prolific, we'd expect this to drop later this year.