Il nuovo album di Rihanna, il duetto con Lady Gaga, il titolo misterioso: la popstar alza il sipario su #R9

Qualche anticipazione sul nuovo album di Rihanna, direttamente dalla popstar barbadiana

Il nuovo album di Rihanna non ha ancora un titolo ufficiale, ma visto che la sigla #R9 ormai la perseguita da anni – ovvero da quando il pubblico ha iniziato ad inseguirla chiedendole senza sosta novità sul prossimo disco di inediti – non è detto che non sarà proprio quella, alla fine, a dare il nome alla nuova era discografica.

La popstar barbadiana, che ha appena annunciato la nascita del suo marchio di lusso FENTY con cui entrerà nella storia, sta ultimando il successore di ANTI, che risale ormai al 2016, e che si conferma un progetto inedito nel suo repertorio per genere musicale.

Rihanna ne ha parlato in un’intervista per la rivista di moda del New York Times T, confermando che il prossimo sarà un album reggae, come ampiamente anticipato dai rumors degli ultimi mesi. Il titolo non è stato ancora scelto, ma la popstar ci scherza su identificandolo come #R9 (l’hashtag con cui il suo nono album in studio viene citato in rete da parte dei fan della Navy, la sua fanbase).

Finora è stato soltanto R9, grazie ai Navy. Probabilmente dovrei chiamarlo così, perché mi hanno inseguito con questo R9 chiedendomi sempre “R9, quando sarà rilasciato R9?”. Come farò a scegliere un altro titolo dopo che questo è stato impresso nella mia testa?

Nella stessa intervista, corredata da un ricco servizio fotografico firmato da Kristin-Lee Moolman, Rihanna ha risposto anche ai rumors su un duetto con Lady Gaga, partiti dopo che la Germanotta aveva iniziato a seguire la collega su Instagram. Un’ipotesi suggestiva per il pubblico di entrambe, ma non prevista al momento, spiega Rihanna, che lascia comunque porte aperte ad una collaborazione futura: “Per ora non è in programma, ma non avrei nulla in contrario“.

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Exclusive: A first look at #Rihanna's new fashion line @Fenty, created in partnership with #LVMH. For her next act, the pop star will become the first black woman in charge of a major luxury fashion house in Paris. Here, @badgalriri opens up about what this means to her: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “You’re going to be black wherever you go. And I don’t know if it’s unfortunate or fortunate, because I love being black. So, sorry for those who don’t like it — that’s the first thing you see before you even hear my voice. There are also other factors: I’m young. I’m new to the family. I’m a woman. Those factors do come into play, but I will not apologize for them, and I will not back down from being a woman, from being black, from having an opinion. I’m running a company and that’s exactly what I came here to do. I don’t know if it makes people uncomfortable or not, but that’s not even my business, you know? I do know that the reason I’m here is not because I’m black. It’s because of what I have to offer. That’s what they’re invested in. And the fact that I’m black is just that: a fact.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Click the link in our bio for Rihanna's full conversation with the playwright @JeremyOHarris, and to see more exclusive images of her new clothing line. Photographed by @KristinLeeMoolman, styled by @SuzanneKoller, makeup by @lauren.parsons, hair by Yusef (@yusefhairnyc), manicure by Jenny Longworth (@jennynails), set design by Andrew Tomlinson (@tomotattle).

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Quella che è invece la notizia più attesa, ovvero la data di pubblicazione del disco o almeno di un primo singolo che dia un assaggio dell’album – ancora non è arrivata. La stessa Rihanna ha precedentemente confermato che il 2019 sarà l’anno del suo ritorno sul mercato discografico, ma non c’è ancora alcun piano di rilascio per #R9. Ad ogni modo, visto che si sta lavorando alla definizione di un tour intercontinentale per il prossimo autunno, l’album dovrebbe uscire entro l’estate.

Imminente, invece, il lancio del sito di FENTY (online dal 29 maggio), un brand che Rihanna definisce “non tradizionale” e che vuole improntare ad una filosofia dell’accettazione della diversità: “Si tratta di vestire quello che ti sta bene e basta” ha raccontato la diva delle Barbados, definendo se stessa senza mezzi termini “grossa e formosa ora” e auspicando una moda inclusiva che non sia legata agli stereotipi del passato.

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“You wear what looks good on you and that’s it,” says #Rihanna. “I’m thick and curvy right now, and so if I can’t wear my own stuff then, I mean, that’s not gonna work, right?” As the first black woman to run a major luxury fashion house, @badgalriri paid close attention to inclusivity when creating the @Fenty clothing line. Indeed, the mission of #Fenty, according to #JahleelWeaver (@illjahjah), a stylist for Rihanna who is now the label’s style director, “is to really speak to how multifaceted today’s woman is. We’re thinking about each release as a different facet to a woman’s wardrobe and how she approaches dressing. Luxury has been defined in the past as one woman, one brand: You know who the Saint Laurent woman is, you understood who the Céline woman was when it was Phoebe. Which is fine, but you think about how that relates to the modern woman. I don’t think she is just one thing, Rih being the perfect example of that.” Click the link in our bio for Rihanna's full conversation with the playwright @JeremyOHarris, and to see more exclusive images of her new clothing line. Photographed by @KristinLeeMoolman, styled by @SuzanneKoller, makeup by @lauren.parsons, hair by Yusef (@yusefhairnyc), manicure by Jenny Longworth (@jennynails), set design by Andrew Tomlinson (@tomotattle).

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“I’ve been slowly evolving throughout the fashion world,” says #Rihanna. “First wearing it, buying it, being recognized for my style and then collaborating with brands. I never just wanted to put my name on something and sell my license. I’m very hands-on, so I wanted to take it slowly and gain respect as a designer.” Click the link in our bio for a first look at @badgalriri's new fashion line @Fenty, created in partnership with #LVMH, and to read her full interview with the playwright @JeremyOHarris. Photographed by @KristinLeeMoolman, styled by @SuzanneKoller, makeup by @lauren.parsons, hair by Yusef (@yusefhairnyc), manicure by Jenny Longworth (@jennynails), set design by Andrew Tomlinson (@tomotattle).

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“I want to be as disruptive as possible,” says #Rihanna. “The brand is not traditional. There is no runway show. It’s a new way of doing things because I believe that this is where fashion is going to go eventually.” When Fenty.com goes live on May 29, it will be one of few luxury brands to commit fully to online sales: There are no plans for runway shows, flagship boutiques or third-party sales through department stores. New clothes will instead “drop” each month on the website, similar to the model pioneered by the streetwear brand Supreme. Click the link in our bio for more on @badgalriri's new fashion line @Fenty, created in partnership with @LVMH. Photographed by @KristinLeeMoolman, styled by @SuzanneKoller, makeup by @lauren.parsons, hair by Yusef (@yusefhairnyc), manicure by Jenny Longworth (@jennynails), set design by Andrew Tomlinson (@tomotattle).

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#Rihanna is making a reggae album and it will arrive imminently, but she doesn’t know the exact date yet. As for the name of her ninth album? “So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy,” she said, referencing the term for her crew of fans. “I’m about to call it that, probably ’cause they have haunted me with this ‘R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?’ How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?” Click the link in our bio for more takeaways from @badgalriri's exclusive interview with @JeremyOHarris. Photographed by @KristinLeeMoolman, styled by @SuzanneKoller, makeup by @lauren.parsons, hair by Yusef (@yusefhairnyc), manicure by Jenny Longworth (@jennynails), set design by Andrew Tomlinson (@tomotattle).

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