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And lo, on this honest Boxing Day, simply earlier than the fifth night time of Hanukkah and the primary night time of Kwanzaa, Rihanna has gifted us, the devoted members of the Navy, with… a photograph. However not simply any photograph: A cryptic photograph that doubtlessly means one thing!
After over a yr of anticipation, it appears we (possibly) will really get to blast the multi-hyphenate’s as-yet-untitled new album earlier than the top of 2019. Def Jam Recordings posted a tweet with a photograph of the singer and a diamond emoji in the midst of the day on December 26, and whereas it would not essentially imply something, it undoubtedly doesn’t suggest nothing. It is a clue. Let’s go to the conspiracy board, lets?
300 and seventy days in the past (however who’s counting?), Rihanna made an Instagram put up teasing the discharge of Fenty Magnificence’s Flamingo Acid Mattemoiselle Plush Lipstick. Within the feedback, a courageous commander within the Navy stepped ahead to talk for the lots, asking when RiRi’s new album was dropping. Badgalriri deigned to reply with the imprecise however hope-provoking numbers “2019.”
Consultants say it has been 2019 for not less than seven years now, and although no album has emerged, Rihanna has teased its existence all through the interminable yr. As just lately as final weekend, Rihanna whipped followers right into a tizzy with a taunting Instagram put up of a pet leaping within the air as “Leap Round” by Home of Ache performs. “Replace: me listening to R9 on my own and refusing to launch it.”
This tweet from Def Jam Recordings might be seen as simply one other troll by a staff of very wealthy, gifted folks we’re deeply worshipful of, however the proximity to Rihanna’s “Leap Round” put up proves one factor: The taunts are growing in frequency. It’s nonetheless potential that we’ll get R9 in “2019” and the seismic social media exercise round that truth suggests mentioned chance is turning into extra of a chance. There’s simply over 5 days left within the yr; the album might drop any minute. Scientists are urging warning, nevertheless, as a tweet is only a tweet and, as Rihanna herself sang in 2016 (additionally the final yr that she launched a studio album), “nothing is promised.”