Rihanna is on the cover of November’s Vogue talking about all the shit she has going on in her life making her so absolutely rich and fabulous. And even though she’s the highest-earning woman in music, according to Forbes, she has not put out an album since 2016’s Anti. Well, don’t worry, members of The Navy who have been waiting for their God to put her main hustle as a high-class Avon lady aside and return to the studio, because she promises Vogue that an album is on the way.
Rihanna has been busy. She’s got a make up collection. She’s got a lingerie line. She’s got a fashion line. She’s got a new photo book coming out which will inspire Aaron Carter to action and cost me like $200 probably even though I could just look at the pics when someone posts them online. But I won’t! I want to give Rihanna some money, because CLEARLY she needs it.
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@badgalriri is our November issue cover star! She talks to @abbyaguirre about @fenty, that album you’re waiting for, being happy in love, and, oh yes, she has a few choice words for the president. Tap the link in our bio for the full profile. Photographed by @ethanjamesgreen, styled by @tonnegood, written by @abbyaguirre, Vogue, November 2019.
In the lengthy piece, Rihanna talks about how she was personally asked to create a fashion line from scratch because she’s a style genius:
“I just thought, Really? Is he sure? Like, now? …And then you’re left with this opportunity that’s a really big risk for everyone involved. But I’ve never been afraid to take risks. That’s the thing that got me out of my own way. I was like: “You’ve never been afraid to do anything or try anything, regardless of the outcome.” So I accepted, and we went full steam ahead.”
Rihanna also confirmed that she turned down doing the Super Bowl Halftime Show because of Colin Kaepernick:
“I couldn’t dare do that. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”
Then the topic got into new music since that’s all The Navy has been screaming about for years:
“I have been trying to get back into the studio… It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before. I know I have some very unhappy fans who don’t understand the inside bits of how it works.”
And as for if the album is still a reggae album, which she teased it would be last year when she claimed to be recording it (lies!):
“I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album… It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks.”
And don’t worry fans (who she calls “my scary fans”) she loves you and will never abandon the music:
“But they’ve earned it. They got me here…. Music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. It’s the weird language that connects me to them. Me the designer, me the woman who creates makeup and lingerie–it all started with music. It was my first pen pal-ship to the world. To cut that off is to cut my communication off. All of these other things flourish on top of that foundation.”
Can’t wait for Rihanna’s new reggae-inspired album to come out whenever she gets around to giving it to us. I know that Angela Lansbury for one is waiting with her breath baited.