January 30, 2016
Album surprises aren’t anything new at this point. Yet, after Beyoncé pulled a Harry Houdini and sneak-dropped her acclaimed self-titled fifth LP in 2013, everybody from Drake and Future to Struggle Rapper McGee and Humdinger have attempted to “shock” their fans with out-of-the-blue releases. It happens so much that now the very idea of album release dates is topsy-turvy.
Rihanna is no stranger to this. She has ben teasing her eighth studio album, ANTI, for over a year, releasing a variety of singles (“FourFiveSeconds,” “American Oxygen,” “B*tch Better Have My Money”) and its cover art. She has even announced a world tour in support of the album, which up until this point does not even have a concrete release date. While rumors – as well as quick-on-the-draw publications – have persisted surrounding said date, the only person who truly knows when Rihanna’s album will drop is, well, Rihanna.