Rihanna's taking her time with the new album to put together a collection of “timeless” work. The 27-year-old touched on the music side of her career while promoting her starring role in the animated film Home, out next Friday (March 27).
Although the megastar has sold more than 150 million singles, she’s now looking to take fans on a different journey. “I’ve made a lot of songs that are really, really big songs,” she told MTV News. “From the jump, they just blow up. And I wanted to kind of get back to — not that they weren’t real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever."
“I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years; I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years. Not any songs that were burnt out,” continued Riri. “I find that when I get on stage now, I don’t want to perform a lot of my songs. They don’t feel like me. So I want to make songs that are timeless.”
The new direction can already be heard on “FourFiveSeconds,” her single with Paul McCartney and Kanye West. "Higher," another track reportedly off the album, showcases a similarly soulful Rihanna with stripped down vocals.
Rihanna’s eighth studio album is rumored to be called R8 and is executive-produced by West. No release date has been announced.
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