Rihanna released the album cover of her new album ‘Anti’ which shows a picture of her first day in day care.
The cover page, designed by Ray Nachum and released at a private viewing in Los Angeles, also had Braille writings reflecting a deep meaning which the singer explained. She said that the reason behind using Braille was that people who can see are sometimes the ones who are the blindest.
Rihanna’s eighth album has been very long in the making, nearly 3 years after her seventh album in 2012. Although fans and music experts believe that since the ‘Diamonds’ singer gave out seven albums in seven consecutive years before that, taking longer for the eighth one is fine. However, three years is a long gap, they believe.
The delay in the release of Rihanna’s eighth album has only fueled expectations with scattered interviews, releases of various singles and the never ending rumors floating in the media.
RiRi is famous for adopting new trends in innovative ways and better than her peers. While most of her songs were pop-based, she employed sharper and darker Rhythm and Blues sounds in her 2012’s ‘Unapologetic’.
Then again in the ‘FourFiveSeconds’ hit which she collaborated with Paul McCartney and Kanye West, she delivered a largely acoustic track, even though the song did not do excellently. Subsequently, her ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ was completely hip-hop. With multiple singles being released randomly, there seemed to be no concrete news of her eighth album dubbed R8 at that time, now, maybe probably called Anti.
Last year she had put up two snippets on Instagram with teasers of her new album. In one, she trilled, ‘None of this shit promised, none of it promised.’ This snippet also featured foghorn blasts and rumbling bass. The second one was more radio friendly and lighter and was named ‘Kiss it better’ and featured the provocative voice of Rihanna accompanied by funky silky guitar sounds.
The confirmed collaborators for the eighth album are DJ Mustard who has worked with Miley Cyrus for her ‘Feelin’ Myself’ and with Fergie for ‘LA Love’ and has also produced will.i.am. DJ Mustard is expected to bring the hip-hop flair to Anti. Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins and David Guetta are also known to be collaborating with RiRi for her new album. Other unconfirmed team members for Anti include Sia, Sam Smith, Ne-Yo and Alicia Renee.