Rihanna Covers First Free Issue Of ‘NME,’ Talks R8 Album Delays

Iconic British music magazine NME announced earlier this year that it would be switching to a free print issue format. And to usher in the new era, they’ve landed Rihanna as the mag’s first post-subscription cover star — so perhaps rumors of NME‘s demise have been exaggerated. As have rumors of Rihanna’s album eight troubles.

RiRi talked about the R8 album delays, and frankly she didn’t sound too stressed about the constant pressure she’s been getting from fans and commentators to roll out the new project.

“To me it’s never done until it’s done. Until the final moment,” she told the mag. “No matter what I post online, within three comments there’s somebody saying, ‘Where is ‘R8’?’ I could post anything. Nothing else matters. They don’t care about anything but that. But it makes me excited, because I can’t wait to give them something great.”

According to snippets of the interview that PopJustice shared, the star offered up more specifics as to why it’s taking so long, mainly blaming it on scheduling conflicts with executive producer Kanye West (they still need more studio time together) and a surplus of songs.

“Now we just have to wait to get back in the studio together. [Kanye’s] schedule and mine are totally opposite right now, but I think this month we’ll be back in the studio,” Rihanna said. She added, “I have so many songs I love – and they’re so different – that it’s hard to actually put them all on the same album.”

So, it doesn’t sound like we’ll get that new Rihanna LP any time soon, but at least now her fans know she hasn’t abandoned it for a career in the sock industry.

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