Rihanna Lands Yet Another ‘Vogue’ Cover, Promises ‘R9’ Still Exists

Most artists are proud to land on the cover of Vogue at least once in the course of their career. Then there’s Rihanna. The 31-year-old has blessed the publication with a series of stunning photoshoots over the years. That includes a glossy spread in 2018. You know, the one where she confirmed plans to record a still un-released reggae album. Well, she’s done it again. Today (October 9), she unveiled a new shoot for the iconic magazine. Posing for Ethan James Green, she stuns in a series of chic looks including a jacket from her own Fenty collection. In the accompanying interview, she also spills some tea about a variety of ventures. Thankfully one is the status of R9.

Yes. The album still exists. Yes. Rihanna knows we desperately want it. However, it sounds like she’s struggling to find time to work. “I have been trying to get back into the studio,” she explained. “It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before.” That being said, she confirmed some facts about the long-awaited follow-up to ANTI. For starters, it’s still going to be “a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album.” That means she intends to put her special spin on the genre instead of directly interpreting it. “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.”

Although there’s no concrete release date for the album, there is a glimmer of hope about future projects. The prolific hitmaker revealed that she’s already in the “discovery stage” for what the Navy will surely refer to as R10. And it’s going to be different from her ninth. How so? “We always went into the music this time around saying that we were going to do two different pieces of art,” Rihanna explained. “One was gonna be inspired by the music that I grew up listening to. And one was gonna be the evolution of where I’m going next with music.” She also promises that there is no foreseeable future where she leaves music behind.

“Music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. It’s the weird language that connects me to them,” she assured. That’s the best news I’ve heard all year. The feature also includes some details about Rihanna’s forthcoming, sure-to-be best-selling autobiography and a variety of other projects. She gushed about the spread on Instagram this morning. “So proud to be on another cover of [Vogue] wearing my own designs,” she wrote. Scroll through a gallery of photos from the chic spread up top. After perusing those, dive into the rest of her feature here.

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