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Rihanna graces the November cover of Vogue, and inside, the international superstar and fashion icon finally spills the tea on her long-awaited ninth studio album (confirming the rumors that it will be infused in Reggae), and why she turned down performing at the Super Bowl for Half Time.

On Her New Album: “I have been trying to get back into the studio. It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before. I know I have some very unhappy fans who don’t understand the inside bits of how it works.” On The Album’s Sound:

“I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album. 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.

Reggae always feels right to me. It’s in my blood. It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It’s always the same high. Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”

She went on to say that she’s planning to release two bodies of work:

“We always went into the music this time around saying that we were going to do two different pieces of art. 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.”

On If Her Reason For Turning Down Performing At The Super Bowl Had Anything To Do With Colin Kaepernick:

“Absolutely. I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

I’m curious as to what are her thoughts on her boss Jay Z getting in bed with the NFL, knowing how problematic the NFL overlords have been when it comes to black athletes showing any form of political activism. As for when R9 will see the light of day, she didn’t give a specific date and time for the release, but I’m hoping we’ll get to hear something at the top of 2020.

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