Rihanna readying new album for fall
It felt like only yesterday we were reporting Rihanna was hard at work on a new album. But, then again almost exactly a year ago she was.
She was long-rumored to be prepping a re-release of her latest album, "Loud," but opted not to repackage the album that already had a year run. Instead, she'll release a brand new disc of hopeful chart-toppers.
When a fan asked her via Twitter when the album was coming, she replied with excitement that the disc was expected "THIS FALL!!!!!" The revelation wasn't a total surprise considering she had previously teased that she was logging studio time, and a few collaborators confirmed it was for a new project and not a reissue.
The disc will be her sixth since her 2005 debut, "Music of the Sun." Rihanna just narrowly misses a year-an-album average (and we are going to count the reissue of "Good Girl Gone Bad" to put her on par).
"Loud" debuted in November at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and logged 1.5 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is her second-biggest-selling album following her breakout, 2007's "Good Girl Gone Bad," which sold 2.7 million.
Folks shouldn't feel too bad for "Loud." It had a quite a run. The singer released seven (yes, seven) of the 11 tracks as singles, three of which hit No. 1, and took to the road in support of the album and her now lengthy catalog of pop radio hits.
The as-yet-untitled disc doesn't have a solid release date, but her last two discs, "Loud" and 2009's "Rated R," were released in November, so maybe fans may want to circle that month in their calendar.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Rihanna performs live on the V stage during day 2 of the V Festival in Hylands Park on August 21, 2011 in Chelmsford, United Kingdom. Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images