Rihanna reveals reggae album plans - and speaks out on Drake's 'uncomfortable' VMAs speech

The multi-hyphenate reveals that the music will be influenced by Jamaican producer Supa Dups

Ilana Kaplan
Thursday 03 May 2018 16:39

Rihanna has revealed that her follow-up album to 2016's Anti will be heavily reggae-influenced.

In a wide-ranging interview with Vogue, the 30-year-old singer also spoke about the huge success of her Fenty beauty line, the upcoming Met Gala - and her relationship with fellow artist Drake.

While it was deemed "too early" to list all of her collaborators, Rihanna said one influence is likely Supa Dups - the Jamaican producer known for working with dancehall icons Beenie Man, Sean Paul and Elephant Man.

Rihanna also touched on winning the Vanguard award at the MTV VMAs after being snubbed by the Grammys for her record Anti.

During the honour, she was presented with the award by rapper Drake while he professed "his undying love for her on live TV."

The singer - who was rumoured to be dating Drake several times - "winced" when the interviewer mentioned his name.

"We don't have a friendship now, but we're not enemies either. It is what it is," Rihanna says of her relationship with the Canadian rapper.

She added that "waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part."

"I don't like too many compliments; I don't like to be put on blast," she admits.

Rihanna also discussed her forthcoming lingerie line Savage x Fenty in the interview.

Just like her Fenty Beauty line, she's making "nudes" that are inclusive of all skin tones.

"As a black woman, I could not live with myself if I didn’t do that," she says. "But what I didn’t anticipate was the way people would get emotional about finding their complexion on the shelf, that this would be a groundbreaking moment."

Savage x Fenty will be released in an online partnership with TechStyle on May 11.

There is no release date set for Rihanna's ninth album.

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