Rihanna has hinted that her much-anticipated next album will be ‘completely different to how she wanted to put it out.’
Gracing the cover of Vogue’s May 2022 issue, the pregnant singer, 34, said reinventing the project has ‘taken a lot of pressure off’ and ‘suits her way better,’ six years since the release of her last album Anti.
It comes after Rihanna was named on Forbes’ coveted Billionaires List for the first time earlier this month, thanks to her vast beauty and lingerie empire.
Coming soon: Rihanna has hinted that her much-anticipated next album will be ‘completely different to how she wanted to put it out’
Asked about her upcoming album, Rihanna said: ‘I’m looking at my next project completely differently from the way I had wanted to put it out before.
‘I think this way suits me better, a lot better. It’s authentic, it’ll be fun for me, and it takes a lot of the pressure off.’
In December Rihanna promised fans that her new music is coming ‘soon, soon, soon,’ and previously saying the new music will be ‘worth the wait.’
When? The pregnant singer said reinventing the project has ‘taken a lot of pressure off’ and ‘suits her way better,’ six years since the release of her last album Anti
The Rude Boy hitmaker insisted she is ‘always’ working on her music and despite fans’ pleas for her to share her latest material, she wants to wait until she’s completely satisfied.
She said: ‘I’m always working on new music. Just because I haven’t released an album in a few years doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on it.
‘I’m not just going to put music out because people are craving it. I’m going to make it worth the wait – and it will be worth the wait.’
Stellar: Rihanna was officially certified a billionaire in August 2021 thanks to her vast beauty and lingerie empire (pictured in her Fenty line)
It also came after Rihanna was announced as one of the latest additions to Forbes’ annual billionaires list.
The singer bolstered her net worth to $1.7 billion, due to her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line and her Savage Fenty lingerie line.
She became the first billionaire ever to hail from the small island country of Barbados.
It was previously claimed the bulk of her fortune ($1.4billion/£1billion) comes from her 50 percent stake in her cosmetics line Fenty Beauty – a joint venture with French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH – and worth $2.8billion (£2billion) in total.
Her $270million (£190million) stake in the wildly successful Savage X Fenty lingerie line and her wealth from her 16 year recording career all make up the mogul’s mass wealth.
Out soon: Vogue’s May 2022 issue is available on newsstands nationwide on April 26th
Rihanna founded acclaimed beauty brand Fenty Beauty back in 2017 with a desire to ‘make women everywhere (feel) included.’
It became a leader in providing diversity in the makeup industry when it first launched 40 shades for its foundation line
The You Da One singer first put out her makeup line at Sephora, racking up sales eclipsing $100 million over the course of its first few weeks.
By the end of its first full calendar year in 2018, LVMH said the brand took home $550million (£394million) in annual revenues, trouncing celebrity cosmetics brands such as Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty.
The high-end brand turned into a billion dollar business in less than four years, and with the launch of Fenty Skin last year, looks set to grow even further.
Fenty Skin had sales of $30million in under four months on its e-store, WWD reports.
Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie line, which she has a 30 per cent stake in, is also worth $1billion (£717million).
A second round of funding for the brand in February secured a whopping $115 million (£82.7 million) for Savage X Fenty, with L Catterton, a private equity firm that fashion house LVMH has a stake in, taking a percentage of the line.
Rihanna hasn’t released an album since 2016’s Anti, but she has appeared in films such as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Ocean’s 8 and Guava Island.
Vogue’s May 2022 issue is available on newsstands nationwide on April 26th.
MAKE-UP, LINGERIE AND MUSIC: How Rihanna amassed $1.7bn fortune
FENTY BEAUTY – $1.4BILLION
Rihanna founded the acclaimed beauty brand back in 2017 with a desire to ‘make women everywhere (feel) included.’
She said ‘Make-up is there for you to have fun with. It should never feel like pressure. It should never feel like a uniform. Feel free to take chances, and take risks, and dare to do something new or different.’
The beauty brand is a 50-50 joint venture with French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH.
The You Da One singer first put out her makeup line at Sephora, racking up sales eclipsing $100 million over the course of its first few weeks
The high-end brand turned into a billion dollar business (now valued at $2.8 billion) in less than four years with the bulk of the star’s fortune coming from this.
Fenty Skin also launched last year – with the company set to grow even further.
SAVAGE X FENTY – $270million
Rihanna launched her wildly popular lingerie line back in May 2018 – and it is now worth an estimated $1billion – with Rihanna maintaining a 30% stake in the business.
A second round of funding for the brand back in February secured a whopping $115 million for Savage X Fenty, with L Catterton, a private equity firm that fashion house LVMH has a stake in, taking a percentage of the line.
The line was launched in 2018 and is anticipated to be the market’s leader by 2025.
Last year, Savage X Fenty saw revenue growth of more than 200% and ‘increased its active VIP member base by more than 150%.’
MUSIC/ACTING – $30million
Although the star hasn’t released new music since 2016’s ANTI, she has amassed a fortune from her recording career which kicked off back in 2005 with debut single Pon De Replay.
The star has sold more than 250million records worldwide and is one of the most successful recording artists of all time.