While there haven’t been many details about the album forthcoming from Rihanna, Ne-Yo talked about it in an interview with Rap-Up.
“I was just recently in the studio doing some stuff with Rihanna,” the Grammy Award winning singer said. “The thing is, I never know what’s going to be kept, what she’s going to hold onto, what’s going to fall by the wayside… I know I got one or two on the album that she’s definitely keeping, but the rest is to be determined.”
It will be the seventh studio album for Rihanna, who has been on a monstrous tear of late. She also recently announced that she would be starting a Diamonds World Tour will begin on March 8 in Buffalo, NY, at the First Niagara Center.
The tour will continue through Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Hartford, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Tampa, in addition to quite a few other cities. The whirlwind tour is scheduled to conclude on May 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn—a fitting close since that is the arena overseen by her mentor Jay-Z, who is christening the joint with a series of eight sold-out shows starting next Friday, Sept. 28.
The “Umbrella” hitmaker has teamed up with Ne-Yo before, on her 2007 hit single “Hate That I Love You.” He also co-wrote her songs “Take a Bow” and “Stupid in Love” and also reportedly collaborated with Riri in 2010 for a song that has never been released.
As for Ne-Yo, his latest album “R.E.D.” is set for release on November 6. Calling the album “a celebration of my first love, which is music,” he gushed, “My album is a declaration of the blurring of the lines. This is the most balanced alvum that I’ve ever done. My diehard R&B fans as well as my diehard pop fans, everybody’s gonna be able to get into this album because it is an equal balance of both genres.”