People Magazine
January 07, 2019 10:49 am

Guess who’s getting back to work-work-work-work-work? After previously teasing her fans about her forthcoming album, Rihanna finally had mercy on them, sharing that she’s back in the studio. On Sunday evening on January 6th, the 30-year-old singer, who hasn’t released new music since January 2016, posted a short clip of herself on her Instagram Story.

After posing in a galactic filter, she reversed the camera to show the recording consoles in front of her. Additionally, a brief snippet of vocals played in the background before she turned the camera back on herself and playfully appeared to flash her middle finger.

Her fans, who have eagerly awaited Rihanna’s new album for months, quickly began celebrating the news on social media. “Queen she’s coming to save 2019,” wrote one fan, while another simply replied with a “Thank you Jesus” GIF.

Although Rihanna has yet to share exactly what kind of music will be on her album, a fan account noted that the singer had recently followed two Jamaican producers on Instagram. Rihanna had previously shared that she planned on making a reggae album in a June cover story with Vogue.

Even though the clip only offered a brief glimpse of her new material, fans are already convinced that Rihanna has a hit on her hands. “A bop already… I can smell the #1 spot,” wrote one fan, while another predicted that it was only a matter of time before the two-second-long snippet started charting on the Billboard Hot 100.

The news comes weeks after the singer, who has been focusing lately on her Fenty Beauty line as well as her Savage x Fenty lingerie collection, teased her fans about her upcoming release. In a December Instagram Story post, Rihanna shared a silly clip of herself holding up a wad of cash in her left hand, before blowing a kiss and smiling to the camera. “‘Where the album?’ ” she wrote, before quipping, “Me: sorry my connection poor”

Rihanna/Instagram

One week earlier, the pop star responded to a fan on Instagram, letting them know that they could expect new music in “2019.” In October, the singer shared a creative meme about how much her fans want new music from her to Instagram, joking that she felt “attacked.”

The previous month, Rihanna told her fans that although she’s staying busy with her ever-growing list of creative pursuits and charity work, she can’t wait to be able to share what she’s been working on. In response to a fan who asked, “where is the m.u.s.i.c. ???” on Instagram, she commented back, “I know I know sis. I’m doing music. Simultaneously doing lingerie, makeup, film, amongst a couple other things that I enjoy. when the music is ready, you won’t have to ask for it. But it’s coming. Just not today sis. I’m hype too tho, it can’t come soon enough for me.”

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