Rihanna watches during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka and West Indies on July 01, 2019 in Chester-le-Street, England.
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Roberta Flack sang about seeing the sun in late December; can we sing about seeing Rihanna’s new album in December, too?

Well, according to The Source, a few reporters covering Universal Music France’s Open Session served the tea straight from the record company’s mouth.

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That’s right, mark your calendars for December. And apparently, Kanye West fans should mark their calendars for November instead of the Sept. 27 date Kim Kardashian West originally reported for the upcoming Jesus Is King project, via Twitter. Apparently.

Moving on! Wow, it certainly has been an arduous road to get here, huh? In fact, the multi-chapter saga is thusly known (in my head) as Robyn Fenty And The Album Of Secrets.

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First chapter started when we all got a Christmas gift in the form of an IOU and it was announced a new Rih album was forthcoming:

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Then, the fashion and beauty mogul decided to troll everyone who kept asking for more details. Which, valid. Y’all became annoying with that shit:

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The summer was filled with blockbuster news such as boo-loving, Fenty fashion, and just about every single tiny morsel of clue-dropping to tease The Navy’s palate.

Rihanna was intentionally vague with her “2019” announcement and since there are still three months left in the year, she has not been made out to be a liar. As Team The Root has previously surmised, we’re still placing bets on a New Year’s Eve drop. New Year’s Eve ball drop? Pshaw! Make way for Rihanna’s album drop.

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Rihanna has been direct about how much she didn’t want to rush on her much-anticipated ninth studio album, which will be heavily reggae-influenced.

“It really does suck that it can’t just come out because I’m working on a really fun one right now,” she said in her June 2019 Interview Magazine feature. “I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete. It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, ‘Even if I don’t have the time to shoot videos, I’m going to put an album out.’”

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