Rihanna’s upcoming half-time show for the Super Bowl LVII will be the first time the singer will perform in seven years. In advance of the show, she appeared in a press conference with Apple Music where she discussed putting together the set list, the physical challenges of performing, her work-life balance, upcoming music, and more.
On the subject of new music, Rihanna said she’s musically “feeling open.” She continued, “I’m feeling open to exploring, discovering, creating things that are new, things that are different, things that are off, weird. Might not ever make sense to my fans … I want to have fun with music.”
Her interview was followed by the debut of a new video, centered on Rihanna Street in Barbados and soundtracked by Jay-Z’s 2009 song “Run This Town,” featuring RiRi and Kanye West.
The singer has been teasing an album for some time and it’s still unclear if, or when, it will arrive. In January, the 34-year-old appeared in a new trailer for the upcoming Super Bowl, where she acknowledged her fans’ pleas for new music. Though she hasn’t released any solo material since Anti, she did appear on PartyNextDoor’s 2020 song “Believe It” from PartyMobile, and shared the 2022 song “Lift Me Up” from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.
Watch Rihanna’s interview up top.