ANTI or Antique? Jay Z Still “Trying” To Find Release Date For Rihanna Album

Published: Saturday 24th Oct 2015 by Sam

When feigning artistry goes wrong.

Rihanna has spent all of 2015 trying to gain traction for her eighth studio album…to no avail.

A stream of mismatched singles have been released, yet public interest has all but dried up after her musical confusion became glaringly apparent to the masses.

Earlier this month, a rescue boat of sorts arrived when the LP’s title (‘ANTi’) and cover were finally decided on. However, one thing that remains is a mystery is its release date.

And, according to a new report, there’s still no definitive roll-out plan.

Hits Daily Double‘s latest Hits List shared the following:


Goodness gracious.

At this point, it’s almost redundant harping on about how much of a mess this “era” has been.

Worse still is the fact that with Hurricane Adele wasting no time sweeping up the competition (and releases from One Direction and Bieber nigh), it’s hard to see any window this year (and arguably early next) that would be “ideal” for Ms. Fenty commercially.

We keep saying it – and at this junction even the Navy are starting to see – it’s perhaps best she just drop the album now, hit the touring circuit, and call it an era.

There may be ways the spin things eventually, but it’s unlikely to be on the charts or with sales figures. The sooner that’s digested, the sooner we’ll likely get the album.

Sidenote: Wondering out aloud if that Samsung comment was a cheeky nod to Jay’s  “platinum on premiere”‘Magna Carta’ roll-out or suggestion that something with the phone giant could be in the works for Rih? Things that make you go hmmm. Anyway…

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  1. truthtea October 24, 2015

    At this point, just drop the damn album as a surprise release. You’ll probably get more sales that way. If the album flops regardless, then just move onto the next. Either way, just accept that people have moved on to Adele, Ariana, and Taylor and that what Rihanna is suffering from is what everybody suffers from once they reach 10 years in this industry!

  2. shakira stan October 24, 2015

    Why so bothered about her album release focus on your own career or Beyonce’s fading career or Rita ora’s that never happened .

    • Danny Bey October 24, 2015

      What fading about it? I’m curious…

      • Pat October 24, 2015

        It is starting to fade though…

  3. #TeamTinashe Stan October 24, 2015

    I think the important thing is that TGJ and all of us are interested in the project but yes Adele will minimize her sales and including anyone’s faves on here with her new album for a good 10-12 months come November.

    • maurice October 24, 2015

      tbh, the album has been in talks for so long, i’ve lost interest.
      the singles came out almost a year ago.. still no release.. no structure… an album cover release, but no other details or anything.
      just plain stupid in terms of marketing imo

  4. HailBeysus October 24, 2015

    Rihanna: “Kamikaze if ya think ur gunna knock me off the to o o op!”
    Adele flying in from England: Hello! (Drops nuke on ANTi)

  5. blue October 24, 2015

    i dont understand how anyone still connects the 3 songs from this year to Anti as anything but buzz singles, no one waits 8 months between single and album… If failing to find is the problem best believe they have already scrapped everything and will launch the Anti era with a new lead single…and for the past 8 months the most she has done for this album is release an album cover so i dont really see how she has been failing when she hasnt been trying

    • red wine October 24, 2015

      I don’t think those singles will be on the album

    • janvier October 24, 2015

      Seriously though, why is the navy soooooo STUPID. Coming up with all these irritating excuses won’t save your fave RN. The girl after 10 years lacks any artistic or musical direction and talent. She should just release a single now and the album a week later cos I advice she doesn’t do a surprise release for the so called most creative artist.

  6. blue October 24, 2015

    if rih really does want to release this year then her only concern is whether Hello becomes a monster hit or not, because if she can come and slay the singles chart across the globe then her album sales will stay intact regardless of adele and a number 1 album.

    • Faf October 24, 2015

      It’s already a monster it’s done like 200k thus far

  7. ENOUGH ONIKA October 24, 2015

    A clear example of an artist created by the machine. Def Jam pieced together every part of this girls career (including controversies) until now. She started feeling herself and thinking she didn’t need her maker(s) anymore. Now look at her, lost as hell in the desert without a release date, and that well is 95% dry…no ones excited for this album except for the fans she beat brain dead with her mic during her last days of relevancy (aka 2011)…..

    • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

      Def Jam hasn’t had an #1 nor platinum album since Unapologetic. So it seems that that whole label is lost since Rihanna left. Cause it for sure ain’t Iggy or Rock Ross bringing in the sales.

      • ENOUGH ONIKA October 24, 2015

        Maybe they both should go away then…both are on the same boat of irrelevancy….

  8. blue October 24, 2015

    rihanna has two options, she could say screw it and release nov 20. Or she could wait until next year when she has a chance to get that hit single to jumpstart the era.

    • Faf October 24, 2015

      Why nov20? She should do two weeks before and she needs to do a surprise single and video release like yesterday she can at least go top ten

      • blue October 24, 2015

        nov 20 because it will be the ultimate finger to those who think she is afraid of adele or that she cares about getting a number 1

  9. No favs, just here for the music October 24, 2015

    I don’t care about the album. I’m still waiting to hear ‘Higher’ in it’s entirety. That’s the only song that really caught my interest anyway.

    To be perfectly honest I think it’s best if she just scraps this album and start over. She may not be the best vocalist by far but her songs were always fun and catchy. Plus she has such an edgy and interesting look that many can’t pull off. This new stuff from her is just not living up to the usual Rihanna hype.

  10. King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

    People act like most don’t have an extra $10. Your finances may be in the struggle doesn’t mean the Navi’s is. No one is saying JB and One Direction are going to flop, why? Because they have a different audience. Well JB and 1D may have the same, but I know for a fact thay Adele and Rihanna don’t. They’re not even remotely the same artist.
    And for that title, sad or struggling to be clever? I don’t even understand the post, it seems to be asking about Jay’s businesses doing bad as a whole this year.

  11. blue October 24, 2015

    funny, hurricane adele is upon us and there is only one other album on everyone’s mind. Irrelevant my ass, the girl has covered almost every single special edition magazine released this year and is now about to apear on the voice and perform for VS all without a lead single or release date. Hate but dont be delusional

    • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

      Don’t you get it? No one is checking for Rihanna… except EVERYONE is asking for the album. Lol. These haters think they’re fooling people, yet only making a fool out of themselves. ????

  12. red wine October 24, 2015

    the worst thing she did was leave DefJam they gave her those hits I was so excited for #R8 but when I found out kayne was executive producer that spelled trouble i was a big stan of her but she spent more time being a model

  13. Weezy Tha G.O.A.T October 24, 2015

    I honestly forgot she was releasing an album, Hurricane Adele has all my attention at the moment.

    • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

      Yet you’re here and been bring up her name. Yea, you’re not fooling anyone. And the irony coming from a Lil Wayne fan.

      • Weezy Tha G.O.A.T October 24, 2015

        U mad sis?????

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) October 24, 2015


      • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

        No, but Birdman’s old fling is because he found out that YM was nothing more than Cash Money. Fool thought he had control, lol.

  14. King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

    And I don’t recall a #4 and too #15 hits being a flop. Those singles were chatting for months. It’s cool if you hate the girl, but a flop she is not.

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) October 24, 2015

      Yeah, granted, FourFiveSTD’S was technically not a flop. However, the way the NAZI was hyping that s*** like it was going to slay the worldwide chart, makes it easier to call it a flop. And if i’m being serious, for Rihject’s standard (which is a good thing) the song was a flop for her first single ….And then B**** FORGOT TO BUY MY SINGLE came out. …WELL WE ALL KNOW HOW THAT WENT!!!!!!!!

      • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

        Let’s not when Partition, XO, Pretty Hurts, Flawless, Ring off and if BBHMM is a flop, then so it 711, since it sold the same and #14 and #13 are the same. And let’s not talk about 4 singles. Living in a glass house much?

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) October 24, 2015

        No, u missed the point SIS…..U hyped up FOURFIVEHEADS and it did not live up to par. It’s as simple as that..I mean when the NAZI claims something will be bigger that big and that s*** falls short,….LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Lover of music October 24, 2015

    This era is one hell of a mess..I honestly think she should just drop the album and flop and move on to the new era,,She survived 21 so i am sure her next era can survive 25,,One thing I am sure of is that ANTI wont definatly survive 25……….
    But imagine the shade miss Samantha will be throwing if Riri flopped!

  16. RihannaIsMadonna October 24, 2015

    Oh but my Queen what went wrong!

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) October 24, 2015

      People realised she was a FAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • blue October 24, 2015

        lol…fad…yes…im sure rih agrees with you from her big red chair

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) October 24, 2015

        Who are u??

      • blue October 24, 2015

        im a username on a blog and so r u…so get off that high ant you sitting on a realise u as unimportant as i and everyone else on here.

      • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015


      • Lmao October 24, 2015

        Lmaooooo blue I live for your comments

      • LB October 24, 2015


        @Surprise, you OK???? You got burned, do you need an ointment?

      • .::Centurion::. October 24, 2015

        What kind of grandiloquent drag? I hollered!!! A b*tch got burnedT. ???? ???? ????

  17. MinkDraggingTheFloor October 24, 2015

    Rihanna is so f****** stupid. She should’ve release the album after the Grammys and promoted FFS more. She’s proving that she has no direction and Def Jam was responsible for her successful eras. At this point no one gives a damn about a Rihanna album. She’s not this deep artist who needs time to craft an album. As I recall the navy was dragging Beyoncé when she was dropping snippets in 2013 but look at Rihanna now.

    • blue October 24, 2015

      do you people ever wonder why if FFS was the lead single, why rih didnt promote it? Maybe this (not the adele part obviously) was part of the plan

      • MinkDraggingTheFloor October 24, 2015

        its a dumb plan to release music and 9 months later still no album in sight. It costs $$$ to service songs to radio and film music videos. Everything haulted once that lead single didn’t take off like they wanted it to. Idc about sales but obviously Rihanna and her team does or her album would have been out months ago, sorry to burst your bubble pal.

      • blue October 24, 2015

        she released 3 songs and 3 music videos…and hardly promoted them… Doesnt seem like she cared about wasting money.

    • Faf October 24, 2015

      She not in control how y’all expect her to release an album when she gets ready

  18. KingNavy October 24, 2015

    You know what I find really hilarious the phrase “No ones checking for Rihanna” or “no one cares about ANTi” or “She’s going to flop” yet every other day TGJ posts an article about her or her album that “no one cares about” listen since the album cover was revealed she hasn’t been seen in public and whether you want to believe it or not Rihanna is THE pop girl of this generation so her and her team are probably planning something major for its release. Yea Adele will slay as she always does but Rihanna has released with Adele before and that didn’t stop her from clocking #1 songs and having a platinum album or sold out tours so haters keep seething I’m sure you’ll be right here when ANTi drops and snatches your life.

    • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

      They will.

    • HailBeysus October 24, 2015

      Rihanna has released with Adele!?!?! Bish where???? Rihanna waited a whole 9 months to release talk that talk. Adele released in Feb of 2011 and stay on top for months. The onky thing rihanna released at the same time adele did was the single We Found Love which charted for 8 weeks in top. Meanwhile Adele’s Someone like you stole that spoy back. Then set fire to the rain come out and went to the top. Y’all acting like they released in the same month yet a alone the same season LOL!! Adele was all everyone was talking about in 2011 and 2012.

  19. Lyte October 24, 2015

    Rihanna should sue you one fine day, Sam, for all the slander and misinformation that you continue to spread all these years. And you should pay her a percentage for her tolerance.

    • MinkDraggingTheFloor October 24, 2015

      Lol @ her suing a blog. The navy is just as dumb as their captain.

      • .::Centurion::. October 24, 2015

        If they are spreading malicious lies, then yes, you can sue a blog. It’s called slander. ???? The absolute hilarity of a Beyonce stan calling anyone stupid when Beyonce herself has been called stupid by the media, with an IQ lower than 5th grader. ???? ???? ????

      • .::Centurion::. October 24, 2015

        …than *a…

      • MinkDraggingTheFloor October 24, 2015

        I don’t stan for Beyoncé and who in their right mind would sue a blog for slander? If that’s the case blogs and gossip magazines would cease to exist. Child….

      • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

        But she got money… She can’t count it and the hive don’t have a car of their own, but she got moneys and that’s why we’re mad. lol

      • Lyte October 24, 2015

        ‘London/LA based That Grape Juice’ which ‘is one of the Internet’s premier Urban Pop Culture websites’, if there is a REASON to do so. They present themselves (to no purpose) as one of the leading publications, not just another gossip blog. Plus, they are doing that Rihanna sh_it for years.
        And I’m not a Navy. Bye, lil ‘smart’ friend.

      • Lyte October 24, 2015

        Anyone CAN (meaning: legal possibility) sue a blog, including the so-called ‘London/LA based That Grape Juice’ which ‘is one of the Internet’s premier Urban Pop Culture websites’, if there is a REASON to do so. They present themselves (to no purpose) as one of the leading publications, not just another gossip blog. Plus, they are doing that Rihanna sh_it for years.
        And I’m not a Navy. Bye, lil ‘smart’ friend.

      • MinkDraggingTheFloor October 24, 2015

        Did I say she couldn’t? If she wanted to she would have done so a long time ago. Have several.

      • Lyte October 24, 2015

        You have several first. Did I say she WILL sue them? I said she SHOULD sue these ‘professionals’. A long time ago?.. Bye. Once again, for the ‘smart’ one: b-y-e.

  20. ugh okay October 24, 2015

    that the dinner? well…

  21. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy October 24, 2015

    Rihanna has delayed dragons during the height of Adele with two #1 hits while making her Billboard’s woman of the year in 2011. She has maintained her dominance 3 years after her last album. No matter the hype of Taylor Swift and Adele, neither one of them can still beat her view count on YouTube. So, am I worried; no! She isn’t worried; she has something epic coming… #WeGonSee

    • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy October 24, 2015

      *Rihanna has slayed

      • @JanetCIARA_ October 24, 2015

        You were right with Delayed! ????????????

      • How Many Drinks October 24, 2015


  22. Lmao October 24, 2015

    Rihanna will be just fine

  23. How Many Drinks October 24, 2015

    Can we get a post about Rihannas publicist admitting to making up rumors about her sleeping with Jay Z to push her career kiii. This girl is boring everyone now. Shes donee and shes not even 30. No amount of grovelling about Fist Brown will boost interest.

    • blue October 24, 2015

      b**** we all knew he made up those rumours… He admitted it years ago!!!!!!! Crawl back into your cave

  24. How Many Drinks October 24, 2015

    The whole era is just LATE. The Navy should just give up with the excuses she missed her oportunity in the dry season, now all the big names are coming back she has no hope. She is an example of an artist with absolutley no ability to control her career. Def Jam had the right fomula, Roc Nation have tried to give her more freedom and its clearly not worked. It looks like shes going back to her usual November strategy except its not 2011 anymore.

  25. Slay_Hive October 24, 2015

    ???????????????? @ the Nazi. The excuses and the delusions. *sips tea*☕

    • blue October 24, 2015

      funny havent read one excuse nor delusional statement from the navy in here… Its the haters that are calling one of the biggest artists in the world not relevant. All we are saying is that rihanna has had big competition before and she has always done great

  26. SlayHive October 24, 2015

    The navy is soooooooooooooo damn delusional and it’s not even funny anymore. 3 singles, multiple snippets on Instagram, and an album name & cover and still no release date. R8 era is a catastrophe and navy’s are jumping the sinking ship lmaooooo

    • ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) October 24, 2015

      But remember how hard they “tried” to drag Beyonce all of 2013????? Karma got they ass in the worst way…..Rihanna dropped THREE singles that did nothing for that upcoming flop now SHE don’t even know what to do….

  27. MsYonce October 24, 2015

    She should have released the album a longgg time agoo. She said Four Five Seconds was the first singles she was getting a lot of buzz for the album back then… She wasted so many opportunities to release she lacked direction with this album that’s why.

  28. Hadley October 24, 2015

    Wow the Rihanna stans are getting a taste of their own medicine. I remember when they were calling Beyonce snippetyonce, scardyonce, no direction, washed up… Now look. They cant handle their precious Riri being called the same. Beyonce came back and proved everyone wrong, lets hope Rihanna can do the same because… Well…

  29. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy October 24, 2015

    I think it’s obvious that she’s releasing a surprise album. She’s reveling in the mystery of it all. She’s letting all the lessors go first, including Adele, before releases the mega storm known as ANTI… #WeGonSee

    • How Many Drinks October 24, 2015

      If its obvious shes releasing a surprise… Then its not a surprise #FacePalm

  30. LB October 24, 2015

    “We keep saying it – and at this junction even the Navy are starting to see – it’s perhaps best she just drop the album now, hit the touring circuit, and call it an era.”

    Samantha really wants the album LMAO, this proves it. Are you bored of self titled already?

    • ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) October 24, 2015

      The self title that scalped you bald and had you running off TGJ to pursue your flop ass music like your fav????

  31. janvier October 24, 2015

    Seriously the navy is sooooooo fvckin STUPID at this point. Coming up with all these irritating excuses won’t save your fave RN. The girl after 10 years lacks any artistic or musical direction and talent. She should just release a single now and the album a week later cos I advice she doesn’t do a surprise release for the so called most creative artist.

  32. janvier October 24, 2015

    And I don’t know why the navy is so worried, no one is above flopping but the come back is what matters. Even beiber ïs trying (though for gaga I don’t know what her plan is…maybe 1 grammy with the acceptance of a fading career).

  33. Lake Erie October 24, 2015

    Yea, If she really wants to do a November release, it might as well just be a surprise. No ones really heard anything from her lately so a surprise would be perfect.

  34. Meteorite October 24, 2015

    As I have said before, she should just make it a greatest hits album with a few new songs and release her actual album later next year to buy her some more time.

  35. DIABETES UNBOTHERED October 24, 2015

    Smh @ the rih stan chanting prayforb6 when her lowest selling album opened with 300k even with a 3 week prior leak and floped singles and just decent promo. Almost has bad has the ones comparing beys sales for r&b albums to relatively new pop stars sales. I bet rih delusional camp just bite the bullet and release 20th november just to see what happens lol

  36. .::Centurion::. October 24, 2015

    Samantha’s thirst for ANTi has reached critical levels. Boy, come down. With your meltdowns, thirst for traffic, and your blog tumbling down the Alexa rankings, you’re gonna have a heart attack before ANTi comes out.

    • Think_pinK October 24, 2015

      His thirst? What about the navy’s thirst? We have been very thirsty for the album and a lot of people like myself are starting to not care anymore. Most of the navy are very dehydrated right now and feels like ri doesn’t know what she’s doing anymore. She has always released her album about a month after the first single drops. She never ever did this before it’s appalling

  37. DIABETES UNBOTHERED October 24, 2015

    ANTIprispiration MATTERS (theaters only) tour coming spring 2016 buy tour tickets early @ R8 on life support dot com.

  38. DIABETES UNBOTHERED October 24, 2015

    Rihs team is somewhat smart for never daring to annouce a release date for trolling photo bombing artist like tswift or adele or bey to creep up and release on that day. Oop they already have (rewinds to when 21 helped block loud). They knew not to make that sales mistake twice. Either way adele will be perched at #1 for rest of year so best bet is to surprise release next Friday.

    • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

      Loud was dropped in 2010, 21 was released in 2011. So expain how 21 blocked anything from Rihanna? When TTT was released in 2011 as well and We Found Love was the biggest hit of that year. AND TTT and Loud sold very well, matter of fact GREAT in the Uk. So not even in Adele’s homeland is she’s blocking Rihanna. Maybe her lable mate Beyonce, but nothing in these oceans.

  39. Think_pinK October 24, 2015

    I’m a navy and I will admit that im annoyed!!!! She had us all excited when she dropped FFS then musically she disappeared. She got us hype again when BBHMM dropped then she disappeared again. I don’t care anymore because I have better things to do then to sit around waiting for her album but I do want it. Everyone’s faves are dropping music but mines and ri should not have dropped music if the album wasn’t coming soon thereafter ijs….

    • King Mark111 /.\ October 24, 2015

      Oh hush. If you can’t wait it out, so what? What’s your point? If Kingdom Hearts fans can wait 10 years for a game, if Star Wars fans can wait 10 years for a new film, heck over 30 years for a true sequel, then you were never a Rihanna fan.
      You get it when she say so, you can thirst all ya want, you can cry all ya want. Heck the lady gave you three singles and a soundtrack. So stop acting like there haven’t been Rihanna songs all year.

  40. King Stephy October 24, 2015

    I can’t wait to purchase the album, whenever it comes out. Adele is gonna over shadow her & everybody else tho. BYE

    • No favs, just here for the music October 24, 2015

      Adele is honestly in a league of her own for sure

  41. Mr. CEE October 25, 2015

    She laughed at Britney.
    She threw shade at Cici.

    That what she gets…

  42. Queen Carter October 25, 2015

    Rihanna needs a massive #1 hit to release her album that’s why Anti hasn’t dropped. Her team is scrambling for a publicity stunt or something to finally release. Rihanna is nothing without a #1 hit. I also believe Tidal’s floppage has something to do with her album delay.

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