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Forget Taylor Swift, the Super Bowl Halftime Program is everything about Rihanna. hours after TMZ reported that the NFL remained in conversations with the singer/fashion designer/makeup mogul/new mommy to carry out at the Halftime Program, Rihanna validated the news on Instagram and twitter with a picture of her hand holding an NFL football. The NFL’s main account likewise published the very same image, tagging Rihanna and Apple Music, the just recently revealed brand-new sponsor of the Halftime Program, and utilizing the hashtag SBLVII. Think I’m viewing the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl is set to happen on February 12, and will mark Rihana’s very first significant televised efficiency in years. The vocalist hasn’t launched a brand-new album considering that 2016’s Anti, and she’s been primarily concentrating on her brand names — Savage x Fenty, Fenty Charm, and Fenty Skin. Though she has actually included on tunes, like DJ Khaled’s “Wild Words,” launched in 2017, she’s been so missing from music that fans stressed she’d retire for great. It ends up, she was simply awaiting the best resurgence: 15 undisturbed minutes on tv’s most-watched occasion.
This news might come as a shock to long time fans. The vocalist notoriously refused a deal to carry out at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Program to reveal assistance for Colin Kaepernick. “I could not attempt do that. For what? Who acquires from that? Not my individuals. I simply could not be a sellout. I could not be an enabler,” she informed Style in November of that year. “There’s things within that company that I do not concur with at all, and I was not ready to go and be of service to them in any method.” 4 years later on, it appears that things have actually at least altered enough for Rihanna to reassess her anti-NFL position.
However putting aside the politics of the NFL, let’s enter into why this news is actually fascinating: music. For many years, RiRi has actually assured that a brand-new album, described as R9, is coming. Because very same Style interview in 2019, Rihanna presumed regarding state that she’d currently began deal with a tenth album. “We constantly entered into the music this time around, stating that we were going to do 2 various art pieces,” she informed the publication. “One was gonna be influenced by the music that I matured listening to. And one was gonna be the development of where I’m going next with music.” 3 years later on and fans are still awaiting R9. Here’s hoping that wait is lastly pertaining to an end.