If you’re skeptical about the prospect of Rihanna releasing an album anytime soon, you’re not alone. Just prior to her performance at the 2023 Super Bowl, the singer demurred when asked by the Associated Press about her follow-up to 2016’s Anti. “Super Bowl is one thing. New music is another thing,” Rihanna said when asked if her ninth studio album was finished. She is, however, acknowledging the longer-than-expected wait between projects in a new British Vogue interview, saying that no new Rihanna album in 2023 would be an absurd situation.