AceShowbiz - Earlier this year, Rihanna mentioned the possibility of releasing a reggae-centric album. More details of the said project have finally unleashed and it looks like fans of the Barbadian beauty will be treated to not only one, but two albums.
According to Rolling Stone, RiRi is currently working on two different albums, a dancehall record and a pop record. The former, which will be released through Roc Nation, is an ode to her Caribbean roots and aims to further embed dancehall's gyrating sound into the American pop music market. The album has been in the works for almost a year and a half.
The list of potential collaborators includes R. City (Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles), Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor (Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul) , Linton "TJ Records" White (Serani), Ricky Blaze (Gyptian) and veteran dancehall producer Supa Dups (Drake's "Too Good").
"[Rihanna's team] have, no lie, 500 records for this project [from] different producers and writers," one producer tells the site. "They're only choosing 10 records. They've been having writing cramps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I've been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project."
"Every artist, every producer, every songwriter in Jamaica or of Jamaican descent has been working on [Rihanna's album] and has little snippets of publishing or production credits on it," another source close to the project says. "I think they've got eight songs, but her A&R is still asking for records." A third insider reveals that her team is "looking for one more [song]."
Meanwhile, her pop album will include today's top hitmakers such as Boi-1da and Skrillex. The arrival of both albums is currently unspecified and it's unclear whether or not RiRi will release them at the same time.