Rihanna releases new album 'Anti' after online leak

By Jessica Cecchin

Rihanna took matters into her own hands after the track list to her highly anticipated new album, Anti, leaked online on Wednesday (Jan. 27). The 27-year-old star moved the release of her eighth studio album to the stroke of midnight, at which time the “American Oxygen” singer treated the world to a download code.

The 13-track album made its way to adoring fans via Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal, which presumably published the list of songs accidentally last night. “Gift to my navy!!!” said Rihanna in a tweet that included the URL to download.

The anticipation started to grow last October when Rihanna released the cover art for the album on Twitter. On Wednesday, she offered another glimpse of the record, returning to the social-media platform to debut her first single, “Work.” The Caribbean Queen teamed up with Canadian rap artist (and rumoured on again, off again beau) Drake, with whom she collaborated in 2010 on the hit song “What’s my Name?” The accompanying cover art showed Rihanna smiling with her hands covering her face, a shot which Drake also shared on his Instagram page.

Rihanna released her seventh studio album on Jan. 27. Photo: © Getty Images

Conspicuously absent from the track list are the beauty’s 2015 hits, including “B___h Better Have My Money” and “FourFiveSeconds,” but talked-about ditties like “Higher” and “Kiss It Better” are sure to garner some serious fanfare.

Anti is Rihanna’s first studio album since dropping Unapologetic in 2012, so it’s no wonder its release took the world by storm. The singer thanked her fans for their positive reviews on Thursday morning, tweeting, “You guys legit made me the happiest girl in the world! I’m so grateful that you appreciate the #ANTI album! It’s the most rewarding feeling.”

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