Rihanna has been stepping out more ever since announcing she was expecting her first child with A$AP Rocky. Fans have been waiting for her to reveal news on her long-awaited ninth studio album, but RihRih has barely given them anything.
She will happily talk about her old material, however. On Monday (March 14), Rihanna chopped it up with TikTok makeup star Mikayla Nogueira at her Fenty Beauty launch event in Los Angeles and spoke about which one of her songs is her favorite.
“The people want to know when the album is, but I have a better question,” Nogueira said before the Roc Nation megastar burst out laughing. “What song are you most proud of that you’ve come out with?”
“Oh, shit,” Rihanna replied. “Most proud of?! I love ‘Needed Me’ and I also love a good ‘Diamonds.’”
@mikaylanogueira WHEN IS THE ALBUM QUEEN #rihanna #makeup #beauty #fentybeauty ♬ original sound – Mikayla Nogueira
Taken from her 2012 album Unapologetic, “Diamonds” became Rihanna’s 12th No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single while also topping the charts in over 20 countries. The song has since been certified 7x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and is one of the best-selling singles of all time.
“Needed Me,” on the other hand, appeared on Rihanna’s last project, 2016’s ANTI, and debuted at No. 7 on the Hot 100. It was her longest-charting hit, spending sixteen weeks in the top ten, and even earned her a nomination for Best R&B Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards.
While the wait continues for her next album, Rihanna hinted the project will explore new musical territory during a recent interview with the Associated Press.
“You’re not going to expect what you hear — just put that in your mind,” she said. “Whatever you know of Rihanna is not going to be what you hear. I’m really experimenting. Music is like fashion: you should be able to play. I should be able to wear whatever I want and I treat music the same way. So I’m having fun and it’s going to be completely different.”