Despite reports that Rihanna‘s long-awaited eighth album ANTI is dropping Nov. 6, a source close to the singer tells Billboard that’s not the correct date.
That means it’s also unlikely ANTI will be dropping the following week, as Nov. 13 will see a heated showdown between One Direction‘s Made In the A.M. and Justin Bieber‘s Purpose for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200.
Rihanna revealed the title and cover art for her next album at a Los Angeles gallery last week. The cover, from Israeli artist Roy Nachum, shows a young Rihanna holding a balloon with a gold crown obscuring her eyes. “Sometimes the ones who have sight are the blindest,” Rihanna said at the event.
Three singles expected to be on Rihanna’s new album have been released so far. “FourFiveSeconds” peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100, “Bitch Better Have My Money” hit No. 15 and recent single “American Oxygen” stalled at 78. Rihanna has topped the survey 13 times, tying Michael Jackson for third-most Hot 100 No. 1s ever.