Rihanna did not release an album in the fourth quarter of 2013, making last year the first since 2008 that didn’t include a stocking stuffer from the pop star. The end of 2014 will apparently bring a new album from the singer — but instead of the official follow-up to “Unapologetic,” Rihanna will offer a concept album based around an upcoming animated movie.
According to Variety, Rihanna will record an album centered on the DreamWorks Animation release “Home,” due in theaters on Nov. 26, and perform new songs in the film. The news was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 26) by DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“Home” is based on Adam Rex’s 2007 book “The True Meaning of Smekday,” and Rihanna is set to voice the protagonist, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci. Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons also have voice roles in the film.
In 2012, Rihanna made her film debut in the much-maligned action flick “Battleship.” Last year, she made a cameo as herself in the comedy “This Is The End.”
If Rihanna’s next musical project is indeed based on an animated film, the surprising move is not without precedent: Pharrell Williams was tasked with scoring the original music for the Universal smash “Despicable Me 2” in 2013. On this week’s Hot 100 chart, “Happy,” from the film’s soundtrack, climbs to No. 1.