Rihanna's new album: What can we expect?

Last night Rihanna tweeted to her fans (and EW confirmed) that November 23 will see the release of her first album since 2007’s R&B smash Good Girl Gone Bad. In her words: “The wait is ova.”

So once we get ova the wait, what kind of album can we expect to hear? We know Justin Timberlake—who worked with her on “Rehab”—is a producer on her new record, and it looks like their collaboration has been fruitful if their supposedly cozy public behavior is any indication.

Timberlake talked about RiRi’s new album at the Emmys: “It’s a little more grown up. It’s got some edge to it.” Also collaborating with her are Drake, Ne-Yo, Akon, and even one of the All-American Rejects.

Any surprise guests? Well, after they gelled so well on “Run This Town,” we wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out Jay-Z or Kanye stopped by the studio at some point to spit a verse for her still-unnamed album.

And when we talked to fellow Caribbean sensation Sean Kingston a few weeks ago, he mentioned he had submitted three songs for Rihanna’s new disc, telling us, “Everybody liked the songs, so we’ll see where it goes.”

Who else would you love to see taking a bow with Rihanna on her latest record? Any of the existing collabs strike you as weird? And do you think she can top the ubiquitous smash that was “Umbrella”?

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  • graeme

    Would love to see a few cameos, but she shouldn’t really on the featured artists too much (like Keri Hilson). Rihanna can hold her own ground.

    • fancypants

      it’s funny u mention both hilson and rihanna. i’ve always thought that keri is the more talented version of rihanna (better voice and can dance), but she doesn’t get the songs rihanna’s people can get for rihanna, and she came on the scene after rihanna.

      • pryncedru

        You Failed because Kevin Hislon Has nothing On Rihanna. Rihanna slays her all Eternity!

    • fancypants

      also, hilson is definetly better looking, too.

  • If she does have collaborations on her album, I hope they’re a little left field. I’m tired of every pop/r&b record having collaborations from Lil Wayne, Drake, and Kanye. No disrespect to them, but they’re a little overexposed.

  • Mork Orton

    She should have learned a lesson when Chris Brown gave her a crack. No one wants to see you, get lost.

    • Mike

      Completely unneccessary.

  • Tim

    What can we expect? A steaming pile of auto-tuned crap.

    • Michael

      …that will be playing on the radio and selling a ton. Get over it!

      • smokey gets in your eyes

        don’t know…man I relly liked her early stuff…but she may need to head back that way..or at least use that vibe some..newer struff a littl slick..

      • uhmm

        WILL YOU SHUTUP SHE BLOWS!

  • Something New Please

    Justin Timberlake as a producer is a horrible idea. That “Rehab” song they had together was pure album filler vile. Her voice is beyond annoying & she should thank Jesus every night for The Dream giving her “Umbrella.” I was hoping she was done with music & was sticking to her career of showing up in random places with horrid fashion choices.

  • Phil

    I’m not quite sure how friendly RiRi is with Weezy sinve, he has always been Chris brown’s boy, even appearing on his come back single, “I Can Transform Ya”, so I would be VERY doubtful if Lil Wayne appeared on RiRi’s new disc. The King of Guest Verses & Remixes has actually yet to record a track with her…or rather release a track with her. Wonder if the duet with Lady Gaga “Bad Girl” that leaked back in the Spring will make the cut since both Rihanna and Gaga’s re-release are BOTh dropping that week….

  • smokey gets in your eyes

    urkel!…jimmy walker!..the gravely-voice kid from the Cosby’s…some voice clips from amos n’ andy…

    • DJ Dr.. Doolittle

      that would slice! that is the funniest thing I have heard…she needs some light-hearted stuff..I use old amos n’ andy clips at the joints I spin at..crowwds love it!

  • JACK HART

    just don’t go see her live … def a studio chick

  • Derek

    I would like to get Rihanna’s new album. I also would like to tour Barbados with her! Is Rihanna hiring?

    • jennifer

      Barbados isn’t that big that Rihanna can do a tour.We are only 166sq miles.It is an excellent idea,don’t know what her management is waiting for.
      Performing for bajan is not an easy task,you have to know how to get us to move,not that you aren’t a good performer but that is just how bajan enjoy shows.Hope it soon happens.

  • josh

    go rih rih no matter what they say u will always B my #1 Ah can’t wait!!

  • JUNE

    IM GLAD TO SEE THAT RIHHANA IS WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL BUT IT MAKES ME MADE TO KNOW THAT SHE HAD TO RUIEN CHRIS CAREER TO GET THIS MUCH ATTENTION.. I MEAN DONT GET ME WRONG HER MUSIC IS GREAT AND EVERYTHING BUT SHE AINT NO BEYONCE.. AND IT SEEM LIKE ALL HER SONGS ARE STARTING TO SOUND THE SAME NOW.

    • Destined

      Trust me she has not ruined Chris. Chris has already made a comeback with his new single being number 1 on i-tunes and then replaced at 2 with “forever”. He is headlining a concert and going on a mini fan appreciation tour. Not to mention his album is coming out in December. Chris is back and just getting started baby!

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  • adrian

    You all aree dam idiots rihanna is wayy better then keri hilsoon if keri hilson was better her albums would sell like rihanna albums does ..and keri hilson vocals are loww u would see if u watched the b.e..t awards o09

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