Re: Rihanna - 8th Album Discussion I highly doubt that Rihanna would surprise release, mainly because I don't think it would recieve the success and acclaim that BEYONCE recieved. And I don't think that Rihanna and her team would want to do the same thing Beyonce did, they want to avoid comparisons at all costs. I just really don't think a surprise release of a Rihanna album would work, and this is coming from a big fan. I really enjoy the build up to an album release, and having a single first. To be honest, I really doubt this will be coming this year.. also it's worth mentioning that there's just over five weeks left of the year. And we don't even have any details about the album, and any idea when the album is coming. I think that 'R8' as always been 'Home', and that she's been working on other stuff since she's completed the Home soundtrack. So I expect a 'proper' studio album this time next year, hopefully I'm wrong though because I don't think the soundtrack will be my cup of tea.