[136] Anti was the third most-streamed album of 2016, while Rihanna was listed as the most-streamed female artist of the year. The whole mind-set. The record scored the biggest jump on the Billboard 200 chart in eight years and also became Rihanna's second number one and the eighth top ten album on it. Following a premature leak on TIDAL, she released the album as a free download on January 28, 2016. [4] Lindsay Zoladz of Vulture believed "to neatly classify Anti by genre, you'd have to invent one," which she described as being "industrial dancehall". ANTI is absolutely her magnum opus – it was a game-changer. Nevertheless, the singer stated that during the recording process she was evolving and she didn't have the answer of who she was at that point. Anti was the best performing album by a black female artist of the 2010s decade.[5]. When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. We knew the album ANTI was due soon after Rihanna released her single work earlier today but we had no idea she’d be straight up dropping the whole thing a few hours later… let alone FOR FREE! "[145] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian stated that R&B was in a "golden age" and 2016 "was its most potent year yet". [23] She also stated that she wanted to record songs that are "timeless" and that she could perform 15 years later. [93], According to Metacritic, it was the 12th most prominently ranked album of 2016. Listen to ANTI (Deluxe) by Rihanna on Apple Music. The following week, it topped the chart and became Rihanna's fifth number one album in Canada, following A Girl like Me in 2006, Good Girl Gone Bad in 2007, Loud in 2010 and Unapologetic in 2012. [57] Two months later she released "Bitch Better Have My Money", on March 29. 1 on Hot 100 With 'Work, "Rihanna Unveils 'Kiss It Better' And "Needed Me" Single Covers". [139], Anti debuted at number 19 on the Canadian Albums Chart. Anti existed as an album cycle before it existed as an album -- arguably long before Rihanna … Executive Producer: Robyn Rihanna Fenty A&R: Omar Grant, Tyran “TyTy” Smith, Jay Brown A&R Coordination: Omar Grant and Jennifer Rosales A&R Administration: Karen Console Creative Direction: Robyn Rihanna Fenty & Ciarra Pardo. The explanation stated, "By continuing to follow her own instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects. [17] Thomas created the beat and played it for Boi-1da to which he positively responded. The latter was written with Rihanna and Shea Taylor, who wrote the song in less than 30 minutes, while "Close To You" was written after producer Brian Kennedy sent Fauntleroy a piano music sample. It's so awesome that she just stepped out and was courageous enough to stick to that and be that and do that."[20]. [34], "Love on the Brain" is a mid-tempo '50s inspired doo-wop ballad "that features a guitar arpeggio, swirling organ, simple chord progression and backing vocals". At the 59th Grammy Awards in 2016, ANTi was nominated for “Best Urban Contemporary Album,” and “Best Recording Package,” meanwhile the singles “Work” and “Kiss It Better” were nominated for “Record Of The Year” and “Best R&B Song” respectively. "[31] It was compared to the work of Kanye West due to its slow stomping, distortion and lack of melody and groove. A departure from a lot of her previous albums, Anti allows Rihanna to extra herself more creative without limits. [147][148] "[37] Following the exhibition, Rihanna took to social media to confirm the album's title along with an explanation of its meaning. Are you in?" You can’t dictate feeling. Consideration Lyrics: 2. [21][31] "Work", which features Canadian rapper Drake, is a reggae-pop song[32] with a percolating beat, sinuous synth lines, and vocal samples stretched and pulled in a way that recalls Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's production work on Janet Jackson's 1997 album The Velvet Rope. Stream songs including "Consideration (feat. She opined the song is a prime example of "an unapologetic black woman proudly showing her heritage at a time when our politics are dominated by #BlackLivesMatter and Donald Trump's racist, xenophobic and misogynistic tirades. [6] During the initial writing and development of the album, Rihanna wasn't sure how she wanted Anti to sound. Rihanna, Fauntleroy and Kuk Harrell, were all later involved in the song's development, production and recording. With this album, Rihanna steps away from her pop and club roots. [52], On August 21, 2016, Rihanna announced via her Instagram account that "Love on the Brain" will be the next single. But we all just wanted to make sure that it was the right album and exactly what Rihanna wanted it to be. Every room, every couch, every corner, there were musicians everywhere … 1 night we vibing, TyTy made a comment, and I got super sensitive, lolol! The first is "Goodnight Gotham", which contains an interpolation of "Only If for a Night" (2011) performed by Florence and the Machine and hears Rihanna singing along with the "looping" sample. The longer - the more - Rihanna recorded songs for advertising the Happy fragrance by Clinique and deodorant Secret of the company P&G. [106][107] According to Metacritic, Anti was the eighth most mentioned album on the Best of the Decade Top 10 Album lists. Upon launch, the mobile-only site gave messages, such as "She's waiting for you. Rihanna has released some of the smartest and sexiest pop of the new millennium. [105] The Fader recognized the release as one of the 24 Albums That Made Albums Matter Again in 2016 and included four songs of the album in their 'The Best Songs of 2016's list: Sex with Me #1, Work #16, Higher #36 and Needed Me #51. One of the most intoxicating albums of any genre in 2016, with an equally indelible lead image to match. It also topped the charts in Canada, Norway, Taiwan and the UK R&B Album Chart. [53] After being released as a single, the song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 80. [43] Billboard ranked the artwork as one of the best covers of the albums released in 2016 and wrote, "What's black and white and red all over? [21] "Same Ol' Mistakes" is a cover version of "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" (2015) performed by Tame Impala. [25], Anti opens with "Consideration", a dub-inspired song. [27], The album's lyrical content predominantly touches upon themes of relationships, exploring what it means to be in love, to get hurt, to need someone, and to be true to yourself. Listen to ANTI by Rihanna on Apple Music. [13] Songwriter Bibi Bourelly had been working with producer, Paperboy Fabe, who arranged a session with West. In an interview with MTV, she confessed that she wants to make timeless music: I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever. [138] On March 26, 2018, Anti was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA, marking shipments of 3 million album-equivalent units. [13] Most of the songs were recorded at the Westlake Recording Studios. Shortly after, he took the song home and attempted to bring the song together using a digital 8-track studio. Let's just do good work, because we love doing what we do, and we get to make music to it. !’ It was in that moment that I trusted myself, trusted my ear, trusted my gut, trusted the way that my music made me FEEL!! [62][67] I just wanted to make a body of work that felt right! [45] "Work" debuted at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was certified gold by the BPI in May 2016, and has since been certified Platinum, denoting shipments of over 300,000 copies in the country;[142] it became the 32nd best-selling album of 2016 and third most-streamed album (as well as most-streamed female album) of the year on Spotify in the UK. [74] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it "subdued, simmering affair" proving Rihanna could be "unguarded and anti-commercial, resulting in her most compelling record to date". We're not trying to get radio hits. Rihanna’s most intriguing project yet, even if there’s no clear smash amongst its 13 tracks. “Consideration” is the song that brought this album together for what it really is; an electrifying ride with many emotions along the way. Anti is the height of Rihanna's career. [24] The theme of relationships is picked up in numerous songs; "Kiss It Better" sees Rihanna questioning how far an ex-lover will go to get her back; in "Woo", Rihanna turns spiteful, stating she does not care for her ex-partner, while "Never Ending" features Rihanna admitting she would like to be in love again. [62] On November 19, 2015, Rihanna and Samsung released a 16-second cryptic video for Anti, launching a website for Rihanna's forthcoming album entitled "ANTIdiaRy". Rihanna lyrics - 164 song lyrics sorted by album, including "Desperado", "Umbrella", "Love The Way You Lie Part II". In October 2015, it was revealed that Rihanna had acquired the masters to all her recordings and would be releasing Anti jointly through her own record label Westbury Road and Roc Nation. ", "Rihanna: Anti review – brave, bold ... and confused", "Review: Rihanna Doesn't Know What She Wants But She Knows How to Get It on 'ANTI, "Stoned Soul Quick Picks: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau", "With 'Anti,' Rihanna is doing more than saying no", "Review: Rihanna, Blissfully Adrift, Juggles Styles on 'Anti, "Rihanna: Anti > Album Review > Slant Magazine", "American Music Awards 2016: Full List Of Winners", "Grammy nominations 2017: Beyoncé and R&B artists shine while rock suffers", "Grammy Predictions 2017: Who Will Score Album of the Year, Best New Artist and More? The album was finally mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, in New York City. "Not any songs that were burnt out. For this, she drilled down in making sure she made the right calls for every single song. [7] During her creative struggle, Rihanna rented a house in Malibu over a couple of months and started extensively writing and composing music with her team consisting of various musicians. [101] Same as Corner, Harriet Gibsone of The Guardian also ranked the album at number seven deeming it as one of the "messiest album releases", but also a record that show that Rihanna is one of the greatest music rock stars. She broke a tie with Michael Jackson, who had reached 13 chart-toppers on the Billboard Hot 100. [59][60] Rihanna also posted an interlude entitled "James Joint" in its entirety from the upcoming album on her website on April 21, 2015, as a "celebration of 420". Rihanna knew she was listening to a gem and did what she could to have it on ANTI. I will comfortably breathe in it, until I find the moment to be silent. [108] Some of the publications ranking the album as one of the best of the 2010s decade are: In the United States, Anti received a platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) two days after its release as a result of Samsung purchasing one million copies of the album in advance that were then given away as a free download, part of the $25 million deal signed by Rihanna in 2015. [20] When discussing his and Rihanna's mindset during the album's production Harrell stated: Rihanna album [Anti], because it is such a body of work. [88] Prior to the Grammy nominations announcement, media outlets predicted that Anti would be nominated for Album of the Year; following the announcement reporters were surprised and felt that the album had been "snubbed". Anti (stylized as ANTi) is the eighth studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. If they don't, at least I know, as an artist, I've done what I want to do. Barbadian singer Rihanna has recorded music for her eight studio albums and has collaborated with other artists for duets and featured songs on their respective albums, which also includes charity songs. I had no idea how it would be received, neither was that something I considered. In an in-depth review, Spanos stated "The album is a startlingly direct statement from a black female pop star, one that many are not afforded the opportunity to express. Love on the Brain Lyrics: 7. Though most songs … [7] Rihanna and Fauntleroy also collaborated on three other songs – "Desperado", "Close to You" and "James Joint". For the publication, Leah Greenblatt wrote, "Anti's wild, woozy R&B easily earned 24-karat status all on its own. "Higher" was recorded in the early morning hours while Rihanna was under the influence of alcohol, "We just said, 'You know what? [158] Rolling Stone ranked Anti at number 230 on their 500 Best Albums of All Time list. 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