"[38], The artwork was designed by Israeli artist Roy Nachum, and was described by Rihanna as her "favorite album cover". [21] The deluxe version of Anti contains three more songs. [91] Apart from Anti's nominations, several songs from it were also nominated including "Work" for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, "Needed Me" for Best R&B Performance and "Kiss It Better" for Best R&B Song. James Joint Lyrics: 5. After visiting Rihanna's home, Shultz was contacted a week later by the singer's team who stated that she really liked the record. That people just won't understand the depth of my message. [86] The record received a nomination for Top R&B Album at the 2016 and 2017 Billboard Music Awards[87] and was also nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Recording Package at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. 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! [35] The following track "Pose" features a grimy beat, along with the singer aggressively boasting about her riches. 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. "[96] The Independent's Roisin O'Connor ranked the album at number 15 out of 20 music releases of 2016 and wrote, "Anti was the moment Rihanna finally asserted herself as an album artist, after reigning as queen of the singles charts for so many years. Let's make sure we have the emotion, and make sure it's a masterpiece." [21] "Same Ol' Mistakes" is a cover version of "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" (2015) performed by Tame Impala. "[151] Taj Rani of Billboard stated "Work" has brought the genre of dancehall to the forefront of American music, as it became the first dancehall song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Sean Paul's "Temperature" reached the feat in 2006. […] We rented a house in Malibu for a couple months and did MUSIC! The lyrical glimpses into Rihanna’s personal life echo her dissatisfaction with her own musical legacy. ANTi is Rihanna’s eighth studio album. 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. It was released on January 28, 2016, through Westbury Road and Roc Nation. FourFiveSeconds, BBHMM and American Oxygen are notably absent. [131] The next week, Anti topped the chart with 166,000 equivalent album units, 124,000 of which were pure sales. [104] Rap-Up additionally placed it at number three on their list of 20 Best Albums of 2016. Initially thought to have been entitled R8, Rihanna announced the official title during the album's cover art release, revealing the album would be called ANTI, the exhibition included a piece of art which defined the album's title stating that anti is "a person opposed to a particular policy, activity or idea. The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom "[31] It was compared to the work of Kanye West due to its slow stomping, distortion and lack of melody and groove. !’ It was in that moment that I trusted myself, trusted my ear, trusted my gut, trusted the way that my music made me FEEL!! Rihanna collaborated with producers including Jeff Bhasker, Boi-1da, DJ Mustard, Hit-Boy, Brian Kennedy, Timbaland and No I.D. Rihanna - Anti Album Lyrics; 1. Rihanna knew she was listening to a gem and did what she could to have it on ANTI. The efforts resulted in a departure from Rihanna's previous dance and club music genres and created a primarily pop, hip hop soul and R&B record, with elements of dancehall and soul. ", "Why was Rihanna's 'Anti' snubbed for album of the year Grammy? [8] Reflecting on this Rihanna stated: It was in that moment that I trusted myself, trusted my ear, trusted my gut, trusted the way that my music made me feel. The result was the song, "Higher". [137] As of January 2017, the album has sold over 603,000 pure copies in the United States and a total of 1,966,000 with equivalent album units, not including the 1,000,000 given away. Speaking on her choice to use the language, Rihanna commented, "Sometimes the ones who have sight are the blindest. "[78] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine was more critical and believed "the ultimate impression the album leaves isn't just that of an artist who failed to follow through on her vision, but who never bothered to conceive one in the first place. Patrick Ryan of USA Today found the sales "impressive", considering the one million copies Rihanna gave away through the Samsung deal and the album being only available for streaming on Tidal in its first week. Anti (stylized as ANTi) is the eighth studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. easily the best rihanna has given us yet. Most of the songs were recorded at the Westlake Recording Studios. [51] "Kiss It Better" was a moderate success charting at the lower end of the US Billboard Hot 100, initially released as the promotional focus at pop radio, "Kiss It Better" reached as far as number twenty-four on the Pop Songs chart, leading Roc Nation to release "Needed Me"—an initially "urban radio priority"—to pop radio as well, due to its success. "[25] Jia Tolentino of Spin viewed it as her first "aesthetically personal album" while praising Harrell's vocal production and the singing as "extraordinary", highlighting the tone and roundness of Rihanna's vocals. 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. [139], Anti debuted at number 19 on the Canadian Albums Chart. [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". [68] Also through Tidal, one million copies of the album were made available for free download via Samsung, regardless of whether a listener is a Tidal subscriber or not. [26] Ben Rayner of The Toronto Star stated the album is divided into two halves; the first consisting of "futuristic robo-R&B", while the second half contains "a more organic breed of soul". [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 existed as an album cycle before it existed as an album -- arguably long before Rihanna … Love On The Brain Lyrics: 6. Stream songs including "Consideration (feat. 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[81] Robert Christgau reviewed the deluxe edition in his blog for Vice, praising "Work", "Love on the Brain", and the bonus tracks and called Anti "her best album for a reason so simple it's tautological—despite its supposed rejection of track-and-hook mechanics, it features catchier songs. [11] However, in January 2016, in a Twitter reply message to a fan, Rihanna wrote that West is no longer executive producer of the album and both of them are working on different projects. [54] The song peaked at number five, becoming the third top ten single from Anti, as well as her twenty-second top five hit. Anti is real.Anti exists.. And now, Rihanna's highly-anticipated eighth studio album is here. what I need to say, won't be heard. Woo Lyrics: 8. the tracks get to be slower and more upbeat, very different compared to the first half. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. [144], Doreen St. Felix of MTV News stated that Anti was a "rock-star" album and was noted as a "banner for heterogeneity in R&B — the real range of it," continuing to state that in the early 2010s EDM was the popular genre. 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. [93], According to Metacritic, it was the 12th most prominently ranked album of 2016. [18], The only song which was recorded outside of the United States was "Same Ol' Mistakes"; the track was recorded at the Twin Studios in Paris[13] Rihanna's team contacted Tame Impala's management and informed them that Rihanna loved the band's song "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" and asked if she could re-record the track for Anti. The album leaked onto the internet in its entirety on January 27, 2016, after it was released prematurely on music streaming service Tidal. "[21], The sixth track "Woo" opens with "two jarring, atonal guitar chords repeated along with small, trap-influenced percussion, over a basic riff. Then I thought ‘hold up, did I just feel a way?? With this feat, Rihanna tied Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Elton John as the artists with fifth-most top ten songs on the chart. [49] "Needed Me" saw far greater success becoming Rihanna's 28th top ten single on the Hot 100, tying her with Stevie Wonder for fourth place as the acts with the most top tens in Billboard history. [20], Speaking of the album's production and style, Harrell stated that artists such as Rihanna have been talking a stance and stepping away from the popular music of the time and the expectations of her label, directors and radio, stating, "I don't want to make what everybody else is making. Anti was the best performing album by a black female artist of the 2010s decade.[5]. You can see these two things co-existing in the same environment. Boi-1da came with up idea for sampling an "old school dancehall rhythm" and after the chords were made. [47] In its fourth week, "Work" peaked at number one on the Hot 100 chart and became Rihanna's fourteenth number-one song in the United States and the 1,052nd number-one single on the chart overall. Rihanna's mouth runs wild on Anti-- just the way her Navy likes it.After releasing her new Drake-assisted single "Work" and dropping her eighth album (surprise!) "[21] "Never Ending" is a guitar-led song, with elements of country music, organic melodies and backing vocals. [13] The studio sessions at Jungle City produced the opening track "Consideration" and "Kiss It Better". Bitter Sweet SymphonyThe Verve "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song … [128] According to Nielsen's figures,[citation needed] 460 is the number of actual albums sold in the United States,[129] but the album had 4.7 million streams and 126,000 sales of individual tracks, making a total of 15,896 album-equivalent units. Felix stated in a more in-depth review that "Anti could even change with the seasons, depending on which tracks you chose to listen to. [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? She stated, "I wanted to have a year to just do whatever I want artistically, creatively." Our staff has managed [...] Read More "___ it Better a song by Rihanna for her 2016 album Anti Answers" 1s in One Year on Dance Club Songs Chart", "Rihanna Scores Record Eighth No. some songs were really well done, went hard and are well rounded. [138] On March 26, 2018, Anti was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA, marking shipments of 3 million album-equivalent units. ", "Chance The Rapper's Riding For Rihanna: "Anti Is Underrated" – SOHH.com", "Here Is the Complete List of Nominees for the 2017 Grammys", "2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards: Complete Winners List", "Best of 2016: Music Critic Top Ten Lists", "Best albums of 2016: Our 20 favourite releases from an incredible year of music", "Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2016: Critics' Picks", "The Village Voice's 44th Pazz & Jop Music Critics' Poll", "20 best albums of 2016: who have we crowned No.1? [56] "FourFiveSeconds", featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney, was released on January 24, 2015. Rihanna has always known who she as an artist, but with ANTI she developed more of what she wanted her music to convey. [126] The album debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200 on February 1, 2016. Later, Rihanna and James Fauntleroy also contributed to the song writing. The former was written by Chad Sabo during his time in California, where Sabo was playing with the band Basic Vacation. It was released on 28 January 2016 through Westbury Road and Roc Nation. 1 on Hot 100 With 'Can't Stop the Feeling! It produced four singles, including the single "Work", featuring Drake, which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 becoming Rihanna's fourteenth number one song on the chart, and spending nine weeks a top. List of songs with Songfacts entries for Rihanna. One of the most intoxicating albums of any genre in 2016, with an equally indelible lead image to match. [141] Anti debuted at number one on the UK Album Downloads Chart and UK R&B Album Chart, whilst debuting at number 7 on the UK Albums Chart. [8], In May 2014, it was announced that Rihanna had left Def Jam Recordings to sign fully with her manager Jay-Z's company Roc Nation, and later revealed she had acquired the masters to all her recordings and would be releasing her eighth studio album jointly through her own record label Westbury Road and Roc Nation. Let's just do good work, because we love doing what we do, and we get to make music to it. Though most songs … Subsequently, she became the artist with the third-most number-one songs on the chart following The Beatles with 20 and Carey with 18. If they let us...", —Rihanna and Chloe Mitchell, a reading of the album's artwork poem[36], On October 7, 2015, Rihanna held a private viewing for fans and press at Los Angeles' MAMA Gallery, where she debuted the album's official artwork and title. [92] At the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Anti received the award for 'R&B Album of the Year'. "[153], Marilyn Manson cited Anti as an influence on his band's album Heaven Upside Down, saying "Strangely enough, one of the records that influenced this album strongly, and it can’t be taken literally, is Rihanna, her last record. In many ways it’s her most deliberately uncommercial album yet, but don’t let the low-key THC vibes fool you: every harmony, drum beat, and transition on Anti is painstakingly finessed. 1 on Hot 100 With 'Work, "Rihanna Unveils 'Kiss It Better' And "Needed Me" Single Covers". The result was the song, "Higher". [16] In the summer of 2015, songwriter and producer Rupert Thomas together with Allen Ritter and Boi-1da among others, stayed at Canadian rapper's Drake house in Los Angeles for several days. [25], Anti opens with "Consideration", a dub-inspired song. Upon launch, the mobile-only site gave messages, such as "She's waiting for you. The whole mind-set. I know my fans will love it because my fans are loyal to me, but if everybody else loves it, great. I had no idea how it would be received, neither was that something I considered. ANTi is Rihanna’s eighth studio album. It's so awesome that she just stepped out and was courageous enough to stick to that and be that and do that."[20]. [36] Mitchell explained the poem and its meaning to Rolling Stone magazine, stating it was about being misunderstood, but still be able to stand out while doing what is right for you. With eight studio … "Higher" was recorded in the early morning hours while Rihanna was under the influence of alcohol, "We just said, 'You know what? Welcome to our website for all ___ it Better a song by Rihanna for her 2016 album Anti Answers. "[85], Anti won the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album at the 2016 American Music Awards. [41], Over the red, black and white canvas there is a poem written in Braille by poet Chloe Mitchell. 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. [4] Analyzing its sound a year after its release, Da’Shan Smith of Billboard noted the album's present underscoring of trap. Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve. But we all just wanted to make sure that it was the right album and exactly what Rihanna wanted it to be. "[99] Christgau ranked its deluxe version as the second best album of the year in his ballot for The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll.[100]. She broke a tie with Michael Jackson, who had reached 13 chart-toppers on the Billboard Hot 100. You can’t dictate feeling. [76] NME critic Emily Mackay also felt the album lacked an obvious hit,[79] while Jon Caramanica from The New York Times described it as a "chaotic and scattershot album, not the product of a committed artistic vision, or even an appealingly freeform aesthetic, but rather an amalgam of approaches, tones, styles and moods". After the supposed singles "B*tch Better Have My Money," "FourFiveSeconds," and … The tune really dissects what it … [157] Billboard ranked it at number seven on their list 100 Best Albums of the 2010s. Anti produced eight songs that topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart — "Work" (featuring Drake), "Kiss It Better", "Needed Me", "Love on the Brain", "Sex with Me", "Pose", "Desperado" and "Consideration" — surpassing Katy Perry's Teenage Dream (2010) as the album with the most number-one songs on that chart. 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. [52], On August 21, 2016, Rihanna announced via her Instagram account that "Love on the Brain" will be the next single. [57] Two months later she released "Bitch Better Have My Money", on March 29. [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. Look no further because you will find whatever you are looking for in here. … Rihanna was cited as the second most streamed artist of 2016 overall, earning 795 million streams by June and was named the most streamed female of 2016 and 2017 by Spotify. For the extended play by Autechre, see, Neil McCormick, discussing the album's musical and vocal style, Recording Industry Association of America, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, List of UK R&B Albums Chart number ones of 2016, List of number-one albums of 2016 (Canada), List of number-one albums of 2016 (Norway), "Hooray! "[44], "Work" featuring Canadian rapper Drake was released on January 27, 2016, hours before the Tidal release of Anti. Subsequently, it also debuted at number one on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Stream songs including "Consideration (feat. [75] Pitchfork journalist Amanda Petrusich called Anti a "rich and conflicted record at its most interesting when it's at its most idiosyncratic",[2] while Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos said that Rihanna had remade pop music on her own terms with "a sprawling masterpiece of psychedelic soul that's far more straightforward than its tangled rollout". ANTI is absolutely her magnum opus – it was a game-changer. [135], On May 5, Anti was certified double platinum by the RIAA, becoming the first multi-platinum album of 2016. [84] In The Guardian, lead critic Alexis Petridis deemed Anti "sprawling, uneven and opaque", but "at its best, its daring pays off. to achieve her desired sound. We're not trying to make sure that we can have a song that anybody could sing." Ultimately, she decided she wanted "honest" music and a body of work that reflected and represented her at that time. [69][70] The album was released officially worldwide on online stores, like iTunes, two days later. [35] "Sex with Me", contains dreamy production which hears Rihanna talking about her beauty, "before closing with a trippy blend of vocals. I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years; I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years. [134] As of December 8, 2020, Anti has spent 249 weeks on the Billboard 200 - becoming the longest charting album by a black female artist in Billboard 200 history. 1 From 'ANTI' on Dance Club Songs Chart", "For Us, by Us: How Black Women Radicalized Pop in 2016", "How Rihanna's 'Work' Made Dancehall Reign in Pop (Again)", "Fire Away: A Conversation with Marilyn Manson", "Lorde Says Rihanna Inspired One of the Most Emotional Tracks on Her Latest Album", "How Artist Awol Erizku Found Inspiration In His Favorite Songs", "100 Best Albums of the 2010s: Staff Picks", "Rihanna's ANTI Officially Released On Tidal", "Official IFPI ChartsTop-75 Albums Sales Chart (Week: 3/2015)", "Album Top 40 slágerlista – 2016. It became Rihanna's 27th top ten hit. Anti (stylized in all caps) is the eighth studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. The records that stick out for me the most are when we went into it thinking, "Let's just do great work. [58] Another song entitled "American Oxygen" debuted on Tidal on April 5, 2015. but after track 9 this album lags a bit. Rihanna stated on Twitter that the song is the "first single" from her album. He stated that he attempted to work quickly when producing the album, however Rihanna wanted to constantly improve the album's quality stating "Listen, let's up the quality level. [63] The website then proceeded to launch eight "rooms" over the following 9 weeks, each loosely corresponding to her previous albums, detailing her personal life over the course of her career and including clues from Anti. [89][90] Fellow musicians also believed that the album should have been nominated, with Chance the Rapper stating that the album was "underrated". Rihanna has a clear point of view on Anti too, and it’s a depressing one. It is a collection of different genres and sounds that have expanded Rihanna from pop prince to international superstar. 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