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Rihanna Enlists 'Every Jamaican Songwriter' In Dancehall Album

The album will be a mix of dancehall and reggae, reminiscent of some of Rihanna's earlier work, such as 'What's My Name' and 'Man Down.' | Photo: Reuters The album will be a mix of dancehall and reggae, reminiscent of some of Rihanna's earlier work, such as 'What's My Name' and 'Man Down.' | Photo: Reuters
Rihanna will be showcasing talent from across the Caribbean in an upcoming album employing "every songwriter in Jamaica," it has been revealed.
One producer told Rolling Stone Magazine that "every songwriter in Jamaica" is working on the new album by the Barbados-born singer.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, sources close to the artist say that "every songwriter in Jamaica" is working on the latest creation from the Barbados-born singer.

"Every artist, every producer, every songwriter in Jamaica or of Jamaican descent has been working on it and has little snippets of publishing or production credits on it," Rolling Stone reports. "I think they’ve got eight songs, but her A&R is still asking for records."

The album – one of two due to be released shortly – will include a mix of dancehall and reggae, reminiscent of some of her earlier work such as 'What's My Name,' 'Man Down,' 'You Da One,' 'Work' and 'Rude Boy.'

According to one producer who asked to remain anonymous, "[Rihanna’s team] have, no lie, 500 records for this project [from] different producers and writers. They're only choosing 10 records. They've been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I've been flying to Miami, flying to LA, cutting records non-stop for this project."

Another producer told Rolling Stone: "Their whole thing was, 'Yo, we're gonna make this real dancehall, Caribbean. Rihanna is Bajan, so let's make this a full project like that. To me, it hasn't been going that way. They're kind of mixing it up, putting in the pop.

"If the reggae artists and producers won’t get the chance on the pop album, at least let us survive on the dancehall album. They're changing up the direction continuously."

Among those rumored to be involved are Supa Dups; R. City; Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor; Linton 'TJ Records' White; Ricky Blaze; Tyshane 'Beam' Thompson; Kranium, and Chronixx.

  • Countries: Barbados

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