Someone on Team RiRi is dropping the ball. Between delayed album dates, rushed releases and no-shows, Rihanna has sent her fans on a roller-coaster ride in the last couple weeks. The singer blamed bronchitis for her Grammy cancellation, but is there more to the story than just illness?
If you look at her social media, you’d think everything is normal. She’s been tweeting about her birthday and the success of her new single with Drake, “Work.” There’s no mention of any health issues. Even her Instagram (where she’s famous for her candid interactions with fans) is full of promotional pictures and good news. So what’s really happening?
Some speculate that low album and ticket sales might be the “production” issues that Rihanna’s team is blaming for the cancellations, but that doesn’t sound right. Just last month, she wore a pair of $9,000 Dolce & Gabbana headphones on Instagram and they instantly sold out. The girl has a dedicated, eager fan base ready to spend money.
Not to mention, she was all smiles and looking great at the release of the Fenty x Puma collection during New York Fashion Week last week. None of these are signs of someone who is struggling with bronchitis.
I’m not an expert on what could be going on for Rihanna, but if I had to make a guess, I would say that it all goes back to the Tidal leak. The platform was supposed to be the best platform for artists, especially those who invested in it, to release their music to the world. And when they had their big moment to shine, they messed it all up. It seems like the added stress of trying to manage a leaked album, plus an accelerated timeline for all of her album launch plans really got to be too much for her.
There’s no way of knowing if this is the truth, but it just seems like Tidal is causing more problems than solutions for both the artists and the music fans. Either way, I really hope that Rihanna gets back on track to put on a great show — as a fan, and as someone who had tickets to see her postponed San Diego show.
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