Leaks can cause a lot of damage! Rihanna decided to take matters back into her own hands at midnight on Wednesday, January 27, when she released her new album, Anti, ahead of schedule after the track list was leaked.
Earlier in the evening, Tidal allegedly leaked the track list to her much anticipated new album (resulting in a host of screenshots appearing all over Twitter). And rather than try to plug the hole, the "Bitch Better Have My Money" singer went all out and dropped the entire album instead.
The music has been released exclusively on Tidal (the new music streaming app she part-owns) for one week, and a deluxe version of her first album since 2012 will be released with three bonus tracks on Friday, January 29.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 28, 2016
The streaming service also made a limited number of complementary download codes available to both new and existing Tidal customers, as part of a 60-day free trial of the app.
Fans have been getting excited about RiRi's new release for some months now, after the Bajan beauty teased her exciting new cover art back in October.
The chart-topping singer tweeted fans early on Thursday, January 28, to thank them for their positive reaction.
"You guys legit made me the happiest girl in the world!!" she wrote. "I'm so grateful that you appreciate the #ANTI album! It's the most rewarding feeling."
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