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Jay Z: Rihanna's next album is still in the works because 'she wants it to be perfect'

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Rihanna is on the cover of latest issue of Vanity Fair, but fans expecting the music superstar to offer an update on her next album, possibly titled R8, will have to wait a little longer. Rihanna doesn’t discuss the record, which will likely feature “American Oxygen” and “Bitch Better Have My Money,” but leaves the heavy lifting of its promotion to mentor Jay Z.

“She wants it to be perfect,” he told Vanity Fair of the record, which will be Rihanna’s first since 2012. But whenever the album arrives, it will mark a change for Rihanna. The magazine also reveals that Rihanna recently signed a deal to own all of her music, and she will release new music through her own company, Westbury Road. “What took me 15 or 20 years to get has taken her 10, and will take the next person 5 years,” Jay Z said. “It’s great to be able to help fight that fight.”

In September, Rihanna offered another update on the album to NME, and said, “It’s not done! To me it’s never done until it’s done. Until the final moment.”

In a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna also speaks candidly about her influence in the fashion world, her history with Chris Brown, her reaction to the NFL’s decision to remove her song “Run This Town” from broadcast after the Ray Rice domestic-abuse scandal, and journey from Barbados to the Def Jam headquarters when she was 16. “You see someone who comes in and you know if they have that look about them, that star quality—you can’t deny it,” Jay Z said.

For more on Rihanna, head over to Vanity Fair.