Ok, so 2013 passed and little Miss Sunshine didn’t drop a new album for the masses. One blog went as far as to declare 2013 didn’t count because there was no Rihanna album . I bet some of us didn’t realize this. Running off the strength of her seventh studio album ‘Unapologetic’, released on November 2012, Ri was still heavy on the airways due to album singles “Diamonds”, “Stay”, “What Now”, “Pour It Up”, “Loveee Song (feat. Future)”, and her collaboration with David Guetta “Right Now”.
The absence of a major release was also hard to notice due to her maintaining relevancy through her social media dominance, breaking tour and chart records and picking up an Icon award in the process. This has actually been the longest period Rihanna has gone without releasing music since 2007. She has been releasing one album per year between 2005 and 2012 (’08 was a re-release of Good Girl Gone Bad).
More here: http://246mixtapes.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/up-for-discussion-the-loud-era-was-rihannas-best/