Rihanna's eight studio album Anti has officially been released on Tidal.
Anti will be available exclusively on Tidal for one week, and a deluxe version featuring three bonus tracks will become available on the platform on Jan. 29.
But fear not, Rihanna fans who are worried they won't be able to listen because they don't have a Tidal membership. The music-streaming service is giving away a limited amount of download codes for free for both subscribers and nonsubscribers that also come with a 60-day free trial. After all the codes are used, Anti will then be available for purchase in the download store.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 28, 2016
Billboard previously reported that Anti would be released by surprise by Friday. But after the album's track list leaked on Jay Z's music-streaming platform Wednesday evening — and then began showing up all over Twitter — it appears that Rihanna gave the green light to release it to the masses.
Rihanna's latest album has been highly anticipated since reports surfaced that the Barbados beauty was back in the studio. Anti was initially expected to drop last May or June, but it wasn't until October when she finally released the cover art.
Despite the date being pushed back, many believed it would then finally be released in November after the singer signed a $25 million deal with Samsung to promote the album and sponsor its accompanying world tour that will kick off next month in San Diego.
Rihanna then tweeted a link to the Samsung-powered site ANTIdiaRy.com back in November that redirects to a mobile app where fans view videos that feature the singer exploring locked rooms; seven videos explored seven rooms. The app featured the message, "You'll know when it's time."
The video for the eighth room was released on Wednesday, and features the singer entering a room where two girls are asleep on a bed.
This is RiRi's first album since releasing Unapologetic in 2012. She has since released two singles - "FourFiveSeconds," the collaboration with Kayne West and Paul McCartney, as well as "B**** Better Have My Money." Neither track is included on the new album.
Instead, Anti features 13 new songs, including "Love On The Brain," "Kiss It Better," "Same Ol' Mistakes" and the single released on Wednesday with Drake, titled "Work."
Source: The Verge