It’s been just over 11 years since a Barbados-born teenager named Robyn Rihanna Fenty walked into Def Jam’s Manhattan headquarters and impressed music kingmakers LA Reid and Jay Z so much that she walked out the same day with a six-album deal. Since then, she has more than delivered on that initial promise, becoming the first artist ever to hit 100 million digital sales, as well as winning a string of other awards and accolades.
On July 21st, the 28-year-old international superstar comes to Palau Sant Jordi—her only stop in Spain during her two-leg, 18-country world tour. Despite the three-year gap between albums, Rihanna’s latest offering, Anti (2016), proves it was well worth the wait. Described by Rolling Stone as ‘a sprawling masterpiece of psychedelic soul’, Rihanna is once again pushing the boundaries of pop. Anti makes us reassess which music genre describes Rihanna’s work. Songs such as ‘FourFiveSeconds’—a 2015 collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney—show the soulful depth of her voice, while her cover of Tame Impala’s ‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’ demonstrates her ability as a musician to take on different genres, such as psych-pop, and make them her own. Like the album, the Anti tour is said to be stripped down and raw, but for those fearful of a departure from her original sound, there are sure to be a few old favourites thrown into the set list.
Doors open at 7pm, support act 8.15pm, Rihanna 9.30pm. More information here