In the days since the cryptic phrase "The Wait is Ova. Nov 23 09" appeared on Rihanna's Twitter account, more details have emerged about what exactly we're waiting on. According to an interview with Rap-Up.com, producer Tricky Stewart confirmed that [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] will be releasing her fourth album on that date.
Stewart also said the song he produced could be the album's first single, which would coincide with the equally cryptic countdown clock on Rihanna's site, counting down to October 20 at 11:23 a.m. "We delivered a very, very big record, but I can't say what the name of it is or anything, just for the simple fact that it's actually top secret," Stewart explained. "It's definitely going to be a single. It's either going to be the first or the second single. I do know that."
As the anticipation grows, [artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist] recently told MTV News that fans should prepare themselves. "I've heard a good majority of the album ... world, get ready," he said. "That's all I'm going to say: World, get ready."
The R&B star, who worked with Rihanna on her last two albums, also said he had written a few songs for this new effort. But he continued to be evasive when asked about the sound the album.
"The best and safest way I can say this is that Rihanna has some stuff to say and she's going to say it," he continued, "and she ain't going to make no apologies for it."