And she wants new music as much as the rest of us.


While everyone appreciates that Rihanna is out there like a real-life superhero and saving the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, fans are also waiting for her to release new tunes — and nobody, it seems, wants it more than Ariana Grande. In a new interview with Zane Lowe (she was promoting her new tune with Justin Bieber), Grande explained that she's been streaming Rihanna tunes every day and that if Rihanna didn't mind, maybe she could just take a few minutes to drop the album and then go right back to her philanthropy.

"I listened to ANTI every day. I think it's time. I need it. You know what I mean? Sorry. She's going to hate me for saying that, but I want it so bad. I get it. I appreciate it," Grande said. "I'm really glad that she’s putting in so much effort. It means a lot."

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In an effort to show just how dedicated she is to the Rihanna Navy, of which Grande should be made honorary five-star fleet admiral ASAP, she said that she's doing everything she can to support Ri.

"Can you just post it and then just leave and then go back to work?" Grande suggested. "I'm buying the undies. I'm buying the makeup. I'm streaming ANTI. I'm streaming Unapologetic. I’m streaming Loud. Every day, I really am."

Rihanna recently told British Vogue that the music is there, she's just not "feeling" a release just yet: There’s just good music, and if I feel it, I’m putting it out."

As an artist herself, Grande could relate to Rihanna's reticence to drop anything until it's ready.

"I'm so angry because I hate when people say this to me," Grande said, "but now that I'm saying it to her, it's fine."