Rihanna Channels Amy Winehouse In Her New Song Leaked To Instagram

Rihanna took to Instagram this afternoon to post two segments of a song called “Higher” from her anticipated album, R8. In keeping with the organic sound of “FourFiveSeconds,” the new song is a 180 from the dance-pop jams we’d expect RiRi to put out.

Rihanna posted the following two posts, previews to the new song, to her Instagram handle this afternoon.


A video posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:52am PST

“This whiskey got me feeling pretty,” RiRi sings. “I just really need your ass with me.” Yes, those are violins in the background.

These samplings of “Higher” showcase an emotional Rihanna, and also one that sounds almost like Amy Winehouse. We’re loving the bluesy vibes imbued in the song, as well as this fresh approach Rihanna is taking to her music. “FourFiveSeconds” and “Higher” are indicators that R8 will be stripped down and more acoustic than the albums that precede it, but we have to ask: Will RiRi be giving us a dance jam to turn up to, as well?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Preview “Dancing In The Dark,” Rihanna’s new track for the upcoming DreamWorks movie, Home.

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