Fans Think That Rihanna's New Red Hair Means Her New Album Is Coming Soon

On Sunday night, Rihanna made a surprise appearance at the 2019 BET Awards wearing a figure-hugging leather outfit. But it wasn't just her presence that sent fans buzzing — her new rich red hair color threw many people into a theorizing frenzy.

But Rihanna being Rihanna, fans think the new hair color is more than just a new shade switch up. Aside from being an incredible shade — a cool, blue-based auburn color — some people are convinced it means she might be dropping her upcoming album "R9" sooner than expected. According to some of her biggest fans, just before RiRi drops new music drops, that's apparently when she decides to change her hair color. Case in point: the multihyphenate businesswoman wore a brighter red shade back in 2010 during the release of album "Loud." She's also been hinting at this switch for a bit now. Last week, she wore red box braids to promote the launch of her Fenty pop-up shop in NYC, giving us a little taste of the spicy hue.

It's not just the color that we're loving, either. Always at the forefront of the trends, Rihanna also wore a hairstyle that we've seen everywhere in Hollywood at the moment: the half-up ponytail. You don't need to look far to see the likes of Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lopez rocking the style, and it's one of our favorite looks on Rihanna. Much like the superlong hair trend, this is one that requires hair extensions, lots of teasing, and a whole lot of hairspray.

Although we're yet to get a definite date for the album release, we're being treated to one of Rihanna's best beauty looks of the year. So in the meantime, read on to see her red half-up hairstyle and all of the fan album theories.