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Rihanna to Release Concept Album Based on Animated Film

The singer will record for, and star in, 3D children's film 'Home'

Rihanna performs in Sydney, Australia.
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February 26, 2014 4:55 PM ET

Rihanna is set to release a concept album this year based around the upcoming animated DreamWorks film Home, according to Variety.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, announced the news Tuesday during the company's quarterly earnings call. Katzenberg said that Rihanna, who also stars in the film, will perform new songs, but did not provide any titles or the album's release date.

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The film, set for release November 26th, revolves around a group of aliens that escape their enemies by hiding on Earth. Originally entitled Happy Smekday!, the 3D film is based on author Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday. Rihanna will star in the film as teenager Gratuity "Tip" Tucci alongside Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin and Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons.

Rihanna has released an album each November from 2009 until 2012, but chose not to release an album in 2013. It was still a busy year, as the singer twerked in "Pour It Up," starred in A$AP Rocky videos, won "Icon Awards" and appeared on Eminem's "Monster" from the rapper's Marshall Mathers LP 2.

This summer, Rihanna and Eminem will go on a three-city mini tour, hitting undisclosed locations in New York, Los Angeles and Detroit in August. The duo first teamed up on 2010's "Love the Way You Lie" before reuniting for "The Monster."

In a Rolling Stone cover story this past fall, Eminem said that the new collaboration with Rihanna was "not necessarily a sequel, as much as it is a revisitation" to his past. "To me, it's more about the vice, and it's more about the nostalgia," he said.

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