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Rihanna attends the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox And Dreamworks Animation's 'HOME' at Regency Village Theatre on March 22, 2015 in Westwood, CaliforniaJason Merritt/Getty

Rihanna has sent fans into a frenzy after releasing a preview of her new single Bitch Better Have My Money.

Hours after announcing the preview on Instagram with the hashtags #R8 and #BBHMM, the 27-year-old tweeted a link to the Dubsmash app where her Navy can hear a 10-second snippet of the single.

On 25 March, fans had speculated whether the Diamonds singer would be releasing her anticipated eighth studio album, titled R8, after she shared what many believed to be the LP's artwork on Instagram.

In the photo, Rihanna moodily stares straight ahead, sporting thick eyebrows and going topless under a leather jacket.

As expected, the singer's Navy fan base are ecstatic with the teaser and have kept #BBHMM trending for several hours. Among the most excited reactions are:

Although not everyone is happy with the snippet as other fans have pleaded with RiRi to release the full track:

Bitch Better Have My Money follows on from Rihanna's most recent track, FourFiveSeconds, which features Paul McCartney and Kanye West. The guitar-led song peaked at number five on the UK charts when it was released in February.

The chart-topper recently told MTV News her new album will sound "soulful", hinting at the new direction of her music. She said: "I've made a lot of songs that are just really big songs... they just blow up. Not that they weren't real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever.

"I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years. I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years, not any songs that were burnt out. I find that when I get on stage now I don't want to perform a lot of my songs because they don't feel like me. So I want to make songs that are timeless."

R'n'b singer Ne-Yo, who has written songs for Rihanna in the past, told E! News in November 2014 that he has been lucky enough to hear the songstress' new material.

He said: "The stuff I've heard is absolutely incredible. I can't speak on what it sounds like because I'll get in trouble. But I definitely feel like people are gonna enjoy it. Anybody that's a Rihanna fan is gonna stay a Rihanna fan, and anybody that's not might become a Rihanna fan... just gear up for it."

Listen to a snippet of Bitch Better Have My Money below:

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