Rihanna sent fans a cryptic message today via Twitter. With plenty of characters left to spare, she simply tweeted “The wait is ova. Nov 23 09.”  We can’t imagine she’s telling us anything other than the release date for her new album.

But we might not have to wait that long to hear some music. There are rumors floating around that the first single is going to drop any minute now. We’ll post it the second it does.

But back to the album: Nov. 23 is a Monday, which is the one day earlier than the standard release date for albums.  However, a number of acts are planning on moving that week’s releases up from Tuesday to Monday to get a jump on  the Thanskgiving holiday. That week also officially kicks off the holiday shopping season.

Here’s what else we know about Rihanna’s album: producers include Justin Timberlake, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart and U.K. dance music team Chase & Status. Timberlake has said that the follow-up to her 2007 smash “Good Girl Gone Bad” will sound “a little more grown up.”

Tricky told rap-up.com that he and Rihanna were headed into the studio in mid-October and that his plan was to “try to chase greatness.”  He also vowed the new work would sound different than mega-hit “Umbrella.” We come out with something that sounds like “Umbrella,” they’re gonna be saying that we tried to do something that sounded like “Umbrella.” That’s not what the great artists do. They don’t even allow you to do stuff like that. Every great artist always wants to hear something they’ve never heard before

Rihanna is currently riding high on the charts on her guest spot on Jay-Zs “Run This Town.”

Still no confirmation on when her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown will release his next album, although there’s speculation it will be in early December. His first single, "I Can Transform Ya,” came out at the end of September.