Shaggy has claimed he was invited to appear on Rihanna‘s new album, but declined on the grounds that he “didn’t need to audition”.

Rihanna is yet to announce her follow-up to 2016’s ‘Anti’, though it has been widely reported that dancehall and a reggae-influenced record is on the way.

Despite the global hype surrounding the album informally dubbed ‘R9’ by fans and the artist herself, Shaggy felt it wasn’t the right move for him.

Speaking to The Daily Star, he said: “They approached me for the Rihanna project yeah. There’s a lot of great people involved but for me, I didn’t need to audition to be on the record, I’ll leave that to younger guys. But from what I hear it should be good.”

His desire to continue working alongside Sting, with whom the ‘It Wasn’t Me’ singer collaborated for an album that was extensively toured last year, apparently remains undimmed, however.

“Sting and I are really close,” Shaggy said. “We speak regularly and there’s always things that we’re gonna do, I’m sure there will be something new.”