Rihanna and Drake have shared the video for sneakily awesome ANTI single “Work” — or videos, I should say, because there are two separate clips for the song. For the first, Director X, who recently helmed Drake’s iconic “Hotline Bling” meme-farm, presents the two superstars at Toronto’s Caribbean food spot The Real Jerk. The second, by Tim Erem, depicts them in private; it sorta reminds me of Drake’s cameo in Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video, and it probably qualifies as NSFW thanks to Rih’s see-through shirt. Some filming allegedly happened at LA shopping mall Eagle Rock Plaza last month, but I’m not seeing a mall or any horses for that matter. Watch, watch, watch, watch, watch.
ANTI is out now on Westbury Road/Roc Nation, and if you haven’t read our #longread about its flubbed rollout, you really should.
UPDATE: Billboard reports that “Work” has climbed to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart. It becomes Rihanna’s 14th #1 single, moving her ahead of Michael Jackson for third-most all-time. It’s also Drake’s second #1 single following previous Rihanna collaboration “What’s My Name?” in 2010. You may recall that he’s still waiting for his first #1 single as a lead artist thanks to his corporate benefactors at Apple. Given that “Work” went to #1 based on last week’s numbers, it’s likely to stay there for at least another week now that the video is out there.