For most of her career, Rihanna has been an artist on a tight schedule. Between 2005 and 2012, the pop star released an album each year except one (2008), with the last four coming like clockwork every November.
Now, more than three years after the release of “Unapologetic” in 2012, Rihanna is ready for another.
After months of speculation and false starts, the singer released a Caribbean-tinged new single, “Work,” featuring Drake, as a surprise. Her new album, “Anti,” “should also be out in a few days,” said the BBC Radio 1 D.J. Scott Mills, who debuted the track (it appeared simultaneously on Jay Z’s Tidal and became available for sale on iTunes approximately 50 minutes later). Billboard confirmed the timetable for what remains a semi-surprise release. The lilting, summery track was produced by Boi-1da, a frequent Drake collaborator, and features Rihanna in her lovelorn mode: “All that I wanted from you was to give me something that I never had,” she sings.
“Work” was previously teased in January during the long run-up to Anti, with Rihanna and Drake – who previously teamed on singles like his “Take Care” and her “What’s My Name?” – reportedly shooting a video for the single last month in Los Angeles.
With the Anti Tour set to kick off February 26th in San Diego, Rihanna will reportedly release her new LP in the very near future. It’s unclear whether 2015 tracks like “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “American Oxygen” and “FourFiveSeconds” will appear on the album. Listen below.