Are you ready to believe in Anti? Rihanna premiered her new single "Work" on BBC Radio 1 and other radio stations around the world this morning, and publications like Billboard believe the Drake collaboration is just an appetizer before the star's eighth LP is released as a surprise sometime this week. Anti will become Rihanna's first LP since 2012's Unapologetic when it's released.
The song's availability is scattered right now. Tidal subscribers can listen to the track here, and you can also purchase it on iTunes and stream it through Apple Music. If you're a Spotify user or a YouTube lurker, you're out of luck: "Work" isn't available on those services yet. With that said, you can hear the song in full by visiting Tidal's homepage and clicking on the artwork.
"Work" is Rihanna's first single since last year's anemic "American Oxygen," and it's Drake's first new piece of music since his September mixtape with Future, What a Time to Be Alive. It's also Drake and Rihanna's third single-length collaboration after 2010's "What's My Name?" and 2011's "Take Care." According to Billboard, the two stars were spotted filming the video for "Work" in Los Angeles earlier this month, but it's unclear when that video will be released. The song was produced by frequent Drake collaborator Boi-1da, Allen Ritter, and Sevn Thomas.
Will you need a Tidal subscription to stream all of Anti?
The single's appearance on selected streaming services casts an interesting shadow over Anti's potential availability. Rihanna wouldn't be the first major musician to withhold her album from some of the major streaming services; she wouldn't be the first to give Tidal a complete exclusive, either. (Prince did so last summer.) Keeping the album from services like Spotify for a period of several weeks would mirror the strategy employed by artists like Coldplay and Adele (who still hasn't released 25 to streaming services), but it would also handicap the song's commercial performance. Drake knows this all too well: he lost out on achieving his first Billboard #1 single last year because his infamous "Hotline Bling" video was an Apple Music exclusive.
The road to Anti has been marked with plenty of false starts, strange promotional strategies, and singles that failed to generate sufficient buzz for an album release. Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted a picture of herself listening to the album on $9,000 Dolce & Gabbana headphones, but many people remained skeptical regarding the album's imminent release. It seems like you can cast your skepticism aside, pop fans: "Work" is for real, and Anti's just around the corner.
Here's the single's artwork:
Update January 27th 11:15AM ET: The post has been updated to reflect the single's public availability on Tidal's homepage.