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Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos

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Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos
Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos

Nearly a month after the unceremonious release of Rihanna’s Anti, the album’s peculiar rollout continues with not one, but two music videos for the lead single, “Work.” The first, like the track itself, is evocative of Velvet Rope-era Janet Jackson, specifically “Got ’til It’s Gone.” Helmed by Director X and shot at Toronto’s Caribbean-themed bar and restaurant The Real Jerk, the video conjures the iconic Janet clip’s hazy, sepia-hued, slow-motion aesthetic, if not its politics. Following the in-your-face “message” videos for “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “American Oxygen,” though, the laidback, communal vibe is a welcome reprieve. It’s also incredibly sexy.

Single Review: Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work”

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Single Review: Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work”
Single Review: Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work”

After a string of underwhelming singles and several momentum-killing delays, Rihanna’s Anti, her first album in over three years, finally looks imminent. This morning the singer released a fourth single, “Work,” the follow-up to “American Oxygen,” which came and went with little fanfare last spring. If the first three duds signaled the end of RiRi’s pop reign following her departure from her longtime label home, Def Jam, the new track has the potential to at least partly justify the gold crown on the album’s cover.

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015

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Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015
Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015

The singles we’re betting on for the long game tended to play with shorter fuses, blaze less gargantuan trails, flourish in the crawlspaces of our collective consciousness—and not, as per Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s ubiquitously catchy but elementally reductive fraternity rocker “Uptown Funk,” strut their retro bona fides around like Meryl Streep’s bass-ackwards crab walk in Death Becomes Her. That’s not to say the artists represented below didn’t find new, inventive means of correspondence between the past and the present; the best of them helped show that bridge as a conduit and a nourishing source of inspiration, while the worst of them set up a T-shirt stand at the midway point.

Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas Raise Eyebrows with Lyric Videos for “Only” & “Teacher”

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Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas Raise Eyebrows with Lyric Videos for “Only” & “Teacher”
Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas Raise Eyebrows with Lyric Videos for “Only” & “Teacher”

Lyric videos, a relatively recent promotional tool, started out simply as a means to keep royalties-paying audio on YouTube in the days or weeks between a single’s release and the premiere of an official music video. But artists and record labels have become increasingly creative and enterprising, squeezing every last ounce of promo possibilities from what used to be a rather banal, straightforward text-on-solid-background format.

House Playlist Arcade Fire, M.I.A., & Cut Copy

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House Playlist: Arcade Fire, M.I.A., & Cut Copy
House Playlist: Arcade Fire, M.I.A., & Cut Copy

Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”: With the release of their highly anticipated new album, Reflektor, a week away, Arcade Fire has unveiled “Afterlife,” a six-minute meditation on the titular topic. Watch the official lyric video, which employs scenes from Marcel Camus’s 1959 film Black Orpheus, below:

 

House Playlist: Janelle Monáe featuring Miguel, The Weeknd featuring Drake, Iggy Azalea featuring T.I., Nine Inch Nails, & Ejecta

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House Playlist: Janelle Monáe featuring Miguel, The Weeknd featuring Drake, Iggy Azalea featuring T.I., Nine Inch Nails, & Ejecta
House Playlist: Janelle Monáe featuring Miguel, The Weeknd featuring Drake, Iggy Azalea featuring T.I., Nine Inch Nails, & Ejecta

Janelle Monáe featuring Miguel, “PrimeTime”: The latest taste from Janelle Monáe’s forthcoming sophomore effort, Electric Lady, includes a sample from the Pixies’ 1988 single “Where Is My Mind?” and bears resemblance to Mariah Carey’s recent single, “#Beautiful,” another slow-burning R&B track that also featured Miguel. Electric Lady hits stores on September 10th.