Work (Rihanna song)

“Work” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album, Anti (2016), featuring Canadian rapper Drake, the song was released as the lead single from Anti on January 27, 2016 through Westbury Road and Roc Nation. The song was written by PartyNextDoor, Drake, Rihanna, Monte Moir, Rupert “Sevn” Thomas, Allen Ritter and Matthew Samuels, and was produced by Boi-1da, Sevn Thomas, Ritter, Kuk Harrell and Noah “40” Shebib. The dancehall, reggae-pop song, contains an interpolation of “If You Were Here Tonight” (1985) performed by Alexander O’Neal. Lyrically, the song incorporates themes of working for money, as well as discussing fragile relationships. The song uses Jamaican Patois and Creole.[1]

“Work” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna’s fourteenth number one single and Drake’s second, and remained at the top for nine weeks. The song also saw success elsewhere peaking at number one in Canada, Denmark, France, Spain, South Africa, Belgium and the Netherlands and peaking within the top five of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Germany.

The song was accompanied by two music videos, which both premiered on February 22, 2016. The first of the two versions was directed by Director X, while the second was directed by Tim Erem. The song was further promoted with a live performance at the 2016 BRIT Awards which featured guest appearances from Drake and SZA. “Work” was praised as a song which has brought the genre of dancehall to the forefront of American music, becoming the first dancehall song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Sean Paul’s “Temperature” (2006).

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