Drake and Rihanna may be dominating the top of the music charts with the release of their new collaboration, “Work,” but it looks like the duo is also showing their support for each other’s new music following the release of Rihanna’s album, Anti, and Drake’s single, “Summer Sixteen.”
Earlier this week, Drake announced via Instagram that he would be hosting a new episode of OVO Sound Radio on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio on Saturday.
Given Drake’s history of releasing exclusive new music via the live radio show, rumors began circulating suggesting that Drake may premiere a new song in addition to making an announcement about his impending Views From The 6 album.
Much to fans’ delight, Drake dropped Views‘ first official single, “Summer Sixteen,” during the duration of the two-hour program while also confirming a tentative April 2016 release date for his fourth studio album, Vibe reports.
While fans eagerly awaited the arrival of Drake’s new track, the rapper, alongside Oliver El-Khatib, provided a music mix for the program which included a new track from Rihanna’s recently released Anti album.
In addition to playing their new collaboration, “Work,” during his hosting segment, Drake also showed some love for Rihanna by playing her new song, “Same Ol’ Mistakes,” which premiered alongside Anti‘s release on Thursday.
Shortly after Drake concluded his mix on OVO Sound Radio, Rihanna took to Instagram to return the favor by showing her support for Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” release.
“Lookin lookin…..all summer 16,” Rihanna wrote alongside a cartoon drawing of herself holding a red balloon, a clear nod to the symbolic imagery of her Anti album cover art, while referencing the lyrics from Drake’s new single.
— Needed Me Stan (@RihannaLDN) January 31, 2016
While Drake and Rihanna fans are ecstatic over the amount of new music released from the duo within the past two days, some fans are still awaiting the arrival of the music video for Drake and Rihanna’s track, “Work.”
Earlier this month, Drake and Rihanna were rumored to be working on a new music video together, which was later confirmed after a casting call for the video shoot surfaced on social media.
Rihanna and Drake shot the music video to the song “WORK” last night in LA – it’s gonna be on Riri album. ITS LIT! pic.twitter.com/ULyvXypra3
— All New Hip Hop 100 (@allnewhiphop100) January 11, 2016
While fans were able to capture both photo and audio evidence of the duo’s music video shoot, Rihanna’s record label has reportedly sent out several notices to fans requesting that the photos and videos be removed due to copyright violations.
Following the premiere of Drake and Rihanna’s “Work” on Wednesday, fans took to Twitter to begin speculating over the release date for the track’s impending music video.
Despite no announcement from either Rihanna or Drake regarding the status of their new music video, a rumor emerged on Twitter suggesting that U.K.-based music channel 4Music would be premiering the video for “Work” at 11:45 p.m. on Friday.
One fan took to the site to share a photo of 4Music’s description for their Rihanna and Drake-dedicated time slot for the video’s alleged premiere, which reads, “We welcome the new video for the incredible Rihanna ft. Drake!”
However, one fan personally reached out to Rihanna via a direct message on Twitter to inquire about the alleged release, prompting Rihanna to shoot down 4Music’s claims with, “That bull****!”
“Rihanna just DMed me,” the fan explained alongside a screenshot of Rihanna’s response, “4Music are lying. Sorry guys.”
According to fans who did tune into 4Music’s channel during the “Work”-dedicated time slot, the segment was nothing more than “a collection of [Rihanna’s] videos over #WORK.”
— JAKΞOB LΞW (@JakeobLewEditz) January 29, 2016
While no official release date for Rihanna and Drake’s new music video has been confirmed, rumors are suggesting that the duo may debut the video around the same time as the 58th Annual Grammy Awards next month, which will take place on February 15 via CBS.
What do you think of Drake and Rihanna’s collaboration for “Work”?
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