Rihanna Work

Rihanna, "Work."

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The superstar returns with a new single, ahead of an expected album release this week.

A surprise Rihanna release “works” the singer back to a familiar spot: No. 1.

The hitmaker premiered “Work” on Wednesday morning (Jan. 27), and the new single immediately flew to No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart. As of 3 p.m. ET, “Work” had powered past all competitors, spending 11 hours as the most shared and discussed track on the social media platform, including the last eight consecutive hours. "Work” is available online exclusively via Tidal and has been serviced to radio.

Rihanna & Drake Reteam for 'Work'

The Trending 140 chart measures the acceleration of conversation around artists and their music, while the Emerging Artists chart measures the volume of tweets around new artists and their songs.

The official “Work” release and its subsequent No. 1 easily bests its previous chart performance. The Drake-assisted cut had reached a then-peak of No. 9 on Jan. 12 as rumors of the track’s title and photos of an alleged music video shoot spread online. The new single is the pair's third collaboration together, following the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit "What's My Name" from Rih's Loud in 2010, and "Take Care," the title track from Drake's sophomore LP in 2011.

“Work,” which combines the Caribbean dancehall feel of Rihanna’s debut (“Pon De Replay”) with pop and electronic sounds, arrives just days before the expected release of the singer’s eighth album, Anti. Billboard reported on Jan. 26 that sources have suggested the long-awaited album could finally hit retail this week.

In 2015, Rihanna graced the chart with three songs: “FourFiveSeconds” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney in January, followed by “Bitch Better Have My Money” in March and “American Oxygen” in April. All three tracks spent multiple hours leading the Trending 140 last year.

ANTI follows 2012’s Unapologetic, and the nearly four-year gap marks Rihanna’s longest break between studio albums. Unapologetic -- which featured a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit in “Diamonds” and top-five peak for “Stay” -- became the singer’s first chart-topping album on the Billboard 200 in seven tries.