Rihanna is not often one to just let her music do the talking, as images from her latest video prove.
Never the shrinking violet, Rihanna strips down to just a sheer robe and thong for the racy new video for new single Needed Me.
And her saucy attire certainly doesn’t leave her in any way vulnerable, as she also packs a pistol as she makes her way around a strip club during the footage.
The 28-year-old is on a mission to track down a murderer in the video, and she’s certainly dressed to fit in with the crowd.
Rihanna teased fans by posting a number of photos to her Instagram account, but it’s probably only a matter of time before the nipple police have them removed from the site.
Luckily, her management also released a number of sensational images to mark the release.
The video comes to a close in a private room at the back of the strip club, where Rihanna wastes no time shooting a heavily tattooed man dead, firing at him at point blank range.
She then stands over his body as he bleeds heavily.
Rihanna is one of the few artists left who still puts a lot of effort into her videos, and recent releases would suggest that it’s only a matter of time before she resumes her acting career, having starred in such classics as Battleship and Annie.
Earlier this week, Rihanna moved ahead of The Beatles to take second place in the list of musicians who’ve spent most weeks at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
New album Anti has fared less well in the UK, where it’s only reached No 7 following the confusion surrounding its release date in January.
But Anti’s lead single Work has given Rihanna a total of 60 weeks on top. Only Mariah Carey lies ahead, with 79 weeks.
There’s no accounting for taste sometimes.
Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1