Rihanna releases sparse, trippy 'What Now' video: Watch it here

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Shockingly, it’s looking like 2013 will be the first year since 2008 that hasn’t delivered new Rihanna album.

But she’s hardly AWOL; she’s just continuing to work singles from last year’s Unapologetic — and now the latest entry just landed on the Internet.

After a few weeks of speculation (and a lot of social media-related gaffes), the video for “What Now” premiered this morning. Filmed in Phuket, Thailand, the clip features Rihanna in a room all alone (except when she’s joined by some shadow selves) going through an emotional exorcism so powerful that it apparently causes actual lightning strikes.

It’s all pretty interesting, and the last minute or so feels like an American Horror Story title sequence waiting to happen. Check it out below:

Tonight is your last chance to see Rihanna on tour in 2013, as she’ll wrap up her live dates in New Orleans. She recently notched her 25th top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Eminem-led “The Monster,” tying her with Elvis Presley with the eighth-most top 10s ever.

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