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Has anyone else noticed that our girl Mercedes (Amber Riley) has been tragically absent from Glee lately? Sure, she peaced out to Los Angeles and became an "indie artist" (because apparently the life of a theater nerd just wasn't doing it for her), but we miss this gal like whoa. It's great when Amber makes the occasional appearance on Glee (her outstanding vocals have been sorely missed by all of us at McKinley High), but what has this diva been doing in her off-time? Oh, just starring in R&B music videos, no big deal!

Check out Amber's work on the official video for "Never Been Lonely" by Eric Bellinger, a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles who has written hits for Chris Brown, Selena Gomez, and The Scene, to name a few.

Amber sounds amazing in Eric's video, looks absolutely fabulous, and has zero traces of slushie covering her face. Take that, Glee! Also, most of this video involves Amber having an intense phone convo with shirtless Eric, whose body is covered in dew drops. Yes, dew drops.

Do you love Amber and Eric's video as much as we do, or do you think this gal should head back to New Directions and get her nerd on? Hit the comments and tell us what you think!

Credit: YouTube Photo: Amber Riley and Eric Bellinger Music Video — "Never Been Lonely"