After a years-long drought as far as Rihanna musical content goes, we are now in a verifiable flood—and it is wonderful. On the heels of campfire-sing-along first single “FourFive Seconds” and scorcher “Bitch Better Have My Money” comes “American Oxygen,” an anthemic down-tempo ballad-y number which Rihanna performed for the first time Saturday night at the March Madness Music Festival.
Now, about 48 hours later, the video has debuted exclusively on Tidal. This clip is a little more intense than we might be used to, given the Rihanna video oeuvre, as it features clips of the singer (looking as effortlessly glamorous as ever) interspersed with scenes from American history: everything from Occupy Wall Street to the Beatles arriving in America. There is at least one American-history teacher out there, somewhere, who just wondered to himself whether he can get away with just playing this on loop for his class tomorrow for the entire period.
They’re two of the biggest female music stars in the world, so putting Rihanna and Shakira together was a moment of sheer musical genius. The Barbadian beauty joined the Colombian bombshell on her latest single Can’t Remember To Forget You and fans who were eagerly awaiting a saucy video were not disappointed.
Featuring both stars in a series of skimpy outfits and later in a naked embrace, it’s already totted up almost 78 million views at last count. Now the two stars have posted a behind-the-scenes video giving fans a real insight into how the sexy video was put together and a look at the obvious sizzling chemistry between Rihanna and Shakira.
Earlier this month, the sovereign nations of Colombia and Barbados came together as a sultry superpower when Shakira and Rihanna released their collaborative track, “Can’t Remember To Forget You”. Today, the duo return with the accompanying music video, and oh what a sensuous smorgasbord it is.
Directed by Joseph Kahn, the clip sees the pair engaged in some lurid, outright controversial behavior. And we’re not talking about the hot and heavy girl-on-girl cuddle sessions; y’all should be aware that cigar smoking and playing electric guitar in a pool is just downright dangerous.
“Can’t Remember To Forget You” is the lead single off Shakira’s self-titled 10th studio album, due out March 25th via RCA. It’s also set to feature Sia, Ne-Yo, and John Hill.
If this whole pop star thing doesn’t work out for Rihanna, she certainly has a future as a terrifying psychiatrist.
RiRi serves as Eminem’s unusual shrink in the new video for “The Monster,” the fourth single from Em’s phenomenally successful The Marshall Mathers LP 2. In the clip, which was directed by frequent Eminem collaborator Rich Lee (he also helmed “Rap God,” “Not Afraid,” and “Lighters”), Slim Shady sits on a couch while Rihanna watches him watch clips of old music videos and news footage, including his Grammy performance with Elton John. Then Em splits off and finds himself trapped in an elevator, forced to observe his image from his very first music video for “My Name Is” (complete with 15-year-old Dr. Dre cameo). He also observes himself in the “Lose Yourself” clip, his computer-generated freefall in “The Way I Am,” and finally some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland where he finds yet another version of himself locked in a cage.
It’s a pretty compelling clip and a fun trip through Em’s video past. Check out “The Monster” below.
Here are also HQ captures from the video:
After teasing her new music video earlier this week, Rihanna debuted the full visuals to “What Now” on Friday morning. The clip shows the 25-year-old singer in a spooky place, writhing in a sparse room shot in a fashion similar to many horror movies. “What Now” is the sixth single off of Rihanna’s 2012 album, “Unapologetic.” The track follows hits including “Diamonds” and “Stay.” Take a look at the haunting visuals to “What Now” below.