Well, Rihanna surely knows how to shift controversy away from her alleged cocaine use in an Instagram video controversy, as reported by the Inquisitr, by appeasing fans with her new “American Oxygen” video to watch for free on YouTube. Initially, Rihanna had placed “American Oxygen” on Tidal — the music streaming service by Jay Z. In doing so, fans had to sign up for a free trial or a Tidal account to view the political video from RiRi.
The video itself contains compelling political images, ranging in a manner of historic events, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., resting in his coffin to the “Black Power” fist-raising protests at the Olympics to modern day events such as Ferguson shootings or “I Can’t Breathe” controversial chants.
Ok Rihanna. I like American Oxygen.
— grey (@foreignhoney) April 16, 2015
American Oxygen is good. Just heard it on the radio.
— madi (@Laurens_LilB) April 16, 2015
Breathe out, breathe in, American oxygen.
— Victoria Excell (@viva_victoria__) April 16, 2015
As of four hours ago, however, at approximately 10:15 a.m. ET, the YouTube video titled Rihanna – American Oxygen by RihannaVEVO appeared on the singer’s official YouTube account, and as of this writing, YouTube has given it their standard “301 views” that they give to those videos going viral.
Rihanna ‘s “American Oxygen” music video has finally made its way onto YouTube! The singer, who wrote the song for the NCAA’s March Madness
— Nicole (@NcoleWilliams) April 16, 2015
.. American Oxygen on repeat.
— Leah (@skylineXXI) April 16, 2015
Indeed, fans are tweeting up a storm about the single’s video finally being released online for free for all to enjoy — so much so that American Oxygen is currently a trending topic on Twitter. Meanwhile, the YouTube description of the viral video still urges fans to visit Jay Z’s Tidal in order to buy the track, even though the “American Oxygen” song is now on iTunes, and iTunes reports it as the top trending search at this time.
American Oxygen from Rihanna’s upcoming eighth studio album. Get “American Oxygen” now: TIDAL: http://smarturl.it/RihAO?
Plenty of those fans on Twitter are giving the new single by Rihanna the thumbs up, with positive reviews praising the thoughtfulness of the lyrics. Not everyone was pleased with the “American Oxygen” imagery, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive nonetheless.
american oxygen isn’t much of a song (the video’s imagery along w/ rih’s nipples do most of the heavy lifting) but its intentions are noble
— (@drayxylien) April 16, 2015
American Oxygen is now on iTunes
— cool dad (@oscarbrutality) April 16, 2015
[Image via YouTube]