The new video called “American Oxygen” by Rihanna is causing a ruckus only one hour after the news broke that it was launched exclusively on Tidal, the music video streaming service created by Jay Z. As reported by the Inquisitr, Tidal is the same video streaming service that Beyoncé used to launch her “Die With You” video on the same day that Bey and Jay celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. In that “Die With You” video, the superstar wore no wedding ring as she played the piano. Jay Z filmed the creatively rudimentary video as his wife sang about her deep love for him.
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Images from the Rihanna “American Oxygen” video show the songstress interspersed with photos and historical video snippets of crucial events that shaped the history of the United States. The announcement of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death is included, along with Black Pride fists-high protests at the Olympics. Modern day Ferguson and “I Can’t Breathe” protests are included as well.
It was the anthem “Born in the U.S.A.” that birthed Rihanna’s “American Oxygen” song, reports Billboard about the track from RiRi’s new album, R8.
Despite all of the YouTube videos claiming to be Rihanna’s “American Oxygen” video, none of them were readily found to contain the official video that can be viewed on Tidal, and they all prompted users to click additional links outside of YouTube that may be malicious or contain nefarious download links.
“‘American Oxygen’ is the new song from Rihanna’s hotly-anticipated new LP. Hear the song and watch the music video – both streaming exclusively on TIDAL.’
The fact that Rihanna chose Jay Z’s streaming service to release her heartfelt song is causing a backlash, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, from fans who can’t see the “American Oxygen” video for free — unless they sign up for the Tidal service and use their 30-day free trial.
Meanwhile, rumors of Rihanna and Jay Z allegedly being more than friends continue to swirl, reports the Inquisitr, with talk of secret cell phones reportedly between the two. All the while, fans continue to react to RiRi’s new offering via Tidal on Twitter and other social media outlets.
[Image via Rihanna: “American Oxygen” video on Tidal]