Rihanna’s ‘American Oxygen’ Video Now On YouTube, Song On iTunes After Fan Complaints [Video]

New song video

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.

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.

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.

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