Barbadian pop star Rihanna premiered the music video for her new track "American Oxygen" on April 6. The politically-charged clip shows the singer in front of a U.S. flag as images of the country's ups and downs play on.
"American Oxygen" is one of the tracks that will be featured on Rihanna's upcoming album, which she has been teasing online with the hashtag #R8. The patriotic ballad follows her folksy offering "FourFiveSeconds" with Paul McCartney and Kanye West and her club jam "B*tch Better Have My Money." Rihanna's "Oxygen" is her most emotional release yet.
As one of the shareholders in Tidal, Rihanna first released "American Oxygen" on the new music streaming service, where it remains behind a pay wall. Atop piano and light dubstep, she sings from personal experience about the hopes and dreams many hold when coming to the U.S. A choir backs the Barbados-based artist as she powerfully croons, "We are the new America." Rihanna perfectly captures the emotions of trying to make it in the states with this majestic ballad.
Rihanna documents that struggle in the music video for "American Oxygen." She sings the track in front of a U.S. flag as images of the country's history, both good and bad, flash across the screen. Some of the moments include the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Beatles coming to America and the 9/11 attacks. Interspersed throughout are shots of immigrants from all over crossing the borders and working hard. It's a politically-charged and riveting look at how far the nation has progressed and regressed over time.