UPDATE: The official version of the “American Oxygen” video is online now; check it out below.
Rihanna has been steadily rolling out the singles for her new album — that we tentatively believe is called R8 — and today she’s given us the visuals for her latest single, “American Oxygen.” She officially premiered the song during her performance at the March Madness Music Festival last weekend weekend. It follows up her other two other singles “FourFiveSeconds,” which has a video, and “Bitch Better Have My Money,” which doesn’t. Why no visuals for her turn-up self-empowerment anthem? Because of the plagiarism claims? Very unfair in my opinion. Anyway, her outfit here is very all-American; she sports red lips and nails, grey-tinted hair, plenty of black leather, and even dons a parachute for some of the video. Primarily, though, the video is full of nostalgic, vintage patriotic footage — even though the refrain hails a “new America” — and features a chilling contrast of past Civil Rights marches and protests juxtaposed with events from just a few months ago. Watch it below.
R8 will presumably be out later this year.