The pop star showcases tracks from her forthcoming album 'R8'
Rihanna performed live on last night’s episode of long-running US comedy show Saturday Night Live.
The singer’s forthcoming album ‘R8’ is expected later this year, with the singer showcasing two tracks expected to feature on the LP – ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ and ‘American Oxygen’ – live on SNL. Watch those performances below.
The season’s finale of SNL was guest hosted by comedian Louis CK, who has come under fire for jokes he made about “mild” racism and the rationale behind child molestation. The comedian also compared the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to his two children fighting.
Rihanna’s politically charged video for ‘American Oxygen’, which features footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the recent protests in Ferguson and the Civil Rights movement was revealed recently.
The video is in keeping with the song itself, which co-writer Sam Harris has revealed was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’. “There’s a lot of turmoil going on in this country right now,” Harris said. “I looked at songs like ‘Born in the USA’, and that record. I listened to a lot of Bruce Springsteen when I was writing this, and he really gets it. He gets that there’s pride to living here in this country.
“This country is great and has the potential to be something really, really incredible, but there are a lot of problems that we don’t acknowledge and it’s important to shed light on both those things. And if you can do that in a song, that’s the best.”