Rihanna Drops "American Oxygen" On Tidal (We're All Part Of The Jay Z Empire Now)

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A day after debuting a new song live at the March Madness Music Fest in Indianapolis, Rihanna released "American Oxygen" on Jay Z's streaming site Tidal on Sunday.

"As you demanded----> #AmericanOxygen now on @TidalHifi --> http://smarturl.it/RihAO  #AO," Ri tweeted Sunday afternoon, marking the second time in less than 24 hours that Tidal has the exclusive premiere of an artist's new song. The first, in case we must remind you, was Beyoncé's seventh anniversary tribute to Jay, "Die With You." This is either making a convincing case for us to sign up, or really annoying, depending on your Illuminati theories.
"American Oxygen" is a slow, steady ballad about the American dream. "We sweat for a nickel and a dime, turn it into an empire," Rihanna croons over sparse instrumentals. The absence of club-banging production matches her previous release, "FourFiveSeconds."

"I find that when I get on stage now, I don’t want to perform a lot of my songs. They don’t feel like me. So I want to make songs that are timeless," Rihanna told MTV News of the songs she recorded for her new album, which still doesn't have an official release date or title (though she's been calling it #r8). 
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At her performance on Saturday night, RiRi joined her fellow artists in slamming Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration law, "Who's feeling these new bullsh-- laws that they're trying to pass over here? I say f--- that sh--," she told the audience. Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a revision on Thursday allowing communities with ordinances that protect LGBT rights to keep those in place. 
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