By Jocelyn Vena
Rihanna has been teasing behind-the-scenes footage from her latest video “Where Have You Been,” for the past few weeks, but on Monday (April 30) the full clip finally premiered. Fans can see Rihanna delivering the full dance routine that she practiced in a previous tease video.
The video, which she dropped on her Facebook page, opens with Rihanna emerging from a river, scantily clad and as lonely-looking as hinted at in the track’s lyrics. “Where have you been all my life?” she sings while performing more intense choreography than fans of the singer might be used to. She shimmies and shakes in an exotic desert-like setting, wondering where her one true love might be hiding.
The video serves as a kind of photo shoot for a tribal-print-themed spread in a fashion magazine, with Ri donning funky looks that feature lots of animal prints, chunky jewelry and headdresses. It’s sexy and full of longing, much like the song itself, and even includes the singer appearing topless in certain shots. And if a topless Rihanna can’t find love, what hope is there for the rest of humanity?
As the Calvin Harris-produced track grinds on in all its EDM glory, Rihanna continues her trek throughout the world, looking for that special guy, who seems to slip through her fingers at every turn. Rihanna looks fiercely into the camera, shimmying to the song’s bumping beat, with her siren call being blasted into the wilds of the world.
The video turns psychedelic as it nears its end and a kaleidoscope effect is filtered over the clip, with glitter-sprinkled Rihanna making one final plea. Several dance breaks, wardrobe changes and hairstyles later, Rihanna looks as if she still might have to live her life all by her lonesome. At the video’s end, she goes back underwater, with just her dancers to keep her company.
Don’t forget to watch Rihanna on MTV tonight at 7:56 p.m. ET to watch the premiere of an exclusive “Battleship” clip, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the film’s stars on MTV.com, hosted by MTV News’ Josh Horowitz. Fans can get in on the action by submitting video or text questions via MTV.com or via Twitter using @MTVNews, hashtag #MTVFirst or #AskBattleship.