Apple Music has released its first trailer for the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, starring Rihanna. Titled “Rihanna Is Back,” the clip is a celebration of RiRi’s return to music and a teaser of her February 12 performance at State Farm Stadium in Glendale Arizona.
In the video, she poses on a brightly illuminated runway, surrounded by a sea of darkness. Audio clips of impatient talking heads bemoaning her lack of musical output over the last six years compile in the background, merging into a single, buzzing drone until she silences them with a finger to the lips. A five-second snippet of her 2016 hit “Needed Me” plays as the Apple Music logo enters the screen, fade to black. Watch the trailer above.
Rihanna has released two songs — “Lift Me Up” and “Born Again” — since being announced as this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show headliner, both for the soundtrack of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Fans expecting a full project from the Barbadian diva this year, however, may be disappointed. She poured cold water on album rumors in November, stating in an Associated Press interview that the “Super Bowl is one thing, new music is another thing.” With a successful fashion brand to mind and an eight-month-old to raise with A$AP Rocky, Rihanna has plenty on her plate already.