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Song Review: Rihanna, the Princess of China... Really?!

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In an apparent attempt to go oriental, Rihanna tries her hand at looking and behaving like a 'Princess of China' in her collaboration with British rock band Coldplay. The much-hyped song features Riri sporting huge bling talons a stylised Chinese hairdo and many many hand movements.

You may ask why we speak of Rihanna's ensemble and not about the song, after all it's a collaboration with none other than British alternative rock band Coldplay. Well, fans should know then that this song not only doesn't feature the band in the video, but also has it missing from the audio! Pray, why then does the video say Coldplay Ft. Rihanna?
Princess of China Rihanna with her many hands and many many talons

Well, in Entertainment Weekly's words, the edited track does away with Chris Martin’s vocals and lets Rihanna soak up the spotlight. That’s because the clip was tailored to play behind Coldplay during their massive international tour.

The other reason we spoke of RiRi's outfit was the fact that the pop singer's appearance, especially the talons, are so distracting that we forgot to notice the music and lyrics. And, it's not because the overall look was so mesmerising but in fact, because it is positively bizarre.
Rihanna shows the middle... talon in a picture she posted.

What basically happens in the video is... nothing. All one sees is Rihanna standing in a black slit gown (much like Angelina Jolie's 'leg'endary one at the Oscars '12), brandishing her golden talons in many different motions and that's it. Soon, 16 more hands join the picture, eight on each side. We think they confused a Chinese princess with an Indian goddess here, but never mind that.

Getting back to the music, after we listened to it the second time (the first time we weren't listening, remember), Rihanna said something about being a princess and having a castle and a ring. And then, we heard her sing On and On and On and On... which spookily mirrored what we felt about the song while impatiently checking the Youtube timeline.

But then, when you listen to the un-'Rihanna-ed' version, it really is quite good, but then it has Chris Martin singing! And Rihanna makes for a good duet singer.



All in all, the song is a must-watch for what not to do in your video. For the better audio version of the song, scroll down.



 

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