“We the cause of all the commotion,” Kanye West raps off the top of his remix of Rihanna’s lead Unapologeticsingle, “Diamonds.” And his words seem to be reflecting Rihanna’s real life as she’s gears up for the album’s release today, Tuesday, November 20.
Rihanna’s release day is also the last day of her 777 Tour — 7 concerts that take place over 7 days in 7 countries. She’s been traveling with some of her biggest fans and and journalists aboard a private plane since November 14th. Reports indicate it has been quite a bumpy ride.
After stops in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin and London, Rihanna’s promotional tour will end tonight at Webster Hall in New York City. Journalists flying with the star have grown increasingly unhappy in their printed accounts and Tweets, going so far as to declare a mutiny on the plane in Berlin. They reportedly chanted for the singer to come out, as they had barely seen or had contact with her for the duration of the promotional tour.
One week, one plane, 150 journalists. This is about when people stop being polite, and start getting real. Real World: Rihanna #777tour
— Maud Deitch (@mauddeitch) November 13, 2012
BEDLAM on the @rihanna plane and press corp YELLS “save our jobs” and “just one quote.” And screams “B ROLL” to sabotage the doc footage.
— mary hk choi (@choitotheworld) November 19, 2012
Came home, coughed, puked bile in the sink, nobody in my apt cares that i’m alive, going to die now, put rihanna’s face on my epitaph #rip
— J. Escobedo Shepherd (@jawnita) November 20, 2012
So yeah, the #777tour plane staged a revolution against Rihanna on flight between Berlin and London
— Jason Newman (@Jasonrnewman) November 19, 2012
I’d say after tonight’s #777tourMutiny, the chances of Rihanna giving us a press conference are slim to none.
— Marcus Mulick (@marcusmulick) November 19, 2012
Mulick’s prediction proved to be untrue, as he himself Tweeted that Rihanna did join the journalists for a rare appearance in their part of the plane on the flight back to NYC from London.
— Marcus Mulick (@marcusmulick) November 20, 2012
Will Rihanna’s NYC show make the ordeal worthwhile? Certainly for the fans who were excited to be there. The journalists, however, are another story.
first song since being freed: “try a little tenderness” #777tour
— e. (@3rika) November 20, 2012
-Courtney E. Smith, CBS Local with additional reporting by Danielle Clasing, B96/Chicago