Rihanna Where Have You Been? video: Star goes tribal in most energetic video yet


Get on the dancefloor: Rihanna goes tribal in most energetic video yet for Where Have You Been

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15:33 GMT, 30 April 2012

In Rihanna's previous videos, she prefers to let the storylines and her outlandish costumes do the talking.

But in her latest promo for Where Have You Been, the singer puts on her most energetic performance yet.

The 24-year-old singer shows her wild side – quite literally – as she dresses up as various animals in the tribal-themed video.

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Wild thing: Rihanna dances in the Egyptian desert in the video to her new single Where Have You Been

Wild thing: Rihanna dances in the Egyptian desert in the video to her new single Where Have You Been

Going tribal: The Barbadian singer appeared to be dancing in an African hut in another scene from the video

Going tribal: The Barbadian singer appeared to be dancing in an African hut in another scene from the video

The promo starts off with a semi-naked Rihanna lurking in a dark swamp before she emerges from the water.

The action then appears to jump to Egypt with the singer in a zebra-print outfit and a troupe of male dancers putting on a fast-paced routine against the backdrop of step pyramids.

The next sequence sees her with her hair in a wild afro dancing in an African-themed room with female dancers.

Spot Rihanna: The singer lurks around a mysterious swamp at the beginning of the video

Spot Rihanna: The singer lurks around a mysterious swamp at the beginning of the video

Hold your breath: The pop star swims partially underwater in the gloomy sequence

Hold your breath: The pop star swims partially underwater in the gloomy sequence

Don't snap! Rihanna appeared to have crocodile scales covering her breasts as she emerges from the water

Don't snap! Rihanna appeared to have crocodile scales covering her breasts as she emerges from the water

In another set, Rihanna is seated in a large birds' next, which she has described as 'the owl set-up'.

The
other worldliness of the video takes on a further aspect when Rihanna
appeared to have several arms, apeing the Hindu goddess Shiva.

In
a recent interview, Rihanna admitted the video was a novelty for her
because she had spent hours in rehearsals doing proper choreography.

High-energy: Rihanna puts on a fast-paced routine with a male troupe of dancers against the backdrop of an Egyptian step pyramid

High-energy: Rihanna puts on a fast-paced routine with a male troupe of dancers against the backdrop of an Egyptian step pyramid

Change of pace: Its unusual for Rihanna to have such complex and challenging dance routines in her videos

Change of pace: Its unusual for Rihanna to have such complex and challenging dance routines in her videos

Exotic: The singer is wearing a zebra-print outfit and a shemagh headscarf

Exotic: The singer is wearing a zebra-print outfit and a shemagh headscarf

She said: 'Because my schedule has always been so busy, it never allowed for us to spend time rehearsing and making up dance moves.

'I was never going to shoot this video if I couldn't do choreography. Because it would be pretty pointless. It would be disappointing.'

Where Have You Been is a dance anthem produced by DJ Calvin Harris and Dr Luke.

Going south: From Egypt, the singer then takes the scene to an African hut

Going south: From Egypt, the singer then takes the scene to an African hut

Like your brows! Rihanna shows off a new look with a curly afro and spiked eyebrows

Like your brows! Rihanna shows off a new look with a curly afro and spiked eyebrows

Lying down on the job: The singer writhes around on the floor in a less hectic segment of the dance

Lying down on the job: The singer writhes around on the floor in a less hectic segment of the dance

It will be the fifth single to be released from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk, which hits stores only five months ago.

The track follows the release of We Found Love, Talk That Talk, You Da One and Birthday Cake.

The video, which is directed by Dave Meyers, premiered on Vevo today, with Rihanna excitedly tweeting her fan about it.

She tweeted: 'It's time for #WhereHaveYouBeen! Can we get da most @VEVO video views EVER in 24 hrs starting NOW! RT me if ur wit me.'

'The owl set-up': Rihanna reclines in a large birds' nest

'The owl set-up': Rihanna reclines in a large birds' nest

Working hard: Rihanna spent a lot of time in rehearsals for the high-energy promo

Working hard: Rihanna spent a lot of time in rehearsals for the high-energy promo

Working hard: Rihanna spent a lot of time in rehearsals for the high-energy promo

Well she is a pop goddess: Rihanna apes the Hindu goddess Shiva with her multiple arms

Well she is a pop goddess: Rihanna apes the Hindu goddess Shiva with her multiple arms

Staying local: Despite the exotic theme of the video, it was actually shot over several days in Los Angeles in March

Staying local: Despite the exotic theme of the video, it was actually shot over several days in Los Angeles in March