Is Rihanna Premiering Her New Single Soon?

by Alex Kritselis

Get pumped, Navy: On Monday, it was announced that Rihanna is performing at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will air live on NBC on Sun., March 29. Yesss! The 27-year-old pop star has become a fantastic live performer over the past several years, and I can't wait to see what she has planned for her second major television appearance of 2015. Will Rihanna premiere her new single at the iHeartRadio Music Awards? It's definitely possible. What song could it be? Well, she has a number of options. Last week, we heard snippets of four new Rihanna tracks: "Higher," "American Oxygen," "Dancing in the Dark," and "As Real As You and Me."

Which one might she choose?

First things first: "Dancing in the Dark" and "As Real As You and Me" are both featured on the soundtrack for the animated movie Home , so I think we can count them out. I suspect that Rihanna will want to promote music from her own upcoming project (which we still don't have a name for) on the iHeartRadio stage. That leaves us with "Higher" and "American Oxygen." Hmm...

Admittedly, I flipped the *@#$ out when Rihanna posted two snippets of "Higher" on Instagram last Thursday, but the song doesn't scream "single" to me. It sounds like an album track. "American Oxygen," on the other hand, sounds like a smash hit waiting to happen.

So, yes, I do think Rihanna will premiere her new single at the iHeartRadio Music Awards — and I'm betting it's "American Oxygen." Of course, I can't be 100-percent certain, but the song is currently being used in promo spots for the March Madness basketball tournament, which suggests that both Rihanna and her team are confident in its commercial appeal. Debuting the track in full at a big awards show would make a lot of sense.

But then again, there's always the possibility that Rihanna will select a song that we know absolutely nothing about yet. After all, she did kinda spring her first single, "FourFiveSeconds," on us out of nowhere....

Hopefully, we'll have more details soon.

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