Watch: Rihanna Is Ready To Shine Bright
RiRi and her crew set the stage, wardrobes and dance routines for her "Diamonds" world tour.
Rihanna Navy, brace yourselves to go behind the scenes.
As the countdown continues to her Diamonds world tour, Rihanna is revealing a sneak peak of all the pre-show preparations, from the stage setup and the fashion-forward wardrobe to the dancer auditions and her rehearsals.
“This routine gives you the feeling of a stripper slash hood," a choreographer explains of Rihanna's hip-swaying, two-stepping moves. "That’s the type of energy, the type of mindset, you’ll be in for ‘Pour It Up.’ I’m sure everyone is going to love it.”
After kicking off March 8 in Buffalo, N.Y., the 74-date Diamonds world tour — which is in promotion of her seventh studio album (and first-ever No. 1 album), Unapologetic — will see the Grammy-winning singer crisscross North America and Europe before wrapping up in Helsinki, Finland, on July 28.
For the North American leg, Rihanna will be joined by chart-climbing Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, who previously spit rhymes on her "Cockiness" remix and performed at her side on stage at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
So before Rihanna hits the stage, go behind the curtain on the Diamonds tour by pressing play on the videos below.
“The theme is different for every section. There’s a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll, a little bit of sexy," explains costume builder Marley Glassroth, as the camera scans Rihanna for River Island gear, rows of black sneakers and a biker jacket adorned with Rihanna-themed patches. "It’s kind of all over the place," she added. It’s everything that Rih loves.”
“The most difficult part of the process is brainstorming ideas, and then making sure they work out properly," says stylist assistant Jahleel Weaver. "It’s going to be the dopest show ever, and it’s going to be sick. When you guys see it, you’re going to love it."
“We’ve been designing it since late last year. It’s been in construction for about five weeks now," says production manager Joe Sanchez, revealing the first-ever look at the Diamonds tour stage. It’s going to take…58 guys [for] the touring crew, which is the biggest tour Rihanna has ever done by about 20%. This is definitely a bigger show. It’s a more complex show. It’s going to be interesting.”
Dancing hopefuls try to win over the woman of the hour with hip-grinding, on-the-ground contortions, and sky-high flips.