It was seven days, seven countries, one pop star – and a planeload of bemused and annoyed fans and journalists.
Rihanna‘s 777 Tour made headlines – not necessarily the good kind – last November when the pop star tackled a seven-day, seven-country tour to celebrate the release of her new album, Unapologetic. And Monday we get an inside peek into that bizarre, whirlwind week when FOX airs Rihanna 777, a documentary special. The week included shows in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York City.
The Barbados-born star, 25, invited 250 fans and journalists on her custom-designed VIP plane for the adventure, but as the week wore on it became clear the guests were not flying the friendly skies.
Onboard guests blogged and Tweeted their frustration about their hunger on the plane, as well as Rihanna’s M.I.A. status for much of the trip. As the days wore on, the cranky passengers got increasingly bold – and weird.
“Crowd chanted ‘Just one quote!,’ ‘I need a headline!’ and ‘Occupy 777’ while Aussie journo stripped naked and ran around the plane,” journalist Jason Newman Tweeted at the time. (Video confirmed that an Australian journalist indeed streaked through the plane.)
How much of the drama will be addressed in the documentary? We’re not sure yet, but a trailer for the show hints that Rihanna – who appears on-again with controversial beau Chris Brown – at least acknowledges the chaos of the week.
“It’s already feeling a little brutal,” she says.