Rihanna Pulled from Thursday Night Football

While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons square off in the third Thursday Night Football game of the season, there will be a change to the opening song. In the wake of the domestic violence case with Ray Rice Rihanna’s, ‘Run This Town’ (it’s actually Jay-Z’s song; Blueprint 3; featuring Rihanna & Kanye), was pulled from CBS last week as the Ravens played the Steelers.


Well Rihanna didn’t seem to like it and she took to twitter to rant about her disapproval:


Well, well. No apology needed for Rihanna. CBS decided to pull the plug on the whole ordeal. I guess they don’t take ‘F*ck you’ lightly.

“Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

Jen Sabatelle, CBS Senior VP of Communitcations

Although Rihanna threw shade at CBS, it wasn’t their call to pull the song. It came straight from her management, Roc Nation:

“Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna’s name and participation in connection to CBS’ ‘Thursday Night Football,’ CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song ‘Run This Town.’  Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song’s usage.”

Was it a great call by Roc Nation? Well for Rihanna probably not being as she threw shots at CBS instead of management. Then again why would she throw shots at the controller of her career. I’m pretty sure they have her best interests at heart, but was she involved at all? Clearly she wasn’t. This seems like a case of miscommunication between management and artist. In the meantime no more ‘Run This Town’ instead a Don Cheadle narration will lead Thursday Night Football.

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