Rhianna, Jay-Z and Kanye West will be Jay Leno’s guests on his first show on Monday, Sept. 14, NBC has announced. They will sing the song "Run This Town," from Jay-Z’s new album, due Sept. 11th.
Rhianna, of course has not made too many public appearances since she was allegedly beaten by Chris Brown in February. So clearly there will be an interest in seeing her by the TV audience. And, of course, Jay-Z and Kanye West are popular.
However, just two days ago, on Wednesday, Aug, 4th, Leno told the TV press:
"Well, I’ll tell you a little secret to doing television. What music gets you is a great studio audience. Music doesn’t necessarily get you a great television audience because, if you want to see U2, I can
go to VH1, I can go to the Internet, press YouTube, and see — and see any U2 concert at any time that I want to see.
"If I announce that I had U2 on my show, I would have a great studio audience. I wouldn’t necessarily have a very — and that’s nothing against U2. It’s just
that fact that, when I was a kid, the only place you saw the Beatles was "The Ed Sullivan Show."
"That was the only place you ever saw them. Now, you can see any music group when you want anytime."
Indeed, the song the trio will sing is already available on the Internet–including YouTube. Most of the availability is the song only, with no visuals; however there is a video on YouTube of Jay-Z singing the song in concert (although not with in-person performances of West or Rhianna).
Just this week the trio filmed the video of the song. Whether or not that will be available on the Internet or anywhere else before the trio’s appearance on Leno’s show is not known.
What does seem to be true is that Leno has assured himself of a great studio audience for his debut.