First Eminem and now Rihanna - you'd be forgiven for thinking the seaside town of Bangor has rather inexplicably become some kind of Mecca for international superstars ...
And the unexpected visitor managed to bring the traffic to a standstill.
Fans flocked from far and wide once word started to circulate that they might be able to catch a glimpse of the singer.
So why Bangor? Well, why not!
Rihanna's actually filming her latest music video for We Found Love, with Calvin Harris. And for about 50 locals, there was even the chance to appear as extras.
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Next up for the chart-topping sensation is a three-night run at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, as part of her Loud tour - where she's expected to perform hit singles Only Girl (In The World) and What's My Name.
And her Bangor co-star Calvin Harris will actually be providing the support.
Later this year, Rihanna could also be among the world-famous faces performing at the MTV
European Music Awards in Belfast - she's been nominated in the Best Pop category.
One of the world's biggest selling pop stars Rihanna has swapped her normally glamorous surroundings for a bucolic backdrop near Bangor in County Down, 4 minites from Whitethorn Cottage
The 23-year-old sex symbol was shooting her new video ahead of three concerts in Belfast later this week.
A number of callers to the BBC said that traffic practically ground to a halt near Ballyrobert as drivers strained to get a glimpse of the singer and her cavalcade.
Hundreds of people also gathered by the roadside to watch the improptu performance with many local schoolchildren using their camera phones to record the event for posterity.