Rihanna – “Where Have You Been” (Audio, Lyrics, Video)

Rihanna - Where Have You Been (prod. Cirkut, Dr. Luke & Calvin Harris)

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Rihanna Where Have You Been
Rihanna Where Have You Been

“Where Have You Been” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011) serving as the fifth single. The song was written by Ester Dean, Geoff Mack, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Henry “Cirkut” Walter, and Calvin Harris, with production handled by the latter three. “Where Have You Been” was released as the third international single on May 8, 2012. The track is a dance-pop and techno house song that draws influence from trance, R&B and hip hop. It is backed by “hard, chilly synths” and contains an electro-inspired breakdown sequence. The song’s lyrics interpolate Geoff Mack’s 1959 song “I’ve Been Everywhere” and speak of a woman who is searching for a partner who will sexually please her.

“Where Have You Been” was met with positive reviews from most music critics, who likened the song to Talk That Talk’s lead single, “We Found Love”. The track performed well on major international charts. In the United States, “Where Have You Been” reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Rihanna’s twenty-second top ten single on the chart. It also peaked at number one in Mexico, on both the US Dance Club Songs and UK Dance Chart, and at number three on the US Pop Songs chart. In addition, it attained top five positions in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, while peaking in the top ten of charts in twenty countries worldwide including Australia, Belgium and Norway. The song is certified Platinum or higher in eight countries.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Dave Meyers depicts the singer in an assortment of costumes and locations, referencing the song’s lyrics. Rihanna is seen as a semi-naked water reptilian, in an Egyptian desert, an African themed hut, and channelling Hindu god Shiva with multiple limbs. The video received a positive response from critics, who praised Rihanna’s new approach to deeper choreography. Rihanna has performed the song on both Saturday Night Live and the finale of the eleventh season of American Idol. The song was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Rihanna – Where Have You Been (prod. Cirkut, Dr. Luke & Calvin Harris)

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I’ve been everywhere, man, looking for someone
Someone who can please me, love me all night long
I’ve been everywhere, man, looking for you, babe
Looking for you, babe, searching for you, babe

[Pre-Chorus]
Where have you been?
‘Cause I never see you out
Are you hiding from me, yeah?
Somewhere in the crowd, oh

[Chorus]
Where have you been?
All my life, all my life
Where have you been all my life?
Where have you been all my life?
Where have you been all my life?
Where have you been all my li—

[Verse 2]
I’ve been everywhere, man, looking for someone
Someone who can please me, love me all night long
I’ve been everywhere, man, looking for you, babe
Looking for you babe, searching for you baby

[Pre-Chorus]
Where have you been?
‘Cause I never see you out
Are you hiding from me, yeah?
Somewhere in the crowd, oh

[Chorus]
Where have you been?
All my life, all my life
Where have you been all my life?
Where have you been all my life?
Where have you been all my life?
Where have you been all my li-i-i-i-ife?

[Interlude]
Where have you been all my li-i-i-i—?
Y-You
Y-You
Y-You

[Bridge]
You can have me all you want
Any way, any day
Just show me where you are tonight
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, oh

[Outro]
I’ve been everywhere, man, looking for someone
Someone who can please me, love me all night long
I’ve been everywhere, man, looking for you, babe
Looking for you, babe, searching for you, babe

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