Friday, July 19, 2013
Rihanna - "Where Have You Been" (2011)
"Where Have You Been" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011) serving as the fifth single. The song was written by Ester Dean, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Henry "Cirkut" Walter, Geoff Mack, and Calvin Harris. Harris also produced the track alongside Dr. Luke and Cirkut. "Where Have You Been" was released as the third international single from the album on May 21, 2012.
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 on both the US Hot 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. Worldwide the single has sold over 2.5 million copies.
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 channeling 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. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.