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Where Have You Been by Rihanna Music Video

10 Jan

RIHANNA’S  “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN” LYRICS

“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 DeanLukasz “Dr. Luke” GottwaldHenry “Cirkut” WalterGeoff 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. The track is a dance-pop and techno house song that draws influence from tranceR&B and hip hop. It is backed by “hard, chilly synths” and contains a Electro-inspired breakdown sequence. The song’s lyrics speak of a woman who is searching for a partner who will please her.

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 ofAmerican Idol

“Where Have You Been” garnered positive reviews from music critics. Andy  Kellman for Allmusic wrote that “Where Have You Been”, along with the album’s lead single “We Found Love”, serve as Talk That Talk‘s “place-holding” dance tracks. Greg Kot for the Chicago Tribune compared “Where Have You Been” and “We Found Love” for being “rave-tastic.” Aside from noting the similarities between the two songs, Randell Roberts for Los Angeles Times wrote that neither song would sound out of place at an Electric Daisy Carnival

Dance moves on the video

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd for Spin also wrote that the song was a perfect play for a festival, writing “‘Where Have You Been’ is tailor-made for a Coachella pool rave.” Jon Caramanica for The New York Times was complimentary of both songs, but wrote that “Where Have You Been” “is even better.” Mark Graham for VH1 compared the song to one of Rihanna’s previous singles from her 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad, “Don’t Stop the Music, writing “‘Where Have You Been will almost certainly be Rihanna’s biggest club smash since ‘Don’t Stop the Music’.

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