We Found Love
We Found Love

Single by Calvin Harris
(featuring Rihanna)

Released September 22, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Electro house,dance-pop
Label Def Jam,SRP
Lenght 3:35
Producer Calvin Harris

"We Found Love" is a song by Barbarian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011), and features Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. "We Found Love" premiered on September 22, 2011, in the United Kingdom on the Capital FM radio station and was made available to download on the same day as the lead single from the album. The track is a dance-pop and electro house song, with elements of techno and Europop. It is backed by repetitive synthesizers, alarm bells, and a keyboard. The song's lyrics speak of a couple who "found love in a hopeless place". The song was later included on Harris's third album 18 Months. "We Found Love" was met with mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who praised the song's composition and Rihanna's vocal performance, however, some critics felt that the lyrical content was sparse and came second to Harris' production. "We Found Love" was a major commercial success. In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running number one single of 2011 and of the 2010s decade thus far as well as surpassing "Umbrella" as her longest running number one single. It became Rihanna's eleventh song to top the Hot 100, placing her in third place amongst female recording artists amassing the most number one singles. "We Found Love" topped the charts in twenty-five countries including Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It also attained top five positions in Australia, Belgium and Czech Republic and peaked in the top ten of charts in twenty-nine countries worldwide, becoming one of the most successful songs in 2011 and 2012. Worldwide the single has sold over 6.9 million copies making it one of the best selling singles of all time.

The song's accompanying music video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, depicts the singer as a drug-abusing thrill-seeker in a relationship that quickly spirals downward into addiction and violence. The video received a mixed response from critics, as they noted that it profoundly alludes to ex-boyfriend Chris Brown's assault on Rihanna, two years prior. It attracted criticism from political commentators, who questioned the video for its suggestive sexual nature. The song has been performed on both the UK and US versions of The X Factor, as well as at the 2012 Grammy Awards and the 2012 BRIT Awards. Many artists have covered the song including British alternative rock band Coldplay and singer Jessie J at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Cam'Ron, Flo Rida and R3hab have made remixes of the song. The music video won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

Release history Edit

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom September 22, 2011 Radio premiere Mercury Records
Australia Digital download Def Jam Recordings
New Zealand
United States
Brazil September 23, 2011 Universal Music
United States October 4, 2011 Urban radio Def Jam Recordings
Ireland October 5, 2011 Digital download Universal Music
United Kingdom Mercury Records
United States October 11, 2011 Mainstream and rhythmic radio Def Jam Recordings
Germany October 21, 2011 CD Single Universal Music
Australia November 8, 2011 Digital Remix Single Def Jam Recordings