Rihanna debuts new single 'We Found Love'

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Earlier this year, Rihanna became the youngest person in Billboard history to achieve ten number-one singles, and despite the fact that she’s released six singles over the past year, she’s not ready to give up her throne as the queen of radio just yet.

Today, the pop star debuted a new song, “We Found Love,” to her 45 million-plus Facebook fans, and if you choose to “Like” Rihanna, you can listen to the track here.

“We Found Love,” helmed by Scottish DJ/producer Calvin Harris, is the first single off her as-yet-untitled forthcoming sixth(!) album, set to be released on November 21, and it fits right into the dance fixation Rihanna brought on LOUD—but with slightly less club-thumping bombast.

“We found love in a hopeless place,” Rihanna repeats over a David Guetta-ish synth beat. But judging by the single cover, her place doesn’t look too hopeless, does it? Maybe there’s a building on fire outside the frame, and that fire hydrant doesn’t work. I guess that would be hopeless.

What do you think of the new tune? Do you “love” it, or is it “hopeless?”

Read more:
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  • PDT

    It sounds like everything else that radio won’t stop playing.

  • cara

    I love it. It’s a bit repetitive, but it gets stuck in my head (in a good way), and her vocals sound on point. Eager to hear the new album!

  • Kat

    Its a good song… i’m not as immediately in love with it as I was Only Girl.

  • Phil

    David Guetta-sish synth beat!? OMG, you EW writers are just AWFUL anymore. “We Found Love” was produced by Scottish DJ & producer Calvin Harris, and the track’s lyrics are very repetitive, but much like Calvin’s current single with Kelis “Bounce”, the break down serves as a focal point on top of the dance song’s hook ! Its not “Only Girl” but its definitely what I expected as far as a lead single. Please get writers that know something about dance music, your ignorance is pathetic & humiliating.

    • PN

      But David Guetta’s dance beats have been heavily copied by other producers and beatmakers this year (even Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Stargate and a few others) so you can’t help the comparisons. Maybe the writer from his own ears heard it and felt a David Guetta -ish sound during the song.

  • David

    ummm…. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Maybe it’ll grow on me…. Not the best of Rihanna but not the worst…

  • Regina

    I have the same feeling I had with Kelly Clarkson’s new one…Feels like it will grow on me but don’t love it on first listen. Either way, it’s nice to finally hear her sing about something other than s e x. But seriously, why are they giving up on “Cheers” already? That song deserved to be a #1 smash!!!

    • Phil

      “Cheers” peaks at #8 today on the new Hot 100 on Billboard. Rihanna’s “We Found Love” isn’t being released or worked here in the U.S. for 3 more weeks. The song debuted in the UK today because the producer & collaborator Calvin Harris is pretty famous there, and because “Cheers” isn’t a single in the UK.

      • Phil

        And I’m wrong. Guess Def Jam changed their tactics cause the song is available for purchase on iTunes right now. Wow.

      • Brandon

        Well duh. it still hasnt been offically released to U.S. radio until October 11th but as a label, they don’t want to lose money so of course they will release it worldwide.

  • cripsy

    I just wish she would go away for a little while, she just released mandown and california king bed and when those werent big hits she released cheers, which is doing good, overkill rihanna.

    • Phil

      To be fair I *honestly* don’t think “Cheers” was ever supposed to be a single. “Man Down” and “California King Bed” were stalling after being worked all June & July. Glad she got a hit out of it (prolly be Avril’s biggest hit this year too, haha). I don’t think her label thought it would have such a meteoric rise as the 7th single, especially after the poor performance of “King Bed” and “Down”, but the release of “We Found Love” today is baffling since according to radio trade publications it wasn’t going for radio play/adds until Oct. 11th. And also to add to your overkill her being featured on Nicki Minaj’s current single “Fly”….burnout is on the horizon somewhere….

  • NonEntity

    Not only did she find love, she also found an irritating and generic David Guetta type genital bumping music producer to do most of her musical creation for her. Unfortunately, she has not yet found talent; nor has anyone on top 40 radio in their hopeless places.

  • kennethm

    It sounds like an unreleased song from “Loud” rihanna should take a break it all just sounds the same if you listen to it I like her music but she’s not original and her vocals aren’t that good

  • Berlin

    Rihanna needs to STOP. We all know she just wants that $$$$ since she releases new albums every SINGLE year!

    This rihanna overload is getting tired

    • PN

      I’m not getting tired of the overload or overkill. I think this is better than some big name artists taking 2, 3 or a long 5(!) years between albums. Rihanna has been smartly doing this formula of putting a single out in Sept and the album out in November the past few years and it’s giving her those hits!

  • PN

    That quick, just as Cheers (Drink to That) from the last album is in the top 10 at this moment. She put her song Only GIrl In The World. Loud’s first single at exactly this same time last year (late Sept/early Oct). And I’m just as excited to hear her new album on Nov. 21st(this is the first time I’ve heard of the new release date)!

  • San

    1st. Rihanna is smart to release an album every year. She is in the peak of her career and she wants to acquire greatness in this moment. I mean 28 mil albums 100 mil singles sold. That’s no child’s play. I support her, but like all good things it will all come to an end, Beyonce’s end is already here.

    • DDB

      “Beyonce’s end is already here”? Um, no. Even without a bonafide hit single, “4” is one of the best selling albums of the year.

      • Brandon

        actually no, Adeles album is number 1, Born This Way number 2, and Watch The Throne is number 3 for the top 3 best sellers of the year. 4 is actually not doing that great compared to her other albums.

      • BM

        Beyonce’s latest bored me to tears. Aside from “Run the World” (which is terrible), there’s no killer, uptempo jams.

      • PN

        I heard Rihanna’s new song on the radio earlier tonight during the weekend Open House Party radio show with John Garibedian. It is another fun, dance record! It does get repetitive, but she continues where she left off with the hits from last year’s Loud album. She sings the chorus over and over, maybe 20 times at one point of the song. And while I heard it, I didn’t think it sounded like David Guetta at all. It has its own dance pop persona and sound with the way that Calvin Harris produced and constructed the song.

      • PN

        I think that Beyonce did her album on her own terms for the music itself and wasn’t looking for a major hit. Her 4 album is that good, one of the best albums I’ve listened to this year. So even if the next singles might stall in the 20s and 30s on the charts, that doesn’t take away from the greatness and the strong singing and music she does on her album. Several songs have live instrumentation, which actually work for her. She didn’t want to sound like anybody else on this album.

  • San

    I wouldn’t say she is doing it for the money. I have never seen such hunger to be dominant in music in my life. That’s what Rihanna wants. She wants to stay atop her competition for as long as it takes, and she knows she will fade soon, but she wants that time to arrive when she has 13… 18 number singles and 200 million records later.

  • D2

    Agreed with all of the defenders, why should Rihanna have to adhere to what some of you consider the proper music standards. She is KILLING it right now and there is no reason for her to stop. Keep it comin Rih!

  • NonEntity

    Yep, she IS killing, killing our eardrums and our musical culture that laps up one kind of music repeatedly and shuns the outsiders.

    • PDT

      With that tuneless, nasal goat-like bleat of hers. Ugh.

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