“Where Have You Been” (4:02)
Producers: Calvin Harris, Dr. Luke, Cirkut
A more apt question would be: What took so long? As in, why did Rihanna wait until her fifth single from her Talk That Talk album to unleash “Where Have You Been” on top 40 radio? No matter-the Barbadian star’s second Talk collaboration with Scottish production whiz Calvin Harris, following their dancefloor smash “We Found Love,” stays fresh long after it’s unsealed. Like “We Found Love,” “Where Have You Been” begins humbly with Rihanna’s romantic singing and a few electronic pulses before Harris and fellow producers Dr. Luke and Cirkut use their defibrillator pads on the beat. Soon, Rihanna’s layered vocals are charging head-first into a slithering bass drop that becomes the song’s filthy, fantastic sticking point. As Rihanna moves more toward electronic dance music on her albums, Harris has thus far proved to be a game foil.