Rihanna finds love in Calvin Harris, plus a breakdown of this week's charts
In a weird twist of unexpected collaborations, Rihanna just released her newest single, "We Found Love," which features Calvin Harris on production, last week. Somehow it manages to sound both like a Rihanna song and a Calvin Harris song, and both in their own merit. Could Harris be the new David Guetta? Quite possibly, after this jam catches.
"We Found Love" is an earworm blend of Harris' euro-dance-trance-pop with Rihanna's club sensibilities. If you're not singing "We found love in a hopeless place" by the second minute in, you may be deaf. This song is that catchy.
Oddly, though, it marks the third in a series of Rihanna single releases in only a few short months. First, we had "Man Down" -- plus a video dealing with the sensitivity of rape -- released to radio in May. "California King Bed" -- remember it? us neither -- was also released in May. Then, RiRi's seventh single from Loud, "Cheers (Drink To That)," was sent to radio in August.
Three Rihanna singles in three months. And now a fourth one from a new album, which is due in November? We know that Rihanna likes to torture herself -- after all, whips and chains excite her, people -- but this rapid-fire release sales strategy is overly ambitious and overwhelming radio. Frankly, RiRi hasn't even given us enough time to enjoy "Cheers" -- and that awful Avril Lavigne looped sample -- before now blasting us with "We Found Love." Her November release will be her sixth album in six years, too. Girl needs to slow down.
Hear "We Found Love" for yourself below. And yes, this is the official song -- it hasn't been sped up or edited like a lot of the versions on YouTube.
Movers & Shakers: No real shifts in the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Adele's "Someone Like You" sits at number two for a second week, while Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera are still sitting pretty at the top with their "Moves Like Jagger." Adam Levine's guest spot on Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" saw a 6-5 increase, while Gaga's "You and I" looks to have peaked at number eight last week and is now on its way out. This week it sits at number ten. Notably, and as predicted last week, Dev's "In The Dark" continues its ascent, moving 20-18 this week, while Coldplay's new single "Paradise" debuts at 16.
Over on albums, Lady Antebellum outsold both Adele and Lil Wayne last week, as the country band's new album Own The Night debuted at number one. Adele's 21 currently sits at number two, whereas Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV notches a number-three placing for its third week on the chart.
Hot Collaborations: Rihanna isn't the first artist with a largely American audience to work with a foreign collaborator. Take, for example, will.i.am's production work with Cheryl Cole, who was originally confirmed as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor but swapped out for that one Pussycat Doll who isn't qualified to be a talent show judge. Cole and will.i.am's "Heartbreaker" sounds all too like the Black Eyed Peas, but "3 Words" is a far cry from "I Gotta Feeling." Then there's Diplo's work with Nicola Roberts, an up-and-coming indie pop starlet. Her album drops today in the U.K., but it's the lead single, "Beat Of My Drum," that you need to check out asap. "Drum" is everything a Diplo pop song should be: bonkers.