“You da One” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna recorded for her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). It was co-written by Rihanna with Ester Dean, Henry Walter, John Hill and Lukasz Gottwald. Production of the song was completed by Gottwald, under his production name Dr. Luke, and Cirkut. Kuk Harrell and Marcas Tovar recorded the track at the Sofital Paris Le Laubourg, Room 538, and Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. It premiered on US radio on November 11, 2011, and was made available to download digitally throughout Europe and Australasia on November 14, 2011. It was added to US Mainstream, rhythmic and urban radio station playlists on November 29, 2011. Throughout December 2011 and January 2012, a remix extended play (EP) was released worldwide.
Musically, “You Da One” is a mid-tempo pop and reggae song, which incorporates elements of electropop, dancehall and dubstep. It also features a dubstep bridge before the final chorus. It garnered positive reviews from music critics, many of whom complimented the West Indian and Caribbean tone, and compared it to “What’s My Name?” and “Man Down”, from her previous studio album Loud (2010). The song achieved moderate chart success; it peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs and number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, it peaked inside the top 10 in New Zealand, South Korea and on the UK R&B Chart, and attained top twenty positions in Canada, Hungary, Norway and Sweden.
To promote the song, an accompanying music video was shot in East London and directed by Melina Matsoukas. It was inspired by the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, and premiered on December 23, 2011. It was mainly shot in black and white, and features Rihanna in a variety of different set ups, such as in a photo shoot and a lyric video game. At various points, lyrics are stamped across the video as Rihanna sings them. Hours after the release of the video, Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø accused Rihanna and Matsoukas of plagiarism, suggesting that the scene featuring the singer wearing a white outfit with black dots was deliberately copied from his 2008 montage “Numero 93”.
“Where Have You Been” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011) serving as the fifth single. The song was written by Ester Dean, Geoff Mack, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Henry “Cirkut” Walter, and Calvin Harris, with production handled by the latter three. “Where Have You Been” was released as the third international single from the album on May 8, 2012. The track is a dance-pop and techno house song that draws influence from trance, R&B and hip hop. It is backed by “hard, chilly synths” and contains an electro-inspired breakdown sequence. The song’s lyrics interpolate Geoff Mack’s 1959 song “I’ve Been Everywhere” and speak of a woman who is searching for a partner who will sexually please her.
“Where Have You Been” was met with positive reviews from most music critics, who likened the song to Talk That Talk’s lead single, “We Found Love”. The track performed well on major international charts. In the United States, “Where Have You Been” reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Rihanna’s twenty-second top ten single on the chart. It also peaked at number one on both the US Hot Dance Club Songs and UK Dance Chart, and at number three on the US Pop Songs chart. In addition, it attained top five positions in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, while peaking in the top ten of charts in twenty countries worldwide including Australia, Belgium and Norway.
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 of American Idol. The song was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.
“What Now” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Olivia Waithe, Parker Ighile and Nathan Cassells alongside Rihanna, with production handled by Ighile and Cassells. A remix collection was released exclusively to Beatport on August 29, 2013 and later via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play on September 17, 2013. The single was serviced to US rhythmic radio on September 24, 2013, before impacting mainstream radio on October 1, 2013 as the fifth international single and sixth overall from Unapologetic. Another remix collection was released to Beatport on October 29, 2013. The song is a mid-tempo piano ballad which incorporates sounds which resemble “sonic bombs” during the chorus and “crashing” drums.
“What Now” received generally positive reviews from music critics, with many calling it an emotional, stand-out song on the album and praising Rihanna’s vocals. Following the release of Unapologetic, “What Now” made appearances on various charts around the world. Following its release as a single, the song re-peaked in multiple territories, having it also reach new peaks at number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 25 on the UK Singles Chart, while topping the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and attaining a top three peak on the UK R&B Chart.
The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Jeff Nicholas, Jonathan Craven, and Darren Craig from Uprising Creativity. It portrays Rihanna having an “emotional breakdown” and performing exorcism-type dance moves. Critics complimented the video and compared it to Rihanna’s 2008 video for the song “Disturbia”. Rihanna promoted “What Now” on Alan Carr: Chatty Man and the song is included on the set list of her Diamonds World Tour (2013). British television network ITV used the song for their “Where Drama Lives” 2014 advertisement.
“We Ride” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Makeba Riddick, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, with production helmed by StarGate. The song was released on August 21, 2006, as the album’s third single. “We Ride” is a hip hop and soul song. Critical reception of the song was generally positive, as the majority of reviewers praised its relaxing and carefree qualities.
“We Ride” peaked inside the top forty on multiple charts, including Australia, the Flanders and Wallonia regions of Belgium and the United Kingdom. The song peaked inside top ten in Finland and New Zealand. Despite failing to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart and number 34 on the Pop Songs chart. The song’s accompanying video was directed by Anthony Mandler, and shot in Miami and the Florida Keys. The video features Rihanna in various scenes, including a beach, nightclub and socialising with friends.
“Watch n’ Learn” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, for her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). It was written by Chauncey Hollis and Rihanna. The production was done by Hollis under his stage-name Hit-Boy. When Renea came with an idea and concept for the song, Hollis had already started working on the composition, without having in mind any particular artist. With the work on the track being finished, it was forwarded to Rihanna and her label, which eagerly accepted it.
“Watch n’ Learn” is a dancehall song with prominent reggae characteristics. The song’s instrumentation uses finger-snapping, percussions, background clicks, synths and “island-flavored” drum beat. Lyrically, it is about a woman who teaches her partner how to love her in the right way, throughout which she uses sexual references. “Watch n’ Learn” received predominantly positive reviews from music critics, with many of them praising its composition and sound. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, the song debuted at number 80 on the singles chart in South Korea.
“Wait Your Turn” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Saul Milton, Will Kennard, James Fauntleroy II, Takura Tendayi, and Rihanna herself. Stargate (Eriksen and Hermansen) and Chase & Status (Milton and Kennard) produced the song. “Wait Your Turn” was released on November 13, 2009 as the second international and third overall single from Rated R.
Upon the release of Rated R, some critics noted the diverse musical variety on the album, whilst others commented on the heavy influence of dubstep on the song. “Wait Your Turn” peaked inside the top twenty on the UK R&B Chart. The song failed to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making this Rihanna’s second single that failed to reach that chart (“We Ride”). The song was performed live as part of a medley with “Hard” at the 2009 American Music Awards and on Good Morning America, along with “Russian Roulette” and “Umbrella”. The song was also included on the set list of the Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–11). As part of promotion for the release of Rated R, a music video was directed by Rihanna’s longtime collaborator Anthony Mandler. A remix of the song features American rapper, and a member of Slaughterhouse, Joell Ortiz.
“Unfaithful” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith with the song’s producers StarGate. The song was released by Def Jam Recordings on May 2, 2006, as the second single from the album. “Unfaithful” is a pop and R&B ballad and was inspired by the works of American rock band Evanescence. Originally titled “Murderer”, the single speaks about a woman who regrets cheating on her partner.
“Unfaithful” received mixed to positive reviews from critics; many praised its powerful balladry, but some criticized the lyrics. The song reached the top ten on the singles charts in 19 countries, including the UK Singles Chart, on which it became Rihanna’s third top-ten single. “Unfaithful” peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of over one million copies.
The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler, and premiered in May 2006. It features Rihanna in a love triangle in which she struggles to choose between her romantic interest and her lover, and regrets having cheated on the former. Since its release, “Unfaithful” has become a staple of Rihanna’s live performances. In 2006, she performed it on award ceremonies such as the MOBO Awards and the World Music Awards. The song was on the set list of three of her major tours, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007–09), the Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–11) and the Loud Tour (2011).
“Towards the Sun” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for the soundtrack to the 2015 film Home. The song premiered on BBC Radio 1 on February 24, 2015 and it was released for digital download as the soundtrack’s lead single the same day though Westbury Road. The song was set to impact mainstream radio on March 17, 2015 however the radio release was cancelled. The song was written and produced by Tiago Carvalho and Gary Go, with an additional writing done by Rihanna.
“Towards the Sun” is a mid-tempo pop ballad with R&B music influences and features positive and optimistic lyrics. Upon release “Towards the Sun” received positive reviews from music critics who praised Rihanna’s vocals and compared the song to the works of the British band Coldplay and their 2012 collaboration with Rihanna, “Princess of China”. Commercially the song was a moderate success peaking at seventy six on the UK Singles Chart and twenty two on the French singles chart.
“Too Good” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake, recorded for his fourth studio album Views. It features vocals by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It samples “Love Yuh Bad” performed by Popcaan. The song was released as the fourth single from the album in the UK on May 15, 2016; and serviced to US contemporary hit radio on July 26, 2016, as the fifth single in that market. The artists co-wrote the track with its producers Nineteen85, Maneesh Bidaye, and Dwayne Chin-Quee, with additional writing from Andrew Hershey, Andre Sutherland and A. Martin. It reached number 9 in Canada, number 3 in the UK, and number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
“This Is What You Came For” is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song was released on 29 April 2016 through Sony Music and Westbury Road. Featuring influences of house music, Harris co-wrote the song with Taylor Swift, who was initially credited with the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg, and solely produced it. Rihanna and Harris had previously collaborated on her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk, which included the international chart-topper “We Found Love” and US top five hit “Where Have You Been”, the former of which was written and produced by Harris. He played the final version for Rihanna at the 2016 Coachella Music Festival.
The single debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna’s 21st top-five song and Harris’s second. It also reached number one on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, became the 12th number one for Rihanna and Harris’s tenth on sister chart Dance/Mix Show Airplay. and became Rihanna’s 25th and Harris’s fourth chart-topper on the Hot Dance Club Songs Chart. It topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland.
“This Is What You Came For” received mixed reviews from critics; while some praised them for creating a catchy track, others labeled it as boring, and cited Rihanna’s vocals as overprocessed. A music video for the song premiered on 17 June 2016 and features Rihanna in an open cube with images projected on the inside walls.