“We Found Love” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). It was written, produced by, and features Scottish DJ Calvin Harris; the song was also featured on his third album 18 Months (2012). “We Found Love” premiered on September 22, 2011, on the Capital FM radio station in the United Kingdom, and was made available to download on the same day as the lead single from Talk That Talk. “We Found Love” is an uptempo electro house song, with elements of techno and Europop. The song’s lyrics speak of a couple who “found love in a hopeless place”.
“We Found Love” was met with mixed 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. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running number-one single of 2011. The single also surpassed “Umbrella” and became Rihanna’s longest running number one single. It was the singer’s eleventh song to top the Hot 100, placing her in third place among female recording artists amassing the most number one singles. “We Found Love” topped the charts in twenty-five other countries including Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. “We Found Love” became one of the most successful songs in 2011 and 2012 as well becoming the 24th most successful single of all time in the US. The single has sold over 14.5 million copies and is Rihanna’s most successful single, as well as 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. However, the video won a Grammy for “Best Short Form Music Video” at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and “Video of the Year” at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. 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. Multiple recording artists have covered “We Found Love” including alternative rock band Coldplay and English singer Jessie J. The song also used for the trailer of 2012 comedy-drama film Magic Mike, in the TV series Sherlock, and in the film American Honey