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Where Have You Been
Where Have You Been
Cover of "Where Have You Been"
Genre Dance-pop, house, techno
Released May 8, 2012
Album Talk That Talk
Recorded 2011
Length 4:02
Label Def Jam Recordings
Rihanna's Singles Chronology
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Birthday Cake (song)
Cockiness (Love It)
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"Where Have You Been" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). The song was written by Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, Henry Walter, Geoff Mack, and Calvin Harris, with the latter also producing the track with the assistance of Dr. Luke and Cirkut. Harris was additionally credited on the album's lead single, "We Found Love". "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 a punk-inspired breakdown sequence. The song's lyrics speak of a woman who is searching for a partner who will 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 has performed well on international charts, reaching a current peak of eleven on the US Billboard Hot 100 and six on the UK Singles Chart. In addition, it has topped Billboard's Dance/Club play songs and the UK Dance Chart. It has also attained top five positions in Denmark and France, and reached the top ten in Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, 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.

Music videoEdit

Main article: Where Have You Been (music video)

LyricsEdit

I've been everywhere, man
Looking for someone
Someone who can please me
Love me all night long

I've been everywhere, man
Looking for you, babe
Looking for you, babe
Searching for you, babe

Where have you been?
'Cause I never see you out
Are you hiding from me, yeah,
Somewhere in the crowd?

Oh, woah.

Where have you been,
All my life, all my life?

Where have you been,
All my life?
Where have you been,
All my life?

Where have you been,
All my life?
Where have you been,
All my life?

I've been everywhere, man
Looking for someone
Someone who can please me
Love me all night long

I've been everywhere, man
Looking for you, babe
Looking for you, babe
Searching for you, babe

Where have you been?
'Cause I never see you out
Are you hiding from me, yeah,
Somewhere in the crowd?

Oh, woah.

Where have you been,
All my life, all my life?

Where have you been,
All my life?
Where have you been,
All my life?

Where have you been,
All my life?
Where have you been,
All my life?

Where have you been,
All my life?

Where? You.
Where? You.
Where? You.

You can help me all you want, anyway, anyday
Just show me where you are tonight, oh, yeah, oh

I've been everywhere, man
Looking for someone
Someone who can please me
Love me all night long

I've been everywhere, man
Looking for you, babe
Looking for you, babe
Searching for you, babe

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