Where Have You Been by Rihanna
Where Have You Been by Rihanna is a single off the artist’s sixth studio album, Talk That Talk. The music video stars Rihanna and also features a troupe of backup dancers in several scenes. The video begins in a dark, swampy looking setting with Rihanna submerged in the dark water. She slowly and sensually emerges from the water and begins her signature sexy dance moves. Later in the video we find the singer in an orange and red desert like setting with her backup dancers costumed in tribal attire, surrounded by animal print decor. Rihanna then moves to a smoky cave-like setting where she interacts with a tribal leader. The video concludes with the singer going back to where she started, once again in the swamp setting.
The song is about a girl who has spent a lot of time looking to find the right guy for her, hence the main line “where have you been?” It follows her struggles as she “searches” for the man she is meant to be with. The song samples lyrics and background music from the song “I’ve Been Everywhere” by American Country singer Hank Snow. That song was based on an earlier composition by Australian songwriter Geoff Mack.
The music video for Where Have You Been by Rihanna was directed by David Meyers. The dance sequences were choreographed by Hi-Hat, who is known for his African inspired dance moves. Calvin Harris, Cirkut and Dr. Luke all contributed to production of the song and video.
The video was filmed in Los Angeles March 7 and March 8, 2012. When the music video was released on the website Vevo.com, it set a new record for the most views in a 24 hour period with nearly five million plays. The company congratulated the singer on her accomplishment via social media site Twitter. The song debuted on the U.S. singles charts at number 65. It debuted at number 61 on the singles charts in the U.K. Rihanna performed Where Have You Been for the first time in February of 2012 at a post-Grammy charity function.