“We Found Love” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). The song features Scottish singer-songwriter Calvin Harris. “We Found Love” was released as the lead single from the album and premiered on September 22, 2011, in the United Kingdom on the Capital FM radio station and was made available to download on the same day. The song has 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.
“We Found Love” debuted at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reached number one in its sixth week on the chart, giving Rihanna the record for a solo artist to have amassed twenty top-ten singles in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 in the shortest amount of time and Harris his first number-one single. With the song becoming the singer’s eleventh number one single, Rihanna has become only the seventh artist in the 53 year history of the chart to amass at least eleven number one singles, as well as tying her with Whitney Houston in third place for females with the most number one singles, behind only Madonna and Mariah Carey. The song has also peaked at 1 and 7 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs and Pop Songs charts, respectively. Elsewhere, “We Found Love” peaked at number one in New Zealand, Denmark, France, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and has attained top-five positions in Australia, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea.
The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Melina Matsoukas and presents Rihanna’s relationship with her boyfriend as being like a drug and how their addiction to each other results in the singer leaving her boyfriend because of his possessive nature. The video received a mixed response from critics, and they noted that the video strongly alludes to ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s assault on Rihanna.