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'Where Have You Been' Video: Rihanna Premieres New Visuals, Actually Dances This Time

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/30/2012 10:29 am Updated: 04/30/2012 10:32 am

Where Have You Been Video
Rihanna breaks it down in the video for "Where Have You Been."

Rihanna debuted the visuals for "Where Have You Been" today, a lush music video featuring the singer climbing out of water and writhing around for a few minutes.

The track is off Talk That Talk, the album perhaps most known for "We Found Love." Though the video for "Where Have You Been" is not as intricate as the one for that lead single, RiRi generated a good deal of buzz by tweeting a topless photo of herself from the video shoot.

Rihanna doesn't normally do extended dance scenes, so it's interesting to see the singer go the path of the Britneys and Christinas before her and delve into some deeper choreography. In a behind-the-scenes video, Rihanna revealed that famed choreographer Hi-Hat ("Step Up 3") was helping her create a routine.

The video seems to have a tribal theme, though the scenes centered around the breakdowns of the track have a bit more of a pirate feel (at least in the wardrobe department).

"Where Have You Been" features a simple, club-ready house beat with a somewhat unremarkable breakdown. It recalls a muted version of Afrojack's 2010 hit "Take Over Control.". Interestingly, when Afrojack tapped vocalist Eva Simmons for that song, many said the singer was effecting an imitation of Rihanna's style. Two years later, it's American pop music is just now catching up to the Dutch house producers.

Unsurprisingly, "Where Have You Been" was produced by pop guru Dr. Luke and house producer and DJ Calvin Harris. Harris also produced "We Found Love."

The first line of the song ("I've been everywhere, man") is a reference to "I've Been Everywhere," a Johnny Cash song.

Watch the video below and let us know what you think the comments.


PHOTOS: Rihanna and Other Stars at the TIME 100 Gala

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  • Rihanna

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Rihanna attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Rihanna

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Rihanna attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Tyra Banks

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Tyra Banks attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Tyra Banks

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Tyra Banks attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • B. Michael and Cisely Tyson

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Designer B. Michael and Cisely Tyson attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World, cocktail party at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Cisely Tyson

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Cicely Tyson attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Arianna Huffington

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Arianna Huffington attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Raphael Saadiq

    Raphael Saadiq attends the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A.CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Muslimah Habel and Manal al-Sharif

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Muslimah Habel and honoree Manal al-Sharif attend the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World, cocktail party at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Claire Danes

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Claire Danes attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Barbara Walters

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Barbara Walters attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Victor Cruz

    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz attends the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A.CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Mia Farrow and Isaiah Farrow

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Mia Farrow and Isaiah Farrow attend the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Sara Blakely

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Spanx inventor Sara Blakely attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Kristen Wiig

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Kristen Wiig attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Aziz Ansari

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Comedian Aziz Ansari attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Ann Curry

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Ann Curry attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Yani Tseng, Jeremy Lin and Ann Curry

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Pro golfer Yani Tseng, NBA player, Jeremy Lin and journalist Ann Curry attend the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

  • Freeman A. Hrabowski

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: (L) University of Maryland President Freeman A. Hrabowski attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

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