Rihanna and Calvin Harris have teamed up twice before to rousing success. “We Found Love” is Rihanna’s most successful single to date, selling 14.5 million copies and topping the charts for 10 weeks. “Where Have You Been”, meanwhile, was certified four times platinum in the US. Now, they’ve joined forces for “This Is What You Came For”.
Here, RiRi’s lilting coo flows atop an arrangement that bubbles, then bursts into a blissful chorus: “Lightning, this is what you came for/ Lightning strikes every time she moves.” There’s nothing quite like this on the pop star’s new album Anti — and probably intentionally so — but there’s no denying that she has a special place in the EDM world, and that she and Harris know how to whip up knockout club songs.
The release of “This Is What You Came For” follows Rihanna’s surprise appearance at Coachella when she joined Harris to perform “We Found Love”.