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CALVIN HARRIS FEAT. RIHANNA - THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR (SONG)
Label:COL/SME
Entry:15/05/2016 (Position 2)
Last week in charts:15/01/2017 (Position 49)
Peak:1 (2 weeks)
Weeks:30
Place on best of all time:87 (1051 points)
Year:2016
Music/Lyrics:Calvin Harris
Taylor Swift
Producer:Calvin Harris
World wide:
ch  Peak: 4 / weeks: 39
de  Peak: 5 / weeks: 30
at  Peak: 5 / weeks: 25
fr  Peak: 5 / weeks: 51
nl  Peak: 3 / weeks: 31
be  Peak: 4 / weeks: 22 (Vl)
  Peak: 4 / weeks: 24 (Wa)
se  Peak: 3 / weeks: 31
fi  Peak: 3 / weeks: 12
no  Peak: 3 / weeks: 19
dk  Peak: 4 / weeks: 21
it  Peak: 8 / weeks: 31
es  Peak: 3 / weeks: 24
au  Peak: 1 / weeks: 30
nz  Peak: 2 / weeks: 28

Digital
Columbia 1108212521



Digital
Columbia 1136848611


TRACKS
01/05/2016
Digital Columbia 1108212521 (Sony)
1. This Is What You Came For
3:42
   
05/08/2016
Remixes - Digital Columbia 1136848611 (Sony)
1. This Is What You Came For (Extended Mix)
4:46
2. This Is What You Came For (Dillon Francis Remix)
3:42
3. This Is What You Came For (R3hab X Henry Fong Remix)
4:18
4. This Is What You Came For (Grandtheft Remix)
3:01
5. This Is What You Came For (Tony Junior Remix)
3:35
6. This Is What You Came For (Bobby Puma Remix)
4:44
   

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3:42This Is What You Came ForColumbia
1108212521
Single
Digital
01/05/2016
3:42Now That's What I Call Music! 94Now
CDNOW94
Compilation
CD
22/07/2016
Extended Mix4:46This Is What You Came For [Remixes]Columbia
1136848611
Single
Digital
05/08/2016
Dillon Francis Remix3:42This Is What You Came For [Remixes]Columbia
1136848611
Single
Digital
05/08/2016
R3hab X Henry Fong Remix4:18This Is What You Came For [Remixes]Columbia
1136848611
Single
Digital
05/08/2016
Grandtheft Remix3:01This Is What You Came For [Remixes]Columbia
1136848611
Single
Digital
05/08/2016
Tony Junior Remix3:35This Is What You Came For [Remixes]Columbia
1136848611
Single
Digital
05/08/2016
Bobby Puma Remix4:44This Is What You Came For [Remixes]Columbia
1136848611
Single
Digital
05/08/2016
3:38Now That's What I Call Music! 60 [US]Capitol
5373781
Compilation
CD
04/11/2016
3:38Now That's What I Call Music! 60 [US] [Deluxe Edition]Capitol
5373783
Compilation
CD
04/11/2016
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RIHANNA IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Pon de replay25/09/2005622
If It's Lovin' That You Want05/02/2006914
SOS30/04/2006117
Unfaithful30/07/2006217
We Ride19/11/20062410
Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)10/06/2007132
Shut Up And Drive16/09/2007419
Hate That I Love You (Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo)25/11/20071421
Don't Stop The Music03/02/2008127
Take A Bow18/05/2008322
If I Never See Your Face Again (Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna)01/06/20081117
Disturbia03/08/2008627
Just Stand Up (Stand Up To Cancer)21/09/2008391
Live Your Life (T.I. feat. Rihanna)26/10/2008323
Rehab23/11/2008266
Run This Town (Jay-Z / Rihanna / Kanye West)06/09/2009920
Russian Roulette22/11/2009712
Rude Boy07/02/2010119
Te amo23/05/2010229
Love The Way You Lie (Eminem feat. Rihanna)04/07/2010138
Rockstar 101 (Rihanna feat. Slash)22/08/2010246
Only Girl (In The World)03/10/2010130
What's My Name? (Rihanna feat. Drake)14/11/20101818
Who's That Chick? (David Guetta feat. Rihanna)05/12/2010721
All Of The Lights (Kanye West feat. Various Artists)23/01/20112417
S&M30/01/2011124
California King Bed24/04/2011416
Cheers (Drink To That)14/08/2011619
Fly (Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna)18/09/2011189
We Found Love (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris)09/10/2011226
Take Care (Drake feat. Rihanna)04/12/2011924
Where Have You Been04/12/2011617
You Da One04/12/20112610
Talk That Talk (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)12/02/2012288
Princess Of China (Coldplay & Rihanna)03/06/20121613
Diamonds14/10/2012632
Stay (Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko)20/01/2013428
Right Now (Rihanna feat. David Guetta)03/03/2013391
What Now18/08/20132111
The Monster (Eminem feat. Rihanna)10/11/2013121
Can't Remember To Forget You (Shakira feat. Rihanna)02/02/20141810
Jump09/02/2014512
FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney)08/02/2015118
Bitch Better Have My Money12/04/2015145
Work (Rihanna feat. Drake)14/02/2016517
Kiss It Better01/05/2016481
This Is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)15/05/2016130
Needed Me29/05/20164413
Too Good (Drake feat. Rihanna)29/05/2016325
Famous (Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Swizz Beatz)17/07/2016430
Selfish (Future feat. Rihanna)12/03/2017377
Loyalty. (Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna)30/04/2017204
Wild Thoughts (DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)02/07/201729
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
A Girl Like Me14/05/2006921
Good Girl Gone Bad24/06/2007277
Rated R06/12/20091230
Loud28/11/2010252
Talk That Talk04/12/2011526
Unapologetic02/12/2012827
Anti14/02/2016513
SONGS BY RIHANNA
A Child Is Born
A Girl Like Me
A Million Miles Away
All Of The Lights (Kanye West feat. Various Artists)
American Oxygen
Anti
As Real As You And Me
Bad (Remix) (Wale feat. Rihanna)
Bad Girl (Rihanna feat. Chris Brown)
Birthday Cake (Rihanna feat. Chris Brown)
Birthday Cake
Bitch Better Have My Money
Bitch, I'm Special
Break It Off (Rihanna & Sean Paul)
Breakin' Dishes
Bring It Back
Bubble Pop
California King Bed
Can't Remember To Forget You (Shakira feat. Rihanna)
Cheers (Drink To That)
Cinderella Under My Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z & Chris Brown)
Close To You
Cockiness (Love It) (Rihanna feat. A$AP Rocky)
Cockiness (Love It)
Cold Case Love
Complicated
Consideration (Rihanna feat. SZA)
Coulda Been The One
Counterfeit (Chris Brown feat. Rihanna & Wiz Khalifa)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Rihanna feat. J-Status)
Cry
Dancing In The Dark
Dem Haters (Rihanna feat. Dwane Husbands)
Desperado
Diamonds
Diamonds (Remix) (Rihanna feat. Kanye West)
Disturbia
Do Ya Thang
Don't Stop The Music
Drunk On Love
Fading
Famous (Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Swizz Beatz)
Farewell
Final Goodbye
Fire Bomb
First Time (Fabolous feat. Rihanna)
Fly (Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna)
Fool In Love
FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney)
G4L
Get It Over With
Give It
Good Girl Gone Bad
Goodnight Gotham
Half Of Me
Happy
Hard (Rihanna feat. Jeezy)
Hate That I Love You (Rihanna feat. David Bisbal)
Hate That I Love You (Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo)
Hatin' On The Club
Haunted
Here I Go Again (Rihanna feat. J-Status)
Higher
Hole In My Head (Rihanna feat. Justin Timberlake)
How I Like It
Hypnotized
If I Never See Your Face Again (Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna)
If It's Lovin' That You Want
If It's Lovin' That You Want - Part 2 (Rihanna feat. Corey Gunz)
I'm Back
It Just Don't Feel Like Christmas (Without You)
James Joint
Jump
Just Be Happy
Just Stand Up (Stand Up To Cancer)
Kiss It Better
Kisses Don't Lie
La, That La, La
Lemme Get That
Let Me
Live Your Life (T.I. feat. Rihanna)
Livin' A Lie (The-Dream feat. Rihanna)
Lost In Paradise
Love On The Brain
Love The Way You Lie (Eminem feat. Rihanna)
Love The Way You Lie (Part Two) (Rihanna feat. Eminem)
Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary
Loveeeeeee Song (Rihanna feat. Future)
Loyalty. (Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna)
Mad House
Man Down
Music Of The Sun
Needed Me
Never Ending
No Love Allowed
Nobody's Business (Rihanna feat. Chris Brown)
Nothing Is Promised (Mike Will Made-It x Rihanna)
Now I Know
Numb (Rihanna feat. Eminem)
Numba 1 (Tide Is High) (Kardinal Offishall feat. Rihanna)
Only Girl (In The World)
Only If For A Night
P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You)
Photographs (Rihanna feat. will.i.am)
Phresh Out The Runway
Pon de replay
Pon de replay (Rihanna feat. Elephant Man)
Pose
Pour It Up
Pour It Up (Remix) (Rihanna feat. Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J & T.I.)
Princess Of China (Coldplay & Rihanna)
Push Up On Me
Put It Up (Chris Brown feat. Rihanna)
Question Existing
Raining Men (Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj)
Red Lipstick
Redemption Song
Rehab (Rihanna feat. Justin Timberlake)
Rehab
Right Now (Rihanna feat. David Guetta)
Roc Me Out
Rockstar 101 (Rihanna feat. Slash)
Roll It (J-Status feat. Rihanna)
Rude Boy
Run This Town (Jay-Z / Rihanna / Kanye West)
Rush (Rihanna feat. Kardinal Offishall)
Russian Roulette
S&M (Rihanna feat. Britney Spears)
S&M
Same Ol' Mistakes
Say It
Selfish (Future feat. Rihanna)
Selfish Girl
Sell Me Candy
Sex With Me
Sexuality
Should I (Rihanna feat. J-Status)
Shut Up And Drive
Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde (The Lonely Island feat. Rihanna)
Silly Boy (Rihanna feat. Lady GaGa)
Single
Skin
Sledgehammer
SOS
Stay (Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko)
Stranded (Haiti mon amour) (Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna)
Stupid In Love
Suicide
Take A Bow
Take Care (Drake feat. Rihanna)
Talk That Talk (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)
Te amo
Terminator
That La, La, La
The Hotness (Shontelle feat. Rihanna)
The Last Song
The Last Time
The Monster (Eminem feat. Rihanna)
There's A Thug In My Life (Rihanna feat. J-Status)
This Is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)
Throw Your Hands Up (Elephant Man feat. Rihanna)
Too Good (Drake feat. Rihanna)
Towards The Sun
Turn Up The Music (Chris Brown feat. Rihanna)
Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Lil' Mama)
Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z & Chris Brown)
Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)
Unfaithful
Wait Your Turn
Watch N' Learn
We All Want Love
We Found Love (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris)
We Ride
What Now
What's My Name? (Rihanna feat. Drake)
Where Have You Been
Whipping My Hair
Who Ya Gonna Run To
Who's That Chick? (David Guetta feat. Rihanna)
Wild Thoughts (DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)
Willing To Wait
Winning Women (Nicole Scherzinger feat. Rihanna)
Woo
Work (Rihanna feat. Drake)
Yeah, I Said It
You Da One
You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) (Rihanna feat. Vybz Kartel)
ALBUMS BY RIHANNA
A Girl Like Me
Anti
Coffret 4 CD - Ses 4 premiers albums
Good Girl Gone Bad
Good Girl Gone Bad + Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes
Loud
Music Of The Sun
Music Of The Sun + A Girl Like Me
Rated R
Rated R /// Remixed
Rated R + Loud
Rihanna - 3CD Collector's Set
Talk That Talk
Talk That Talk + Unapologetic
Unapologetic
Uncovered
DVDS BY RIHANNA
777 - A Tour Documentary
Good Girl Bad Girl
Good Girl Gone Bad Live
Loud Tour Live At The O₂
 
CALVIN HARRIS IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
The Girls19/08/2007332
Dance Wiv Me (Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris and Chrome)14/09/20081318
I'm Not Alone16/08/2009482
Flashback07/02/2010383
Bounce (Calvin Harris feat. Kelis)03/07/2011722
Feel So Close11/09/2011727
We Found Love (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris)09/10/2011226
Let's Go (Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo)29/04/2012175
We'll Be Coming Back (Calvin Harris feat. Example)12/08/2012816
Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch)28/10/2012217
Drinking From The Bottle (Calvin Harris feat. Tinie Tempah)23/12/20121615
I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding)17/03/2013320
Thinking About You (Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Marar)04/08/2013288
Under Control (Calvin Harris / Alesso / Hurts)27/10/2013179
Summer30/03/2014417
Blame (Calvin Harris feat. John Newman)21/09/2014915
Outside (Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding)02/11/2014718
Pray To God (Calvin Harris feat. Haim)18/01/20151013
How Deep Is Your Love (Calvin Harris + Disciples)02/08/2015123
This Is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)15/05/2016130
My Way02/10/2016917
Slide (Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)12/03/20171121
Heatstroke (Calvin Harris feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande)16/04/2017237
Rollin (Calvin Harris feat. Future & Khalid)28/05/2017402
Feels (Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)02/07/201739
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Ready For The Weekend30/08/2009393
18 Months18/11/2012534
Motion16/11/2014321
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 116/07/201757
SONGS BY CALVIN HARRIS
5 AM (Calvin Harris feat. Tinashe)
5iliconeator
Acceptable In The 80s
Awooga
Blame (Calvin Harris feat. John Newman)
Blue
Bounce (Calvin Harris feat. Kelis)
Brighter Days (Stouffer)
Burnin' (Calvin Harris & R3hab)
Burns Night
C.U.B.A
Cash Out (Calvin Harris feat. ScHoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR & D.R.A.M)
Century (Tiësto feat. Calvin Harris)
Certified
Colours
Da Bongos (Stouffer)
Dance Wiv Me (Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris and Chrome)
Disco Heat
Dollar Signs (Calvin Harris feat. Tinashe)
Don't Quit (DJ Khaled & Calvin Harris feat. Travis Scott & Jeremih)
Drinking From The Bottle (Calvin Harris feat. Tinie Tempah)
Ecstasy (Calvin Harris feat. Hurts)
Electro Man
Faith
Faking It (Calvin Harris feat. Kehlani & Lil Yachty)
Feel So Close
Feels (Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)
Flashback
Green Valley
Hard To Love (Calvin Harris feat. Jessie Reyez)
Heatstroke (Calvin Harris feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande)
Here 2 China (Calvin Harris with Dillon Francis feat. Dizzee Rascal)
Holiday (Calvin Harris feat. Snoop Dogg, John Legend & Takeoff)
How Deep Is Your Love (Calvin Harris + Disciples)
Hype (Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris)
I Created Disco
I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding)
I'm Not Alone
Iron (Nicky Romero & Calvin Harris)
It Was You (Calvin Harris with Firebeatz)
Let Me Know (Calvin Harris feat. Ayah)
Let's Go (Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo)
Limits
Love For You
Love Now (Calvin Harris feat. All About She)
Love Souvenir
Love's Recipe
Mansion
Merrymaking At My Place
My Way
Neon Rocks
Off The Record (Tinchy Stryder feat. Calvin Harris & Burns)
Open Wide (Calvin Harris feat. Big Sean)
Outside (Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding)
Overdrive (Calvin Harris with Ummet Ozcan)
Pray To God (Calvin Harris feat. Haim)
Prayers Up (Calvin Harris feat. Travis Scott & A-Trak)
Ready For The Weekend
Relax
Reminds Me Of You (LMFAO with Calvin Harris)
Rock N Roll Attitude
Rollin (Calvin Harris feat. Future & Khalid)
School
Skrt On Me (Calvin Harris feat. Nicki Minaj)
Slide (Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)
Slow Acid
Stars Come Out
Stillness In Time
Summer
Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch)
The Girls
The Rain
Thinking About You (Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Marar)
This Is The Industry
This Is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)
Together (Calvin Harris feat. Gwen Stefani)
Traffic Cops
Under Control (Calvin Harris / Alesso / Hurts)
Vault Character
Vegas
We Found Love (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris)
We'll Be Coming Back (Calvin Harris feat. Example)
Wild Scenes
Worst Day
Yeah Yeah La La La
You Used To Hold Me
ALBUMS BY CALVIN HARRIS
18 Months
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
I Created Disco
Motion
Ready For The Weekend
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 3.91 (Reviews: 87)
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****
Die neue Calvin Single beeinhaltet niemand geringeres als Rihanna, mit der er schon einen riesen Hit landete!!

Ich muss sagen, ich habe etwas mehr erwartet. Der Drop ist schwach und überrascht nicht, die Strophen sind ok, hier strahlt zumindestens Rihanna, uninspirierte Bridge, der Wow-Effekt bleibt aus. Tönt basic, wie vieles andere...schade

Vorerst 4*+, wird sowiso ein Hit!!
Last edited: 29/04/2016 13:22
*****
The beats a more amped up version of "How Deep Is Your Love" and Rihanna's inclusion on the song could almost be done with any female singer with the amount of vocal enhancement added to the track. Despite those criticisms, I can't seem to stop myself from listening. Great track to start the summer with.
***
Very average but is one of Rihannas best ever to my surprise.
*****
The drop does take a while to get used to, but overall it is another solid dance track.
***
For all the star power, it's underwhelming in its anonymity. Not to mention it's one of Calvin's most repetitive ever. 2.75
***
It's quite good until Rihanna just keeps saying "yoooooouuuuuu-aaaooooooo" over an annoying beat for about ten minutes.
***
Rihanna's vocals are absolutely bland as always and this genre has been so overdone. Lucky to get a 3.
*****
Pretty Good but the yous get annoying sometimes
*****
Already 5 stars for me. Love!
*****
Really catchy! Great production from Calvin Harris as always.
***
Little generic, but ok...
****
I refuse to believe that this is Rihanna, I think it's a computer program that is imitating Rihanna. Naturally not as good as WFL and sounds like it tries to go to the same place but the chorus fails to deliver as does the bit directly after the chorus with fake 'Rihanna' making the you noises.

But it is better than the Anti tracks I have heard so yay for nice Rihanna in 2016.

Also 10 weeks at #2 in New Zealand :O poor Calvin & Rihanna.
Last edited: 25/08/2016 12:08
***
Very disappointing.
******
Every time Rihanna works with Calvin Harris her voice sounds sedated. This is a change from all the gangsta music off her album Anti.
*****
Awesome track, the first Rihanna song I've liked since Diamonds. Wouldn't be out of place if it was on one of Calvin Harris's albums.
Last edited: 17/07/2017 03:13
*****
Good
***
I'm often interested in the relation between marketing and the product in question. The goal is to bring in as many consumers as possible while maintaining a trust with those consumers so negative feedback doesn't cause the publicity to backfire. So it's interesting when such marketing feels disingenous, though not in any way that actually affects anyone.

What comes to mind for me is Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". A beloved children's book which has twice been adapted into a major feature film. The first one was directed by Mel Stuart and the second one was directed by Tim Burton. But there's a very easy way to disambiguate between the two because the films don't have the same title. The 1971 adaptation was actually titled "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory", which was essentially because the film was bankrolled by The Quaker Oats Company who were using the film as a promotion vehicle for a new chocolate bar. The film had an underwhelming box office result on initial release and the chocolate bar failed. The story of the development of the film is actually a bit depressing; it started with Mel Stewart's daughter asking him to make a film out of the book she loved, and Dahl was going to even write the screenplay. Then beaurocracy takes over and we have actors turned down for roles for not being famous enough, and Dahl taken out of the picture with a story that alters from the book put in place. Roald Dahl hated this film.

The thing that's always intrigued me is that the changes in screenplay put in scenes that particularly relate more to Charlie. Namely the fizzy lifting drinks scene*, but then the whole Slugworth side-plot, while actually orchestrated by Wonka (apologies for the 45 years later spoiler alert), is separated from him for the majority of the film. Meanwhile, when Tim Burton directed it, the most apparent addition to the film is an interspersed backstory for Wonka relating to his father. When you consider the two, it seems silly on the surface that the titles aren't switched.

This is how I feel about "This Is What You Came For". It's the second publicised collaboration between Calvin Harris and Rihanna (well 3rd really), and they're subject to the same situation as the Wonka films. Crediting for songs often concerns behind the scenes discussion and tends to relate to who has the most ownership over the song, or has the most stock in it. In this case it's simple, "We Found Love" obviously wound up on Rihanna's album (and later Calvin's but it was more just a tack on at that point, being a year late), and I assume "This Is What You Came For" will end up on a Calvin Harris album and not a Rihanna one, which makes sense thematically as this doesn't really sound like Rihanna's current musical direction, and timing-wise, I'd sooner expect a new Calvin Harris album off the back of this than a Rihanna album.

This is also convenient because it feels like the most effective way to market the two tracks at the relative times. Flashback (ayy) to 2011 and Rihanna's having one of her many imperial phases on the charts, while Calvin Harris is only just starting to mobilise beyond the UK Charts. There's no doubt in my mind that "We Found Love" would have gotten less attention at the time if the crediting were reversed, at least certainly so in the US.

Go to 2016 and roles are slightly reversed. Rihanna is of course still very dominant on the charts, but Calvin Harris has clearly come a long way in that regard to the point that he can take a claim for the top. Particularly as streaming takes a bigger chunk of the market, and Calvin is particularly dominant on the format. When he releases a new single, it shoots towards the top worldwide. This is not foreign to Rihanna of course, but her recent release strategies have seen random singles chucked out frequently. Some are successes, some are not. And it's so frequent that I feel a new Rihanna single isn't quite as buzzworthy as it might have been before. So I feel like from a marketing perspective, it makes the most sense to put Calvin Harris's name at the front of this.

BUT, when you listen to the songs it just doesn't add up to me. "We Found Love" is practically characterised by its larger than life electronic breakdowns, the kind that I feel Calvin has been trying to re-create the magic of ever since (looking at you "Blame"). Rihanna almost feels like just another instrument in the song. Most of her singing has very little pitch modulation, and a lot of it has her staying silent while Calvin Harris does his thing. "Where Have You Been" which he's not even credited on is much of the same in that regard.

This is all absent in "This Is What You Came For", which sounds like it's ready to pounce on a massive drop, but retreats at the last moment to a more relaxed state. And here's the thing: Rihanna's there the whole way. There's no instrumental breakdown in the chorus or bridge, the vocals are there from start to end. 'you-u-u-u-u' might not be substantial, but it's there. I've even found it to be the most likeable thing in the song, just hitting a nice spot to groove on.

In short it's acceptable but doesn't feel like a Calvin Harris song.

*I often wonder how many people think that part is actually in the book. It's even been subject to parody which makes it believeably fit in
****
This is certainly not what I came for. Judging by that rather shady first sentence, one would expect that I really do not like this. I do though. But to say it's a disappointment would be an understatement.

Calvin Harris is, after all, my favourite artist of all time according to a list I made last year. It still feels weird to call him that but it's hard to award that to anyone else so yeah. Calvin and Rihanna have good history together, with "We Found Love" being my favourite Rihanna track. I was expecting another great track when I heard of this collaboration, but instead I get a watered down pop hit? For that reason I'm surprised it was so huge, because it did not sound like it had enough to stand and get to that level. It has some good qualities though. It's nice enough sounding and certainly catchy while it does have a tendency to implant itself in my head. But at the same time, it really could've done without "you-u-u-u-u" although I have gotten used to it. And could be less watered down. Also what a boring video with too many strobe lights.

But I guess you can't always win, even with your faves. I can't really complain with Calvin getting another ARIA #1, and this somewhat righting the wrong that was "We Found Love" being a #2 peaker behind "Sexy And I Know It". I'm just glad that his next chart hit proved that he can still get high charters on my chart and this was an anomaly.
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I hated this the first month it came out, that "you" part killed any excitement this had going for it, although I did like the melody on the verses. However, this was a massive grower, becoming one of my favorite songs of the year. It really came alive in a club setting.
The euphoric bridge is the best part of the song and I love how the last chorus was arranged and although I wish the rest was arranged like the last minute at least this means I have to sit through the first part of the song and this did the trick.
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Good song but I think the lyrics are written quickly with all of that you parts repeating like 100 times or even more. However I am positive on Rihanna's vocals and even the melody
Last edited: 15/03/2017 04:25
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