The Glass Heart singer has revealed that she worked with Calvin Harris on “We Found Love” before the Good Girl Gone Bad was ever brought into the mix, and, perhaps not surprisingly, Leona thinks her version was “better.”
“We Found Love” was a huge hit for Rihanna, one of her most iconic pop moments since “Umbrella.” It is widely agreed to be one of her best singles, one that the rest of Talk That Talk didn’t really live up to.
Of course, we know many hit songs are pitched to various other artists before they find the right match — even “Umbrella” was originally intended for Mary J. Blige — so it’s no great surprise that Leona recorded a version first. But usually artists don’t come out after the fact claiming that their take on the track was better.
“I worked with Calvin and we recorded ‘We Found Love,’” Leona told the UK’s Daily Star. “But he went touring with Rihanna and she ended up releasing it. I didn’t commit to it because I wanted ‘Trouble’ to be my first single, so I think that was another reason they went with Rihanna. It was the same version and production but mine’s better.”
Well! We’ll have to take Leona’s word for it, since it sounds unlikely that we’ll ever get to compare the two vocalists with our own ears:
“I still have the recording but I’d never leak it. That’s so unprofessional. There are so many songs I’ve recorded, only to hear other people singing them. It happens all the time. It was a bit annoying to see how big a hit it was around the world but if I’d released it maybe it wouldn’t have done as well.”
(Some might argue it is also "unprofessional" to talk up her unreleased version in the first place.)
Leona wasn’t quite so forthcoming about her rumored relationship with One Direction’s Liam Payne, offering only: “We are good friends, that’s all I’m saying. I don’t really talk about my relationships. Some One Direction fans can be ruthless but luckily I haven’t had any abuse.”
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