Rihanna seems to borrow inspiration from “Pirates of the Caribbean” for the video for “Where Have You Been.” Sultry topless scenes and hot-to-trot dance segments are its key features.
The Barbadian singer even taps Johnny Cash for the opening lyric, “I’ve been everywhere, man.” It mimics Cash’s song “I’ve Been Everywhere,” written by Geoff Mack in 1959 and performed by Cash in 1996.
But the visuals are the show here. Rihanna enlisted choreographer Hi-Hat (“Step Up 3”) for the dance sequences and Dr. Luke and DJ Calvin Harris to produce.
The video opens with Rihanna semi-submerged in a swamp-like setting, looking every bit like a crocodile on the prowl or a predatory water nymph. Only her eyes are above water as she surveys the scene.
She emerges from the water in a series of overlapping scenes, including shots of her topless, although her arms are folded over her chest to cover her private parts.
From there the video cuts to the dance number. It has more of an Afro-Caribbean look, and Rihanna shows she can cut a rug.
The track is off her album Talk That Talk, Rihanna’s sixth studio album, which was released last November. The album incorporates hip hop, R&B, electro house, electro, dancehall and dubstep, which debuted on Rihanna’s fourth studio album, Rated R in 2009.
Check out the video below.