Leona Lewis: ‘I recorded Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ first’

Singer says her version of the Calvin Harris hit was better

Leona Lewis has revealed that she recorded ‘We Found Love’ before Rihanna, and says her version is better.

The X Factor winner provided vocals to the Calvin Harris produced track first, but the song was later given to Rihanna after Lewis wanted to release a different track as the lead single off her third album.

She told the Daily Star:

I worked with Calvin and we recorded ‘We Found Love’. 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


Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ became a Number One hit in 25 countries and is one of the biggest selling singles of all time, shifting a whopping 6.5million copies, but Lewis thinks it might not have been so successful had her version been released instead.

“There are so many songs I’ve recorded, only to hear other people singing them,” she said. “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.”

Leona Lewis’ third album, titled ‘Glassheart’, is released tomorrow (October 15). The record features her collaboration with Childish Gambino, a track written for the singer by Emeli SandĂ©.