Rihanna’s Calvin Harris-produced single ‘We Found Love’ was originally recorded by Leona Lewis. And her version was better. According to her, anyway.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Leona said: “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 [from new album 'Glassheart'], so I think that was another reason they went with Rihanna. It was the same version and production, but mine’s better. I still have the recording but I’d never leak it. That’s so unprofessional”.
Ah, spoil sport, leaks are fun. And, by the sounds of it, there could be a whole album of unreleased Lewis songs that fall into this category. See, this sort of occurrence is common it seems. Leona continued: “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”.
Yes, it must be tough suddenly discovering that someone’s recorded a song you thought of as your own.