Shots? Leona Lewis Says “We Found Love” Was Originally Her Song (And Her Version Was Better)

October 15, 2012  |  


Leona Lewis may have just opened herself up for a Twitter beatdown as a result of an interview with the UK’s Daily Star. During the chat with the tabloid, the singer let out a little known fact about Rihanna’s old hit, “We Found Love”: It was originally her song.

“I worked with Calvin and we recorded ‘We Found Love,'” she told them. “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.”

See what I mean about the navy? It’s totally common for songs to get passed around among singers in the industry but that “mine’s better” quip may not sit to well with Rih Rih’s fans, nor the Bajan singer herself who has been known to check a person or 20 on her Twitter page. Plus, for Leona to allege that her version was better than the one that went on to snag the number 1 spot in 25 countries is saying quite a lot. For her part, Leona does seem to realize a lot of that has to do with the star power she doesn’t quite have.

“It was a bit annoying to see how big a hit [the song] was around the world but if I’d released it maybe it wouldn’t have done as well.,” she said. “There are so many songs I’ve recorded, only to hear other people singing them. It happens all the time.”

One thing that won’t happen is being able to judge whose version is in fact better because Leona said she’d never release her rendition because that would be “unprofessional.”

Without hearing Leona sing the song, I have to say letting Rihanna have the track was a good move. “We Found Love” (in a hopeless place nonetheless) is truly the story of her life and I really can’t imagine anyone else singing it. Rih Rih better thank her lucky stars though, this isn’t the first time a single meant for someone else brought her mega-success. The Huffington Post points out that “Umbrella,” which the singer came to be known for, was originally Britney Spears’ song, and her people even beat out Mary J. Blige in begging for the track. If she hadn’t gotten that, she may have been a “Pon de Replay” one hit wonder.

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