Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rihanna premieres Diamonds

After a break of almost 48 minutes, Rihanna has come back with a new single from her seventh (SEVENTH!) album. Diamonds was written by Sia and Rihanna, and production duties come from Stargate and Benny Benassi.

A bit of a slow-burner after all the stompy stompy business on Talk That Talk, Diamonds is basically a power ballad in a party frock: A piano-led, midtempo love song set to the muted thud of a kick drum. "You and I are beautiful like diamonds in the sky," sings Ms Fenty, in one of her best vocal performances to date.

You can listen to a radio rip below. Or, if that disappears, the hi-quality version is available to stream on Rihanna's Soundcloud page.

So that's very good and all - but where does this single rank in the all-time top five of singles with Diamonds in the title? Allow me to illustrate.

Janet Jackson & Herb Alpert - Diamonds

PS: You can download a poster of the lyrics to Diamonds on Rihanna's new website -

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