Song Title: Diamonds
Date of release: September 27, 2012
Description: ” Diamonds ” is by Rihanna, the Barbadian singer. The song was written by singer Sia Furler ( Sia ) and producers Benny Blanco and StarGate, the record producers and songwriters from Norway.
Taken from Rihanna’s seventh Album ” Unapologetic ” released in 2012 the song talks about positive aspects of love, different from Rihanna’s normal outlook on relationships.
The style of ” Diamonds ” would be familiar with fans of singer song-writer Sia, her style is noticeable in this song.
The mid-tempo pop ballad is intertwined with synthesizers and orchestral sounds that overlay the backing electronic rhythms to give the atmospheric feel that will immerse the listener in this song.
The song had critics divided, some praised the song and Rihanna’s softer direction, others commented on the passionate delivery.
However other critics were to less enthusiastic with one going as far as to describe the song as a “chugging, faintly misty-eyed, middle of the road pop song”.
Although music critics had mixed feelings about ” Diamonds “, it seems the record buying public liked Rihanna’s song and different, more positive direction.
In the United States the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number 16 and notched up first week sales of 133,000 copies. After 3 weeks it climbed to reach number 8 and in doing so became Rihanna’s 23rd top 10 single.
” Diamonds ” reached the coveted number one slot and became the 12th number one for her in the US. With this feat, Rihanna dislodged Mariah Carey as the female artist with the fastest to notch up 12 number one’s, Rihanna did it in six years and seven months, with Mariah taking seven years, one month, and two weeks.
In the United states ” Diamonds ” sold over 3.52 million copies and was certified five times Platinum by the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ).
Canada was to be another success for Rihanna when the song entered the Canadian Hot 100 Chart at number 9 and moved to take the top slot for four weeks.
The song was to be the sixth number one for her on the chart and was certified Platinum by Music Canada with sales in the region of 80,000.
In the United Kingdom, ” Diamonds ” entered the charts at number one giving her a 7th number one in the UK. It stayed at number one for 1 week and 50 weeks on the charts in total.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 6, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 3, Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100) 12, Bulgaria (Airplay Top 5) 1, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Media Control Charts) 1, Greece (IFPI) 1, Hungary (Single Top 40) 9, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Israel (Media Forest) 1, Italy (FIMI) 3, Japan (Billboard Japan Hot 100) 24, Luxembourg (Billboard) 1, Mexico (Billboard) 2, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 3, Portugal (AFP) 1, Russia (Billboard Hot 50 Airplay) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (IFPI) 1, Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 95, South Korea (Gaon Chart) 3, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1, Turkey (Turkish Singles Chart) 1
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Rihanna