Rihanna drops 'Diamonds': What do you think?
September 26th, 2012
04:05 PM ET

Rihanna drops 'Diamonds': What do you think?

Rihanna's reign just won't let up! The 24-year-old singer has released a new single called "Diamonds," a song she's described as "very hopeful and positive."

Lyrically, "Diamonds" focuses on love, as she sings to a special someone in the first verse, "you and I, you and I, we're like diamonds in the sky ... You're a shooting star I see, a vision of ecstasy, when you hold me, I'm alive, we're like diamonds in the sky." The song's currently available on iTunes, and you can listen to it here.

"'Diamonds' steadily pulses with slight orchestral touches and deliberate electronic rhythms, but the track's production mainly stays out of Rihanna's way, letting the pop star build hooks with layers of her voice," observes Rolling Stone.

Yet across the pond, the U.K.'s Telegraph wasn't as taken. "On first listen ... 'Diamonds' doesn't sound like a world beater. It's a chugging, faintly misty-eyed, middle-of-the-road pop song - neither a muscular dance workout like previous autumn chart-toppers 'We Found Love' and 'Only Girl (In the World),' nor a smooth R&B ballad like 'Take A Bow.'"

But perhaps that change in tune that the Telegraph is hearing is just a sign that RiRi is spreading her wings, as MTV notes a more mature singer on "Diamonds."

"To be fair," MTV's James Montgomery cautions, "the single's artwork does feature her rolling diamonds into a joint, but on the song itself, she displays a marked level of (dare I say it?) maturity, one evident in the restrained production and perhaps best exemplified by the first mantra she lays on us: 'I choose to be happy.' "

What do you think of "Diamonds"? Does Rihanna have another hit on her hands?


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  3. brett

    heard the song its a hit in every genre of music

    September 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jalynne

    Sia Furler wrote the lyrics and created the melody to Diamonds, not Rihanna.

    September 29, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. amazing

    Born free, as free as the wind blows
    As free as the grass grows
    Born free to follow your heart
    [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/a/andy_williams/born_free.html ]
    Live free and beauty surrounds you
    The world still astounds you
    Each time you look at a star

    Stay free, where no walls divide you
    You're free as the roaring tide
    So there's no need to hide

    Born free, and life is worth living
    But only worth living
    'cause you're born free

    (Stay free, where no walls divide you)
    You're free as the roaring tide
    So there's no need to hide

    Born free, and life is worth living
    But only worth living
    'cause you're born free

    Send "Born Free" Ringtone to your Cell

    © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

    September 28, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. lovely

    Psalm 23 (King James Version)
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    Add parallelPsalm 23
    King James Version (KJV)

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |

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    Rebbeca

    Am I the only one that finds her extremely annoying? Congrats on the new baby hope all are happy!

    September 28, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply

    September 28, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. kelly

    i personally like it

    September 28, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Heather90

      STOP Obama's terrorism against Medical Marijuana Patients – STOP the thugs from DC...!

      September 28, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. zak

    Let me start off by saying I am a huge Rihanna fan.
    But I just find this song...BORING!
    One of my least favorite of her singles, along with You Da One.
    She should have started off the first single of her new album with a club banger with a unique sound.

    September 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Daddy Cool

    This crazy chick is so headed down the Whitney Houston Highway it's scary.

    September 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roshawn

    This song is beautiful. I am a big fan of her but I see her flaws too. The only thing that she has to work on is performing her songs live every time. Hr voice is growing of course, it's time she utilizes that with her dancing and she can be a bigger threat. Rihanna, do your thing lol

    September 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rodney in Dallas

    Heard it yesterday on the radio. I think its stupid. Not a fan!

    September 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vittoriokiss

    Its OK

    September 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen90

      STOP terrorism against Medical Marijuana Patients. STOP government brutality.

      September 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kathy

    While I believe chris and riahnna musical collaborations and public displays of affection have the potential to send a dangerous message to their fans, I must also commend Rihanna for refusing to be a prisoner to her past. Too many of us are so unwilling to forgive those who have hurt us that our refusal to let go ends up perpetuating our pain.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. steve

    LOVE IT!!! #RihannaNavy

    September 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tina

    hate her or love her take notes because we are witnessing an icon in the making

    September 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. GinaBonBon

    YUCK!!!

    September 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. john

    here comes another hit for Rihanna

    September 27, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  18. kim

    Rihanna is so versatile, she pushes boudaries in her music and style i love how she experiments with different genres of music and always steps outside her comfort zone that is called originatilty love the song btw!

    September 27, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  19. ashley

    love the song its refreshing different RIHANNA NAVY!!

    September 27, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  20. kevin

    I have to say I like its not her catchiest song but its good , she is talented and one of the world biggest pop superstars and the best is yet to come from her and i am so sick of the whole chris and rihanna drama thing and people blogging about it who cares if she gets back with chris its her life , you cant count on musicians to be role models parents should do that its becoming very annnoying

    September 27, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  21. Fred

    She looks so ugly in this picture YUCK!!

    September 27, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  22. port paradise

    i love more mellow music.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  23. ah...

    Pretty lame song writing, in my opinion. Never been a fan, either. This song really does nothing for me.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  24. gee

    me either

    September 27, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  25. Rebbeca

    Just don't get the whole attraction to this women? Not a fan of the music or the drama!

    September 27, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  26. especially this one

    Born free, as free as the wind blows
    As free as the grass grows
    Born free to follow your heart
    [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/a/andy_williams/born_free.html ]
    Live free and beauty surrounds you
    The world still astounds you
    Each time you look at a star

    Stay free, where no walls divide you
    You're free as the roaring tide
    So there's no need to hide

    Born free, and life is worth living
    But only worth living
    'cause you're born free

    (Stay free, where no walls divide you)
    You're free as the roaring tide
    So there's no need to hide

    Born free, and life is worth living
    But only worth living
    'cause you're born free

    Send "Born Free" Ringtone to your Cell

    © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

    September 27, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  27. zaylahh

    rihanna ilove yhur music yhu tha bestt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 27, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  28. harmos...

    jealous right?

    September 27, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  29. mm

    Amazing that a non-singer can call themselves a singer and make that much money.

    Honestly – she shows more promise as an actress....

    September 27, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  30. Ken

    Yay the latest in a pop manufacturing from a no-talent less-than-singer. She's terrible and not an ounce of originality or real talent in her (airblown) face.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  31. Copycats

    ......because fake is a billion dollar bizzness in america and so is racism

    September 27, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  32. Cheesey

    This is not music.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  33. Ree

    Yeah...... No.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Dot B

    I really love the song, it shows her maturity as she has endured a lot, she still sees diamonds despite all the cubic. She gives a new refreshing look to forgiveness, moving forward, and loving life!

    September 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mammy says

    Speaking of "dropping", I'm going to drop a pooh that would make an elephant proud.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Chris Brown

    I gave that girl two diamonds one to each eye. Recognize be-yotch!

    September 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  37. TRUTH

    This song is just plain and boring. Period.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Tiggy

    Sure hit. It's just Rihanna's time and haters stand at the back of the line. Talented and surprisingly, a very nice girl. What u see is what u get and she is as real as real can be. One thing's for sure, she is no hypocrite. God bless.

    September 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. ShanayNay

    I like her songs, this on the other hand was terrible. It actually gave me a pit in my stomach. I was very surprised it was that bad. I love her songs, but this was just horrible.

    September 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. sugar

    She's one of the reasons I don't listen to the radio anymore.

    September 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  41. LISA

    can't stand this chic her singing is so damn fake...Chris get rid of this bytch!!!!!!

    September 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • nancy

      SERIOUSLY?????

      how can you say that.....he is the hood who beat her up......he should be in jail until he is 75

      September 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  42. nancy

    once chris brown and jz's hoe......always their hoes......

    September 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. xedos

    Im more a justin bieber fan, anything auto tuned for teens works for me and my boyfriend when we are enjoying our man on man action.

    September 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Sokman

    A hit in every major genre... I musta missed the country & rock albums

    September 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Riri

    Shes gots that inspirations from whitney.

    September 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • specter

      I hope her ex boyfriend now boyfriend again beats her harder next time.

      September 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Chris B

    Yall can thank me. I caught her in da throat so she sounds much better! Holla!

    September 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Shaniqua

    Oh dis is da stuf babi grl! Ugh be grovin to dis lata!

    September 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  48. John

    As long as she's not wailing about Chris Brown it's OK.

    September 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Singers

    Just another auto tuned "hit". Good for her, shes banking, but so did vanilla ice.

    September 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • xedos

      where the hell do you hear auto tune on this? shut the hell up if you don't know what you talking about. The most versatile artist right now. she has a hit in every major genre. she not in a box she's always changing the game. she was on the euro pop stuff before others in 2007 with "please don't stop the music". then she brought dubstep to North America on Rated R. She gives you reggae, rock RNB,Dubstep and euro pop.

      September 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Todd

    Put your hand up if you've ever listened to a song the first time and not thought that much of it? That's everyone on this EARTH. I guarantee the more you hear it, the more you will love it. She doesn't make mistakes. She makes hits.
    RiRi is untouchable right now.

    September 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Merrick

    Not so much. I luv when she does slower songs- but its not gonna be a fav for me.

    September 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  52. TheShow

    Rihanna is perfectly trained to drive you out of your mind-if she has to of course.

    September 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. The Fox

    I love it! I am happy to see her range. It shocked me. Go Princess Riri

    September 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • nancy

      you spelled "princess" wrong

      it is spelled "stupidwomanwholikestheguywhohither"

      September 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Eddie

    I actually do like it. I am a big fan of her upbeat dance stuff but it is nice to hear something a bit more mellow that show cases her vocals.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRUTH

      Rihanna's vocals don't need to be showcased...they need to be disguised. Like on some of her better songs.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. GluedIn

    we master at what we do and can watch rihanna's drama all day long...pretty good.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  56. massconfusionspecialists

    we trained her how to be hungry and determined.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  57. massconfusionspecialists

    she's a sonic boom..in all areas.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  58. SoCalReggae

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-848989

    September 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  59. SoCalReggae

    Awesome Marriage Proposal

    September 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Chicita angelita

    Yes I believe that Rihanna has yet another hit; the song is mid-tempo but still has a catchy chorus. It is meaningful and can be theme of many healthy relationships. Rihanna has matured musically and sonically with the release of every album- there is improvement of her vocals every year. Her reign just wont let up and she keeps us curious and wanting more. I am really excited to hear what the rest of the album has to offer. Diamonds will be a chart topper.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Max

    we like her–

    September 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Jenna

    I don't care for it so much either.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  63. mike

    we like her

    September 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Cathy

    Not a favorite for me.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |

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