First Listen: Rihanna Releases Her New Single ‘Diamonds’

World Premiere
Shine Bright

Last week, we learned that Rihanna was planning the release this week of her new single Diamonds, the first from her as-yet-untitled 7th album (due out by year’s end). Earlier this week, we got our first look at the cover artwork for Diamonds. Today, we get to hear the song in full. Diamonds premiered on the radio at 8AM ET today and is now available for purchase on iTunes. For me, the song is only just alright. I find the chorus a bit too repetitive and there is something off about her vocals (something in the production makes her vocals sound robotic to me). I don’t hate this song but I’m not wowed either. Take a listen, lemme know what you think. Is it a hit?

Need more context? Click below to read the lyrics.

Intro

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond

Verse 1

Find light in the beautiful sea
I choose to be happy
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

Pre

I knew that we’d become one right away
a right away
at first site I felt the energy of sun rays
I saw the life inside your eyes

Hook

so shine bright, tonight, you and I
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky
eye to eye, so alive

so shine bright, tonight, you and I
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky
eye to eye, so alive
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Post

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Bridge

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond

Hook

so shine bright, tonight, you and I
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Post

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Verse 2

Palms rise to the universe
as we, moonshine and molly
Feel the warmth we’ll never die
we’re like diamonds in the sky

you’re a shooting star I see
A vision of ecstacy
when you hold me, I’m alive
we’re like diamonds in the sky

Pre 2

at first site I felt the energy of sun rays
I saw the life inside your eyes
eye to eye, so alive
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Ad Lib outro

Shining bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
AHHHHHHHHHHH
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond

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  1. Anne

    video’s not working but i heard the song earlier and meh

  2. Samantha

    I’m not impressed. Maybe it will grow on me

  3. I heard it this morning on the way in to the office. I must say, I did not like it at all. To me, it almost seemed as if there was no chorus. I kept expecting something to come, like a beat to drop or a good hook or something, but alas it never did. It was way too repetitive with the shine bright like a diamond part and it was completely forgettable.

  4. Natalie

    zzzzzzzzz………

  5. well if this isnt a sign that home girl needs a break, then i dont know what is.

  6. Zeke

    The song is cool, but it’s lacking something…
    I think Britney could have done it more interesting with her breathing voices, like on “Breathe On Me”

  7. Ashley

    I really like it, but I’m a huge Rihanna fan… Sure, it’s not one that you’re going to be dancing to out at the club, but I love the powerful sound to it.. Rihanna can do no wrong musically to me though, so I’m biased.

    As a fan, I appreciate the new music she puts out constantly. I totally get how other people feel about her, but wouldn’t you love it if Britney was pumping out hit after hit?

    • @Ashley — “As a fan, I appreciate the new music she puts out constantly. I totally get how other people feel about her, but wouldn%u2019t you love it if Britney was pumping out hit after hit?”

      Girl, I feel you. I remember back when Brit would release a new album every year … the good ol days.

  8. Megan

    Video was taken down :( The lyrics look extremely repetitive, so I can’t imagine the song is that good

  9. Samantha

    Is it just me or is RiRi sounding a bit like Willow Smith in this song? Not the entire song but certain parts (like the chorus)

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