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Rihanna – Diamonds
The hardest working woman in pop music is back yet again with a new single and is singing a different tune. Diamonds, the lead single off of Rihanna’s seventh studio album, is a bit of a departure from what we have come to expect from the Barbados singer and that’s a good thing. With the recent explosion of dance music and the popularity of producers like Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke and dare I say Calvin Harris, it’s getting difficult to distinguish who is who in the world of pop music. Has pop music really become that boring that it has lost its personality? Thankfully not, and I give Rihanna credit for experimenting with a more mature sound and breaking the trend of recycled dance beats and suspiciously coincidental sing along hooks. Although described as “happy and hippy” Diamonds would be best described as an anthemic soulful track similar in vein to Umbrella. Rihanna’s vocals sound surprisingly well rested and Diamonds is just the beginning of what looks to to be a new era of growth, maturity and celebration. If you’re not a fan, ya better get on board soon. Be prepared to hear this song everywhere!