Rihanna sparkles with new single Diamonds

Posted on 26 September 2012
By Jo Ching
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Fresh off her buzzworthy headlining performance at Friday’s massive iHeartRadio Festival and her spectacular opening performance at the 2012 MTV VMAs – where she won the night’s biggest award, Video Of The Year for We Found Love, worldwide superstar Rihanna opens the next chapter of her reign as this century’s Queen of the Billboard Hot 100 with her dazzling new single Diamonds.

Diamonds makes its global premiere on Wednesday, September 26th with an 8:00 EMT / 13:00GMT launch at radio stations worldwide.

Diamonds is the first single from Rihanna’s upcoming seventh studio album on Island Def Jam/Mercury Records UK, keep it locked to Purple Revolver for more details to be announced.

Diamonds was produced by Norwegian hitmakers Stargate, whose track record of worldwide Top 10 hits with Rihanna stretches back to 2006’s Unfaithful, and includes Don’t Stop the Music, Take A Bow, Rude Boy, Only Girl (In the World), and What’s My Name (featuring Drake), and Talk That Talk.

Rihanna’s Video Of The Year at the MTV VMA’s capped a near year-long campaign in support of her sixth studio album Talk That Talk.

The album’s string of global hits spanned over a year, starting with the worldwide #1 smash, We Found Love (featuring Calvin Harris). The song spent 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, beating Rihanna’s personal best of seven weeks at #1 in 2007, for Umbrella (featuring Jay-Z).

Rihanna also broke records in 2007 in the UK when she scored the longest-running #1 single since 1994 with Umbrella, topping the UK chart for a 10th week and equalled Whitney Houston’s record for weeks at #1 of any female artist in history.

Rihanna made history as We Found Love became her 11th #1 hit on the Hot 100, and her 20th Top 10 hit.

She collected her 20 Hot 100 Top 10 singles faster than any other solo artist, as reported by Billboard.com and placed Rihanna second only to the Beatles.

In the UK, We Found Love saw Rihanna claim her 6th #1 single in five consecutive years, a record unequalled by any other female solo artist.

The recipient of six Grammy Awards® and two BRIT Awards, Rihanna has sold over 37 million albums and 146 million digital tracks worldwide and currently holds the record for top-selling digital artist of all time.

A member of the TIME 100 most influential people in the world, Forbes named Rihanna the world’s #1 social media star with over 2.7 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, Rihanna has over 60 million Facebook fans, and over 26 million Twitter followers.

Rihanna doesn’t just break records with her incredible albums – she also is one of the hottest live acts in the UK. Rihanna sold over a staggering 300,000 tickets for her UK Loud Tour of Autumn 2011.

Rihanna has broken the London 02 venue’s record with 10 shows, the longest ever for a solo female artist at The O2 arena since it opened in 2007.

This year, Rihanna sold out her biggest show to date with a spectacular set at London’s Hyde Park in July.