Diamonds (Herb Alpert song)

"Diamonds" is the second single by Herb Alpert from his Keep Your Eye on Me album. Released in March 1987,[1] the song features lead and background vocals by Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith.

"Diamonds"
Diamonds (Herb Alpert song) single cover.jpg
Single by Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith
from the album Keep Your Eye on Me
B-side"African Flame" "Rocket to The Moon" "Stranger on The Shore"
ReleasedMarch 14, 1987 (1987-03-14)
Length4:53
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jimmy Jam
  • Terry Lewis
Herb Alpert singles chronology
"Keep Your Eye on Me"
(1986)
"Diamonds"
(1987)
"Making Love in the Rain"
(1987)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Let's Wait Awhile"
(1987)
"Diamonds"
(1987)
"The Pleasure Principle"
(1987)

Song informationEdit

This single marked a comeback for Herb Alpert. Four tracks on the song's album, Keep Your Eye on Me, were produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who melded Alpert's sound with their own Minneapolis funk.

Music videoEdit

In the music video, Herb Alpert appears in "Bucky's" nightclub, where the DJ plays his new single. The song is a hit with the crowd, and Alpert and his band perform on stage. Meanwhile, Janet Jackson heads back to the club in a limo, though Jackson herself does not appear in the video; a look-alike is used for the limo scenes and the silhouette of Jackson in the club. A child breaks through the look-alike's silhouette and performs as Jackson.

Live performanceEdit

Janet Jackson included the song on her 2011 tour Number Ones: Up Close and Personal and as a DJ interlude on the 2015-2016 Unbreakable World Tour.

Chart performanceEdit

"Diamonds" was a hit in the U.S., peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.[2] The single also went to #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts in the U.S.[3] "Diamonds" was a hit in countries such as Canada and the Netherlands, but a more modest chart success in the UK and Australia. Its successor, "Making Love in the Rain", would reach #35 on the Hot 100 in September 1987.[4]

Track listingEdit

  • Japan 5" CD single
  1. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Mix) – 6:19
  2. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Dance Mix) – 5:55
  3. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Instrumental) – 5:27
  4. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Dub Version) – 4:23
  5. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer 7" Edit) – 3:54
  6. "Diamonds" (dance mix) – 6:48
  7. "Diamonds" (instrumental) – 5:14
  8. "Diamonds" (Beats Dubcapella) – 3:12
  • UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Diamonds" (edit) – 3:58
  2. "Rocket to the Moon" – 3:52
  • UK Cassette single
  1. "Diamonds" (dance mix)
  2. "Diamonds" (edit)
  3. "Diamonds" (instrumental)
  4. "Rocket to the Moon"
  • US 7" vinyl single
  1. "Diamonds" – 4:53
  2. "African Flame" – 3:58
  • US 12" maxi single mix vinyl SP-12231
  1. "Diamonds" (dance mix) – 6:45
  2. "Diamonds" (instrumental) – 5:10
  3. "Diamonds" (Beats Dubcapella) – 3:10
  • US 12" maxi single mix vinyl promotional copy - non for sale SP-17475
  1. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Mix) – 6:16
  2. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Dance Mix) – 5:51
  3. "Diamonds" (instrumental) - 5:23
  4. "Diamonds" (Dub Version) – 4:20
  5. "Diamonds" (7" Edit) – 3:50
  • Japan 7" vinyl single
  1. "Diamonds" – 4:53
  2. "Stranger on the Shore" – 2:54

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.45cat.com/record/am2929
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 29.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 19.
  4. ^ "Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW, Australia: Australian Chart Book. p. 16. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ https://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Herb+Alpert&titel=Diamonds&cat=s
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Diamonds". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Italian Charts". IFPI. ifpi.com. Retrieved February 22, 2009.
  9. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/singles?chart=3263
  10. ^ "South African Divas Singles". Geo Cities. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  11. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.0920&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062
  12. ^ "1987 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 99 (52). December 26, 1987.