Rihanna’s music itself is kind of like a drug. Beats that make you sway uncontrollably mixed with lyrical content that is simultaneously so wrong, yet so right create a potent sonic mix that’s highly addictive. Just ask her eleven consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
And she’s not ready to let us all off that high just yet.
The Bajan singer just released the controversial cannabis-infused album art for her next shiny single “Diamonds.”
The black and white photo features a first-person point of view of the singer (we know it’s RiRi because of those dagger nails and the tribal tattoo on her right hand) carefully balancing a sliver of diamonds in some crisp rolling papers.
The striking image confirms what Rihanna has hinted so far about the track to Las Vegas Z100 radio host Elvis Duran, calling it a “happy and hippy record” and “laid back.”
“It gives me such a great feeling when I listen to it…The lyrics are very hopeful and positive, but it’s about love and the gears are a little different from what people would expect. I’m excited to surprise them sonically.”
The song will make its world premiere this Wednesday with an 8 a.m. EST launch at radio stations globally. An hour later “Diamonds” will be available for sale on iTunes. It’ll be the lead track off her reported album release this November and reflective of her “Diamonds” world tour in 2013.