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Watch: Brandy Covers Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’

Published: Sunday 23rd Dec 2012 by Sam

After years of sluggish performances, 2012 brought with it a song Rihanna could actually sing well – ‘Diamonds’.

And while her solid live showings of the track have been welcome, nothing tops hearing an actual singer flow over the Benny Blanco helmed hit. Indeed, songwriter SIA proved this with her rendition last month and now Brandy does too.

Recorded recently backstage at a show, The Vocal Bible served up a sermon on how to sing your song better than you.

Notepads at the ready? Ms. Norwood’s brief-but-brilliant showing of ‘Diamonds’ awaits below…

Who knew “epic” could be relayed in 22 seconds?!

Haunting delivery and trademark adlibs make this yet another stellar showing from Brandy, one which has us salivating for material like this on her next project. For, as much as we love the all-R&B aura of ‘Two Eleven’, the singer’s voice boasts a Pop sensibility that we’re keen to see her tap into more (we’re sorry, Sis, but ‘Human’ was the business).

Put simply, B-Rocka sounds superb on almost any beat, hence a little genre flirtation could see her cast her comeback net further.

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  1. Cassidyboi December 23, 2012

    Yesssssssss Brandy

    • PSA (FAF) December 23, 2012

      REAL vocals & talent !

    • Ayo December 23, 2012

      Sang Bran Bran

    • HALF AMAZIN December 23, 2012

      I ride for Brandy but I didn’t like it. Some songs don’t need the runs, vibrato, adlibs, etc. different voices are suited for certain songs. Just like the song she and Melanie Fiona both recorded with Tyrese. I forgot the name of the song….but point is, MF sounded better, just because her voice type sounded better with those lyrics/production

  2. Lax December 23, 2012

    Brandy Cool ,,,

    • RymeReason December 23, 2012

      The Rihanna stans are so mad, all because of a 22 second clip of a song? Was Brandy that good? Is that why they so mad? You would think Brandy released an official remix to Diamonds and we just heard it play on the radio.

      It’s not that serious people, it’s a random backstage being silly having fun video! All you stans are doing is exposing your insecurities and unhealthy obsession with Rihanna. Never seen such a bitter angry set of fans, can’t be happy for others and respect talent.

      • Anne December 23, 2012

        Lord knows I’m anything but a Rihanna fan and I think Brandy is a better vocalist than Rihanna but Brandy did not sing that song as well as she could have. You could tell it was just a spontaneous, light-hearted moment because if she would have continued and let her self really get in tone she could have really given the Rihanna fans something more to feel insecure about.

      • Anne December 23, 2012

        Listened to it again and now I think Brandy did do her best and it did not sound as spontaneous as I thought before. Still something about it that I don’t like. I was expecting Brandy to really improve the song but I guess she was oversinging just a bit for that type of song. I think the song works better for Pop singers, guess that’s why Rihanna recorded it.

  3. Tasha December 23, 2012

    Rolls eyes! She should be trying to get her a hit!

    • BITCHPLEASE December 23, 2012

      SHE ALREADY HAVE SOME HITS AND STILL KEEP COMING. STAY MAD B****!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Tasha December 23, 2012

        @BitchPlease O yea i forgot about that! Yea that’s right she’s performing at the SuperBowl! O yea she just got a 50 million deal with Pepsi! Damn my mind! Thanks! Merry Christmas!

      • BITCHPLEASE December 23, 2012

        B**** ALL THAT YOU FUSSING ABOUT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE BY BRANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!! LISTEN UP IGNORANT F***, BRANDY HAS GOT NOTHING TO PROVE TO NOBODY SO STAY MAD OR DROP DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Tasha December 23, 2012

        Lol! Lol! You die like Brandy career!

      • Tasha December 23, 2012

        Brandy can’t even book a gig to sing at that VH1 divas! No AMA NO GRAMMYS! Bye!

    • CHUDDS December 23, 2012

      And you should be trying to get a d***** for that rancid p**** you have. You are dismissed b****.

      • Tasha December 23, 2012

        CHUDDS If that made any sense i would of commented on it but it don’t! Kanye Shrug! Bye!

      • CHUDDS December 23, 2012

        *checks your ghetto, uneducated grammar* Maybe it’s best that you refrain from responding, h**.

    • BITCHPLEASE December 23, 2012

      B**** YOU’RE ONE OF THE REASON WHY CHRISBROWN WANNA LEAVE THIS PLANET. I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT MUSIC SO I DON’T EVEN HAVE TO EXPLAIN MYSELF TO YOU. BRANDY HAS BEEN IN THIS INDUSTRY OVER A DECADE AND STILL CHARTS ON THE BILLBOARD. ENOUGH SAID!!

      • PSA (FAF) December 23, 2012

        Brandy has a grammy, stupid c***

    • BITCHPLEASE December 23, 2012

      YOU MUST THINK BRANDY IS JUST IDLE. BTW SHE WAS STILL INVITED THOUGH RIGHT??? OH OK!!! IGNORANT B****!!!!!!!

      • Tasha December 23, 2012

        Shrug! I sorry i see why y’all mad! That’s ok remember she was known in the 90’s! Just take those memories and cherish those 4ever STARZ!

      • PSA (FAF) December 23, 2012

        She was born in the 90s ? Chile what ????

    • Don’t_Start_No_Shit!!! December 23, 2012

      @ Tasha silly ass. Brandy is what is called a true singer. in the music industry, in churches around the global and she could see circle around the artist that song that song. You need to seat your raggedy ass down somewhere chile!!

    • studentofthebiz December 23, 2012

      @Tasha……..How old are You???? You have clearly missed some history lessons. Brandy made a lane for Rihanna…Already have platinum on her walls sold out shows, with no gimmicks… I do believe Put it Down has a stint on R&B HipHop Charts Floating through the top five……Stop being a Hater; and you watched this video, sooo you a HATA!!!!

      • studentofthebiz December 23, 2012

        A a matter of fact….She has already BOOKED DIVAS 1999 and was featured on the soundtrack…Hmph

    • truth(slayer of icki funky ass stans B****!!) December 23, 2012

      H** i was gon drag u but everyone has…STINK P**** S***!!

    • Ezra December 24, 2012

      Isn’t it sad that the only piece of news she could get was to cover a song from someone who “ThatPressedJuice” calls a “goat”, vocally challenged or even nasally? What in that did she even slay? she can “slay” a Rihanna song but she can’t promote her own singles? I’m done. This is pathetic

  4. ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ December 23, 2012

    Sam, I wish you let us comment on the “Rihanna donates $1.75 million….” post. Since you didn’t though, I just want to take the time to say that its a very generous act and she should keep it up. It makes me respect her as a person for spending some time/energy/money on a beneficial thing for her country.

    Anyways, back to this topic at hand, I like Brandy and I think she did a great job with this little cover. Unlike some of her songs, Diamonds fits Rihanna’s voice perfectly and she doesn’t have the utmost difficulty performing this song that she does/did with her other songs……

    • BITCHPLEASE December 23, 2012

      THE COMMENT IS OFF FOR A REASON CUZ HE KNOWS THE NAVYS WILL COME FOR HEAT AND SHE CANT TAKE THE HEAT. ROTFLMBAO

      • PSA (FAF) December 23, 2012

        no one cares ! why would we comment on Rishitta doing that when it automatically comes out her contract as a part of her 360 ?

    • HALF AMAZIN December 23, 2012

      @FAF

      you’re such a failure.

    • Benron (King of The Phucking Navi) December 23, 2012

      Hey Mc, loved the awards!

  5. BITCHPLEASE December 23, 2012

    OK BRAN YOU BETTER STOP PLAYING WITH THOSE SLAY RIGHT???LOL

    • Tasha December 23, 2012

      Lol! Lol! Lol!

  6. BrandyLoveInfinity December 23, 2012

    SLAYED!!! in 22 Secs.. Only True Artists Can Captivate in Under 30 Secs

    • BITCHPLEASE December 23, 2012

      FUCKCING CO-SIGN >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

  7. CHUDDS December 23, 2012

    Awww I’m sure Rihanna will be smiling ear to ear when she sees this! She loooves Brandy! And my b**** killed it as usual.

    • BITCHPLEASE December 23, 2012

      IKR??????LOL

      • Tasha December 23, 2012

        LOL!

  8. JOHNVIDAL December 23, 2012

    I wouldn´t call it “epic”, that´s obviously not the case and not smart from TGJ. But she sounds great like she always does with that unique voice of hers. Better than Rihanna if that was what TGJ wanted us to say AGAIN 🙂

  9. PSA (FAF) December 23, 2012

    brandy is a true vocalist and pop culture phenomenon & icon ! her own barbie, successful sitcom and 3 platinum albums, grammy etc !

    • Tasha December 23, 2012

      One grammy! Wow! What’s going on now! Flop! Flop! Flop!

      • laytee December 23, 2012

        girl shut up & grow up. brandy is a legend. platinum albums, awards, a sitcom, her own barbie. pay homage dike.

    • wrinkle flop ora December 23, 2012

      and yet white america have never heard of her

      • CHUDDS December 23, 2012

        Who cares about white America?

      • ANTHONY December 23, 2012

        WELL I DO BELIEVE WHITE AMERICA KNOW OF BRANDY AT THE TIME SHE WAS KIND OF RULING TRL ON MTV, WHEN TRL COUNTDOWN ONLY CATTERY TO WHITE MUSICIANS

      • HALF AMAZIN December 23, 2012

        You must be a 90s baby because Brandy was totally mainstream in her prime. Take a nap!

      • GREG December 24, 2012

        who cares about whether white america hears of her….Brandy is a legend, she did pave the way for Rhianna, i like Rhianna but i dont like the way these fans are trying to dismiss Brandy, Brandy did it and did it BIG…..i agree Bran has NOTHING to prove…and yes she is a true vocalist.

  10. Monstarebel December 23, 2012

    Oh go brandy that was good I liked..xoxo

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      YES TO THAT >>>>>>>>>>

  11. Fierce P**** December 23, 2012

    She slays others songs and her own. That’s a true vocalist/talent.

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      YESSIRE >>>>>>>>>

  12. Rih4lyphe December 23, 2012

    I must say this sounds better than Rihanna… would I have bought the single by Brandy? prolly not.

    bt Sia sounded like a f****** goat so stop lying that Sia sounded better than Rihanna on this

    • Saetana December 23, 2012

      You are right about Sia, she did not sound as good as Rihanna. Then again, I don’t think Brandy sounded better either, too many runs, often used to cover up vocal inadequacies like actually holding a note ;o)

      • laytee December 23, 2012

        who died & made you a vocal coach f*****?

      • TinaMinaj December 23, 2012

        Vocal inadequacy?? And yet you claim Rihanna did it better??? LMAO!

      • beyonce December 23, 2012

        I SUPPOSE YOU CAN DO ANY BETTER SO WHY DONT YOU SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT???????

  13. WTF December 23, 2012

    Never thought I ever say this but, I actually prefer Rihanna’s version. Brandy your runs are not always needed nor are they welcome in a song like ‘Diamonds’.

    • Saetana December 23, 2012

      Oh wow, see my reply to the previous post – totally agree with you about the runs. I hate singers doing too much of it, I can’t stand Mariah Carey for that very reason. Diamonds is perfect as it is with Rihanna singing it – even Sia didn’t sound that good and its her song ;o)

    • CHUDDS December 23, 2012

      Girl it’s a random 0:22 second clip in a dressing room. She put her signature “Brandy” twist on it. It’s never that serious. Yall act like she redid the damn song.

      • Tasha December 23, 2012

        CHUDDS If she did remake it! Flop! Flop!

      • CHUDDS December 23, 2012

        Weren’t you dismissed a few posts ago? Girl bye.

      • Saetana December 24, 2012

        The reason we are acting like we are is because TGJ are bigging it up like its the second coming, just to have another dig at Rihanna. They put Brandy up for analysis of her copy, blame them ;o)

    • Ken Dahl’s P**** December 23, 2012

      That’s what makes this song hot you stupid b****, Rihanna’s runs.

      And Brandy just proved she does it better.

      • Teenage Dream (Beyonce’s Weave) December 23, 2012

        Nope sorry, NO ONE CAN SING A RIHANNA SONG BETTER THAN RIHANNA. This is a proven fact.

  14. Sierra December 23, 2012

    BrockA !!! 🙂 she did good

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      YES >>>>>

  15. Ddrew December 23, 2012

    Yesssssses Brandy ! That was awesome

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      🙂 🙂

  16. Jakkkey December 23, 2012

    What kinda IMMASHITONYOURWIGANDTHEGAME?

    I can’t with this biblical hymn Brandy. You need to keep slaying, 2012 was yours, here comes 2013!

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      COMING >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  17. A December 23, 2012

    So Great to hear Bran singing this song, even if its a small part

    would wish to hear the full version so we all could enjoy her amazing tone and voice

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      THAT IS BRANDY FOR YA.

  18. laytee December 23, 2012

    you f****** better learn to respect the vets. your fav will not be around for much longer. the next generation won’t be able to trash talk them because they will be forgotten! i am tired of seeing the brandy, christina, mariah, britney, mary, etc slander. those women paved the way for your spur-of-the-moment favs! keep it cute bitchesssss!

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      THESE NAVY BE HATING ON YA COMMENT.LOL

  19. Jakkkey December 23, 2012

    why can’t this continue
    like forever. it’s pure heaven.

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      HEAVEN >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  20. Bran Star December 23, 2012

    Haha, so now Brandy does too many “runs” because she’s trying to cover up an alleged vocal inadequacy within herself? SMH, the things some of you assholes will type just to sound pseudo-intellingent about music…It’s quite the joke sometimes!

    Brandy could’ve easily sung without any vocal tricks and be ordinarily bland, but it’s NOT that serious for a 22 second snippet…At least Brandy has a trademark vocal style that she can bring life to any song she sings.
    Rihanna’s signature sound is like channeling a billy goat.

    #PayHomageToTheVets

    • laytee December 23, 2012

      yes boo. these dirt-brain f****** wouldn’t know anything about paying homage. you are only as good as your last #1 album, single or iTunes hit to them. once you go through a rough patch, they move on to the next regardless of your good music or talent. silly, pathetic queens.

      • beyonce December 23, 2012

        NON FACTOR B**** BETTER FALL BACK.

  21. remmy December 23, 2012

    no shade to rih or brandy cuz she did good…but anyone can sing this better…

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      🙂 >>>>>>>>>>

  22. Monstarebel December 23, 2012

    One of the best diamonds cover ever!!!!

    • Ken Dahl’s P**** December 23, 2012

      stupid ho. that cover is a mess.

      try this one instead:

      • Monstarebel December 23, 2012

        Oooo I really like this, he made it his own Yaaas thanks for showing me hun xoxo…

        but the one I posted shits over the one you posted haaaa!

      • Teenage Dream (Beyonce’s Weave) December 23, 2012

        Nope, I prefer Jade Novah’s, it was on poiint.

  23. Bran Star December 23, 2012

    Excuse my french on this Sunday afternoon but…
    Do y’all see what’s happening here?

    She’s just f****** sitting in her make up chair singing a snippet of a rihanna song, and the blogs are blazin’ up over it.
    I mean, Brandy>>>>>

    This proves that she’s still relevant 18+ years later, and that there’s a great need for her talent in the music game. Hope Rih likes this. She loves Bran.

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      F****** CO-SIGN >>>>>>>>>

  24. Ken Dahl’s P**** December 23, 2012

    I worship the ground this b**** walks on.

    who else???

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      ME TOO >>>>>>>

  25. laytee December 23, 2012

    i have LOVED brandy since 1995. and i will STILL love her regardless of under-performing albums, personal controversy etc. want to know why? because i am a TRUE fan! brandy has been consistent vocally. her voice deepened and got a little raspier by the time full moon dropped, but she is still a force to reckon with. brandy has NEVER release a bad album. you can always connect with her. she does things that other artists can not! as SOON as rihanna, gaga, katy etc etc start going downhill, these fair weather stans will JUMP ship and hop on whatevers hot!

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      YOU CAN READY >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • RymeReason December 23, 2012

      All these crazy Rihanna stans in here disliking positive comments. What did Brandy do to make you sound so mad, what, sing the song better than your favorite? #CARRYONHATING

  26. RICHANDBLACK11 December 23, 2012

    Brandy that was cute n all ,but plz cover songs from your own album, 211 is too good to be wasted#imjustsayin

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      2/11 IS NOT WASTED SHE HAS BEEN BUSY FILMING SO SHE WILL SOON SET THE BALL ROLLING SO STAY TUNED. THERES NO SUCH A THING AS TOO LATE >>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Ayo December 24, 2012

      People need to realise that little clips like this actually help her to get more noticed, look at how the clip blew up over the blogsphere its already got 40.000 plus views on youtube. People who don’t know about her will come to know about her through little things like this, and might decide to check out material she has done. Plus she is gonna be in heavy promotion come top of the year

  27. SLAYRIAH CAREY December 23, 2012

    “After years of sluggish performances”

    I cannot deal with this shady b**** right now.

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      B**** FALL BACK 🙁

      • SLAYRIAH CAREY December 23, 2012

        You obviously have a problem, I don’t know what it is but u need to get that s*** figured out before you pick a fight.

  28. SLAYRIAH CAREY December 23, 2012

    MariahCarey’s #AIWFCIY is available from iTunes smarturl.it/MariahChristmas | Amazon smarturl.it/AIWFCIYAmazon | Google Play goo.gl/dmWZ7

  29. Jer December 23, 2012

    Every seat. Every stadium. You tried

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      ???????????

  30. Fierce P**** December 23, 2012

    The ones that saying she doin too much with the runs STFU. Ur just mad ur fave prolly can’t do the runs like brandy nor can ur ass sing so stop trying to act like the expert unless u can demonstrate better. It was only a few lines she sung anyway. Jeez.

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      CO-SIGN >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  31. Suicide Blonde December 23, 2012

    She seem like she about to c** or something.

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      B**** FALL BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. ohhey! December 23, 2012

    Brandy can sing anything! if she sang the phone book she would slay! LOL

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      🙂

  33. Bran Star December 23, 2012

    Rih stans are bitter. They’re disliking EVERY positive Brandy comment. LOL y’all will deal!

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      WHAT RI STAN BE TRIPPING FOR???LOL

  34. Inka December 23, 2012

    Brandy sounded good…slow news day huh? This just a random clip..TGJ act like she was performing it….2/11 In stores now..Great Album

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      TGJ BE TRIPPING AS ALWAYS.

  35. Fierce P**** December 23, 2012

    bran star I know I went in on the other post about their fat nose fave since they stay coming after mutha bey and they couldn’t take the truth. Best dramatic meltdown ever. Oh well. Who cares about those faggies anyway. They will be gone with the wind if Rih ever flops cuz I know most of them probably arnt true fans. Just fence riders becuz she’s selling right now. Pssh. Pathetic. Her talent won’t stand the test of time.

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      I SECOND THAT >>>>>>>>>>>>

  36. TinaMinaj December 23, 2012

    I see the navy hating in this post as usual and thumbing down all the positive comments so think i’ll just move along. FACT IS BRANDY SLAYED in 22 seconds and YOU WILL DEAL!

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      NAVY SHOULD JUST CHILL CUZ BRANDY WAS JUST PLAYING..LOL

  37. CHUDDS December 23, 2012

    LOL @ all of the dislikes. You queens are terrible.

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      THAT IS WHAY THEY GOOD AT RIGHT??? BRANDY WE LOVE YOU AND STILL SUPPORTING TO THE CORE.

  38. Tru2myBrand_yyy December 23, 2012

    Brandy is amazing I love her. I know Rihanna is feeling bittersweet because she loves Brandy and Brandy jus slayyed dat ass in 22 secs lol…

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      BRANDY BE SLAYING WITH LITTLE SNIPPETS >>>>>>>>>>>>>

  39. Pop Royalty December 23, 2012

    i don’t see anything wrong in rihanna’s version in the first place , i like you brandy , but stick to what you do better and that is releasing urban songs !!!!

    • CHUDDS December 23, 2012

      Are you stupid? The clip is 22 seconds. She was singing a song that she LIKES. Rihanna sounds good singing it, and so does Brandy. Calm your wig heffa.

      • beyonce December 23, 2012

        LOL 🙂

      • Ayo December 23, 2012

        Thank u

      • Pop Royalty December 23, 2012

        @chudds :

        b**** you are wackness , you commented just for the sake of being in my reply section , what you said is not nothing new , it is already in my initial comment.

        @ayo :

        Meh.

      • CHUDDS December 23, 2012

        *Looks over your comment* uhhh. How about no b****? keep it cute or put it on mute darling.

      • Ayo December 24, 2012

        I was agreeing with you btw

      • mobwife: Lovin’ that boy Beezy no matter what! December 24, 2012

        LOL THIS!!

        Brandy is a fan of both Rih and Bey. She is actually friends with them both as well. Ppl need to really chill out with this stan war crap and just enjoy the music! Also, Misha B smashed her version of this song yet folks seemed bitter about it. I just don’t get it? 0_o

    • Teenage Dream (Beyonce’s Weave) December 23, 2012

      “i like you brandy , but stick to what you do better and that is releasing urban songs !!!!”

      **Looks at Two Eleven**

      Clearly the urban thing has not worked has it now…

      • Pop Royalty December 23, 2012

        I like it , but girl ……. we know it and no need to pour salt in an open wound .

    • RymeReason December 23, 2012

      Is it really that serious for a 22 second non official random phone clip? You Rihanna stans are really showing your insecurities in the fact that maybe you think your favorite cannot sing. Listen to yourself, you would think Brandy recorded an official Diamonds remix and we just heard it play on the radio. SMH

      • Teenage Dream (Beyonce’s Weave) December 23, 2012

        Pop Royalty is not a Rihanna fan. He was kicked out of the Navy and blocked by RIhanna lol.

      • Ayo December 24, 2012

        LOOOL so true

  40. mc the place to be! December 23, 2012

    Brandy this is cute and all but you better come out with something come 2013 two eleven have great songs on them and you ain’t doing s***!

    • beyonce December 23, 2012

      I THINK SOMETHING WILL BE COMING SOON I BELIEVE SO STAY TUNED.

  41. Anonymous December 23, 2012

    Why are they talking while Brandy is singing??????

  42. Teenage Dream (Beyonce’s Weave) December 23, 2012

    Very nice but let’s be honest, there’s no way Brandy would have made this song the hit it is today. #1 for 3 weeks on the Hot 100 and #1 all over the world since release. Doubt Brandy can do that in this current climate, just being honest.

    • Bran Star December 23, 2012

      Who cares? Today’s music climate is dry…The talent is lacking, and the singers suck ass…#1 songs don’t really mean much nowadays to me since you don’t need great vocals and lyrics to obtain them currently. She’s already had #1 songs on mutiple charts, sold millions of records, and been relevant for almost 20 years now.

      Brandy has absolutely NOTHING to prove to anyone.

      • Teenage Dream (Beyonce’s Weave) December 23, 2012

        Who cares? Today’s music climate is dry…The talent is lacking, and the singers suck ass…

        The music buying public disagrees with you. What was the last album you bought again??

        This is why Taylor, Rihanna, Katy and Lady Fatga are winning, because their fans actually buy music.

        You want this so called “talent” back, buy the music. I’ll still buy the music I like.

        **files nails**

      • Bran Star December 23, 2012

        Do they really? What was the last album YOU bought? And did you get it digitally? Online? Or did you go out to the store and buy it?

        Rihanna and Katy are singles artists, Taylor is riding the teeny-bopper fan wave, and Lady Gaga is modern incarnation of Madonna, relying on costumes and controversy to sell her brand.

        I buy from artists that I like, like Brandy, Melanie Fiona, Toni Braxton, etc…The generic, cheesy, bland, whitewashed, disposable pop music that clearly WON’T stand the test of time isn’t for me. Enjoy it if it tickles your fancy.

        *Departs*

      • Non Stan December 23, 2012

        I agree @Bran Star!

      • Teenage Dream (Beyonce’s Weave) December 23, 2012

        Do they really? What was the last album YOU bought? And did you get it digitally? Online? Or did you go out to the store and buy it?

        Here’ s the list of albums I bought in the last couple of months.

        Brandy – Two Eleven

        Christina Aguilera – Lotus

        Usher – Looking for myself

        Rihanna – Unapologetic

        Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox

        And these are all deluxe editions (with the exception of Bruno Mars) and mastered for iTunes.

        Rihanna and Katy’s album sales refute your assertion that they’re singles artists. They are the artists who are selling big today. Christina, Brandy, Beyonce wish they had their sales.

        Keep on buying your boring bland 90s music but don’t complain about people buying other music they like today.

        **closes door**

      • Ezra December 24, 2012

        Rihanna and Katy are not singles artists, a singles artist is more like Ke$ha or Flo Rida.

        Back on point. R&B music is classic and I love most of the lyrics and smooth sounds but it’s real REPETITIVE and GENERIC as well. R&B has no depth into it, at least pop music can mix hip hop, electro/dance, reggae/dancehall or dubstep into its beats so people will always have fresh new sounds.

    • laytee December 23, 2012

      omg whoooo cares? she sang it for all of 22 seconds. and out of all the people you named, taylor and gaga’s fans are the only ones who TRULY buy music. rihanna always has HUGE hits, but her biggest selling album (good girl gone bad) only sold 2 million. why doesn’t she sell as much as taylor or gaga? and didn’t katy have like 600000 #1 hits from her album? i thought it would have at least sold 5 million in the states!

      • lola December 27, 2012

        Teenage Dream you are so stupid and you need to stop trying to act like you know what you’re talking about. Rihanna, Katy, Taylor, and Gaga sell millions of singles and albums BECAUSE THEY RECORD THE MUSIC THAT IS IN! It has nothing to do with talent. I don’t mind Taylor Swift, but the other three have weak voices or just can’t sing worth a damn and rely on gimmicks and catchy tunes. If Brandy, Melanie Fiona, and more R&B artists were recording Electro-Pop, Techno-Pop, and Dance-Pop and had millions of dollars spent on marketing them, along with a sexed up and controversial image, they would be selling big numbers too!

  43. Trudy December 23, 2012

    Love her voice, so unique. No one sounds like her!!!

  44. Bran Star December 23, 2012

    @Teenage Dream

    Like I said, Brandy has nothing to prove darling, she’s already sold millions! 40+ Million to be more precise! Those people you listed in that former post of yours are playing catch up to HER!

    There’s nothing significant about their “talent” that sets them apart from their contemporaries. The simple fact that Brandy can make headlines on blogs for singing a 22 second clip of a generic pop song in her make up chair says that people CRAVE music from Brandy!

    Think about it. Will any of those people that you named be relevant within the next 8-10 years? Don’t even answer that. Just think about it.

    • Teenage Dream (Beyonce’s Weave) December 23, 2012

      The simple fact that Brandy can make headlines on blogs for singing a 22 second clip of a generic pop song in her make up chair says that people CRAVE music from Brandy!

      Interesting assertion, so why hasn’t this reflected in her sales for Two Eleven? Why is Two Eleven flopping harder than Lotus (I bought both albums BTW)?? Why can’t Two Eleven generate a hit if people are so thirsty for Brandy’s music??

      The people’s i’ve listed will be around in 8-10 years time because unlike Brandy and the rest of the RnB divas, they DO NOT STICK TO THE SAME FORMULA. They are more versatile have have adapted to the current climate (Unlike Brandy).

      The industry has changed a lot, Brandy and the rest of the RnB divas from the 1800s should adapt to the current climate.

      • Bran Star December 23, 2012

        SMH, you’re biased, your views are skewed, and it’s clear that you don’t have a clue about what you’re talking about. No point in even conversing or even acknowledging the prescence of a katy perry fan, much less a person who stans for artists who constantly make forgettable, disposable pop music.

        This conversation is OVER and the subject is CLOSED!
        You are dismissed, stage left.

  45. Fierce P**** December 23, 2012

    Nothing bland about brandy. She makes good music and music critics agree. Y is it that regular people can buy a Katy perry or Rihanna album but if they didn’t how else would they remain relevant? Ppl depend on them for a hot song. Not because they respect them as actual artists. Brandy is still relevant even tho she may have not sold much because of the climate. MC is not selling like she use to but that doesn’t take from her merits. CA made some generic pop song called your body and she’s white but I don’t see her sellin like the Taylor swift and Adele. Sales don’t have anything to do with greatness and Quality of music. It’s mostly luck and promotion. Rihanna is the “it” girl. Of course she would sell. Not to mention she’s been going now 7 years non stop. Her team makes no hesitation to keep her in the spotlight supremacy.

    • theman December 24, 2012

      All of MC’s albums get certified, and she has major hits. She isn’t nowhere near in the same boat as B randy.

  46. PrettyPrissyPrincess December 23, 2012

    No maam…and where do yall get this vocal bible s*** from? Ri voice for this song is perfect

  47. Ezra December 24, 2012

    Brandy girl, please cover your OWN songs. People who cover other people’s work are not slaying anything. You are just promoting Rihanna’s Diamonds even more.

    • Ayo December 24, 2012

      she was just singing a song she liked, gosh, don’t you?

  48. Ezra December 24, 2012

    Chile Brandy’s photo looks like a contestant from Rupaul’s Drag Race.

    • Ken Dahl’s P**** December 24, 2012

      I’m sorry sis, but judging by your pic, you got no room to talk. sit.

      • ange January 9, 2013

        YOUR UGLY HAHA BRANDY IS FKN FLY GET OFF OF HERE REALLY BE QUIET

  49. Rob December 24, 2012

    BRANDY’S COVER SONG WAS WAY MORE BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL. SHE OWNED THAT SONG. #SLAYED

  50. Oh Yeah!!! December 24, 2012

    Better than Rihan

  51. Girl007Bond December 24, 2012

    Rihanna did better ..

  52. RLL December 24, 2012

    Rihanna’s version >>>>>>>>>

  53. RoyalKev December 24, 2012

    Bran’s singing always adds a new dimension to anything. This short version of Diamonds was sultry and earthy. I don’t really care for the song, but her take on it was something interesting to watch. Bran’s so versatile and I see why people would encourage her to do another “Human” album, but that’s not very sensible for Bran to do in today’s music scene! I think she should stick to innovative R&B/pop crossover material. The industry is not flooded with artists like Brandy going mainstream right now, but Bran incorporates everything and I think that formula works best for her.

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

  54. bigtranny December 24, 2012

    brandy what the f*** are you doing

  55. IDK December 24, 2012

    Go brandy!

  56. Sierra December 24, 2012

    Go brandy 🙂

  57. mobwife: Lovin’ that boy Beezy no matter what! December 24, 2012

    Beesh…you better “werk”! LOL BRANDY per usual, you were amazing! Misha B also smashed this song. Folks can hate all the like but “Diamond” is just that cut. If you can sing, it shows when you cover this particular song for whatever reason! 🙂

  58. Tasha December 24, 2012

    Beyonce is on the cover of Vogue! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOLOOLOLOLOL! Your fav! Shrug!

  59. Tasha December 24, 2012

    Beyonce! Beyonce! 2013! Starz fall back! I mean Haterz fall! lol1

  60. Haw December 24, 2012

    In my opinion,
    Brandy only sings 22 seconds and she did a great job!!
    I love her vocal, her voice.
    It seems that she sings better than the original version.

    However, if this song is for Brandy, it might be good or great but not a hit.
    And on the other hands,
    Rihanna sang this and be a hit.
    As we can see, more and more people do not care about talent or vocalist.
    Just because Rihanna is more famous than Brandy, and this is the truth.

    So I think that’s why more and more talented singers are all underrated.

  61. ange January 9, 2013

    SHE A PRO RIHANNA SHOULD BE AMAZED BRANDY HAD PAID HER ANY ATTENTION THERE IS NO COMPARING BRANDY IS THE DEFINITION OF TRUE MUSIC ALWAYS AND WILL BE A FAN MY SOUND IS SIMILAR AMD I LOVE MY VOICE DONT FKN HATE BRANDY WOULD MAKE HIM A FKN STAR IF HER WROTE MUSIC FOR HER

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