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Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Almost Went to Eminem First!

Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Almost Went to Eminem First!

Rihanna‘s “Diamonds” is a global smash – and it almost wasn’t her song.

The 2012 track nearly went to Eminem, producer Benny Blanco revealed during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music.

The track, which he wrote and produced with Stargate and Sia, was originally intended for Kanye West or Lana Del Rey.

Stargate’s like, ‘Yo, we’re giving this song to Rihanna. It’s going to go.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know, man. Should we keep the beat for Kanye? I don’t know about it,’” Benny explained.

He said he also submitted the song to Eminem‘s camp for consideration, and he even recorded the song.

“I remember, at the same time, I had given a beat CD like a month earlier to Paul Rosenberg to give to Eminem. And apparently, Eminem had done a song to it, too. And I didn’t even know. And I’m sitting there… Dude, so when it happened, Paul was like, ‘Man, Em had that beat on hold.’ I was like, ‘What? I didn’t even know.’”

“I’m sitting there, and then I finally am like, ‘You know what, Stargate?’ I let go. I said, ‘You guys know better. Let’s do it.’ She cut the song. First of all, the second she cut the song, they were completely right. I was like, ‘This is the best song I’ve ever done,’” he admitted when he finally decided to go with Rihanna.

Kanye ended up on the remix to “Diamonds,” anyway.

“And then, this is how life works, full circle. Kanye West does a remix to the song,” he said.

Find out what Rihanna‘s label said about her upcoming album recently.

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