"Raining Diamonds" is a song by Australian recording artist Ricki-Lee Coulter, taken from her third studio album Fear & Freedom (2012). It was written by Coulter, Billy Mann and Dave Schuler aka Boy Blue, who also produced the song. "Raining Diamonds" was released digitally on 18 October 2011, as the lead single from the album. The song serves as Coulter's debut release with EMI after parting ways with her former record label Shock Records in May 2011. Lyrically, Coulter stated that the song is "all about knowing your value and not settling for less than what you believe you are worth".
"Raining Diamonds" peaked at number 19 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting sales of 70,000 copies. An accompanying music video was directed by Krozm and features Coulter channelling a warrior princess. She has performed the song on The X Factor (Australia) and Sunrise.
Background and release
Coulter's third studio album originally titled, Hear No, See No, Speak No, was scheduled for release in November 2009, but was later pushed back to January 2010. However, following the two unsuccessful singles "Don't Miss You" and the title track, Coulter told her record label Shock Records to cancel the album's release. She told News.com.au, "They got a lukewarm reaction to the singles they chose to put out, so it made sense not to release the album. I said I'd prefer the album not to go out than to go out and fail". In 2010, Coulter took a break from her music career as she took on a full-time position as a breakfast radio presenter for Sydney's Nova 96.9, alongside Merrick Watts and Scott Dooley. In May 2011, Coulter ended her contract with Shock Records. In an interview with Auspop, she stated that "Raining Diamonds" was originally planned to be released through the label, however, "Shock [Records] fell into financial trouble, so I asked for a release from my contract". Coulter then signed with major label EMI. "Raining Diamonds" was released digitally and sent to Australian contemporary hit radio on 18 October 2011. A week later, it became the most added song to Australian radio.
Writing and recording
After her contract with Nova FM ended, Coulter began working on new music and started contacting songwriters and producers she had worked with before, in addition to contacting new songwriters such as Billy Mann. Mann had previously heard Coulter's single "Can't Touch It" (2007) and invited her to New York to work with him. However, when Coulter arrived, she ended up working with his producing partner David Schuler. Mann later arrived to hear what they had recorded and decided to spend the rest of the week working with Coulter. In an interview with Auspop, she stated:
The next morning I got there, he said that he couldn't stop thinking about me overnight. He said, 'I couldn't stop thinking about that voice. And I've figured it out. Your song is going to be called Raining Diamonds. Then he picked up his guitar and started strumming the chords and said 'and the first line is going to be ... I declare war on love' and just sang. ... He had written the first line and then I came up with 'Finally I ran out of pages and I declare war on love'. That was the process of writing.
Lyrically, Coulter said that "Raining Diamonds" is "all about knowing your value and not settling for less than what you believe you are worth." According to Cameron Adams of the Herald Sun, "the song details Ricki-Lee's path to self-discovery and self-worth, following a public divorce and now a two year relationship with personal trainer Rich Harrison".
The accompanying music video for "Raining Diamonds" was directed by Krozm (Chris Hill and Lachlan Dickie). A behind-the-scenes clip of the music video was posted exclusively on the Take 40 Australia website on 24 November 2011. It featured a highly futuristic set and Coulter wearing a metallic leotard. In an interview with the Herald Sun in November 2011, Coulter stated that the video would include a "semi-naked man slave". The video premiered on 2 December 2011. The futuristic-themed video features Coulter, wearing a metallic leotard with pointy shoulder pads, channelling a warrior princess. She is accompanied by two fembot dancers and perform choreography around shiny diamonds and flashing lightsabers.
Coulter performed "Raining Diamonds" on The X Factor (Australia) on 8 November 2011. The following day, she performed the song on the breakfast television program, Sunrise.
- "Raining Diamonds" – 3:04
Charts and certification
On 24 October 2011, "Raining Diamonds" debuted at number 62 on the ARIA Singles Chart. It peaked at number 19 on 21 November 2011, and became Coulter's eighth top twenty single on the chart. "Raining Diamonds" was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting sales of 70,000 copies.