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Diana Album
Diana ross.jpg
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released May 22, 1980 (1980-05-22)
Recorded December 1979 - March 1980
Length 34:17
Label Motown
Producer Nile Rodgers
Diana Ross chronology
20 Golden Greats
To Love Again
Singles from Diana
  1. "Upside Down"
    Released: June 18, 1980
  2. "I'm Coming Out"
    Released: August 22, 1980
  3. "My Old Piano"
    Released: September 19, 1980

diana is the tenth studio solo album by American singer Diana Ross, released on May 22, 1980 by Motown Records. The album is the biggest-selling studio album of Ross's career, selling nine million copies worldwide and spawning four international hit singles, including the US and International number 1 hit "Upside Down".


Following the US success of her 1979 album The Boss, Ross wanted a fresher, more modern sound. Having heard Nile Rodgers of Chic's work in the famous Manhattan disco club, Studio 54, Ross approached him about creating a new album of material for her that stated where she felt she was in her life and career at the period.

On an episode of TV One's Unsung, Niles Rodgers said that the majority of the songs were crafted after direct conversations with Ross. She had reportedly said to Rodgers and Bernard Edwards that she wanted to turn her career "upside down" and wanted to "have fun again." As a result, Rodgers and Edwards wrote the songs "Upside Down" and "Have Fun (Again)". After running into several drag queens in a club dressed as Ross, Rodgers wrote "I'm Coming Out". Only "My Old Piano" came from their normal songwriting processes.

Initially, Ross was not pleased with the album's results. Following a preview of the record to be released in the aftermath of the anti-disco backlash, Frankie Crocker, an influential New York City disc jockey warned Ross that releasing the album in its original state would even lead to the end of her career. Ross remixed the entire album, assisted by Motown engineer Russ Terrana, removing extended instrumental passages and speeding up the tracks' tempos. Ross's lead vocals were also re-recorded and remixed so that they were front and center and not overshadowed by the music.[1]

The remixing of the master tapes were performed without the knowledge or approval of Rodgers and Edwards. When they were presented with the "official" version of diana, the producers publicly objected and, at one point, even considered removing their names from the album's list of credits. Motown and Ross persisted and the version released was Terrana's more commercial mix of the album.

Rodgers and Edwards were contracted by Motown to produce a follow-up album, but, as Ross left the label, it was never created. Rodgers and Edwards sued Motown, unsuccessfully claiming that they were owed monies for creating and recording the original version of the album. In 1989, Rodgers and Ross collaborated on Workin' Overtime (No. 3 US R&B), released upon Ross's return to Motown. Edwards produced the 1984 single, "Telephone" (No. 13 US R&B), from Ross's Swept Away album, released on the RCA label. Rodgers played guitar on the new wave song, "It's Your Move", from the same album.

The iconic cover art was photographed by famed photographer, Francesco Scavullo. For years, a shop on the Champs Elysees in Paris displayed a life-sized die-cut of the cover on its store front door. An art gallery in San Francisco sold a print for a handsome sum.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauA-[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits5/10[5]

Released in May 1980, the Diana album introduced Ross to a new generation of fans worldwide. Partly due to the controversy between Diana, Motown and Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards, Motown released the album without a lead single. This was unheard of, especially for a once single-minded label like Motown. The album sold briskly out of the box without a lead single. Radio stations were free to play what they wanted since they were first shipped the album. By its 4th week leading into summer, the album was already nearing the top 10. "Upside Down" eventually was chosen by the label and radio programmers. "Upside Down" made a rare vaulted move in its third week from number 49 to number 10. By the middle of summer 1980, Diana chalked up her fifth number one single and a string of top 10 hits followed for the next few years.

The album spent 17 weeks at the top of Billboards R&B/Dance chart. Much like her previous studio album, The Boss, Diana gave her another No. 1 Dance album. Reaching number two on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Billboard Soul Albums Chart for 8 consecutive weeks, as well as yielding two top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including the number-one single "Upside Down", the album would sell over one million copies in the United States and be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In the UK it went Gold and spun off three successful singles; "Upside Down" (No. 2), "My Old Piano" (No. 5) and "I'm Coming Out" (No. 13). A fourth single, "Tenderness", was also released in certain territories, reaching the top 40 in the Netherlands, and was later included on several greatest hits compilations. Surprisingly, despite its massive dance and dance radio success, none of the singles from Diana were remixed for promotional and/or commercial use while the album was current.

"I'm Coming Out" has become an obvious anthem for the LGBT movement, as Diana has become one of its greatest icons.

Some thirty years after its release Diana remains Ross's best-selling studio album to date having sold a total of over 10 million copies worldwide.

Diana was one of four albums written and produced by Edwards and Rodgers in 1980, the other three being Sister Sledge's Love Somebody Today, Sheila and B. Devotion's King of the World including European hit single "Spacer", and Chic's fourth studio album Real People.

Following the release of two more singles, the duet "Endless Love" with Lionel Richie and "It's My Turn", both worldwide hits, Ross left Motown and signed a then-record breaking $20 million recording deal with RCA Records. The first album for the label was 1981's self-produced Why Do Fools Fall in Love, which went platinum and spawned two Top 10 hits in the US. Diana was remastered and released as a double CD in 2003 containing the original unremixed versions, together with a selection of other Motown dance tracks from the same period.

Track listing

Original album

All songs written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.

Side A

  1. "Upside Down" - 4:05 About this sound Listen 
  2. "Tenderness" - 3:52
  3. "Friend to Friend" - 3:19
  4. "I'm Coming Out" - 5:24 About this sound Listen 

Side B

  1. "Have Fun (Again)" - 5:57
  2. "My Old Piano" - 3:55 About this sound Listen 
  3. "Now That You're Gone" - 3:59
  4. "Give Up" - 3:45

Note: The Canadian release on Quality Records places the tracks from side B on side A, and the tracks from side A on side B.

2001 (UK) / 2003 (US) deluxe edition

Disc one

9. "Upside Down" (Original Chic Mix) - 4:17
10. "Tenderness" (Original Chic Mix) - 5:10
11. "Friend to Friend" (Original Chic Mix) - 3:20
12. "I'm Coming Out" (Original Chic Mix) - 6:01
13. "Have Fun (Again)" (Original Chic Mix) - 7:09
14. "My Old Piano" (Original Chic Mix) - 4:52
15. "Now That You're Gone" (Original Chic Mix) - 3:40
16. "Give Up" (Original Chic Mix) - 3:59
  • Tracks 9-16 previously unreleased

Disc two

  1. "Love Hangover" (Extended Alternate Mix) (McLeod, Sawyer) - 10:25
    • Previously unreleased mix. Original version appears on 1976 album Diana Ross
  2. "Your Love Is So Good for Me" (12-Inch Version) (Peterson) - 6:36
    • Previously unreleased. Original version appears on 1977 album Baby It's Me
  3. "Top of the World" (Snow) - 3:09
  4. "Lovin', Livin' and Givin'" (Ross album remix) (Davis, Stover) - 5:12
  5. "What You Gave Me" (12-Inch Version) (Ashford, Simpson) - 6:08
    • Original version appears on 1978 album Ross
  6. "You Were the One" (Patterson, Wright) - 4:04
    • From 1978 album Ross
  7. "The Diana Ross & the Supremes Medley of Hits" (12-inch Mix) (Dozier, Holland, Holland) - 9:59
    • Originally released as 12" single in 1977. Re-released as 12" and edited 7" single in 1980 and 1981.
  8. "No One Gets the Prize/The Boss" (12-Inch Re-Edit) (Ashford, Simpson) - 9:41
    • Original versions appear on 1979 album The Boss
  9. "I Ain't Been Licked" (12-inch Mix) (Ashford, Simpson) - 5:18
    • Original version appears on 1979 album The Boss
  10. "Fire Don't Burn" (David, Holland, Holland) - 3:26
    • Previously unreleased recording, recorded 1975-1977. Proposed for inclusion on cancelled 1981 album Revelations
  11. "We Can Never Light That Old Flame Again" (Alternate Mix) (David, Holland, Holland) - 4:38
    • First released version was a non-album single in 1982, and was remixed by Berry Gordy and James Anthony Carmichael. The original mix featured here first appeared on a Diana Ross budget cassette in 1990.
  12. "You Build Me Up to Tear Me Down" (Holland, Holland, Miller) - 5:42
    • Previously unreleased recording, recorded 1975-1977. Mixed in 1978 for possible inclusion on album Ross
  13. "Sweet Summertime Livin'" (Stover) - 4:25
    • Previously unreleased recording, recorded 1975-1977. Mixed in 1978 for possible inclusion on album Ross. Remixed in 1981 and proposed for inclusion on cancelled album Revelations




  • Bernard Edwards - producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Nile Rodgers - producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Bob Clearmountain - engineer proposed side A; tracks 1-4
  • Bill Scheniman - engineer proposed side B; tracks 1-4
  • James Farber - engineer
  • Neil Dorfsman - engineer
  • Ralph Osborn - engineer
  • Abdoulaye Soumare - assistant engineer
  • Jeff Hendrickson - assistant engineer
  • Lucy Laurie - assistant engineer
  • Peter Robbins - assistant engineer
  • Dennis King - mastering
  • All songs originally recorded at Power Station in New York. Lead vocal re-recordings: Electric Lady, New York; Motown/Hitsville U.S.A. Studios, Hollywood, California.
  • All songs originally mixed at Power Station, New York. Remixed by Russ Terrana and Diana Ross at Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California.
  • Mastered at Atlantic Studios, N.Y.


Chart (1980) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 8
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 4
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[10] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 12
US Billboard 200[13] 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Platinum 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[15] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. ^ "Soul Train Licensing Info". soultrain.com.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. diana > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "diana > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (1 January 2004). "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Hillier, Bev. "Albums". Smash Hits (June 26 - July 9, 1980): 31.
  6. ^ "Microsoft OneDrive - Access files anywhere. Create docs with free Office Online".
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at - Diana Ross - Diana" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Diana Ross - Diana" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de - Diana Ross - Diana" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com - Diana Ross - Diana". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com - Diana Ross - Diana". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Diana Ross | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications - Diana Ross - diana". Music Canada.
  15. ^ "Dutch album certifications - Diana Ross - diana" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter diana in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  16. ^ "British album certifications - Diana Ross - diana". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter diana in the search field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications - Diana Ross - diana". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
  • Easlea, Daryl (2004). Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco. London: Helter Skelter. ISBN 1-900924-56-0
  • Chin, Brian (2003). Diana (Deluxe Edition) [Liner notes]. New York: Motown/Universal.
  • Wangler, Petra. (May 5, 2000). Interview with Aretha Franklin. Musikbyrån. SVT Sweden.

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