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Nina – Nina Sings the Hits of Diane Warren

Nina Sings the Hits of Diane Warren is the fourth studio album by Filipina singer Nina, released in the Philippines on July 25, 2008 by Warner Music. It is a cover album consisting of Nina’s renditions of familiar love songs written by American songwriter Diane Warren. The idea behind the release of the album started after the success of her single “I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend” in 2004, which was initially recorded for Warren’s love songs compilation.

Upon release, the album received negative response from critics, most reviewers pointing out the “vocal acrobatics” and redundancy of cover albums. Despite criticisms, the album proved to be a commercial hit, certifying Gold by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) on September 1, 2008. It was considered a “late awarding,” since the album sold enough for a gold certification in its first week of commercial release. To date, it has sold over 30,000 units in the country and has been certified Platinum by the PARI. The album has been released internationally, mostly in South-East Asian countries. However, Warner failed to promote it in those territories due to prioritization of promoting Charice’s self-titled 2010 album.

Nina – Nina Live!

Nina Live! is a live album and the third album by Filipina singer Nina, released in the Philippines on February 23, 2005 by Warner Music. The original release date for the album was scheduled on February 22, 2005, but it was moved a day later due to preparation. Nina has released two successful studio albums that are both influenced by pop-R&B, but behind all the commercial activities, she regularly performs on different bars and gigs. The label wanted to show this side of the singer the best way by releasing a live album. The album consists of love songs from the 1970s to the 1990s, all of which she has covered live. The live session was recorded on January 30, 2005 at PHI Resto & Bar in Metro Manila.

Nina Live! marked the last project that Nina has worked with Warner executive Ricky Ilacad, since he later moved to MCA Records. The live video recording was directed by Marla Ancheta, whom she described as a young, fun person to work with. Nina and The Essence band only had a two-week rehearsal before the video shoot, since they were already familiar with the songs. During the project, she collaborated with her Warner labelmates Christian Bautista, Thor and Trapp of Dice & K9. The songs that were chosen for the track list are the most-requested by fans and listeners. One song that was personally insisted by Nina made it to the final cut. On January 15, 2007, it was made available on digital download through iTunes and Amazon MP3 Download.

Five successful commercial singles were released from the album. “I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend” was released prior to the album, as part of Diane Warren’s love songs compilation. The first single from the live recording is “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways”, originally recorded by Julia Fordham. The song remains as one of the most successful singles of the 2000s, staying at number one for twelve consecutive weeks. It has, since, been linked to Nina, even though it was only a cover. “Through the Fire” was later released. The song is popular for her vocal belts, reaching G♯5 in full chest voice. “Constantly” is the fourth single and it also performed well on charts. “I Love You Goodbye” was released as the final single from the album. Warner made an official music video for the song, instead of distributing the live performance on TV stations.

Nina – Diamond: Greatest Hits 2002-2010

Diamond: Greatest Hits 2002-2010 is the first official greatest hits album by Filipina singer Nina. It was released in the Philippines on October 13, 2010 by Warner Music, at the time that she has left the label. The tracks are arranged nearly in a chronological order. Disc 1 is primarily a collection of Nina’s hits from 2002 to 2004 (with some non-album songs from 2005 to 2007)

Diamond: Greatest Hits 2002-2010 is considered to be Nina’s first ever official greatest hits compilation, since Best of Nina (2009) was exclusively released only in South Korea, and did not have any promotion and participation from the singer. In mid-2010, she left the Warner Music record label and moved to Universal Records. Therefore, she had no contribution and creative input on the production of the album. Also, she was not in control on the contractual agreement of the album. It is clear that she had no participation on the album, since there is no personal message from the singer that can be seen in the album’s liner notes. There wasn’t even a new song included, just previous releases, and the single “Love Will Lead You Back” was only taken from Nina Sings the Hits of Diane Warren (2008).