Nina Gets a 'Diamond'

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Soul Siren Nina surely has a lot of reasons to smile these days.A regular "ASAP Sessionistas" segment on Oct. 11 turned into a brilliant moment for the Soul Siren when before introducing her to the next production number, a VTR showed Jose Mari Chan congratulating her for reaching “Diamond” status for her third album, “Nina Live!”“It’s a dream come true for me. Early birthday gift ‘to,” said a teary-eyed Nina in accepting the award.Released in 2005, “Nina Live!” has sold over 200,000 copies or 10x Platinum to date, putting her side-by-side with the renowned singer-composer and the Eraserheads (for "Cutterpillow") in terms of album sales citation.Of the 19-track record (which includes the studio version of “I Don’t Want To Be Your Friend”), Nina considers the album’s promotional single and biggest hit, “Love Moves In Mysterious Ways,” as the one closest to her heart.“Lahat talaga [favorite ko] eh, pero kung papipiliin ako, ‘Love Moves,’ kasi ‘yun talaga ‘yung tumatak sa mga tao at na-identify nila ako with the song."She also recalled how challenging recording Chaka Khan’s “Through The Fire” was for her.“Pinaka-nahirapan ako sa ‘Through The Fire.’ ’Yun kasi ‘yung [may] pinaka-mataas [na note] eh (laughs).”Nina revealed that even up to now, she gets requests during gigs to sing songs from the album, mostly for “Love Moves,” “Through The Fire,” and “Constantly.”“Iba talaga ‘yung joy na nakikita ko sa kanila kapag kumakanta ako ng songs from ‘Nina Live.’ Nabubuhayan sila at natutuwa. Masaya ako na mapagbigyan ang requests nila,” she told Manila Bulletin Entertainment Online in an exclusive interview.Aside from her biggest selling album, Nina has had a string of top-selling albums namely “Nina: Heaven,” “Nina: Smile,” “Nina,” “Nina: Featuring The Hits Of Barry Manilow” and “Nina Sings The Hits Of Diane Warren. …