Artist of the Week: Marina and the Diamonds

Posted on September 11, 2012 by

Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Marina and the Diamonds, a singer from Monmouthshire, Wales. 

Marina and the Diamonds is a synthpop singer with an indie pop heart. She balances her catchy pop aesthetic with lyrics that have more meaning and make more sense than your average bubblegum song. She’s currently touring Europe as part of her Lonely Hearts Club Tour.

Real name: Marina Lambrini Diamandis. “The Diamonds” in her stage name refer to her fans.

Known for: Marina is known for her unique fashion choices, which she describes as a mix of vintage, cheerleader, and cartoon.

Used in a sentence: “Frequent hair colour changes, doll eyelashes, and a penchant for pink lipstick make looking at her just as fun as listening to her music.”

Download now: “Primadonna”

File next to: Florence and the Machine, Kate Bush

Five Fun Facts:

1. Her father is Greek and her mother is Welsh.

2, She is a synaesthetic, someone who sees musical notes and days of the week in different colours.

3. Gwen Stefani is one of her style icons.

4. She collects vintage cheer jackets.

5. Marina toured with Katy Perry on her California Dreams Tour in 2011.

Timeline: She created Marina and the Diamonds in 2005. In 2007, she released her Mermaid vs. Sailor EP. She sold about 70 copies through MySpace. After Derek Davies of Neon Gold Records discovered her the next year, Marina was booked to open for Gotye later that year.

The Warner Music Group then signed her to 679 Recordings in October 2008. In November of the same year, she released her double a –side debut single “Obsession,” and “Mowgli’s Road.”
Her second single, “I am Not a Robot” came out in 2009. Marina’s debut album, The Family Jewels, was released in 2010, peaking at number five on the UK Albums Chart.

Her second album, Electra Hearts, was released in April 2012.

Notable lyrics:

Primadonna girl, yeah/ All I ever wanted was the world/ I can’t help that I need it all/The primadonna life, the rise and fall/You say that I’m kinda difficult/But it’s always someone else’s fault/Got you wrapped around my finger, babe/You can count on me to misbehave/ Primadonna girl, Would you do anything for me?/ Buy a big diamond ring for me?/Would you get down on your knees for me?/Pop that pretty question right now, baby/Beauty queen on a silver screen/Living life like I’m in a dream/ — “Primadonna”

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