Love and loss are pretty common subjects to write songs about. However, few people bring the theatrical drama to songs about heartbreak like Marina. Once again, @Jordans_life had a bit of a “Dr. Phil” moment with her and asked about her personal life. We’re not exactly sure about his motives here but Marina seemed into it. What do you think? Should some things be left private, or do you like when artists pour their hearts out? Let us know in the comments below.
Watch it here:
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Marina’s latest album “Electra Heart” is a bit autobiographical. With some heavy song titles like “Primadonna,” “Bubblegum Bitch “or “Power and Control,” it’s pretty obvious she didn’t have the best outcome in her last relationship. Luckily, our very own @Jordans_life was there to awkwardly inquire about her personal life and find out how it’s reflected in her music.
Don’t forget, she’s our Artist of the Week too!
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
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“Breath of Life,” Florence and the Machine
The upcoming blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman is set to be released on June 1, and who better to create the lead single for the epic tale than cinematic songstress Florence Welch and her Machine? “Breath of Life” is possibly one of Welch’s most dramatic songs to date, with pounding drums, and a 60-person choir backing Welch’s intense voice. The video for the single shows Welch recording the track in London’s Abbey Road Studios, 60-person choir included, with vivid scenes from the film woven through the recording session. The video looks like an impressive trailer for the Snow White re-interpretation, and I will definitely be forking over 10 dollars or more at the movie theatre to watch it. You can hear “Breath of Life” on the film’s soundtrack, which will be available May 29.
“Part 5: Su-Barbie-a,” Marina and the Diamonds
A few days ago, Marina Diamandis uploaded this gem onto the Marina and the Diamonds YouTube channel. It’s Part 5 of her online video anthology, which exposes the four female archetypes that her new album Electra Heart is based on. The video is a two-minute flurry of various audio clips from old Hollywood films and Barbie doll advertisements all playing over the instrumental track from her song “Valley of the Dolls.” It also features Diamandis in a creepy Stepford-esque outfit standing in front of a perfect house, with her face engulfed in shadows. The next video to be released will be “Part 6: Power and Control.”
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Marina and the Diamonds – Starring Role
Two years after their debut album The Family Jewels, Marina and the Diamonds is finally back with Electra Heart. Their new single “Starring Role” has a different vibe than the upbeat tracks we’re used to. Lead singer Marina Diamandis’ powerful voice is easily comparable to Florence Welch’s and she gets to showcase her talent in this beautiful ballad, which features a haunting guitar. Electra Heart will be released on April 30.
Ingrid Michaelson – We Found Love
Let me start off by saying I was never a fan of Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” I’m a huge Calvin Harris fan and RiRi makes great music, but “We Found Love” sounded too contrived for my taste. Enter Ingrid Michaelson, who takes the generic club hit and creates a multi-tracked a capella version with just her voice. There are no backing instruments — just the beauty of one woman’s voice reconstructing a synth-pop hit into an indie-folk masterpiece. Finally, a version I can actually enjoy!
Little Boots — Every Night I Say A Prayer
Little Boots is moving to the
dark dance side with “Every Night I Say A Prayer.” Her new track is a throwback tune that reminds me of Kylie Minogue. The release tied-in with Record Store Day and it’s a six minute hook-driven, new school club banger. Read more…
Indie pop godess Marina and the Diamonds (aka Marina Lambrini Diamandis) slowed down JB’s “Boyfriend” and made it a little softer than the tender version we’re used to. She performed an acoustic set on Wednesday morning for BBC Radio 1′s “Live Lounge” series along with her new single “Primadonna.” And she KILLED it.
Her cover is a fresh take on the song, which has been playing hourly on the radio, plus she puts a lot of feeling into the vocals. She even went so far as to make a couple lyrical changes, but they work! Her album Electra Heart will be released on April 30th.
Listen to her “Boyfriend” cover:
Marina and the Diamonds’ new video video for “Primadonna” features her as Electra Heart, the title character from her new album. She plays an egotistical and self-entitled drama queen who leads a sugary life of privilege.
Produced by Dr. Luke, the song has upbeat instrumentals and catchy lyrics: “I’m a 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.” [Source]
What do you think of it?
We ask the question which has been challenging people for centuries. Who would win in a fight – Marina and the Diamonds or Katy Perry? We ask Marina that question, along with a serious conversation about her outstanding success in North America, and the divide between the UK and North American music scenes.