|Marina and The Diamonds|
Marina Lambrini Diamandis (Greek: Μαρίνα-Λαμπρινή Διαμαντή; born 10 October 1985), known by her stage name Marina and The Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. She represented Greece in the North Vision Song Contest 5. Furthermore, she has won the British national selection Battle for Britain 7 to represent the United Kingdom at the North Vision Song Contest 13.
Northvision Song Contest
|Greece||#11||NorthSong 04||"Froot"||Was not selected|
|United Kingdom||#13||Battle for Britain 7||"I'm A Ruin"||Did not qualify||14||47|
|United Kingdom||#17||Battle for Britain 9||"Blue"||Was not selected|
Life and career
- ""I created the name 'Marina and the Diamonds' 5 years ago and I never envisaged a character, pop project, band or solo artist. I saw a simple group made up of many people who had the same hearts. A space for people with similar ideals who could not fit in to life's pre-made mold. I was terribly awkward for a long time! I really craved to be part of one thing because I never felt too connected to anybody and now I feel I have that all around me. "
- ― Diamandis describing the concept behind the stage name "Marina and the Diamonds", 2010.
Early life and career beginnings
Diamandis was born in Brynmawr in Wales, and grew up in the nearby village of Pandy. She has one older sister. Their mother is Welsh, while their father is Greek. Diamandis has been diagnosed with synesthesia, and consequently associates particular colours with musical notes and days of the week. In her childhood, she attended Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, Her parents separated when she was 16 years old; she initially moved to Greece with her father, then returned to Wales two years later. Diamandis first began writing music when she was 18 years old; she moved to London to attend dance school, but quit two months later.
Diamandis later travelled for several unsuccessful auditions, including opportunities with the musical for The Lion King and a boy band organised by Virgin Records. In 2005, she created the stage name "Marina and the Diamonds"; after coming to prominence, "the Diamonds" was established as a reference to her fans, instead of her backing band. Diamandis self-composed and produced her earlier demos with GarageBand, and independently released her debut extended play Mermaid vs. Sailor through Myspace in 2007. She came to the attention of Neon Gold Records' Derek Davies in 2008, and was hired as the supporting act for Australian recording artist Gotye. In October, Diamandis finalised a recording contract with 679 Recordings (eventually renamed 679 Artists), a subdivision of Warner Music Group.
The Family Jewels
Diamandis' debut single "Obsessions" was released on 14 February 2009 Neon Gold Records, while her second extended play The Crown Jewels EP followed on 1 June. That summer, she performed at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, the Glastonbury Festival, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals. In December 2009, Diamandis was ranked in second place on the Sound of 2010 poll organised by BBC, behind English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. "Mowgli's Road" was released as the lead single from Diamandis' debut studio album on 13 November 2009. It was followed by "Hollywood" on 1 February, which reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.
Diamandis' debut studio album The Family Jewels was released on 15 February 2010; it debuted at number five on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 27,618 copies, and was eventually certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Atlantic Records signed Diamandis to Chop Shop Records in the United States. Through the label, she released her third extended play The American Jewels EP on 23 March, and later released The Family Jewels in the United States on 25 May. The latter project debuted at number 138 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 24,000 copies.
"I Am Not a Robot" was serviced as the third single from The Family Jewels on 26 April, after originally being included on The Crown Jewels. Diamandis commented that she decided to re-release the track because "people seem to empathize and relate with the song, regardless of gender or age." The song peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. "Oh No" followed as the fourth single from the record, and reached number 38 in the United Kingdom. The fifth and final single "Shampain" peaked at number 141 on the UK Singles Chart, consequently underperforming by comparison with its preceding singles. To further promote The Family Jewels, Diamandis embarked on The Family Jewels Tour, which visited Europe and North America throughout 2010 and 2011.
In summer 2011, Diamandis and Swedish recording artist Robyn performed as the opening acts for American recording artist Katy Perry's California Dreams Tour. On 30 September, Diamandis released the track "Radioactive" through the iTunes Store; it peaked at number 25 on the UK Singles Chart. Her second studio album was preceded by its lead single "Primadonna" on 20 March 2012 in the United States, and was later made available in the United Kingdom on 6 April. The song is notable for being Diamandis' highest-charting track on the UK Singles Chart, where it reached number 11.
The final product Electra Heart is a concept album lyrically united by the ideas of "female identity" and "a recent breakup". Diamandis created the titular character "Electra Heart" as a protagonist for the project; she portrays the personas "Teen Idle", "Primadonna", "Homewrecker", and "Housewife", which represent several female archetypes of stereotypical American culture. The project was released on 27 April 2012, and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 21,358 copies. It became Diamandis' first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom, although at the time it was additionally distinguished as the lowest-selling number-one record of the 21st century in the country. The album was eventually certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry for exceeding shipments of 60,000 units. Furthermore, it became Diamandis' highest-charting release in the United States, peaked at number 31 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in the country.
"Power & Control" was released as the second single from Electra Heart on 20 July, although it peaked at number 193 on the UK Singles Chart. Later that month, it was announced that "How to Be a Heartbreaker" would be released as the second single in the United States and the third single in the United Kingdom. Diamandis commented that she had written the track while Electra Heart was being pressed in the United Kingdom, and consequently missed the cut-off for initial inclusion on the record; however, it was featured in the revised track listing for the American version. It peaked at number 88 in the latter country. Throughout 2012, Diamandis travelled for The Lonely Hearts Club Tour, her second headlining concert tour, and Mylo Xyloto Tour headlined by Coldplay, for which she served as an opening act. On 8 August 2013, Diamandis released a music video for the previously unreleased title track "Electra Heart"; it depicted the death of the character, and symbolically ended the promotional campaign for Electra Heart.
After spending one month in New York City, Diamandis announced that she had begun writing material for her upcoming third studio album in February 2013. It has been confirmed that one of the producers for the album is David Kosten. In July 2014, Marina posted a snippet of an unnamed song. In September 2014, she shared a part of her new song "Froot" on Instagram. The song was released on 10 October to celebrate Marina's birthday and announced to be the title track.
The album was announced for release on 3 April 2015 with a new track from the album being announced each month, but the release date has recently been changed to 16 March 2015. In early 2015, it was announced that she would perform at the Lollapalooza Brazil, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Boston Calling Music Festival in March, April and May 2015 respectively.
|2010||The Family Jewels||5|
|UK||UK (TMC)||GER||IRE||MOL (RC)|
|2009||"Obsessions"||-||-||-||-||2||The Family Jewels|
|"I Am Not a Robot"||26||-||-||-||5|
|"Power & Control"||193||-||-||-||16|
|"How to Be a Heartbreaker"||88||-||-||-||31|
|"I'm A Ruin"||169||3||1||1||1|