Marina Diamandis, better known under her stage name Marina and the Diamonds is on a high. Not only has her recent single ”Primadonna” achieved its best result in the charts since the singer came to the surface of the pop industry , her new album ”Electra Heart” is also one of the most anticipated and successful albums of 2012 so far, with several international releases still ahead.
The Welsh singer revealed during the release that ”Power & Control” would be the successor of ”Primadonna” and released today the video for the track as ”Part 6: Power & Control”. The new track kicks of with a haunting intro before it bursts into a nicely moist mixture of synthesizers and beats wrapped up in a nice pop jacket. Quite culinary there for a minute.
Marina is also delivering one of the best lyrics of the year by singing ” You may be good looking but you’re not a piece of art” so go start facebooking or twittering that one ladies and gentlemen…
The video sees the singer in a classy out black dress, playing some tricks on a rather hunky model. Clearly it’s all about Power & Control, which makes the video rather cliche but take the video away you still end up with a cracker of a tune, which has all the ingredients to become one of the most played hits this summer and hopefully gets Marina finally to that number 1 spot.
”Power & Control” is released on July 9 as separate single, the album version can already be bought through the album ”Electra Heart” via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify.
Monday is a big day for Welsh songstress Marina Diamandis. Her second album ‘Electra Heart’ is set to be released in the UK, with many more countries to follow in May. Many artists will agree that the second album is the most frightful to release, especially when the debut has been a huge success. It’s predecessor ‘The Family Jewels’ was certified gold in the UK and Ireland and released globally.
The singer teased work on the new album, back in november 2011 during a concert and revealed the album would very much be a concept telling the story of a cold, ruthless character who wasn’t vulnerable. Adding to that the singer said: ”It’s my take on female personality that include the Primadonna, Sue-Barbie-A, the Teen Idle and the Homewrecker. It’s a bit cringe, but I wanted it to be a way of personifying love and heartbreak. The whole campaign is pink and fluffy, it’s about love. I can never just make up a story, it has to be something that’s happened in my life”.
The album consists out of 12 songs all co-written by the singer herself. It has to be said that the writing skills of this lady are exceptional and her tone of voice is quite unusual for pop singers from the past few years. While there are some fantastic tracks on the album, there isn’t any consistency within the tracks, making it hard to be able to follow the story the singer wants to tell us. The opener ‘Bubblegum Bitch’ is a catchy rock pop song with funny lyrics (Sodapop pop here I come straight to number 1) sets a great tone for the rest of the album, but current single ‘Primadonna‘ who follows straight away, seems to be somehow misfitted. While the new single is a great tune, we believe there are other track which could have been a much better option as the lead for the new album. Take ‘Lies‘, the first ballad on the album which was produced by Diplo and has dubstep parts in it, or fan favourite ‘Homewrecker‘ which reminds us why we fell in love with Marina in the first place.
But not all is bad there are some true beauties on the album. Marina loves to experiment in music and that’s great. ”The State of Dreaming” is a great example. Introduced as an orchestral piece of music, the track transforms into a midtempo dancetrack, which is accompanied by violins. Her voice really stands out when she’s involved in bigger productions. The final song on the album ”Fear and Loathing” is worth a mention too. The intro suggests a hint to Madonna’s ”Like A Prayer” but takes a turnaround when Marina starts to sing, leading to a Enya-inspired ballad, which gets pumped up by a few electro-elements. Breathtaking.
There are a few tracks on the album, which you could describe as album fillers. although some of them lack that punch that’s needed to be put in the spotlight, especially those who succeed the big tracks like Homewrecker and The State of Dreaming. It’s a shame in that sense that promotional single ‘Radioactive’ was not included on the standard edition, as it would have been of a benefit for the album.For those who are waiting for the Deluxe edition, there the song will be included.
In all honesty, ”Electra Heart” is not a bad album and consists overall of a good amount of songs. The problem is however the tracklisting where we feel that some songs are taken away their beauty because they are overshadowed. So when you bought the album, add ‘Radioative‘ and start the shuffling.
”Electra Heart” the new album by Marina & The Diamonds is out now in Ireland via Itunes. The album will be available in the UK Monday April 30. A US release is schedule for July 2012.
It’s been a busy week in music land. A few bullet points.
Main news over the week has been Madonna’s smashing Superbowl performance with M.I.A, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO & Cee Lo Green. The queen of pop’s interval sees the amount of viewers triple during half time and figures on Youtube continue to rise. You can watch the performance here. Little incident however with M.I.A as she puts up her middle finger, which forces NBC to apologize towards its viewers. Madonna has been said not to be amused and M.I.A is apparently to be asked to pay a fine. In the mean time, the pre-order option for MDNA has made the album number 1 in 50 countries, while the new single ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’’ is steadily going to the top of the charts. Earlier this week, rumours were said that Britney Spears would appear on one of the tracks but today the news was called a rumour by Madonna’s management.
Plenty of news in regards to releases as well. 16 years have passed but now Brandy and Monica have released a new duet together, called ‘It all belongs to me’. It doesn’t quite sound as ‘The Boy is Mine’ but it is infectious. Jedward are taking part in this year’s Irish selection for Eurovision, with ‘Waterline’ and are the big favourite to represent the emerald isle for the second time in a row. Marina & The Diamonds had good news for their fans as well. The Welsh singer’s releasing her new single ‘Primadonna’ early April. Olly Murs has also revealed the title of his new track being ‘Oh My Goodness’. Lots of video’s as well this week with Ladyhawke, Alexandra Burke’s video. Boyband JLS did so as well for their Sports Relief 2012 single ‘Proud’. We’ll soon review the song here.
New albums are also under the way for Missy Elliot, Timbaland and Plan B. Ed Sheeran’s new EP will also be released on Valentines’ Day. Katy Perry rereleases Teenage Dream as ‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection’ and also announces the first single of the repacked edition called ‘Part of Me’.
Lady GaGa revealed during the week the first dates of her ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour preceded with the tour poster, seeing the stage of the performer in the shape of a castle. The singer is expected to go on tour for 2 years. Speaking of touring and , here she is again, Madonna has also given out the dates and cities of her new world tour, Australia is one of the countries who sees the artist return after 13 years, Not embarking on a world tour yet, but Mel B and both Geri Halliwell haven’t ruled out a possible Spice Girls reunion. All the members of the band are planned to meet up later this month to discuss new exciting plans. We will just have to wait and see.
The Grammy’s are approaching and stars confirmed to perform are Chris Brown, Tony Bennet, Carrie Underwood and the comeback of Adele, who’ll be performing for the first time since her throat operation. Now that is something really exciting!
Lots to talk about and with the Brits and Grammy’s on their way, things will only get busier! Hooray!
Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah - Drinking From The Bottle
The Risk - Missiles
Sinead O'Connor - 4th And Vine
Destiny's Child - Nuclear
Jessie Ware - If You're Never Gonna Move
Lawson - Learn To Love Again
Little Mix - Change Your Life
Tyler James feat Kano - Worry About You
Gabrielle Aplin - Please Don’t Say You Love Me
Tegan & Sara - Closer
Rita Ora - Radioactive
Wretch 32 - Pop
Angel - The World
Bastille - Pompeii
Laura Mvula - Green Garden
Ke$ha - C'mon
Ms MR - Fantasy
Nicole Scherzinger - Boomerang
Ed Drewett - Drunk Dial
Robbie Williams - Be A Boy (11/03)
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
Album Review: ‘Heaven (Deluxe Edition)’ by Rebecca Ferguson