Marina And The DiamondsMarina Lambrini Diamandis is a welsh singer songwriter also known by her stage name‘Marina And The Diamonds’. Marina has been known in the music industry since 2007however did not rise to fame until she came 2nd in BBC sound of 2010 coming behindfellow singer songwriter Ellie Goulding. Marinas Stage name is a play on her real name inGreek, Marina claims that ‘The Diamonds’ are not her backing band they are in fact herfans. Marinas style is a mixture of ballads and electro up-beat songs, this is alsorepresentation on her personality as she is loud and vibrant.
BiographyMarina Lambrini Diamandis was born Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales on October 10, 1985. Marinasmother is welsh and her father is Greek. The artist was brought up in a small village called Pandy with herparents and older sister. Marina attended ‘Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls’ This is where thestar believed to have found her talent whilst working a lot with a music teacher who she claimed ‘inspiredher that she could do anything’.Marina moved to Greece when she was just sixteen to live with her father after her parents separated, hismove however did not last long and by the time the star was 18 she had moved back to England and wasattending a dance school in London, after two months marina enrolled in a Music degree at the UniversityOf East London. University did not last long for the star and after a year she had dropped out, marinawent to many auditions after she left university including the West end music ‘The lion King’.After many unsuccessful auditions Marina auditioned for a reggae boy band where she dressed as a maleto try and amuse Virgin record, her attempt unfortunately for her failed.
Biography continuedMarina began to self-compose and produce many of her own songs on the Apple Softwareapplication ‘GarageBand’. Marina also found someone to produce a few of her tracksprofessionally for £500 per song, these all became part of her first album Mermaid Vs. Sailor EP.The album was eventually released on November 23rd 2007.Mermaid Vs. Sailor EP;1. "Seventeen" 2:402. "Horror Pop" 3:573. "Hermit the Frog" 3:394. "Daddy Was a Sailor" 3:155. "Simplify" 2:286. "Plastic Rainbow" 4:04This album was not as well made or professional compared to her later albums, you can see thisthrough the limited tracks and the album cover which looks as though she has made it her selfon very basic computer software. The album was made on Homemade CDS and sold throughher MySpace page where most of her fan base was, overall she sold around 70 copies. Marina And The Diamonds – Seventeen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gcs_wyw5s0
Biography continuedMarina was first discovered in 2008 by Neon Gold Records, this caused the company to book herto be an opening act to Gotye who has recently released a massive number one single‘Somebody That I Used to Know’. Being and opening act for Gotye sparked interest in marinafrom record labels, this lead to her being signed to 679 recordings in October 2008.In November 2008 Marina went on to release her debut double sided single containing‘obsessions’ and ‘Mowgli’s Road’ followed by her second extended play ‘the crown jewels on 1stJune 2009, this CD contained her well known and successful track ‘I Am Not A Robot’. Marina And The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_oMD6-6q5Y
Biography continuedMarinas Second album was released February 2010 and was named ‘The family Jewels’ ,Releasing this album was a whole different experience compared to when she released her firsthome made album. The family Jewels reached number 5 in the UK album chart Bothe ‘Mowgli’sRoad’ and ‘I Am Not A Robot’ were re-released for this album. ‘Hollywood’ was the name of thealbums first major single . The album has sold around 177,268 CDs in the UK.Marina And The Diamonds – Hollywood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1VTcJfL7REThe family Jewels;1. Are You Satisfied?2. Shampain3. I Am Not A Robot4. Girls5. Mowglis Road6. Obsessions7. Hollywood8. The Outsider9. Hermit The Frog10. Oh No!11. Rootless12. Numb13. Guilty
Biography continuedOn February 14th 2010 Marina began her seven date tour around the UnitedKingdom, Ireland, mainland Europe, the United States and Canada.Later that year Marina And The Diamonds released her third extended play CD called ‘TheAmerican jewels’ This continued the jewels theme throughout her music and becamememorable to fans.The American jewels;1. I Am Not A Robot2. Obsessions3. I Am Not A Robot Flexd Rework (Passion Pit Remix)The artwork for the CD is a remake of her Hollywoodsingle, this is another attempt to make her workmemorable.Marina And the Diamonds – Obsessions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np3QLrHJmRA
Awards• Marina And The Diamonds were nominated for the critics choice award at the 2010 BRIT’s.• Marina And The Diamonds came fifth in the SHREDnews ‘ Ten artists to watch in 2010’ awards.• Marina And The Diamonds won the best UK and ireland act at the MTV European Music Awards 2010.
Biography ContinuedElectra heart was Marina And the Diamonds 3rd album and was released in April 2012, thepromotional single for this album was ‘Radioactive’. The album reaches number 1 in both the UKand Ireland chart, this was her first album to do so. Not only was the album successful in the UKand Ireland it also became very popular in Europe, Australia and the US. The album was hermost successful in American peaking at number 30 in the US album chart.The album contained a song called ‘Primadonna’, this single is Marina’s most successful single todate, the single reached number 11 on the UK official chart and sold 25,337 copies. Electra heart; 1. Bubblegum Bitch 2. Primadonna 3. Lies 4. Homewrecker 5. Starring Role 6. The State of Dreaming 7. Power & Control 8. Living Dead 9. Teen Idle 10. Valley of the Dolls Marina And The Diamonds – Primaddona 11. Hypocrates http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj5L9SYhoSE 12. Fear and Loathing