Legal name: Marina Diamandis

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Marina Lambrini Diamandis (Greek: Μαρίνα-Λαμπρινή Διαμαντή; born 10 October 1985), known professionally as Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Born in Brynmawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she moved to London as a teenager in order to achieve her dream of being a singer, despite little formal musical experience. In 2009, Diamandis came to prominence after being ranked in second place on the Sound of 2010 poll organised by the BBC. Her debut studio album The Family Jewels (2010) incorporates indie pop and new wave musical styles. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number five, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, while its second single "Hollywood" peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.

Her follow-up record Electra Heart (2012), is a concept album about a character of the same name. It integrates prominent elements of electropop, and its producers include StarGate, Dr. Luke and Diplo. It became her first number-one project in the United Kingdom, where it was also certified gold, and its lead single "Primadonna" is her highest-charting track in the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 11. Diamandis describes Electra Heart as "tongue-in-cheek" and considers it to have been better received in the United States, while some British fans disliked the change in musical direction. The song "Electra Heart" portrays the death of the character. Diamandis's synthpop-inspired third studio album Froot (2015) became her third top-ten album in the United Kingdom, and her first top-ten entry on the US Billboard 200 where it charted at number 8. Produced entirely by Diamandis and David Kosten, it was praised for its cohesive sound and introspective lyrical content.

Diamandis has described herself as an "indie artist with pop goals" and often analyses components of human behaviour in her music. She is additionally recognised for her retro, surreal and cartoonish fashion styles, and has been described as an artist with a cult following, and a gay icon.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 The Family Jewels Marina & the Diamonds 5 10
2012 Electra Heart Marina and the Diamonds 5 12
2015 FROOT Marina and the Diamonds 4 2

Album + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Give Me the Money! Marina & the Diamonds 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Obsessions Marina & the Diamonds 1
2009 Mowgli's Road Marina & the Diamonds 7
2010 Hollywood Marina & the Diamonds 4
2010 I Am Not a Robot Marina & the Diamonds 4
2010 Oh No! Marina & the Diamonds 5
2010 Shampain Marina & the Diamonds 4
2011 Radioactive Marina and the Diamonds 2
2012 Homewrecker Marina and the Diamonds 2
2012 Primadonna Marina and the Diamonds 9
2012 Power & Control Marina and the Diamonds 2
2012 How to Be a Heartbreaker Marina and the Diamonds 6
2014 Froot Marina and the Diamonds 1
2014 Happy Marina and the Diamonds 1
2015 I'm a Ruin Marina and the Diamonds 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Electra Heart Betatraxx feat. Marina & the Diamonds 3

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 The Crown Jewels EP Marina and the Diamonds 2
2010 American Jewels EP Marina & the Diamonds 1
2012 Primadonna (Acoustic EP) Marina and the Diamonds 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 iTunes Live: London Festival '09 Marina & the Diamonds 1
2010 iTunes Festival: London 2010 Marina & the Diamonds 2

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