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Electra Heart is the second studio album Scorpions - Scorpions Welsh singer Marina Diamandis, released under the stage name Marina and the Diamonds.
It was released on 27 April by Artists and Atlantic Records. LukeDiplo and Stargate during its recording, and subsequently transitioned from the new wave musical styles seen throughout her debut studio album, The Family Jewels Their efforts resulted in a concept album consisting of electropop and dance-pop music, a distinct departure from her earlier projects.
Lyrically, the album discusses topics of love and identity. Music critics were divided in their opinions of Electra Heartexpressing ambivalence towards Diamandis' shift in musical style and its overall production. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 21, copies. In doing so, it earned Diamandis her first chart-topping Various - Club Sounds Vol. 31 there, although it later became the lowest-selling number-one album of the 21st century in the country.
The album was eventually certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry BPI for exceeding shipments ofunits. Electra Heart performed moderately on international charts, including a peak position of number 31 on the US Billboardand became Diamandis' highest-charting album in the United States at the time.
Electra Heart was supported by three singles, all of which were supplemented by music videos. Promotional single " Radioactive " charted inside the top 40 in several countries. After returning from the United States after the launch of her debut studio album The Family JewelsDiamandis considered creating a character which would become the centerpiece of Lies - Marina And The Diamonds* - Electra Heart follow-up project.
She commented that she was inspired by the " Tumblr generation" to photograph herself in several places across the United States, appearing as a different persona in each picture to mimick the anonymity of the "mini-stars of the internet".
Diamandis first announced Electra Heart in August ; it was initially planned to become a three-piece project inspired by American culture in the s, although it eventually evolved into her second studio album. Featuring an electropop and dance-pop sound,   Electra Heart has been described as a concept album detailing "female identity" and "a recent breakup". Their presences on each track are not clearly defined, although Diamandis acknowledged that they are more apparent on the visual aspects of the album.
Alexis Petridis from The Guardian compared the lyrical Romanze (Andante) - Mozart*, Orquesta Filarmónica de Viena*, Rafael Kubelik - Sinfonías Núms. 354 H used throughout the pop punk -inspired opener  "Bubblegum Bitch" to "the self-fulfilling I-will-be-huge Lies - Marina And The Diamonds* - Electra Heart that was developed in The Fame by Lady Gaga.
Monger saw the sixth track "The State of Dreaming" as a solemn offering from the record for its intellectual lyrical content, which he described as one of several tracks that "reveal the Lies - Marina And The Diamonds* - Electra Heart rebel, defiantly eating lunch alone, secretly wishing for acceptance.
On 1 March, Diamandis unveiled the album artwork for the standard version of Electra Heartwhich depicts a blonde Diamandis wearing several hair rollers. The singer later revealed that because of the dye, her hair started to fall out, so she got a boy's haircut and wore a wig. Or should I say Suzy Homewrecker? Diamandis released 11 music videos through YouTube during the promotional campaign for Electra Heart. She claimed that their production led her record label into bankruptcy, but stated that they would be released and "finish this era the way I want to.
Uploaded on 18 May, the black-and-white "Part 5: Su-Barbie-A" is set to the introduction of "Valley of the Dolls" with overlapped commentary mentioning "Quick-Curl Barbie " and "Mod-Hair Ken "; it depicts Diamandis standing on the porch of a house with her back to the front door.
L" on 14 February The black-and-white visual shows a brown-wigged Diamandis looking about a room with white-tiled walls. It begins with a black-and-white filter, Lies - Marina And The Diamonds* - Electra Heart transitions into color after the first minute. Diamandis is first seen looking into the camera wearing little makeup, and is later shown walking into the woods and sitting at a dinner table in the rain.
Inspired by the six-single promotional campaign for Katy Perry 's Teenage DreamDiamandis planned to release six singles from Electra Heart ; however, three tracks were released before she finished promoting the album.
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.
Electra Heart received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacriticwhich assigns a normalised rating out of to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 57, based on 16 reviews. The Guardian writer Alexis Petridis was confident that "there's clearly an interesting pop star" emerging from Diamandis, but suggested that her creativity was restricted by the heavy integration of alter egos and an implied determination for commercial success, which he commented failed to reflect Diamandis' inventiveness.
She elaborated that "duller and more unbearable" tracks were unavoidable, and expressed particular disappointment because she thought that Electra Heart could have become "one of the year's most acclaimed pop albums.
Luke and Greg Kurstin were evidence of "a big label push". She compared the disc to the works of Perry and Britney Spears, although felt that Lana Del Rey was more successful in embodying the themes of "love, identity, femininity and America" than Diamandis' generic production values allowed. Electra Heart performed moderately on additional record charts in Europe.
The record peaked at number 11 on the Swiss Hitparade and reached number 17 on the German Media Control Charts. As ofthree million singles had been sold from Electra Heart.
Credits adapted from the liner notes of the deluxe edition of Electra Heart. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Marina and the Diamonds. Electropop dance-pop. Tim Blacksmith exec. Diplo Dr. And the point of introducing her and building a whole concept around her is that she stands for the corrupt side of American ideology, and basically that's the corruption of yourself.
My worst fear—that's anyone's worst fear—is losing myself and becoming a vacuous person. And that happens a lot when you're very ambitious. A sample of "Primadonna", a "surging" pop recording that incorporates an "anti-chorus structure"; the track received comparisons to the catalogues of Lykke Li and Coldplay. Steve Angello from the electronic dance music group Swedish House Mafia co-wrote the song. People are getting the humour.
It's such a relief to be here for six weeks because it feels effortless. When I first changed [musical direction] people said, 'She's sold out' and they totally didn't get the humour.
It's a tongue-in-cheek record but it also deals with the truth about love and commercialism and just being a young person, really. Marina Diamandis Rick Nowels. Nowels Dean Reid [a]. Luke Cirkut. Diamandis Gottwald Thomas Pentz Walter. Luke Cirkut Diplo [a]. Diamandis Greg Kurstin. Diamandis Steve Angello. Liam Howe The Elite [b]. Diamandis Mikkel S. Luke Cirkut Benny Blanco. Howe The Elite [b]. Diamandis Eriksen Hermansen Lenssen Narain. Diamandis Frost Gottwald Walter. Luke Cirkut Burns [d].
Kurstin Woods [d]. Marina Diamandis — vocals all tracks ; piano tracks 9, 12, 16 Rick Nowels — keyboards tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 ; electric guitar track 4 ; piano tracks 6, 11 Dean Reid — drums, bass, keyboards track 1 ; electric guitar tracks 1, 6 Rusty Anderson — electric guitar tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 ; bouzouki track 10 Tim Pierce — electric guitar tracks 1, 6, 11 Dan Chase — keyboards tracks 1, 4 ; drums, bass, programming track 4 Dr.
Eriksen — all instruments track 13 Tor Erik Hermansen — all instruments track 13 DJ Chuckie — all instruments track 13 Fabian Lenssen — all instruments track 13 Ryan Rabin — all instruments, programming track 15 Ryan McMahon — all instruments, programming track Rick Nowels — production tracks 1, Oproep Voor De Strijd - Unknown Artist - Samo - Muziek Uit Boven Volta, 6, 10, 11 Dean Reid — co-production, recording track Lies - Marina And The Diamonds* - Electra Heart Kieron Menzies — recording tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 Nigel Lundemo — additional engineering tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 John Ingoldsby — additional engineering tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 Trevor Yasuda — engineering assistance tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 Mark "Spike" Stent — mixing tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 Matty Green — mixing assistance tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 Dr.
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