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Marina and the Diamonds
Background information
Genres Indie pop, electronic
Years active 2005–present
Labels Neon Gold, 679, Atlantic, Chop Shop, Elektra

Marina Lambrini Diamandis (born 10 October 1985), better known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds is a Welsh singer-songwriter. She rose to fame after placing second in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll behind Ellie Goulding in the United Kingdom.

Her debut album "The Family Jewels" was released in 2010, which contained five singles. The album reached number five upon release in the UK. Lead single "Mowglis Road" was re-released in November 2009 whilst Marina was working on the album. Second single "Hollywood" peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart. Third and fourth singles "I Am Not A Robot" and "Oh No!" became other top forty hits. Fifth and final single "Shampain" was released in October 2010

Marina released the single "Radioactive" in October 2011 as a lead single for her second album "Electra Heart", and it became her fourth top forty single. "Primadonna" was used as the lead single instead in April 2012 and achieved worldwide success. Marina released "Electra Heart" in the UK a week after the release of the song. It debuted at number one in the UK whilst "Primadonna" reached number eleven. "Power & Control" was released only in the UK as a second single.

The latest single "How to be a Heartbreaker" was released worldwide on 16 December 2012.

Marina is classed as a New Wave artist by critics. She is mostly known for her pop, electronic and more alternative music.

Personal life

Diamandis was born in Abergavenny, Wales. Her mother is Welsh and her father is Greek. Her parents separated when Marina was sixteen and she moved to Greece to live with her father but returned to Wales two years later.

Marina first used MySpace to release music and she released two EPs before releasing her debut album. She was signed to Neon Records in 2008.

Marina's stage name is a mix of her first name and "the Diamonds", which she says represents her fans rather than her backing band.


Marina & the Diamonds live NME Radar Tour 2009
Diamandis performing at the Newcastle Haymarket, October 2009.
Marina and The Diamonds
Diamandis performing at Sweden's Sommarkrysset, September 2012


  • The Family Jewels (2010)
  • Electra Heart (2012)
  • FROOT (2015)


  • Mermaids Vs. Sailors EP (2007)
  • The Crown Jewels EP (2009)


  • Mowglis Road (2008/9)
  • Hollywood (2010)
  • I Am Not A Robot (2010)
  • Oh No! (2010)
  • Shampain (2010)
  • Radioactive (2011)
  • Primadonna (2012)
  • Power & Control (2012)
  • How to be a Heartbreaker (2012)
  • Froot (2014)

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