Welcome to the life of Marina Diamandis – Formerly Marina and the Diamonds.
Are you a heartbreaker, prima donna girl, or Electra Heart? Maybe you’re all three and relate to every Marina Era, like me. Marina Diamandis, formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh pop singer-songwriter that is one of the best vocalists and lyricists of our time.
Most people assume ‘the Diamonds’ in ‘Marina and the Diamonds’ refers to her being a band, however ‘the Diamonds’ mean her fans.
Marina began writing songs when she was 18 years old, but was too scared to sing them publicly. She became obsessed with becoming a singer, although she did not have a lot of musical experience. So, she taught herself how to play the piano and how to compose and produce music. Four years later, in 2007, she independently released her first EP “Mermaid vs. Sailor” on Myspace, which she created using the program GarageBand.
A year later, Neon Gold Records discovered her and booked her to open for Gotye.
In 2009, Marina released her first single “Obsessions” and first extended EP The Crown Jewels with Neon Gold Records. She then began performing at festivals, like the Glastonbury festival, the Reading and Leeds festival, and the iTunes Festival. Diamandis then released an EP consisting of the live songs she performed at the iTunes Festival. In December of 2009, Marina got second place on the Sound of 2010 poll by BBC and, at the 2010 BRIT awards, she was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award.
Marina released her first studio album, The Family Jewels, on February 15, 2010 and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. In March of that year, she released her album in the U.S. In October, she received an award at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best UK & Ireland Act. She then went on tour to promote her album and soon after, in 2011, Marina opened for Katy Perry on tour.
After Marina went through a breakup that left her sad and broken hearted, she released her concept album, Electra Heart in 2012. The album revolves around a character going through a break-up, Electra Heart, and four archetypes (Beauty Queen, Idle Teen, House Wife, Homewrecker).
Marina wanted to get her anger out by creating a cold and cynical character that ends up becoming a heartbreaker, but is clearly broken inside. Having been influenced by the dark and depressing side of Hollywood stardom in the ‘30s and ‘40s, Marina brought the character of Electra Heart to life by dying her hair blonde, performing with a heart drawn on her cheek, and dressed in old Hollywood-inspired outfits. Along with the album, Marina released music videos telling the story of Electra Heart, meant to be watched in order from part 1 to 11. Electra Heart became Marina’s first album to top the charts in the United Kingdom.
In 2015, Marina released her album Froot. This album was number 8 on the Billboard 200 list. That summer, she performed at Coachella and Lollapalooza, and then embarked on her Neon Nature Tour. In April 2016, Marina announced that she would be taking a break from music. On her break, Marina decided to take psychology classes at a University, spend time traveling in Japan, and get two kittens.
After her break, in 2018 Marina announced that she would be dropping “and the Diamonds” and will start making music as just “MARINA.” In 2019, she released her latest album consisting of two parts, Love + Fear.
If you also love that Marina has made her comeback, celebrate by reflecting on the best Marina songs, lyrics and quotes about love and heartbreak — and everything in between.
1. Are you satisfied?
“Are you satisfied with an average life; Do I need to fly to make my way in life.” — Marina Diamandis
2. I am not a robot.
”It’s okay to say you’ve got a weak spot; You don’t always have to be on top; Better to be hated than loved for what you’re not” — Marina Diamandis
3. Act like you’re the best.
”Cause I feel like I’m the worst; So I always act like I’m the best” — Marina Diamandis
4. Why don’t we just pretend?
”I don’t wanna admit, but we’re not gonna fit; No, I’m not the type that you like; Why don’t we just pretend?” — Marina Diamandis
5. Don’t play the supporting role.
”It almost feels like a joke to play out the part; When you are not the starring role in someone else’s heart” — Marina Diamandis
6. In the valley of the dolls.
”Born with a void, hard to destroy with love or hope; Built with a heart, broken from the start and now; I die slow” — Marina Diamandis
9. You don’t love me.
“You don’t love me, big f-cking deal. I’ll never tell you how I feel.” — Marina Diamandis
10. I don’t belong to anyone.
“I’m only happy when I’m on the run. I break a million hearts just for fun.” — Marina Diamandis
11. The image of deception.
“I guess you could say that my life’s a mess but I’m still looking pretty in this dress.” — Marina Diamandis
12. Power and control.
“Think you’re funny. Think you’re smart. Think you’re gonna break my heart.” — Marina Diamandis
13. Living in the state of dreaming.
“If you only knew my dear, how I live my life in fear.” — Marina Diamandis
14. The prima donna life.
“You say that I’m kinda difficult but it’s always someone else’s fault.” — Marina Diamandis
15. Living life like I’m in a play.
“Get what I want ’cause I ask for it. Not because I’m really that deserving of it.” — Marina Diamandis
16. We’ve got obsessions.
“You never told me what it was that made you strong and what it was that made you weak.” — Marina Diamandis
17. We’re just savages.
”I’m not afraid of God; I am afraid of men” — Marina Diamandis
18. Learn to forget about it.
”Cause in the end, the road is long; But only ’cause it makes you strong; It’s filled with peaks and twists and turns; Sometimes you have to learn to forget about it” — Marina Diamandis
19. Nothing to lose and nothing to prove.
“I’ve been dancing with the devil. I love that he pretends to care.” — Marina Diamandis
20. Pick a personality.
“Pick a personality for free when you feel like nobody.” — Marina Diamandis
21. I’m turning radioactive.
“My heart is nuclear. Love is all that I fear. Ready to be let down. Now I’m headed for a meltdown.” — Marina Diamandis
22. I adore you.
“Sometimes I ignore you so I feel in control cause really I adore you and I can’t leave you alone.” — Marina Diamandis
23. Buy the stars.
“We come alone and alone we die.” — Marina Diamandis
24. An emotional machine.
“I’m a machine. An emotional being since I was a teen. Cut my feelings off clean.” — Marina Diamandis
25. I’m gonna pop your bubblegum heart.
“Oh dear diary, I met a boy. He made my dull heart light up with joy. Oh dear diary, we fell apart. Welcome to the life of Electra Heart.” — Marina Diamandis
26. Ain’t youth meant to be beautiful?
“Wish I’d been a prom queen fighting for the title instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible.” — Marina Diamandis
27. I need to believe in love.
“And my mood, it changes all the time. I smile with tears in my eyes.” — Marina Diamandis
28. Living la dolce vita.
“I’m your carnal flower, I’m your bloody rose. Pick my petals off and make my heart explode. I’m your deadly nightshade, I’m your cherry tree. You’re my one true love, I’m your destiny.” — Marina Diamandis
29. I don’t wanna feel blue anymore.
“No, I don’t love you, no, I don’t care. I just want to be held when I’m scared. And all I want is one night with you. Just ’cause I’m selfish I know it’s true.” — Marina Diamandis
30. Finally I have found a way to be happy.
‘Found what I’d been looking for in myself; Found a life worth living for someone else; Never thought that I could be, I could be happy?” — Marina Diamandis
31. Love is a game.
“You may be good looking, but you’re not a piece of art.” — Marina Diamandis
32. The ugly truth.
“And the day has come where I have died only to find I’ve come alive.” — Marina Diamandis
33. It has no appeal.
“TV taught me how to feel, now real life has no appeal.” — Marina Diamandis
34. Welcome to the lonely hearts club.
“Love will never be forever, feelings are just like the weather.” — Marina Diamandis
35. I wanna be a real fake.
“I wanna stay inside all day, I want the world to go away. I want blood, guts, and chocolate cake. I wanna be a real fake.” — Marina Diamandis