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The Song Machine Strikes Again with Marina & The DiamondsSeptember 7, 2012
Welsh recording artist Marina & The Diamonds teamed up with composers and beat programmers Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen to create the smash hit “Radioactive” on sophomore album Electra Heart. Professionally known as Stargate and originally hailing from Norway, Hermansen and Eriksen are two of the most in demand songwriters and producers across the world (think Rihanna, Karmin, Britney Spears). We chatted with Marina some more. Cheeky: The songs on Electra Heart were teased into life on your (£100) keyboard and sung into your laptop in the back of your tour bus bedroom. Do you play the demos for producers who then build the tune up around your melody and words? With Liam … Read more
Long-Awaited Album Doesn’t DisappointAugust 3, 2012
Watch out, ladies. Marina Diamandis is a homewrecker and proud of it. No shame, no gain. The singer-songwriter and solitary member of Marina & The Diamonds dove headfirst into her headlining set at Park West with the haughty spoken-word “Homewrecker,” a new track from her much delayed sophomore release Electra Heart. “Now Chicago, are you ready for a costume change?” Once the Welsh alternative pop star slipped into a long lace negligee/robe, it was time for a Beyoncé-type request: “Can we put my fan a little closer? Thank you, that’s perfect.” “Oh Chicago, you are brilliant,” stated the singer after emerging from darkness. “This is a made-to-order from the Electra Mart.” Donning … Read more
Cheeky salutes music’s most trendsetting women… Gwen Stefani Earning the title of Music’s Most Fashionable Woman, Gwen Stefani dominates the fusion of fashion and music. As frontwoman for pop-punk outfit, No Doubt, and successful solo artist, Stefani has set herself apart from her contemporaries, thanks to her diverse and innovative personal style. When No Doubt hit the scene in the mid-1990s, Stefani introduced her punk rock-influenced sense of style, which often consisted of plaid pants, tanks and tummy shirts. But as Stefani ventured into her solo career, she became a fashion mogul – even starting her own fashion line, L.A.M.B., which has become a respected fashion staple in many high-end stores. She … Read more