Marina and the Diamonds
Marina Lambrini Diamandis (Greek: ÎÎ±ÏÎ¯Î½Î±-ÎÎ±Î¼ÏÏÎ¹Î½Î® ÎÎ¹Î±Î¼Î¬Î½ÏÎ·, pronounced ; born 10 October 1985), better known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds (sometimes stylised as Marina & the diamonds), is a Welsh singer-songwriter. She rose to fame after reaching number two on the BBC Sound of 2010 poll list, coming second to Ellie Goulding. After releasing one private EP, Diamandis released her second extended play, The Crown Jewels EP, with help from Neon Gold Records, in 2009. Now signed to 679 Recordings, she released her debut full length studio album, The Family Jewels, followed by her third extended play, The American Jewels EP, in 2010. In 2011, Marina announced that she was working on her second album, Electra Heart which is due for release in spring 2012. The first single from the album, "Radioactive" was released in the UK on 3 October 2011. Her stage name, "Marina and the Diamonds", consists of Diamandis's first name and the translation of her surname which means "Diamonds" in Greek. Although "The Diamonds" is often mistakenly believed to refer to her backing band, it in fact refers to Diamandis's fans: she explains this on her Myspace page by saying "I'm Marina. You are the diamonds."
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